After a few weekends of eating more indulgent foods than I normally do, I am trying to make a real effort to cut added sugar where I can. When sugar creeps into my diet I feel more sluggish, have trouble sleeping, breakout more, and overall don’t feel my best.
In the spirit of springtime and because carrot cake is by far my favorite cake, I made these carrot cake energy bites. These bites are vegan, gluten free, and have no added sugar. Plus they are super simple to make and require no baking! Win win. I worked off of Happy Healthy Mama’s recipe and made a few tweaks.
¾ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup raw pecans
5-6 pitted dates
½ cup raisins (golden are my preference if you can find them!)
1.5 – 2 cups carrots
1 cup rolled oats (GF)
¼ cup coconut flour
½ tsp cinnamon (heaping)
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
+ unsweetened shredded coconut to top
- Blend walnuts, pecans, raisins and dates together.
- Add in carrots and blend.
- Stir spices, oats, and flour together. Add to mixture and blend until combined.
- Roll into balls. Top with shredded coconut.
- Freeze for 5-10 minutes to harden slightly, then store in fridge.
- Eat + enjoy!
These bites are not only tasty but also loaded with nutrients: Carrots are high in beta-carotene, Vitamin A, C, K and B8. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants. They have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, improve brain health, and boost moods. Pecans contain potassium, calcium and magnesium. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, reduces the risk of heart disease, and is anti-inflammatory. Like cinnamon, ginger is anti-inflammatory and also helps with digestion. Dates are a great source of fiber and contain calcium, iron, and magnesium.
- As I do not have a food processor, I used my Ninja blender and did the nuts and dates separately at first before combining all together. Depending on the strength of your blender / food processor, blending in batches may work best.
- As written, the recipe has no added sugar and is definitely more on the savory side. For more of a “cake like” taste, add sweetener of your choice (honey, raw sugar, maple syrup, etc.).