These carrot cake energy balls are about to become your new favourite snack! You only need 4 ingredients plus cinnamon and sea salt to make them, they’re vegan, gluten-free, nut-free with no added sugar and they taste amazing.
Make Energy Balls or Bars!
You can roll this carrot cake “batter” up into energy balls or press it into a pan to make energy bars. I like rolling it into balls so I have pre-portioned snacks but bars are great too! To make bars, simply line a pan with wax paper, parchment paper or saran, press the dough into the pan, place in the fridge until firm and then lift out and cut into bars. You can use a loaf pan for thick bars or press it into a square baking pan for thinner bars.
Raw Carrot Cake Granola or “Rawnola”
Another way to use this recipe is to press and crumble the batter into bits so it resembles chunky carrot cake “rawnola.” My favourite way to use this is crumbled over smoothie bowls or into banana ice cream. It’s seriously amazing. For more deets on rawnola check out my green smoothie bowl with 2-ingredient raw granola! It’s seriously amazing, give it a try!
Kitchen Tools for No-Bake Recipes
I use my Ninja Mega Kitchen System for all my no-bake recipes. It’s held up for 2 years so far and seems to still be going strong. Of course, I’d love a Vitamix or Blendtec but haven’t been ready to invest in one just yet.
I’ve found the Ninja to be awesome for the price point and I’ve never had any issues with it. I think ours was under $200 and came with a food processor, blender and 2 single-serve blender cups. I use the single serve cups multiple times a day for everything from smoothies, to vegan pudding to salad dressings and sauces. They’re so convenient and easy to clean.
I use the food processor or blender for recipes like this, they both work great. I’d definitely recommend checking out Ninja if you’re not ready to drop 5 or 6 hundred on a Vitamix. You can shop Ninja blenders on Amazon and find some good deals for under 200 bucks. I use mine every day and it’s nice to have the blender and food processor in one, especially in a small kitchen like mine!
Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Love carrot cake? YOU WILL LOVE THESE BALLS! You only need rolled oats, dates, raw carrot, coconut and optional (but recommend) cinnamon and sea salt, that’s it. For such simple, every day ingredients, the flavour of these energy balls is outstanding.
All you need to do is toss everything in a food processor or high-powered blender, blend ‘er up and roll the dough into balls, whilst trying not to eat it all as you roll. Store them in the fridge or freezer for quick and tasty treat anytime you need one! They’re energizing, flavourful, naturally sweetened with dates and contain extra nutrition from that sneaky carrot.
Oh, and if you need more carrot cake in your life, try out my Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oats.
Carrot Cake Energy Balls
1 cup (100 g) rolled oats
2 cups (450 g) tightly packed, pitted dates
3/4 cup (75 g, approx. 1 medium carrot) lightly packed, finely grated carrot
1 cup (70 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
- Add the oats to a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to break them down a bit.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it forms a thick dough.
- Roll into approximately 21 balls.