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Recipe ReDux: “Raw” German Chocolate Cake Balls

"Raw" German Chocolate Cake Balls//The Spicy RD

To cupcake, or not to cupcake.

That is the question, and this is the answer…

“Raw” German Chocolate Cake Balls!

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is “The Cupcake Conundrum”

Cupcakes: Yes or no? Can you not get enough cupcakes…or are you so over the cupcake trend? If you think cupcakes never go out of style, show us your most delicious ‘ReDux-ed’ mini-cake creation. Or if you’re in the camp that cupcakes have been a bit overdone, share your favorite hand-held dessert destined to be the next big trend.

Thanks to two of my favorite mom bloggers, @JaniceBissex and @LizWeiss, of The Meal Makeover Moms, for their fun Recipe ReDux idea!

As someone who loved to bake as a child, but does more cooking than baking these days, I definitely have not OD’d on cupcakes yet, and if you check my Recipe Index, you will find one lonely cupcake recipe {Teff Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting BTW-oh.so.good!}, so clearly I can’t be over the cupcake trend, when, really, I was never really a part of the movement anyways.

Hmmm….Can we call it a cupcake movement???

Anyhow, even though I still love cupcakes, when I saw this month’s ReDux Theme, I immediately thought of this Chocolate Pecan Love Bite recipe , which, after licking the bowl sparkling clean when I first made the dough, I just knew I had to make a “raw’ version one day, and thank goodness that day is finally here!

And, of course, this heart healthy raw dough {pecans, chickpeas, and flax}, had to be turend in to my favorite cake.

German Chocolate.

Oh, yes.

These little cake balls are amazing….

"Raw" German Chocolate Cake Balls

And, shh…, don’t tell, but they are coated with melted dark chocolate {74 % cacao}, unsweetened coconut, and cacao nibs, making them pretty good for you too!

"Raw" German Chocolate Cake Balls//The Spicy RD

If you eat just one 🙂

Here’s the super easy recipe…

"Raw" German Chocolate Cake Balls

"Raw" German Chocolate Cake Balls

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Servings: 14 cake balls



  • Combine pecans, chickpeas, maple syrup, flax meal, vanilla, and sea salt in a food processor, and process until smooth, ~ 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, and melt them in 1 minute increments until smooth, and combine the shredded coconut and cacao nibs in a pie pan or other shallow dish.
  • Form processed dough in to 1 inch balls {I made 14}, then dip each ball in the melted chocolate mixture, and roll in the coconut/cacao nib mixture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and transfer to the refrigerator to cool for ~30 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1cake ball
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Add to Recipe Collection
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Nutrition Notes:

  • Gluten-free and vegan.  
  • Rich in monounsaturated fats, omega-3’s, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants, these cake balls are good for your heart, and good for your health!
  • If you are looking for suggestions on what ingredients to use, I like Sunfood organic cacao nibs, and Dagoba Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Drops.
  • And, sorry, don’t mean to shout, but, remember, just one…

Of course, you can always have another one tomorrow 🙂

"Raw" German Chocolate Cake Balls//The Spicy RD

Are you SO over the cupcake trend, or are you like me~What trend??? What’s your favorite hand-held dessert? If you make these, are you really going to eat just one? {Of course you are:-)}

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27 thoughts on “Recipe ReDux: “Raw” German Chocolate Cake Balls”

  1. I like the look of these choco coco balls, but I haven´t understood what you mean by “chickpeas, canned, or dried and quick-soaked” because if they are canned that means they are precooked and if they are “quick soaked” for how long is that exactly?

  2. First off, love the “cupcake movement” line – I agree, I’ll never be over cupcakes but like to see how they are evolving. Secondly, cannot wait to try these! I was obsessively making PB Chocolate Chip Raw Bites for awhile but these look like the perfect recipe to switch it up a bit – yummy!

  3. These look scrummy, EA! I have seen a few raw sweets that call for beans but I have never been tempted to make any until this one. Do you think I could sub the chickpeas with aduki beans? Easier for me to digest and aduki are a little sweet, and of course nice and dark. What do you think?

    1. Oh, yes~I think aduki beans would be a wonderful twist! I thought about making them with black beans, but really loved the combo on pecans and chickpeas, so I stuck with that this time. Of course, I can always make more 🙂

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