Indulge in guilt-free snacking with these no-bake Carrot Cake Bliss Balls. Made with wholesome ingredients, these bite-sized treats are the perfect healthy snack!
Carrot cake lovers – these are for you! These carrot cake bliss balls are packed with all the classic flavors of carrot cake, but made with wholesome raw ingredients.
These healthy vegan bites are naturally sweetened with medjool dates, loaded with fiber from the rolled oats and healthy fats from the pecans and almond butter. They’re ready in under 10 minutes and will satisfy your carrot cake craving you're having. They make the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your healthy eating goals.
Not only do these protein balls taste amazing, but they're also incredibly easy to make. All you need is a food processor and a handful of simple ingredients, like shredded carrots, dates, rolled oats and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. You’ll have a batch of these healthy, energy bites in no time that are perfect as an on-the-go easy snack or a sweet healthy dessert after a meal.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
The great thing about these power balls is that they’re considered a healthier snack option. The shredded carrots add the earthy flavor of a traditional carrot cake, while the warm spices, dates and nuts add depth of flavor, sweetness and texture.
These no bake carrot cake bites closely resemble the taste of a freshly baked slice of carrot cake, in a healthy bite size form. Once you give them a try and see how delicious and easy they are to make, they’ll be a staple in your weekly meal prep.
Ingredients You’ll Need
These raw energy balls have simple and nutritious ingredients that are easy to find in your local grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Shredded carrots - pre-shredded carrots were used for this recipe. You can also use a box grater and 1 medium carrot and grate your own carrots.
- Pecans - provides a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium
- Rolled oats - use rolled oats for these carrot cake balls. Instant oatmeal or steel cut oats will not work for this recipe. If you prefer, you can also use gluten-free oatmeal.
- Dates - are best to use when they are soft at room temperature
- Almond butter - i like using this unsweetened almond butter. raw peanut butter or your favorite nut or seed butter also works.
- Vanilla extract - make sure to use real vanilla extract to help enhance all the flavors in the recipe, not imitation vanilla.
- Ground flaxseed - one serving provides a good amount of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Spices - this smoothie gets its flavoring from a classic carrot cake flavor such as ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg and a pinch of sea salt
- Unsweetened shredded coconut - using desiccated coconut is optional for rolling the carrot cake balls in.
How to Make the Carrot Cake Bliss Balls
Making these carrot cake protein balls couldn’t be any easier. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Make the raw carrot mixture - Measure out the shredded carrots and set aside. If you’re using whole carrots, chop up the carrots into smaller pieces and add the carrots into a food processor and blend until finely chopped. Pour the carrots into a bowl and set aside.
- Combine the ingredients - Add the pecans and rolled oats to the food processor. Pulse for 10 - 15 seconds until it forms into a fine texture. Add in the dates and process again until broken down into a fine texture. Then, add in the remaining ingredients and blend until a dough comes together.
- Form the bliss balls - Shape the dough using a small cookie scoop or spoon into tablespoon-sized balls. Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
- Roll in shredded coconut - Place the shredded coconut in a small dish and roll each ball in the coconut to coat it. Enjoy right away or place the balls in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How to Store the Bliss Balls
The oatmeal carrot coconut balls are best when kept chilled. To store them, place them in an air–tight container in the refrigerator when they are not being eaten. They remain fresh for up to a week. To freeze, place them in an air-tight freezer friendly container and store them for up to six months. When you’re ready to eat them let them soften at room temperature so they’re easier to eat.
Yes, typically bliss balls are usually made with a base of rolled oats that is a great source of fiber, nuts and/or seeds, which contain healthy fats and protein. They also have natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, dates or maple syrup.
Everything in moderation. The serving size for these bliss balls are 2.
The calories in this carrot cake bites recipe for 2 balls are 146 calories
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Carrot Cake Bliss Balls
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup pecans
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 4 dates
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch sea salt
- unsweetened shredded coconut optional, for rolling
- Measure out the shredded carrots and set aside. If you’re using whole carrots, chop up the carrots into smaller pieces and add the carrots into a food processor and blend until finely chopped. Pour the carrots into a bowl and set aside.
- Add the pecans and rolled oats to the food processor. Pulse for 10 - 15 seconds until it forms into a fine texture. Add in the dates and process again until broken down into a fine texture. Then, add in the remaining ingredients and blend until a dough comes together.
- Shape the dough using a small cookie scoop or spoon into tablespoon-sized balls. Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
- Place the shredded coconut in a small dish and roll each ball in the coconut to coat it. Enjoy right away or place the balls in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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