No-bake vegan carrot cake energy balls are made from simple ingredients and they’re easy to put together! They taste like little bites of carrot cake without the cream cheese frosting. So, no sugar crash and you can feel good about having some vegetables with your snack or dessert (or whenever you choose to enjoy them).
I like to use these scrumptious energy bites as an after-school snack or for my little chickpea’s lunch box. It’s nice having them ready to go when needed.
How To Make Vegan Carrot Cake Energy Balls
- Just rough chop your carrot, then use your food processor to finely chop the carrot.
- Then add the cashews and dates to the carrots and blend until it becomes a wet sticky dough. The dates and cashews should be finely diced from blending.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until the dough sticks together. In the picture, you can see the dough starts to form a clump and rolls in from the sides.
- Then scoop out about 1 tablespoon of dough, and roll it in your palms to form a ball. Then you can roll the energy bites in unsweetened shredded coconut to make them look pretty.
- Then store in the refrigerator for snacking or freeze for later!
Tips for Making Carrot Cake Energy Balls
- If your dates are not soft and mushy soak them for 10-15 minutes, then drain and continue with the recipe.
- Measuring by weight is more accurate, but if you don’t have a scale make sure you tightly pack your half cup of dates for a more accurate measurement.
- If your dough will not hold together, try blending it a little longer for all of the ingredients to break down and become sticky.
- If the dough still will not come together, try adding a tablespoon of water and blend again.
- Check your dates for pits even if the container says pitted. I’ve had that problem a couple of times when adding dates to a blender or food processor. Then you hear something hard-hitting the blades, even though the bag says pitted sometimes there’s a stray pit.
How to Store
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days or freeze in an air-tight container for 3 months.
More Snack Ideas
- apricot energy balls
- banana nut oatmeal cookies
- blueberry walnut baked oatmeal cups
- whole-wheat carrot cake muffins
- whole-wheat chocolate chip pumpkin muffins
As always, I hope you enjoy this recipe for carrot cake energy bites!Print
Easy carrot cake energy balls sweetened with just dates and raisins. Perfect for a healthy snack!
- 1 large carrot (116 g), roughly chopped
- ½ cup (70 g) raw cashews
- ½ cup (88 g) tightly packed pitted soft dates (soak for 15 minutes if your dates are firm)
- 1½ cup (135 g) old fashioned oats
- ½ cup (45 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup (40g) raisins
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅓ cup (30 g) unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling (optional)
- If your dates are firm and not soft and mushy, soak for 10-15 minutes, then drain and proceed with the recipe.
- Add the chopped carrots to a food processor and blend until finely diced.
- Add the cashews and dates to the carrots, and blend until finely diced. Scrapping down the sides as needed.
- Add the oats, ½ cup shredded coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and ginger to the carrot mixture, and blend. Blend until the dough sticks together and everything is combined. If the dough is not coming together try to blend for a little longer, if it is still not sticky then add a tablespoon of water and blend again.
- Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it between your palms to form a ball. Optional: roll in unsweetened shredded coconut to make them look pretty.
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
If you're not using a scale make sure to tightly pack your ½ cup of dates for a more accurate measurement.
Make sure the dates are soft and mushy if not soak for 10-15 minutes.
- Category: Breakfast, Snack
- Method: food processor
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: carrot snacks, carrot cake balls vegan