No-bake red velvet cake pops (vegan/grain-free)

red velvet cake pops

No-bake red velvet cake pops (vegan/grain-free)

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. I love playing tricks. Like making you eat your veggies without you being none the wiser. Like in desserts where you can’t even taste ’em? Damn genius, if I do say so myself. Thanks to some challenge inspiration brought on by a conversation between me and D, these are vegan and grain-free to boot. Speaking of the challenge…

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Red Velvet Cake Pops

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“What do you think about the paleo diet?”-me. “I dunno, it seems like a lot of people like it, let’s try it.”-D. Gulp.-Me. Who am I kidding? Challenge accepted. I friggin’ love challenges. Probably mostly because I am stubborn and if you tell me I cannot do something I will go ahead and show you! Take that!  So, back to the challenge: a vegetarian paleo (sorta) challenge where no grains, no added sugars (nope, not even coconut sugar), and no breads, duh. What is allowed? Veggies, legumes, fruits, and eggs. Wow, looking at that seems kinda limiting, but it’s really not that different than our normal diet, besides the no grains, and we have been having some bomb meals.

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Another part of the challenge? Eat less sweets in general, whether healthy or not. They are treats after all, and should be consumed when you actually want a treat, not just because they are in front of your face.  But Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I decided that I would treat you to a healthier cake pop that wouldn’t throw all of your hard work in January out the window. Cuz’ this year you will change your habits.

And if you love sneaking your veggies into treats check out my FREE “Sneaky veggie smoothie bowl guide” by clicking on the photo below!

 

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These are soooo easy to make and will leave your sweet tooth more than satisfied. I have been using this homemade chocolate chunk recipe and cutting down the sugar to follow our rule, but if you’re working on easing up on the sugar, use a dark chocolate bar or Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are allergen friendly.

Bonus: The main ingredients in this recipe are available at Trader Joe’s and this can be done all in the food processor, so less dishes. WOOO!

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No-bake red velvet cake pops

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 10mins prep 40 mins total
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1 small prepackaged or roasted beet (or cut a large one in half)
1/4 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. almond flour
1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
4 soft pitted Medjool dates*
1 tbsp. full fat coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional: 2 tbsp. vegan homemade mini chocolate chips or storebought (I prefer Enjoy Life)
1/2 85% (70% if you prefer) dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
10 cake pop sticks

*If your dates are not soft, simply soak them in hot water for about 5 minutes.

Prep a baking sheet or large cutting board with parchment paper and set aside.

In a food processor, combine all ingredients from beet to vanilla until smooth. It will resemble a red velvet cookie dough. If adding mini chocolate chips, remove the blade from the processor and fold in mini chocolate chips with a spatula. Scoop out cookie dough using a scoop or tablespoon and roll into your hand to form a ball and set on parchment paper. Place cake bites in the fridge.
Heat a saucepan with a few inches of water over high heat and add chocolate to a heatproof bowl. Place bowl of chocolate over the saucepan and melt chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove cake bites from the fridge and insert one cake pop stick into each one. Carefully dip into the melted chocolate mixture one by one and place back on the parchment paper. (If you’re not using cake pop sticks, use 2 forks or chopsticks to dip into chocolate). Place in the fridge for the chocolate to set for about 15-20 minutes. Remove and serve in a jar, if desired.

Diggin’ the veggies hiding in your dessert?

Click the photo below to get your FREE sneaky veggie smoothie bowl guide + 5 FREE recipes! You’d never know there was so much healthy goodness hiding in these smoothies. Plus, they’re banana-free, so if you’re following the paleo diet and lessening the amount of starchy fruit you’re eating, this guide is perfect for you!

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