These Carrot Cake Energy Bites are chewy, nutty, sweet, and incredibly flavorful. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and no-bake.
Are you a fan of carrot cake and energy balls? Then look no further! These sweet, crunchy, and tasty bites will pump up your energy and satisfy you in a single bite!
These yummy balls are made with carrots, oats, dates, coconut, nuts, and warming spices. Just process everything together and roll it into balls. And that’s it!
These energizing balls are perfect after a heavy workout or even as your afternoon-shift dose of pick-me-up at the office.
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Ingredients and Substitutes
1/2 cup carrots – The fresher the carrots are, the better.
1/4 soft pitted dates – If you don’t have dates, you can use an equal amount of raisins or raisin paste, too.
1/2 cup pecans – You can use walnuts or other nuts.
2 tbsp desiccated coconut – If you don’t have any, you can get a similar texture with ground nuts.
1/2 cup oats – All ingredients end up in the food processor, so it doesn’t matter whether you use rolled or fine oats here.
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger powder – you can use grated ginger as well.
3 tbsp peanut butter – any other nut butter will do as well.
1 tsp vanilla bean paste – You can use vanilla extract, too.
1/2 tbsp maple syrup – I think maple syrup is the perfect sweetener here, but you can use other liquid sweeteners if you like.
How to Make Carrot Cake Energy Bites
Step 1. Start by adding the carrots and dates to your food processor. This one is a great option.
Step 2. Process until they’re pulsed and combined well.
Step 3. Add the oats, nuts, peanut butter, coconut, maple syrup, and all of the flavorings to the food processor.
Step 4. Pulse until all ingredients are incorporated well and a sticky mixture is formed. You might need to push the mixture down on the edges mid-pulses.
Step 5. With a cookie scoop, take small scoops of the mixture and then roll with your hands to make small balls.
How to Store These Carrot Energy Bites
I’d suggest storing them in the fridge for best results and firmer balls. Add to an air-tight container, pop into the fridge, and enjoy for up to a week.
You can store them in layers if you’re like me and have made a larger batch.
Just make sure to add a piece of parchment paper over the first layer before adding the rest of the balls on top to prevent them from sticking.
You can also freeze these for up to 3 months and let them defrost before eating.
Watch How to Make
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- 1/2 cup carrots chopped
- 1/4 cup soft pitted dates
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- Add chopped carrots and soft dates into a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute until carrots and dates are cut into small pieces.
- Add pecans, coconut, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, peanut butter, vanilla paste and maple syrup. Pulse through until all of the ingredients combine and create a sticky texture. You’ll want to stop in between and push down the mixture on the edges.
- Add the mixture into a bowl and take out a small cookie scoop (about 1 tbsp in size). Scoop out the mixture and roll it in your hands to create small bites.
- Eat immediately or store in containers for later. I like to keep mine in the fridge.