Copycat Starbucks Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls


Dessert, Gluten-free, Paleo, Recipes, Special Diet, Vegan / Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist, coffee flavored, almond butter cookie dough on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips dispersed throughout, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are truly tiramisu in bite-size form!

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist coffee flavored almond butter cookie on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are tiramisu in bite size form! #vegan #paleo #tiramisu #cakeball #cookiedough #dough #eggfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #grainfree #chocolate #almond #coffee #whitechocolate #veganwhitechocolate #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dessert

About 7 or 8 years ago now, Starbucks used to have one of my favorite desserts in this whole wide world- the tiramisu cake pop. Every time I went to Starbucks, I had to get one. They came on white lollipop sticks, perfectly formed balls, coated in a creamy white ganache with a small coffee bean covered in chocolate placed on top. When you bit into them, the white chocolate ganache would crack slightly, and an almost dough like, yet fluffy, cake ball would be revealed. I would savor each bite, trying to make it last for as many bites as possible. There were subtle notes of coffee and chocolate scattered throughout the most moist, scrumptious cake ball you could imagine.

One day, I noticed that the cakeballs were no longer in the stores. I thought, oh maybe they’ve just run out today. I kept on checking back though, at multiple different locations, every time asking with a hopefulness that they would have reappeared, but they never did. Maybe it sounds a bit over-dramatic, but my heart was broken. At least the foodie part of me. It was one of those great discoveries that could have remained “your favorite” or “your regular” for the rest of your life. But Starbucks seemed to have other plans.

Flash forward to today, and I probably would have had to say goodbye to my precious cake pops anyways, seeing as I no longer eat gluten or dairy. So I guess in some ways, it’s almost better that Starbucks got rid of them, because I don’t have to be tempted by something I can’t have. And it led me to creating my own paleo version of the treat I once adored.

These cake balls are very similar in texture to those of Starbucks’s, perhaps a bit more dense. The white almond butter helps provide both the cakey-ness and the moisture. The coconut flour makes them slightly more fluffy and the chocolate chips are reminiscent of the chocolate covered coffee bean. I rolled the balls in cacao powder and instant coffee to really emphasize the coffee and chocolate flavors. Lastly, I coated these beauties in my vegan white chocolate, which adds a creaminess that balances out the stronger chocolate and coffee flavors.

I can honestly say that as I ate these, I was brought back to the original tiramisu cake pops I ate so many years ago. I found a little piece of something I once found so dear, and to me, that’s what food, cooking, and baking are all about. Experiences, memories, special moments, special traditions.

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist coffee flavored almond butter cookie on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are tiramisu in bite size form! #vegan #paleo #tiramisu #cakeball #cookiedough #dough #eggfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #grainfree #chocolate #almond #coffee #whitechocolate #veganwhitechocolate #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dessert              Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist coffee flavored almond butter cookie on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are tiramisu in bite size form! #vegan #paleo #tiramisu #cakeball #cookiedough #dough #eggfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #grainfree #chocolate #almond #coffee #whitechocolate #veganwhitechocolate #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dessert

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist coffee flavored almond butter cookie on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are tiramisu in bite size form! #vegan #paleo #tiramisu #cakeball #cookiedough #dough #eggfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #grainfree #chocolate #almond #coffee #whitechocolate #veganwhitechocolate #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dessert

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist coffee flavored almond butter cookie on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are tiramisu in bite size form! #vegan #paleo #tiramisu #cakeball #cookiedough #dough #eggfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #grainfree #chocolate #almond #coffee #whitechocolate #veganwhitechocolate #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dessert

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist coffee flavored almond butter cookie on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are tiramisu in bite size form! #vegan #paleo #tiramisu #cakeball #cookiedough #dough #eggfree #dairyfree #glutenfree #grainfree #chocolate #almond #coffee #whitechocolate #veganwhitechocolate #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dessert

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls

Paleo Tiramisu Cake Balls: moist, coffee flavored, almond butter cookie dough on the inside with lovely little chocolate chips dispersed throughout, rolled in cocoa powder and ground coffee, covered in vegan white chocolate, these are truly tiramisu in bite-size form! 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine almond butter, cake balls, coffee, cookie dough, dairy free, easy, edible cookie dough, gluten-free, grain free, healthy, paleo, tiramisu, vegan, vegan white chocolate
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 balls

Ingredients

Cake Ball

  • 2/3 cup blanched almond butter 137 grams
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour 16 grams
  • 3/4 tsp instant finely ground coffee
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 75 grams
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30 grams small chocolate chunks or mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp pure cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant finely ground coffee

Vegan White Chocolate Coating (optional)

  • 1/3 cup raw cocoa butter 50 grams
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk powder
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 gousse vanilla bean

Instructions

For the cake balls

  1. In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, coconut flour, salt, and 3/4 teaspoon of the ground coffee with a spoon until well mixed and a smooth ball of dough is formed. 

  2. Next add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth dough is formed. 

  3. Add in the mini chocolate chips/ chocolate chunks. 

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and the remaining 1 teaspoon of ground coffee.

  5. Prepare a sheet of parchment paper to set the balls of dough on. 

  6. Form small balls of dough and then roll into the cocoa coffee mixture. Afterwards set on parchment paper, and set aside while preparing the vegan white chocolate coating. 

For the white chocolate coating (optional)

  1. Melt the cocoa butter using a double boiler method. In a sauce pan, bring water to a boil, and then in a bowl placed on top of the saucepan, stir the cocoa butter until it is completely melted. 

  2. Then add the coconut milk, cashew butter, powdered sugar, and the grains from the inside of the vanilla bean. Stir until well blended and all clumps removed. I was able to do this with just a spoon. No need for any special blender or mixer. 

  3. Place the mixture in a measuring cup with a pouring lip and let sit in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes, checking at around 10 minutes. You want the mixture to thicken a bit, but still remain liquid. 

  4. Once it's thickened, carefully and slowly pour the white chocolate over the cake balls so they evenly cover the surface of the cake ball. The mixture may be a little thin. For a thicker coating, cover with white chocolate once and then wait 10 minutes (keeping the chocolate mixture out, not putting it in the fridge) and then cover the balls with the white chocolate for a second time.

  5. Optional: melt dark chocolate and drizzle on top of cake balls for an extra special treat. Bon appétit! 

Version Française:

Cakeballs au tiramisu et au chocolat blanc vegan

Je vous partage une recette pour un dessert américain- les "cake balls" qui sont des petites boules de gâteau qui sont hyper moelleuse. Celles-ci sont au tiramisu et couvertes avec du chocolat blanc vegan. 

Course Dessert, gouter, Snack
Cuisine amandes, cake balls, cake pops, chocolat blanc, chocolat blanc vegan, dessert sain, healthy dessert, manger bien, manger sain, purée d'amandes, sans gluten, sans lactose, tiramisu, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Temps de repos 15 minutes
Servings 8 boules

Ingredients

Cake Ball

  • 137 grammes de purée d'amandes blanches
  • 16 grammes de farine de coco
  • 3/4 c. à café de café moulu
  • 1/8 c. à café de sel
  • 75 grammes de sirop d'érable
  • 1/2 c. à café d'extrait de vanille
  • 30 grammes de morceaux ou de pépites de chocolat noir
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 1 c. à café de café moulu

Chocolat blanc vegan (facultative)

  • 50 grammes de beurre de cacao
  • 2 c. à soupe de lait de coco en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre de cajou
  • 3 c. à soupe de sucre glace
  • 1/4 gousse de vanille

Instructions

Cake Ball

  1. Dans un grand saladier, mélangez la purée d'amandes, la farine de coco, le sel et 3/4 cuillère à café de café moulu. Mélangez jusqu'à l'obtention d'un mélange homogène. 

  2. Puis ajoutez le sirop d'érable et l'extrait de vanille. Mélangez bien.

  3. Ajoutez les morceaux de chocolat.

  4. Dans un petit bol, mélangez la poudre de cacao et 1 cuillère à café de café moulu.

  5. Préparez du papier sulfurisé pour placer les boules. 

  6. Formez des boules avec vos mains, puis, roulez-les dans le mélange de cacao et café moulu. Ensuite, placez-les sur le papier sulfurisé et mettez-les à côté pendant la preparation du chocolat blanc vegan.

Chocolat blanc vegan (facultative)

  1. Fondre la beurre de cacao au bain marie. Mettez-le à côté dans un bol.

  2. Ajouter le lait de coco en poudre, la purée de cajou, le sucre glace, et les graines de vanille dans le bol avec la beurre de cacao fondue. Mélangez-bien.

  3. Versez le mélange dans une tasse à mesurer qui a un bec verseur. Placez la tasse au frigo pendant 10 ou 15 minutes. Vous voulez que le mélange reste liquide, mais qu'il s'épaisse. 

  4. Après qu'il est plus épaisse, versez le chocolat blanc sur les boules pour bien  en couvrir toutes. Le mélange risque d'être un peu fin. Pour une coque plus épaisse, faites une deuxième couche 10 minutes après. 

  5. Facultative: faites-fondre du chocolat noir au bain marie et arrosez-le sur les boules pour un dessert très gourmand. Gardez-les au frigo. Bon dégustation! 

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