I was a Girl Scout when I was a kid. I sold cookies door to door for many a cold winter, and while all the flavors were pretty amazing, my favorite by far was the “thin mint”—who’s with me there?
Since then, I’ve had a fondness for all things mint-chocolate, (like my smoothie recipe)—especially when mint is fresh in the summer. I was inspired to make these delicious cake balls after coming home from a weekend at my parents house with a paper-bag full of fresh mint.
Let’s make some mint chocolate cake balls!
Cake balls have become quite the trend at Starbucks—and along with the Girl Scout cookies, I cannot indulge in this treat because #glutenfree.
If you’re looking for a taste of the cake balls life, and you’re gluten free, vegan, or just want to impress your friends, this recipe is for you.
In addition to all the wonderful things about these balls, they are high in protein—from the walnuts, naturally sweetened—with the dates, and contain no gluten, dairy or oil. They are soft, with a perfect cake-like texture, and packed with energy.
With only 8 ingredients, 15 minutes, and a food processor (or blender) your can have these ready in no time! I love popping my mint chocolate cake balls in the freezer after making them and indulging on these hot summer days.
If you try this recipe, be sure to comment, leave a rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #thelocalsprout on Instagram! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
- In a food processor or blender (I recommend using a food processor), combine pitted dates, cacao nibs, walnuts, oat flour, coconut flour, mint, salt and vanilla.
- Blend on high until you achieve a doughy texture and large balls begin to form (see picture). Add up to a Tbsp of water if needed to soften dough.
- Roll your dough into balls using about a Tbsp. amount of dough.
- If desired, roll your balls in shredded coconut until coated.
- Store cake balls in airtight container in refrigerator for a week or in freezer for a month. (In the summer, these are awesome frozen!)
**If you do not have oat flour on hand, simply grind oats into a flour using a food processor or blender.
Nutrition Information is a rough estimate of 1 out of 12 cake balls