Even though I don’t crave sweets the way I used to, I have been fighting off old urges since my pregnancy hit 35 weeks or so. To prevent myself from going mad with pregnancy cravings, I decided to try some new recipes that would offer satisfaction but not be overwhelmingly sweet. These No Bake Blueberry Cocoa Cake Bites really hit the spot. They are low sugar, sweetened almost completely by the blueberries and unsweetened applesauce, and they are lower in carbs than a traditional cake bite. Not to mention there is no baking involved, so you can eat them as soon as you make them!
I must admit that I got this idea from a wonderful blogger, Audrey, who is the unconventional baker. Her blog has some of the most creative and delicious recipes I have seen in a long time! I highly recommend checking her site out at unconventionalbaker.com. She has some recipes for donut holes that look AMAZING and I am sure they taste as good as they look. But it got me thinking about what foods can make a cake bite and still be gluten, dairy, egg, and soy free, and not be made primarily with nut butter or highly sugar based. I have made a lot of desserts with nut butters, but I wanted something different this time. Hey, the baby wants something ‘cake-like’ I guess!
So, I gave this new recipe a whirl. I made a mock-jam using blueberries, lemon juice, agar agar, and water. I combined that berry mixture with coconut flour, Teff flour, cocoa, non-dairy milk, unsweetened applesauce, and a bit of salt. I added the cocoa to this recipe because I love chocolate and I thought it would pair well with the blueberries. The texture was surprisingly cake-like, even though it didn’t require any baking. I did roll them in a little bit of sugar before placing them in the refrigerator to set because I thought they needed a little sweetness. My husband agreed that the little bit of sugar at the end made a big difference.
Next time you have a craving that just won’t go away and you don’t want to go nuts and bake something you’ll regret eating…try these little cake bites.