Raw Vegan Cake Pops + GIVEAWAY
Today I have a fun treat recipe for you along with a fabulous giveaway that you will WANT enter! Have you ever made raw vegan cake pops? The ones I'm sharing are EASY to make, they're delicious, and best of all they're actually good for you. I've eaten a regular cake pop only once in my life. The texture of the cake mixed with the frosting was soft and dreamy, and the chocolate on the outside was perfect BUT over all it was tooo sweet and we all know what kind of ingredients went into it.
With my "have your cake and eat it too" philosophy, I've created a guilt-free version that would be especially great for Halloween which is just around the corner. They'd be fun to make with kids but regardless of your age I'm sure you'll enjoy them (and you can omit the sticks and enjoy them as balls).
You know that I like to spread the word about great products that I come across. Recently I discovered a new Canadian company (but they ship worldwide) called NAGI which makes organic, raw, vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free energy bars and makaroons. The word NAGI means Naked in Polish, which is the perfect description. These all natural/naked snacks are designed to nourish and energize the body and the mind throughout the day.
The ingredient list is one of the most impressive that I've seen in vegan energy bars.
Check this out: Protein blend (pea, brown rice), apricots or prunes (dried plums), coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sprouted quinoa, chia seeds, semi-sweet chocolate (that contains NO soy lecithin), cacao powder, apples, sea salt, coconut nectar, almonds, virgin coconut oil, vanilla, fiber from tapioca, cacao nibs. Flavours: goji berries, lemon oil, apple butter (apples, baking soda), cinnamon.
NAGI has 5 different bars: Chocolate Coconut Almond, Chocolate Goji Berry, Lemon Goji Berry Coconut, Chocolate Quinoa Coconut, and Apple Cinnamon Cranberry. The bars have a slightly soft and chewy texture with little flecks of things throughout. Also, they have just the right amount of sweetness - they're not too sweet. While I like all of the bars, my favourite is the Chocolate Quinoa Coconut because I really like the addition of cinnamon. It seems to give a neat depth to the taste. The Lemon Goji Coconut is my second favourite as the lemon flavour really pops and I like the goji berries in there as well.
NAGI also has two kinds of raw makaroons. 2 come in a package (a cute package, might I add) and its a darn good thing because one just isn't enough! See the ingredients here.
The Vanilla Almond is my favourite. It has a perfect chewy texture with bits of crunch from the almonds here and there, and it has a lovely coconutty and vanilla flavour. The Chocolate Almond is also really great. It's chewy with the right level of sweetness, and has a nice chocolate and coconut taste to it.
Where can you find NAGI bars/makaroons?! While you can order them online from anywhere, you can find them at stores across Ontario, at one location in Alberta, at Whole Foods, Nature's Fare Markets, and Local Boom in British Columbia, and at one location in both Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Please see all store locations HERE, along with which online stores you can order from (such as Costco and Well.ca).
I've turned the NAGI bars into the easiest vegan cake pops! Sneaky right?! No one will ever know how easy it was for you to make these gems. They'll think you worked in the kitchen for hours hehe. Make sure to have some sucker sticks OR omit them and just make balls. I made my own cake pop stand with a piece of foam and punched holes into it with the sticks. This allows them to stand upright while the chocolate hardens. Alternatively you can place each pop top side down. No biggie.
Raw Vegan Cake Pops
Makes 8-10 pops
4-5 NAGI bars*
1-3 teaspoons water
1 - 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate of choice**
1 teaspoon coconut oil
*I used all 3 of the chocolate based NAGI bars to make the chocolate cake pops. I used a few lemon bars to create the ones ones, just make sure to process them separately.
**You can use raw chocolate or store bought dark chocolate. Make sure to chop if if you're using a chocolate bar.
Break the bars into pieces with your hands and add them to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break them down. Add the water starting with 1 teaspoon. Process to break the bars down to little bits. Add more water, until you reach desired texture. It should be very malleable. Roll into 8-10 balls (1 bar yielded 2 good sized pops). If it cracks too much you need more water. Set aside. Melt 1 tablespoon of chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over hot water. Dip the end of a sucker stick into the chocolate (less than 1 cm) and then insert into a cake ball. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining balls. This helps keep the ball secure on the stick for dipping and eating. Place in the freezer while melting the remaining chocolate.
Shredded coconut, cacao nibs, goji berries, almonds, or other bits of choice
While the balls are firming up, melt the rest of the chocolate and the coconut oil in the bowl set over hot water. Dip a cake pop into the chocolate making sure to coat the whole thing. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Set into the cake pop stand OR place top side down onto a parchment paper lined tray and sprinkle with desired toppings. Repeat with all pops and then set it the fridge to harden (15 minutes).
Now for a giveaway! Would you like some bars?
This contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA.
ENTER to win a box of 12 assorted NAGI bars (Canada/USA)
- Leave a comment below answering this question: What kind of ingredients do you like in your energy bars? When do you usually eat them?
(I'll go first: I love bars with chocolate, coconut, and hemp. I like to keep a bar or power ball in my purse to eat when I'm on the run)
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This contest will run until Saturday October 28th. A winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email. They will be expected to reply within 24 hours with a mailing address.
Good luck! 😀
Wishing you a great week