Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls {Keto, Paleo, Vegan}

Super easy, NO-BAKE keto cake balls! These 5-ingredient Blackberry Cake Balls are so rich and delicious, you’d never guess they’re healthy! (Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo & Vegan, too!) Jump to Recipe

{Originally published 8/29/2018  – Updated 8/20/2019}Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Keto Blackberry Cake Balls


So… there’s no actual CAKE in these cake balls, haha. (but hear me out)

And no, there’s no butter either…

And no baking. (Hardly any effort at all, really.)

They’re MUCH easier. And much HEALTHIER than conventional cake balls. So now you can have your cake and eat it, too! 😉

These could be eaten as “fat bombs” since they’re a good dose of healthy fats! Or an afternoon snack, or evening dessert! Whatever you like!

These pretty purple balls are made with just a handful of simple ingredients. You’d never guess these are made with … 

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Made with… COCONUT! This buttery deliciousness comes not from dairy, but from coconuts!

Did you know that blending shredded coconut in a food processor transforms it into BUTTER? Omg, it’s SO GOOD. And full of natural, plant-based healthy fats that nourish your body (and delight your taste buds!) Perfect as a keto fat bomb!!

What are they made with?

  • Coconut butter and blackberries, plus a little stevia or monk fruit blended together form a heavenly substance that’s better not only delicious, but good for you, too! NO sugar!

[Update 8/2019] If you don’t wanna make your own coconut butter, you can buy it pre-made to skip that step. Time saver!

I recently found an AMAZING deal on coconut butter at Thrive Market.  Cheaper than most brands I’ve seen!

And it comes in a handy dandy squeeze packet to make it super easy to “stir” (mix in the oil by squeezing!) and measure (mess free!).

Don’t forget: you can save an EXTRA 25% on your entire first order at Thrive Market when you use my special link for Pretty Pies readers 🙂 Blackberry Balls - Before & After


These are so EASY to make. Easy makes me happy. Blend, roll into balls, chill, SAVOR. 🙂

Honestly, it’s been kind of a LONG time since I’ve eaten a “real” cake ball. Since I went gluten-free AND low-carb, I can’t eat that stuff anymore. But these purple bites totally remind me of a cake ball. The kind made with a cake mix that’s mixed with frosting. RICH and delicious!

These are similar in taste, but so much HEALTHIER. And you won’t feel sick to your stomach from the sugar bomb. THIS one is made only with PLANTS.

And they’re SO PRETTY without having to use any artificial dyes or food coloring. Pretty purple bites of JOY!Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com


If you’ve been following my blog, you know I LOVE PURPLE haha.

I adore making pretty purple desserts, like this now-“famous” purple cheesecake, and this two-tone blackberry cheesecake, and this GORGEOUS deep purple frosting, these blueberry cake donuts, and purple sweet potato pie!

And most recently, these Keto Berry Blender Mini Cheesecakes... Oh em GEE, the COLOR!!

Lol. see what I mean?? #noshame

It just makes me HAPPY!

And I say DO MORE OF THAT, whatever it may be. Bring more joy into your life and shine into this dark world we live in.

And I have to point out – these balls just HAPPENED to match my nails! lol I didn’t even plan that. It’s just my fav 😉Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Do it for the ‘GRAM: 1.46 grams of carbs!

Indulgent cake ball taste, but only ONE net gram of carbs?? Sign me up 😉

A quick calculation on Cronometer came to 3.4 g total carbs & 1.9 g fiber, so 1.46 gram net carbs! WOOT.

And that’s based on 13 servings. You can make these half the size (26 servings) to slash the values even further. They are quite rich.

How to Store Blackberry Cake Balls

These last about as long as an average box of blackberries– approximately 5-7 days. Keep them refrigerated for best freshness. May be frozen for longer storage, but let them thaw because they will be rock hard from the freezer.


If you make these, be sure to leave a star rating below and tag me on Insta @emily.likes.food #prettypies! I LOVE seeing your creations! Keep spreading joy, friends 🙂

Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls {Keto, Paleo, Vegan}

These pretty purple cake balls are so rich, you'd never guess they're healthy!
4.29 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 13 balls
Author: Emily


Blackberry "Cake" Batter

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes - (or about 2/3 cup coconut butter, see notes)
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/16 tsp pure stevia powder - or monkfruit extract or 10-15 drops, to taste
  • dash pink salt

Optional, for rolling

  • 1-2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes


  • Begin by making coconut butter by blending coconut flakes in a food processor for about 15-25 minutes, until liquified (scraping down the sides as needed). Or use store-bought coconut butter (see notes below)
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend again. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make balls. Roll each ball of dough in your hands and place on a parchment-lined plate. (If batter is still too melted or sticky, freeze for a few minutes to firm up)
  • Optional: roll in coconut shreds or dip in vanilla glaze (recipe below)
  • Freeze for 15-30 minutes to set, then store in the fridge. Enjoy!


To store: Keep refrigerated. Do not store in the freezer or they will turn too hard.
Store-bought coconut butter: I recently discovered Thrive Market brand, which is much more affordable! (don't forget, you can save an additional 25% on their discounted prices with my link here) 🙂
To use store-bought coconut butter,
  • Place your jar/packet in a bowl of hot water to melt it
    • This may take around 10-15 minutes.
    • Do not melt in the microwave, because that can cause the texture to seize.
  • The jar must be melted and completely stirred each time you use it because the oil rises to the top and needs to be incorporated back in.
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Sweeteners: Stevia and monk fruit extracts and drops are interchangeable in this recipe, however monk fruit is a little sweeter. I always recommend starting with a lesser amount and adjusting to taste as you go!
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  3. Stevia drops available on Amazon
  4. Monk fruit drops available from:
You may use frozen blackberries only if they are thawed and drained first. Frozen fruit will harden the coconut butter and make it clumpy.
Optional Vanilla Glaze:
  • 2 Tbs refined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp coconut milk
  • 5-8 drops vanilla stevia or 2 drops monkfruit, to taste
Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Blackberry Cake Balls {Keto, Paleo, Vegan}
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Net Carbs
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Tag @emily.likes.food #prettypies!

Approximate Macros via Cronometer.com:

Calories 78
Fat 7.4 g
Total Carb 3.4 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Net Carb 1.46 g
Protein 1.5 g


    • Emily

      Yes, to make coconut butter, blend the coconut for at least 15 minutes, until it turns liquid. Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes. It depends on the freshness of the coconut and your food processor. 🙂

    • Emily

      It’s approximately a scant 3/4 cup.

      Be sure to warm/soften the store bought butter first. And it may need to be stirred in the jar before scooping out. (Sometimes the oil separates)

      If you make them, let me know what you think Enjoy!

  • Bonnie

    So… once I had the coconut in the food processor i realized it said 15 Minutes! My processor could not do that. I made these anyway. I added about 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 3 tbsp butter. Squished them into balls and froze them. Probably not like what you made but they’re still pretty good. It’s surprising how the BlackBerry flavor comes through. Still a win!

    • Emily

      Glad you found a way to make it work! Coconut butter does take a while sometimes to get it super smooth, but it’s so much cheaper to make at home

  • Lisa

    This looks brilliantly yummy – LOVE blackberries & never would have thought of it. Question: Can you make the coconut butter with a Vitamix blender instead of a food processor? I have the blender but no food processor… Would it be less time? 15 minutess in a vitamix might seriously cook it so just curious. Thank you!

    • Emily

      Thanks! Yes, a vitamix should work. It may not take as long. Just keep blending until it’s a smooth drippy liquid. Or you always can buy a jar of coconut butter too! 🙂

  • Stacie

    Made theses for my family for the holidays, we have sugar free, paleo, and vegan diets in our family!! They were AMAZING and everyone has requested them for Easter, our next family gathering. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful, and easy I might add, recipe!!

    • Emily

      Yay! Thank you for commenting So glad to hear everyone liked them (and they fit everyone’s dietary restrictions!) woohoo! You are so welcome.

  • Pamela L Boardman

    Emily, can you taste the coconut? I am not a fan so I try recipes either without it or I try to replace it with something else if possible. I love the idea and the recipe just looks like fun to make.

    • Emily

      There is a slight coconut taste to these. Not strong or overpowering.

      But in general, coconut butter doesn’t taste like coconut to me.. it has a mild shortbread taste.

      If you wanted to use something else, I’m not sure if there’s an easy sub since the properties of coconut butter are very unique.

      • debbie

        I also use the berry stevia when I make blackberry Gelato (that I pour into popsicle molds) from sugarfreemom.com. you MUST try them! :-)Also in my frozen strawberry ‘fluff’ pie..Mmmmm I found my brand stevia at my healthfood store but I have seen the sweetleaf brand on amazon.

  • rocio deatherage

    I have coconut but it’s very finely “shredded”, it looks more like ground very finely. Would that work instead of the shredded?
    And is almond meal the same as almond flour? can you use either in a recipe that calls for almond meal?


    • Emily

      I think any size coconut shreds should work fine 🙂
      Just make sure it’s not coconut flour though, cuz that definitely would not work.
      Almond meal has the skins left on the almonds so it’s a little coarser and has a speckled look to it. It should work ok for most things. For cakes/breads I would use finely blanched almond flour. Hope that helps!

      • rocio deatherage

        Thanks for the reply!
        I was asking on the almond flour and meal for your “Deep dish frosted blue berry tart”. It calls for almond meal and i have almond flour.
        It’s berry season and I just discovered your recipes !!!! They look great !!!

  • rocio deatherage

    Thanks for the reply!
    I was asking on the almond flour and meal for your “Deep dish frosted blue berry tart”. It calls for almond meal and i have almond flour.
    It’s berry season and I just discovered your recipes !!!! They look great !!!

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