These cake bites start with a gluten free cake mix that’s doctored up with cinnamon and coconut sugar. As a result, the recipe requires little effort and uses simple ingredients. They’re a perfectly delicious bite-sized dessert!
A blend of Coconut oil, gluten free vanilla cake mix, melted peanut butter, coconut sugar, and gluten free cinnamon grahams. White chocolate drizzle optional, but also a total game changer!
Cake Bites Ingredients
Coconut Sugar Cinnamon Cake Bites require little effort to make, and just a few simple ingredients.
- Coconut oil
- gluten free vanilla cake mix
- melted peanut butter
- coconut sugar or monkfruit sugar
- gluten free cinnamon grahams
Oh and I added in melted white chocolate and coconut whipped cream. You know, for a cake parfait trifle of sorts. The fancy “trifle” cup staring you straight in the face right above. It’s a bonus, because don’t we love bonuses? YESSSS!
But before I dive deeper into the refined sugar free cake bites recipe, I have to ask…
Did you notice anything different these past two weeks? Recipe-wise? Let me fill you in.
You see, these past 2 weeks we’ve been hosting the superfood meal plan challenge. I did my best to post all the super duper healthy spring recipes and such. No desserts. GASP!
Well, now that the challenge is over, we can celebrate a wee bit. Hence these “healthier” cake bites. Cake bites that kinda taste like churros and coffee cake combined. More on that topic later.
Anyway, we will be posting a recipe of the challenge soon, but in the meantime, grab a bite (or 2) and let’s enjoy life’s simple pleasures. AKA, mini desserts.
These Cinnamon Coconut Refined Sugar Free Cake Bites are quick to make for parties, family gatherings, and gifting to neighbors! Oh, and they’re vegan friendly. Handy dandy, I know.
Think of them as a healthy version of fair food. Part churro, part fritter, part blue ribbon white cake. You’re drooling now, right? For the record, I’m now OKAY with healthier fair food (just gluten free, of course).
Convenience in Gluten Free Cake Mix
The “cake” base of refined sugar free cake bites is made with my vegan coconut cake recipe , minus the citrus and shredded coconut. And of course, there are a few yummy add-ins, since gluten free recipes and no bake bites are my specialty!
We’ve added in melted peanut butter to hold the crumbled cake all together. I might have swirled in some white chocolate as well. A pretty tasty way to bind ingredients, not to toot my own horn!
Then after we form the batter into balls/bites, we roll each bite in crushed gluten free cinnamon graham crackers and drizzle a little white chocolate on top. Gah, these are soooo good!!
Literally OUT OF THIS WORLD! Or if you fancy, add them to a trifle dish with a few dollops of coconut whipped cream.
How to make refined sugar free cake bites
Making the cake bites is SO simple; it takes 3 EASY STEPS.
- FIRST make the gluten free vanilla cake (with vegan option) making sure to NOT to over bake it. The key is to slightly UNDER BAKE the cake so it isn’t dried out, making it easier for rolling.
- Once the cake is cool, add the peanut butter and roll the mixture into balls/bites, roll in graham cracker crumbs and freeze for 20 minutes.
- AFTER they set, drizzle with melted white chocolate.
That’s it! And if you’re curious, I suggest using Ghirardelli or Green and Black Organic White Chocolate! You just can’t beat either. Plus both contain natural ingredients.
BONUS! Lots of healthy fats from the coconut oil and peanut butter, and protein to keep you full! Just had to sneak that in! Okay, find someone to spoil and go make them refined sugar free cake bites, mmm K?
Gluten Free Cinnamon Cake Bites
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: (22-26 cake balls)
These cinnamon cake bites are super easy to make by doctoring up a gluten free cake mix. We use cinnamon and coconut sugar for a warm, sweet taste.
- Grain free or gluten free cake mix one box
- 1–2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 oz white chocolate (vegan option)
- ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
- Pinch of cocoa powder (2 teaspoons)
- 2– 3 Tablespoons + melted butter or coconut oil
- 185 grams/6 ounces of gluten free cinnamon graham crackers (1 ½ – 2 cups crushed)
- Pinch of sea salt and cinnamon
- Coconut sugar to coat
- Optional powdered sugar (sugar free option)
- Optional additional melted white chocolate to drizzle
- For trifle option, layer with my coconut whip frosting
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake gluten free cake according to instructions with 1 + tablespoon extra cinnamon added to cake mix. BAKING NOTE– pull the cake out of the oven a little early so the batter is softer, for mixing. See notes for eggless option.
- Once cake is baked, set aside to cool. Then place cake in a bowl and tear into pieces, creating a crumbling batter. Set aside.
- In a small bowl in a small bowl combine white chocolate and peanut butter. Melt in microwave in 30 set increments until mixture is melted and can be combined smoothly.
- If the white chocolate and peanut butter is too thick to melt, add 1 teaspoon coconut oil, stir, and heat again until smooth. This also can be melted on the stove.
- Pour the white chocolate peanut butter mix over the crumbled cinnamon cake and mix together with spoon or hands if needed. The batter should then be ready to mix and roll into balls/bites.
- Roll mixture into balls. About the size of a golf size ball (or smaller). Place on cookie sheet and place in freezer to set.
- While the cake bites or chilling, make the cinnamon sugar graham cracker crust coating. Grind the graham crackers in a food processor or crush in ziplock bag. Place crumbs in large bowl. Add a ½ tablespoon more cinnamon and/or coconut sugar.
- Next, in a small bowl, melt the coconut oil butter.
- After the cake bites have cooled, take them out of the fridge/freezer and roll each bite in butter/coconut oil then the crushed cinnamon graham crackers.
- Place the cakes bites back on cookie sheet. Repeat coating process for all cake bites. Then place in the fridge or freezer for 20 minutes.
- Remove and drizzle with extra melted white chocolate, powdered sugar, and serve or store for later. Store in airtight container. Best kept in fridge or freezer for up to 10 -14 days.
- For trifle with cinnamon cake bites, layer in a jar or glass with coconut whip! YUM!
For vegan cake option
Follow instructions for my gluten free vegan cake option, minus the coconut and lemon. Add cinnamon instead. You can still use the boxed cake mix, but instead of eggs, try using 2 teaspoon vinegar, and bake for at least 30 minutes in an 8×8 or 9×13 greased pan. Remember you will use the cake partially under cooked, so it’s okay if it doesn’t rise much.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 30
- Category: snack
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: cinnamon cake bites
What’s your favorite fair food? Don’t answer that. It might cause extreme cravings.
Have you tried making your own refined sugar free cake bites before?
they are not refined sugar free when the cake mix you are using contains sugar.. if you use the cake mix the link takes you to the first ingredient is sugar..
Thanks for catching that Nicole! That link is incorrect. It should be linked to simple mills cake mix instead. https://www.simplemills.com/Shop/Product/Vanilla-Cupcake-Cake-Mix.aspx The they use coconut sugar. We’re actually in the middle of updating and/or correcting links so thank you.
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there’s no limit on these right???
I need! I need! Also, your photos BLOW ME AWAYYYYY.
I will always save you some. And girl, you are too good to me. You BLOW ME AWAY! 😛
These look UNREAL!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen
You had me at “melted peanut butter”. Lol. These look dangerously too easy to eat! 🙂
I want these NOW!
I’ll deliver. 😉
Little bite-sized balls of happiness!
These won’t last long. Maybe not even till dessert!
These are perfection!
All the flavors in here are perfect and I love the texture too!
Those look SO yummy!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
Oh my goodness these are GLORIOUS! I love anything with cinnamon and sugar!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
Pinned! These sound like such a tasty treat 🙂
I wish I could deliver!
Cassie Thuvan Tran
Hey, my roommate used to make cornbread out of yellow cake mix! Her recipe was actually REALLY yummy, haha. I think these coconut sugar cinnamon cake bites look incredible–you could also try to shape it like a funnel cake, maybe? Not sure how that would turn out! Even if everything falls apart, what matters is that it tastes good!
OMG now i am so trying that next!
Susie @ Suzlyfe
Mama needs these for those late night feedings. just sayin…
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I went on a cake ball kick a few years ago… boozy balls, obviously. I used red wine and then sparkling. That said, it’s been WAY too long since I’ve made them, and I LOVE this flavors idea. I bet I could booze them up with Kahlua, too. Mwhahaha!
P.S. I HATE when I accidentally hit publish. Good times.
dude, i need to just retire now. Not my week.
These cake bites look so delicious and such a great snack! YUM!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I think if I made these I would eat them all at once. Is that wrong? P.S. glad you got your recipes back!
I kinda did! And yes, recipes are back! Just not updated with new info and links. AHHH! Here we go again. LOL
and OMG i didn’t even mean to publish this post yet. It wasn’t finished.. Hahaha, this week is a mess!