paleo cake pops
Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

Cake Pops: The Free From Paleo Version

I’ve been watching the cake pop craze from afar, and have come to the conclusion that (for the most part) they’re a fine example of style over substance. Or as my East Londoner friend would say “all fur coat and no knickers” (tee hee, that one always brings a smile to my face).

These creations came about entirely by chance. I’d been promising to make hubby brownies for days but just didn’t get round to it and felt bad. Poor guy works hard, gets up with 4yo in the middle of the night then comes home and there aren’t even any treats in the fridge.

One afternoon the other week I tried making a cake, from memory while holding the baby. As you can imagine it was a disaster. I was a little heavy handed on the dates and it came out too rich and dense. I knew he would eat it out of politeness, but decided to do some experimenting instead.

I turned it into cake pops (without the sticks) and in the process had a very happy hubby on my hands. They may not look stunning, but I’m assured the taste was top notch. They also got the seal of approval from my bestie who knows her cake. To say it killed me not being able to eat these would be an understatement, and I’m already planning on making them again as soon as my diet will allow!

This recipe is free from dairy, gluten, grains and refined sugar

Ingredients for 24 cake pops:
Cooked and cooled small chocolate cake (any will do, but I like this)
50g raw cacao butter
20g cocoa/cacao powder
Tbsp honey

GF, DF, RSF Chocolate Cake

– line a baking tray with greaseproof paper

– put the cacao butter, powder and honey into a heat proof bowl set over a saucepan with simmering water in it

– gently melt the ingredients until it looks and tastes like melted dark chocolate

– cut the cake up into 24 little pieces, then roll them into balls as you would truffles

– dip each ball of cake into the chocolate mixture, then place onto the greaseproof paper

– put the tray into the fridge for a couple of hours to set, then store in a biscuit tin


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  1. Gorgeous, can you make a nut and seed free cake just for me (no pressure) xx

  2. They are too easy honest, hope you enjoy them if you give them a go xx

  3. Oooh these sound so yummy! I cannot believe I still have not made cake pops! I must give them a go x #tastytuesdays

  4. And as you said my lovely lady, you are only human. Hugs xxxx

  5. Yeah…cocoa is the thing really. That is what I really miss, and as you will have seen on FB, I’ve kind of given in to it!

  6. They’re pretty special my lovely. Let me know if you give them a try, I’d love to hear what you think xx

  7. You could make them but leave out the cocoa hon, I did it while I was on GAPS intro stage four and they were heavenly xx

  8. Oh yum!!! These sound lovely. Just wish I could eat them too!!!

  9. I love how you can turn something so naughty into a fab healthy treat. These sound amazing. I’ll be trying these out xx

  10. Thanks Emily and for sharing, glad you liked my free from version 🙂

  11. Hehe. I actually love cake pops for the style and the substance! 🙂 Great to have a ‘free from’ option. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek – I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky going live at 6pm this evening 🙂

  12. Quite a few of my treat recipes are vegan lovely, because my 4yo can’t have egg either xxx

  13. Love these and with a kid who now has an egg allergy along with berry allergies, recipes like this are very needed! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  14. so easy my lovely!

  15. Exactly hon, and a fab little activity to do with the kids 🙂

  16. Please keep me posted if you try them out!

  17. These sound good! And lovely and easy too 🙂 #TastyTuesdays

  18. This looks so easy and the best part NO BAKE #TastyTuesdays

  19. Thanks so much for dropping by. Please let me know how you get on 🙂

  20. Thanks lovely. Look forward to reading about your own pops 🙂

  21. I’ve tried cake pops a couple of times and they always seem to fall apart ! – these ones look much better though so I may have to have another go ! 🙂 #TastyTuesdays

  22. I keep seeing everyone talking about cake pops, maybe it’s time I gave them a go too. And well done for salvaging what initially didn’t work out, and turning it into a success!

  23. Ooh these look fantastic, I keep meaning to bake with dates, I’ll be trying them too, once I have finished with my diet! #RecipreOfTheWeek

  24. Ooooh I’ll check them out now, thanks Kate xx

  25. love the idea of adding mint like you did, will do that next time *goes off to buy peppermint extract*

  26. thanks so much!

  27. I didn’t think of that, will store it and put that tip to good use at some point. Thank you 🙂

  28. Thanks for popping by! I can’t wait to actually eat some next time…

  29. I’ll look forward to reading about it Fiona!

  30. I’m going to try cake pops now, I’ve seen a few around and it is such a great idea #Recipe of the week

  31. This looks like a slightly healthier version than most cake pops, and that can only be good 🙂

  32. Cake pops are fab and always good for using up offcuts it you’re leveling a cake as well 🙂 #recipeoftheweek

  33. Mmmmm these look fab, yummy. Love cake pops #recipeoftheweek

  34. Cake Pops are definitely great for cake disasters. I had the same feeling about them a while back but now I love making them.

  35. Excellent! Taste is FAR more important than appearance 😉 #Recipeoftheweek Here’s my version

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