No-Bake Red Velvet Cake Balls (V/GF)

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Close up shot of a bowl of no bake red velvet cake balls

Introducing a red velvet spin on our incredible no-bake chocolate cake balls!

These cake balls are infused with beetroot powder for a deeper chocolate flavor and health perks. Just 1 bowl, 7 ingredients, and 10 minutes required for these healthier treats!

Dates, cacao powder, almond flour, coconut flour, maple syrup, and vanilla

How to Make Red Velvet Cake Balls

Red velvet cake is considered a Southern dish that was invented in the 1800s. Those looking for a deeper dive into the history can do so here and here.

This inspired cake ball version starts by blending dates into small bits or until a ball forms. Dates provide natural sweetness and help everything stick together.

Next, almond flour and coconut flour are added, keeping this recipe grain-free and providing a fluffy, cake-like texture.

Cacao powder (or cocoa powder) gives these cake balls a rich, chocolaty flavor and pairs with beetroot powder for red velvet cake color, naturally! Plus, beets boast a variety of health benefits, including supporting cardiovascular health and reducing inflammation.

Food processor with blended dates, cacao powder, coconut flour, almond flour, and beet powder

Vanilla extract and maple syrup are added for additional flavor and sweetness.

If after processing, the mixture looks too dry, a little coconut cream or dairy-free milk can be added to achieve the thick, cakey texture pictured below.

Spoon in a bowl of no bake red velvet cake bites dough

Once the dough is the right texture, scoop and roll into balls. We like using this scoop for consistency.

All that’s left to do is roll in either cacao powder for a richer chocolate flavor or beetroot powder for a pink color and more earthy flavor. We think it’s fun to make some of each!

Rolling a red velvet cake bite in beet root powder

We hope you LOVE these red velvet cake balls! They’re:

Easy to make

They would make the perfect healthier treat to have on hand throughout the week when dessert cravings strike! They’re also great as a pre- or post-workout snack, or any time you need on-the-go energy!

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Pile of red velvet cake balls on a plate

No-Bake Red Velvet Cake Balls (V/GF)

Fudgy No-Bake Red Velvet Cake balls with a secret ingredient! Just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 7 wholesome ingredients required for these indulgent, healthier treats!
Author Minimalist Baker
Half eaten cake bite in a bowl of more cake bites
4.73 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 14 (Cake Balls)
Course Dessert/Snack
Cuisine Dessert, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2 Weeks



  • 1 cup packed pitted medjool dates (measured after pits are removed)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (or sub almond meal, but the cake flavor is more pronounced with flour)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour (or sub more almond flour)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (or Dutch process cocoa powder)
  • 2 Tbsp beetroot powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp coconut cream, full-fat coconut milk, or another dairy-free milk (optional)

FOR ROLLING optional

  • Cocoa Powder for richer chocolate flavor / Beet Powder for earthier flavor


  • To a food processor, add pitted dates and blend until small bits remain or a ball forms.
  • Next add your almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, beetroot powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Blend until a tacky dough is formed — about 20-30 seconds. Add coconut cream only if the dough still appears dry.
  • The mixture should form easily when squeezed between your fingers. If too dry, add a little more maple syrup or coconut cream. If too wet or sticky, add more coconut flour, almond flour, or cacao powder as needed.
  • Scoop out 1-Tbsp amounts of dough and roll into balls (we like this scoop). Repeat until all of your mixture is used up.
  • Enjoy as is, or roll in cacao powder for a richer chocolate flavor, or beetroot powder for pink color and earthier flavor (we enjoyed a mix of both).
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or the freezer for 1 month or more. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

Serving: 1 cake ball Calories: 63 Carbohydrates: 13.6 g Protein: 1 g Fat: 1.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.25 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.71 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 3 mg Potassium: 143 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Sugar: 10.6 g Vitamin A: 21 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 17.67 mg Iron: 0.42 mg

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  1. Viktoriya says

    Cakey texture and so delish. I used to make something similar years ago that added shredded coconut and I loved that cacao/beetroot powder combo. Thank you for another easy and yummy recipe! Can’t seem to stop trying your different recipes lately.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we LOVE seeing you make our recipes, Viktoriya! We’re so glad you’re enjoying them! xoxo

  2. Bocephus says

    These were fine, but a bit bland. I now add some toasted nuts in with the dates and use date syrup instead of maple because that makes more sense to me. I add salt ( it needs it) and double the vanilla. Milk gets eliminated completely, more delicious caramel tasting date syrup is the superior liquid. My beet powder became absorbed in some spots on the balls and looked so mangy, rerolling is necessary for an attractive presentation. All in all a solid recipe that I use often for gifting.

  3. Grace Moreno says

    The flavor was delicious but wasn’t able to get it to be the right consistency to turn them into balls. I followed the recipe so not sure what went wrong.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Grace, were they having trouble holding together? If so, we wonder if maybe the dates you were using were especially dry? If that’s the case next time, you can soak them for a few minutes in warm water to rehydrate. Hope that helps!

  4. Jackie Lim says

    Just made these and they turn out great! Will tag on IG & FB soon. I did not have Almond flour and used coconut flour in replacement and it worked fine. Been looking for something that works with coconut flour (tried pancakes, cookies with no success) Very glad this would help me make use of it. Thank you!

  5. Michael Z. says

    As a Type 1 Diabetic, I have been using the Mastering Diabetes Method for a few years, In short high carb, low fat. I have been looking for a treat that was low in fat and delicious besides fruit. I did not have Beetroot Powder, only Cacao. These were like yummy brownie bites. My partner absolutely loves them. He doesn’t like dates by themselves but devoured these.

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes on your site! We make many other them every week!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad you enjoy our recipes, Michael! Thank you so much for the lovely review! xo

  6. Lisa says

    These cake balls are delicious, but I broke my small food processor making these. I then soaked the dates in boiling water for five or ten minutes and finished making them in my blender. I wouldn’t recommend trying this without first soaking and draining the dates. That’s how I’ll do it going forward.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! We’re so sorry that happened, Lisa. Is it possible there was a pit left in one of the dates before blending?

  7. Samantha says

    Wow! These are totally yummy and divine. I like the combination of beetroot powder and a cacao powder. I rolled mine in beetroot powder and will definitely make them again. Easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Erin says

    Hi! I’m excited to try your recipe. Although I was curious if I could use the recipe to make an actual cake? Thoughts?


  9. Christine says

    I made these for Christmas and they were amazing! Very cakey and not overly sweet. My husband kept trying to sneak them before Christmas dinner. The beetroot powder I bought was more pink than red (I was going for christmas colors) but that’s fine. They would also work for valentine’s day treats and I want to try them rolled in shredded coconut too.

  10. Kim says

    Easy to make, nice for a quick snack, not too sweet, and my friends enjoyed them. I don’t like things to be too sweet, but I thought they could’ve been a little sweeter, and especially since I was making them for friends, I added extra sugar. I added 1 tablespoon granulated sugar to the mixture because I was afraid more maple syrup would’ve made them too wet or sticky. I also mixed granulated sugar with the cocoa powder and beet powder for rolling, and I definitely recommend this! It gave it an extra (yet light) pop of sweetness, and made the balls looks kind of glittery! I just wish they had a little more flavor, like more chocolate flavor.

  11. Diana says

    Your recipes are amazing! I have a question. What is the difference between medjool dates and pitted dates? Also, can I use pitted dates instead?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Diana, we use medjool dates and remove the pits =) So yes, that will work! We find they tend to be fresher when you buy them with the pits in.

  12. Diana says

    Hi, I’m new to cooking and love your recipes! I wanted to try this but I have a question… can I use a blender instead of a food processor? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Diana, a food processor is best. Is using a blender, go slow and low, turning it on and off again as you go. Be careful not to overmix or it can puree OR burnout your motor (dates are tough on some blenders). Hope that helps!

  13. krista says

    heyy girl! i really really like this idea I was wondering if you could do this just by making it in a bowl and mashing everything with a fork? btw keep doing what you are doing this is awesome all the recipes are (lol haha don’t know why people can be so mean sometimes :( )

    thanks again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks Krista! We haven’t tried that, but it might work. Make sure to chop the dates as finely as possible. Let us know how it goes!

  14. Katie says

    These are absolutely delicious!! We have a nut allergy in our house so I subbed sunflower seed flour for almond flour and they turned out beautifully. I also didn’t have beet root powder and they still turned out amazing! They are fudgy and delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Katie! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

  15. Elisa says

    I really needed something sweet to eat and I had everything on hand but the beet powder. I subbed a small amount of beet I had in the freezer and while I had to play with the texture and add more flour, it still came out great. (I ordered the beet powder from Thrive and will make again.) For no-bake, they have an incredibly cakey feel–maybe it’s the coconut flour. Thanks for this great healthier option.

  16. Wanda says

    These are so good! I made them with covered with beetroot powder and they look amazing. My daughter loves them too. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  17. Ava says

    I made these for me and my family and we all really liked them! They had a really unique taste and were delicious. Even my younger brother, who can sometimes be a bit picky, really enjoyed them. Great recipe and I’ll probably make them again!

  18. James says

    made with just almond meal instead of flour and coconut flour, also omitted maple syrup as i don’t like things overly sweet and they worked well! v tasty! thought the beetroot powder would be more earthy like turmeric but it actually has a slightly sweet flavour and isn’t earthy.

    oh one more thing – used pitted dates instead of medjool and soaked in boiling water for 10mins before drying on a towel and then blitzing, worked fine :)

  19. Shivany says

    Indulgence at its best ❤️
    Rolling in the two powders made them strong but I loved them:-D
    Minimalist baker is one of my fav sites for healthier desserts ❤️

  20. Karen V says

    I made these last night when I only had a short time before my in laws were coming over for a backyard summer dinner. I used Deglet Noor dates and didn’t need any coconut cream. The mixture blended into a big moist ball in the food processor. I found that if I rolled them into the powder then rolled them again in my palms they looked so pretty and smooth! I rarely make desserts and was a bit concerned they wouldn’t like them but they did and my husband really enjoyed them too! I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and they truly are quick and so healthy. Thank you!

  21. Amanda says

    Not sure what kind of sorcery is involved in these, but WOW. They are just incredibly delicious. I love how quickly they come together, too – I was craving something sweet and within 10 minutes had these! I didn’t have beetroot powder, and simply left it out. I also subbed oat flour for the almond flour (personal preference). Super moist, perfect texture (I didn’t need to add the coconut cream or milk), rich and chocolate-y. I have a feeling these are going to be a regular in our house.

    I also wanted to thank you for all of your recipes. I’ve been a fan of yours for years now, but during COVID, I’ve noticed that when I don’t know what to cook with my limited pantry ingredients, I hop on your website here and find the perfect thing to make (tonight, it was your cauliflower bahn-mi!). I’m plant-based but respect your decision to honor your body and intuition (and admire how well you’ve handled those who were super mean to you). Anyway, thanks for all you do (and for starting to add history tidbits into your recipes).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad you enjoyed these, Amanda! And thanks for the kind words! This time has been tough on just about everyone. Glad our recipes provide some comfort :D xo!

  22. Ss says

    These were really yummy! I couldn’t find beer root powder, so I boiled a beet and used the water in place of the non dairy milk. I also used monk fruit to sweeten them and dusted them with a mix of blended monk fruit and red cocoa powder. They’re rich, but delicious!

  23. Pia says

    Hi, just made it- without the beetroot… Just added a bit more coconut flour… So they are not red, but getting the beetroot stuff here in Northern Ireland is not easy. Also replaced the milk with bailey 😂 they are fab, but very boozy 😂

  24. Michele says

    I was wondering if you could substitute the almond flour for coconut flour as I am allergic to almonds?

    If your recipes call for almond flour can you add a substitute if applicable.

    Thanks Michele

      • Lauren says

        I agree with Jelena. The article referenced discusses fruit, but I think dried fruit is a different animal. I have actually tracked my blood sugar after eating dates, and they have raised mine to over 300. While the glycemic index of dates is considered ‘lower’, I think the total LOAD is what is important. These do look delicious, but if you’re inclined, I’d love to see more low sugar treats! :)

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Lauren! How many dates did you eat in your experiment? Of course, dried fruit can spike blood sugar more than fresh fruit, so eat fresh when you can and eat dried in moderation. In my opinion, it’s OK for most healthy people to eat 2 dates as a treat, as in the case of this recipe.

  25. howard says

    Maybe it’s just me, but as a chef I dont like when online posts have a photo of half eaten food. Am I just neurotic or is seeing teeth marks unappetizing?

  26. Paige says

    I have a blender but not food processor. Any way to make this work for a blender? Maybe adding water?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I wouldn’t add water. I would just blend slow and low, turning it on and off again as you go. Be careful not to overmix or it can puree OR burnout your motor (dates are tough on some blenders).

  27. Chris says

    If I’m not worried about being gluten-free, can I substitute the almond and coconut flours with AP flour?