Vanilla Cake Batter Sprinkle Balls

I remember late last August when my oldest started back at school. I remember that morning so clearly; you know, taking all those obligatory first day of school pictures (like this one, or this one of Babycakes), re-checking his school supplies 10 times over, kisses – and then more kisses before sending him off. Seriously, I have no idea where the school year went. I swear, I blinked and somehow here I am counting down these last few weeks.

Hi! It’s Joy from @lunchesandlittles here again and today I have a question for you: Are you a lunch-packing parent? And if so, how many weeks does your little one(s) have left this school year? - 2? 3? We are likely all in the home stretch, and today I am sharing a fun, end of the school year recipe that is perfect for a kid’s lunchbox; my Vanilla Cake Batter Sprinkle Balls. 

These little balls are quick and easy to make, fun to eat and taste delicious. Don’t have a school-aged child yet? – No problem! These are still great for play dates, weekday snacks at home, or even… Us adults! Because, sprinkles make everything better and know no age limit! See the full recipe below and then, get rollin’.

vanilla cake balls

Aren’t these little balls fun? And the best part is that they are made with simple, real ingredients. A #momwin and a fun treat for the little ones. So fun and yum. And doesn’t this whole lunch look delicious? This Omie Box is filled with the following:

  • Lentil Pasta with Dairy Free Cheese Sauce (you can get the recipe right here)
  • Peas
  • Clementines
  • Celery Sticks
  • Vanilla Cake Batter Sprinkle Balls (recipe below)

vanilla cake batter balls in lunchbox

Be sure to tag @noshandnourish and @lunchesandlittles if you decide to give these a go!

And, happy end of the school year to you!


Vanilla Cake Batter Sprinkle Balls

Vanilla Cake Batter Sprinkle Balls


Vanilla Cake Batter Sprinkle Balls


1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1⁄2 cup (packed) pitted dates
1⁄2 cup cashews
1⁄3 cup old fashioned quick oats
1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
1⁄4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 scoop of protein powder (I used @sneakz_organic vanilla)
1 1⁄2 tablespoon colored sprinkles of choice* (plus an additional 1/2 tbsp if desired)


Please note: you will need a food processor for this recipe!


• Add shredded coconut to your food processor and process until fine (2-3 min).
• Next, add in your pitted dates. Process until they are broken up into small bits.
• Then, add in cashews, oats, almond extract, vanilla extract and protein powder. Process until well-combined.
• Add in your sprinkles and pulse a couple times to incorporate.
• Remove dough from food processor and start rolling into balls. I made 12 cake batter balls total with this recipe, though the amount you make may vary depending on the size you roll them.
• *If desired, roll balls in additional sprinkles or push larger sprinkles around balls as seen above.

Yields 12 Balls