These healthy no-bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites are sweetened with dates. They're perfect for kids as an after school snack.
I've decided that these Carrot Cake Energy Bites are my absolute favorite way to eat carrots. Sure, carrots taste great in a Tofu Stir Fry, Tofu Frittata, or Tofu Noodle Soup, but carrot cake flavored energy balls, I mean come on!
The true stars of these vegan bites actually take up the least amount of real estate. Equal amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice take these bites to dessert status.
Of course these are healthy enough to eat anytime of the day, but the spices make them feel like you're eating dessert.
Since there's fresh carrots in these, you'll want to eat them up within a week or less, but not to worry, they'll be gone before that.
- Make sure to mix the carrots, walnuts, and oats in a food processor until finely ground before adding dates and spices. That way there will be a better overall consistency in the finished energy balls.
- As always, taste as you go. If you're unsure about any of the spices, start with half the amount.
- If you've never used some of these spices, buy them in the bulk spices section of the grocery store. That way you can buy a very small amount and see if you like them. If your grocery store doesn't have a bulk spice section, check a local health food store, Sprouts, or Whole foods.
- Mix ingredients in a food processor until a ball forms. That is the consistency you want to be able to form balls.
- It's important to refrigerate the mixture both after mixing and before rolling it in the shredded coconut. That way it's easier to roll the mixture into balls and roll it in coconut.
These energy bites will last up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Can I Freeze Them?
If you want to make extra and freeze them, go for it! They'll last up to 3 months in the freezer.
Other Vegan Recipes
- Apple Nachos
- Chocolate Coconut Almond Chia Pudding
- Strawberries and Coconut Cream
- Banana, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Dessert Pizza
These vegan energy balls are a healthy snack that taste like an indulgent dessert!
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You May Need
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- 1 cup peeled and cut carrots
- ½ cup gluten free rolled oats
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup pitted dates
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- Pinch salt
- ⅓ cup finely shredded coconut
- Mix carrots, oats, and walnuts in a food processor until they are finely ground.
- Add the ingredients except the coconut, and mix until a ball forms. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour. Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and form a ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Place in the fridge another 30 minutes to an hour.
- Roll balls in finely shredded coconut. Store in the fridge.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
These look amazing and I have all the ingredients. Now if my kids like them it will be a total win.
Katie Waldorf says
Could I take out the walnuts in this recipe?
Willow Moon says
Definitely! You could use another nut like pecan or omit them altogether. If you omit them, I'm not sure how the consistency will be - you may need more rolled oats to bind the bites together.