No bake carrot cake bites combine the flavors you love in carrot cake into portable energy bite form. Raw carrot cake bites are made with carrot, dates, oats, coconut oil and spices, and are hard to put down!
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I’m no stranger to no bake energy bite recipes, given the variety of them I’ve shared on the blog.
I relied heavily on these carrot bites during nursing times and postpartum when I had constant breastfeeding hunger.
Plus, the oats in these carrot cake bites recipe are a lactogenic food that can help with milk supply!
I wanted these vegan carrot cake balls to taste like carrot cake, but in miniature form. And, these healthy carrot cake balls are pretty addictive I might add.
Healthy no bake recipes are always my go to for nursing.
What spurred these carrot cake power balls is the fact that Ed came home from the grocery store with 5 lb bag of carrots. 5 POUNDS!
We eat carrots but not that often.
So, I’ve been on the lookout for lots of carrot recipe creation opportunities (we’ve already made these slow cooker roasted potatoes), and carrot cake energy bites were on that list.
These carrot cake bites make great on-the-go snacks, homemade toddler snacks and easy, nutritious additions to toddler lunch boxes.
Ingredients for Carrot Cake Bites
Here’s what you need to make these carrot cake balls.
- shredded carrots
- pitted dates – great as a natural sweetener and for quick energy (also a great ingredient to add to vegan trail mix recipe). You could also use raisins.
- oats – a complex carbohydrate for longer lasting energy
- coconut oil – sustaining fat
- drippy peanut butter (I like this one) or almond butter – fat and flavor
The drippy peanut butter is great for holding these energy bites with dates together. Plus, if you’ve never had carrots and peanut butter, you’re missing out.
During grad school, carrots and peanut butter snack was my favorite thing to come home to between classes. Crunchy, sweet and satisfying.
I knew the peanut butter carrot flavor would work well in these vegan protein snack balls.
Similar to these salted chocolate almond balls, personalize your favorite toppings or add-in’s to make it most presentable to you!
How to Make Vegan Carrot Cake Bites
First things first: if your dates aren’t pitted, you’ll want to soak them in warm water for a few hours to soften them. You can even do this the night before to save time.
Then, shred your carrots. I used my boxed grater to do so, which made it nice and quick.
Next, add in your other ingredients to a food processor.
Blend everything until you get your ingredients ground up and slightly sticky.
You may go through a few iterations to get to your final raw carrot cake balls.
The batter will form a big ball and then will process into smaller and finer pieces that you’ll form into balls.
Make sure not to overprocess! You do want some thickness to help them hold their ball shape.
I also recommend putting these carrot cake bites in the fridge right after you roll them to let them firm up.
If you prefer no bake healthy carrot cake bars, I’ve got those too.
Raw Carrot Cake Balls Make Endurance Fuel
I love these raw carrot cake balls before a workout because date energy balls offer extra glucose (energy) and they are totally portable! The oats also provide some longer lasting energy.
Each carrot date bite offers nearly 20 grams of carbohydrates.
It’s recommended to consume 30-60 grams of carbohydrates/hour during endurance activity (see more in race day nutrition breakdown).
This carrot cake balls recipe is also GREAT for kids and one of my favorite energy balls for toddlers! Just another way you can meal prep oatmeal.
They offer a serving of fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, which are good for the brain.
Plus, if you’re searching for some baby led weaning carrots recipes, these baby energy balsl are perfect because the carrots are shredded and there are no hard parts.
I also love adding shredded carrots into baby french toast!
Optional add-in’s include ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, or coconut flakes. You can also swap peanut butter for any nut or seed butter. Great way to personalize for baby bliss balls!
Yes, as long as you use gluten-free certified oats, these are gluten free.
You can store carrot cake bites in the fridge in a stasher bag or tupperware container. They are good up to 5 days if stored properly.
Yes! They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
You may enjoy some of these other recipes!
- Chia Peanut Butter Balls
- Sweet Potato Energy Balls
- Chocolate Pomegranate Balls
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls
- Cookie Dough Frozen Bites
- Lemon Bliss Balls
- Soak dates in water to soften them, if needed.
- Add shredded carrots and softened and pitted dates to food processor and pulse until chopped and combined.
- Add rolled oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, ginger, cinnamon and salt to processor.
- Pulse for 2-4 minutes, or until all ingredients are mixed and well combined.
- Form into ball shape and store in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
*If dough is too sticky, you may want to let it sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before forming into balls to allow it to stiffen up.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g