- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup dates (about 12 medjool dates)
- 1 heaping cup grated carrots
- ½ cup coconut + more for rolling
- ½ cup salted pumpkin seeds*
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter*
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup raisins
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.
- Roll in 1.5-2 Tbsp size balls.
- Optional - roll in additional coconut (or coconut mixed with hemp hearts)
If I could eat carrot cake with cream cheese frosting daily without detriment to my health I would. Period. However, since cake daily is not a viable option for a healthy body over the long term it’s nice to have options!
These no-bake energy balls are not “the same” as cake, but they come pretty darn close. Packed with fibre, iron and healthy fats, these snack balls will keep your cravings at bay and serve as a healthier alternative to other sweets you might have kicking around at this time of the year A lot of kids facilities are also “nut-free”, so it’s great to have some home made snacks on hand that you can grab as you’re heading out the door with the family.
If you have a food processor with the grater attachment, I highly recommend grating a bunch of carrots at once. I know it’s a pain, but once you have it out you might as well grate at many things as you can to make prep easier for the week! From here you could make extra energy balls or grated carrots for salads or muffins.Feel free to substitute ingredients that suit your needs. Don’t like raisins? Add 1/2 cup extra medjool dates for sweetness. Don’t have sunflower seed butter? Use almond, peanut or another nut-free substitute instead. The great thing about energy balls is that they can become a “kitchen sink” type snack based on the ingredients that you have on hand.