Carrot cake in bite-size form? Yes, please! These nutritious energy bites are have all the signature spices and flavors that are signature to carrot cake. With these bites, you don’t have to worry about excess sugars, dairy products, or super fattening ingredients. Just be careful with how many of these delicious bites you eat in one sitting because they are calorically dense, due to the dates and nuts.
The ingredients that make up the base for these bites are medjool dates, carrots, and walnuts. The ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are necessary for that quintessential carrot cake flavor. Desiccated coconut also adds body to the energy bites, but it also adds an extra nutty flavor. As you can see in the recipe photo, the energy bites were rolled in chopped desiccated coconut. This is an optional step, but it gives them a little extra pizzazz.
Once everything in the food processor blends into a dough-like consistency, it’s time to form the mixture into a bite-size balls. Ideally, you line a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper first to avoid sticking. Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes before removing them to roll them in the desiccated coconut. Should you want to skip that step, simply leave the bites in the freezer for an hour before removing them to enjoy.
- Prep Time:15m
- Total Time:15m
- 3/4 c shredded carrots
- 1 c medjool dates, pitted
- 1 3/4 c raw walnuts
- 2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 4 tbsp. desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling)
- Add the shredded carrots, dates, and walnuts to a food processor and blend until thoroughly combined.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until you achieve a pliable dough-like consistency. You may need to stop blending, scrape down the sides, and continue blending in order to fully incorporate the ingredients.
- Line a tray or baking sheet with parchment paper and get read to form the carrot cake balls. Wet your hands with cold water and start forming the mixture into bite-size balls.
- Place the energy bites in the freezer for 30 minutes and then remove to roll them in the desiccated coconut if you want. If you do not want to do that, leave them in the freezer for an hour to firm up. If you roll them in the coconut, place them back on the tray and in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from the freezer and enjoy. Keep the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.