Inspired by my chocolate cake protein donut holes, these white chocolate protein cake bites are even easier to make. They are covered in white chocolate and your choice of sprinkles.
Christmas sprinkles were the clear choice since I’m first publishing this recipe during the holiday season, but you could put your own unique spin on the decoration of these protein cake bites.
We’ll talk more on recipe modifications below. For now, all you need to know is that one protein cake bite has 9 grams of protein with just 12 grams of carbs and 120 calories.
How to Make Protein Cake Bites
Like I mentioned above, this recipe is super easy to make. You’ll more or less throw everything into a mixing bowl and stir to form a dough.
If you’re thinking cake and dough don’t belong together, well, you’re probably right. But naming recipes is difficult and cake bites was by far the most popular suggestion from my Instagram followers. So just trust me, okay?
Then it’s as simple as breaking the dough into 12 pieces and rolling them between your palms until smooth. For the macro trackers, I’ve included instructions on how to weigh each piece for accuracy.
Once the protein cake bites are formed, bake and cool before dipping them in melted white chocolate and applying sprinkles.
Ingredients for White Chocolate Protein Cake Bites
I always like to run through the ingredient list and attempt to answer common modification questions ahead of time. If I don’t answer your question about a substitution or modification, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
I used PEScience Select Whey and Casein for these protein cake bites. This is one of my two go-to protein powders for my recipes, with the other being Dymatize 100% Whey. They’re more or less interchangeable in recipes. So if you’re using either, carry on.
If you’re planning to use another protein powder, here are a few tips for successfully adapting recipes:
- Pay attention to the scoop size. One scoop of PEScience is 31 grams. If your protein powder has a 40-gram scoop, it would be like adding an extra scoop of protein to this recipe by the time you’re done.
- Add liquid ingredients slowly to avoid over hydrating recipes. Likewise, you may need to add a bit more if a dough or batter seems too dry. The two protein powders I mentioned above are thicker and may not require as much liquid as a fine textured powder.
- If you’re using a plant based protein powder, you’ll likely need more liquid ingredients. Choose a fat source like more light butter or eggs, oil, etc. for best results.
If you wanted to use a non-wheat flour, my suggestion would be coconut flour.
I used coconut flour in the donut holes recipe I mentioned. And if you look at the recipe, you’ll immediately notice the difference in the volume of ingredients. Coconut flour is super absorbent when compared to wheat flour. Meaning, I’d swap the all purpose flour for 1/3 or 1/2 that amount in coconut flour (3-4 tablespoons or 20-30 grams).
Sugar Free Pudding Mix
There are potential substitutions for the pudding mix in some recipes, but I’d caution against doing so with these protein cake bites. That said, if you have another one of my favorite ingredients around, Swerve Confectioners, you could try using that gram for gram.
If you go that route, be extra careful when adding the Greek yogurt to not over hydrate the dough. The pudding mix works as a thickening agent, and the Swerve may not react the same way.
The rest of the ingredients are usual suspects—Greek yogurt and light butter. Not to continue talking about the chocolate cake donut holes, but they call for an egg instead of butter. So that might be an option if you wanted to omit the butter for some reason.
I think you’re ready to roll. If you try these protein cake bites, I’d love to see them. Take a photo and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff, join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party, or pin this recipe to Pinterest.
Protein Cake Bites
- 3 scoops PEScience Protein Powder, vanilla
- 1/2 C (60g) All Purpose Flour
- 1 box (1 oz) Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding Mix, or your choice of flavor
- 1 C (227g) Vanilla Fat Free Greek Yogurt, divided
- 1/4 C (56g) Light Butter, I used Land O' Lakes with canola oil
White Chocolate Topping
- 3 Tbsp (42g) White Chocolate Chips
- 2 tsp Sprinkles
- Preheat an oven to 350F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix the protein powder, flour, and pudding mix in a large bowl.
- Add the butter and 3/4 C (170g) Greek yogurt to the bowl and stir well. Add the remaining Greek yogurt as needed to hydrate the dough. (If you're using PEScience, add it all. You may need to adjust up or down for other protein powders.)
- Continue stirring and folding the mixture until you can form a large ball of dough.
- Divide the dough into 12 pieces. If you'd like to be as accurate as possible, weigh the entire ball of dough and divide its weight by 12. Then weigh each ball of dough as you break it off.
- Roll the balls of dough between your palms to form even cake bites. The dough should be easy to handle but if you accidentally over hydrate and have sticky dough, spray your hands with cooking spray to make handling them easier.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms begin to slightly brown. It's better to underbake than overbake with protein desserts.
White Chocolate Topping
- While the protein cake bites cool, microwave the chocolate chips for 30-45 seconds in a small bowl. Stir well.
- Dip the protein cake bites face down in the chocolate and add sprinkles. (Note: if the cake bites are too warm, the chocolate won't set as fast and may run a little. You can place them in the fridge to help them set faster.)
- Store at room temp in an airtight container.
- Each cake bite has 3 Smart Points.
- For ingredient modification ideas, see the post above.
- Macros for the protein cake bites only without white chocolate and sprinkles: 1,150 calories, 103 grams of protein, 110 grams of carbs, and 31 grams of fat
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 cake bites Serving Size: 1 cake bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 4gCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 9g
More Protein Cake Recipes You Might Like
If you’re a banana lover, I have a healthy banana bread cake recipe that’s covered in a sugar free cream cheese frosting that will rock your world.
And in case you’re celebrating a birthday in the near future, my birthday cake protein cupcakes might tickle your fancy.