Vegan Carrot Cake Energy Bites combine the flavors you love in carrot cake into portable energy bite form, perfect for a snack, pre or post workout fuel, or dessert!
I’m no stranger to energy bite recipes, given the variety of them I’ve shared on the blog, but this is my first energy balls recipe with dates.
These carrot cake bites are no different, and pretty addictive I might add.
What spurred these gluten free energy 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 oat energy bites were on that list.
What Do You Need for Carrot Cake Bites?
These are gluten free energy balls as long as you use certified gluten free oats.
- shredded carrots
- pitted dates – great as a natural sweetener and for quick energy
- oats – longer lasting energy
- coconut oil – sustaining fat
- creamy peanut butter (I like this one) or almond butter – fat and flavor
The 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, a carrots and peanut butter snack was my favorite thing to come home to between classes. Crunchy, sweet and satisfying. So, I knew the peanut butter carrot flavor would work well in these vegan protein snack balls.
Optional add-in’s for these no bake date energy balls include ground flax, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes. Similar to this banana chia seed pudding, personalize your favorite toppings to make it most presentable to you!
How to Make Carrot Date Power Balls (Raw Carrot Bites)
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.
Then, to make these raw carrot bites, you’ll need to shred your carrots. I used my boxed grater to do so, which made it nice and quick.
Add in your other ingredients to a food processor. I’ve used a high speed blender unsuccessfully. It took forever and kept sticking, so I think a quality food processor is the way to go.
Blend everything until you get your ingredients ground up and slightly sticky.
You’ll go through a few iterations to get to your final carrot cake energy bites.
The batter will form a big ball and then will process into smaller and finer pieces that you’ll form into balls for these healthy vegan energy balls.
Make sure not to overprocess these! You do want some thickness to help them hold their ball shape.
I also recommend putting these vegan balls in the fridge right after you roll them to let them firm up.
Carrot Cake Balls for Endurance Fuel
I love these carrot cake bites before a workout because date energy balls offer extra glucose and they are totally portable! The oats also provide some longer lasting energy.
You could use them as pre workout fuel, real fuel during your long run along with these tart cherry gummies, or a quick post workout snack. Also, they make great on-the-go snacks, toddler snacks and additions to toddler lunch boxes.
Each carrot date bite offers nearly 20 grams of carbohydrates. It’s recommended to consume 30-60 grams of carbohydrates/hour during endurance activity. I talk more about this in the Race Day Nutrition breakdown.
Other Ways To Enjoy Gluten Free Energy Balls
But, date bites work great as no bake lactation bites and easy snacks for nursing and postpartum when you have constant breastfeeding hunger. And if you prefer to sip smoothies while breastfeeding, check out this roundup of breastfeeding smoothie recipes!
Plus, oats are a lactogenic food that can help with milk supply! Healthy no bake energy bites are always my go to for nursing.
Not only are these great for mom’s and athletes, but kids and toddlers love them. Plus, if you’re searching for some baby led weaning carrots recipes, this is the perfect way because the carrots are shredded.
1. Soak dates in water to soften them, if needed.
2. Add shredded carrots and softened and pitted dates to food processor and pulse until chopped and combined.
3. Add rolled oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, ginger, cinnamon and salt to processor.
4. Pulse for 2-4 minutes, or until all ingredients are mixed and well combined.
5. Form into ball shape.
*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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Kirkland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter U.S. Valencia Peanuts 28 Ounce Each Jar 2 Pack
Carrington Farms gluten free, hexane free, NON-GMO, free of hydrogenated and trans fats in a BPA free bottle, liquid coconut cooking oil, unflavored, 16 Fl Oz
Traina Home Grown California Sun Dried California Medjool Dates - No Added Sugar, Non GMO, Gluten Free, Kosher Certified, Vegan, Packed in Resealable Pouch (2 lbs)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g
If you love these vegan power balls check out some of my other no bake energy bite recipes.
More Energy Bite Recipes:
- No Bake Vegan Protein Bites
- Sweet Potato Coconut Ginger Energy Bites
- Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls
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