These no bake carrot cake bites combine the flavors you love in carrot cake into portable energy bite form. Raw carrot cake balls made with carrot, dates, oats, coconut oil and spices are hard to put down!
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I’m no stranger to 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.
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. Although, if you prefer no bake healthy carrot bars, I’ve got those too.
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.
Ingredients for No Bake Carrot Cake Bites
Here’s what you need to make them.
- shredded carrots
- pitted dates – great as a natural sweetener and for quick energy (also a great ingredient in this vegan trail mix recipe). You could also use raisins.
- 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. I knew the peanut butter carrot flavor would work well in these vegan protein snack balls.
Similar to this banana chia seed pudding, personalize your favorite toppings to make it most presentable to you!
These carrot cake bites make great on-the-go snacks, toddler snacks and additions to toddler lunch boxes.
How to Make Vegan Carrot Cake Balls
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.
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.
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).
Optional add-in’s include ground flax, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut flakes. You can also swap peanut butter for any nut or seed butter.
Yes, as long as you use gluten free certified oats, these are gluten free.
Yes, carrot balls are great for kids! Toddlers and kids love them. They have a variety 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, this is the perfect way because the carrots are shredded.
If you love these vegan power balls check out some of my other no bake energy bite recipes.
More Energy Bite Recipes:
- Easy Vegan Protein Balls
- Sweet Potato Energy Balls
- Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls
- Cookie Dough Frozen Bites
Vegan No Bake Carrot Cake 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!
- 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