Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Energy Balls
 
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A healthy, no-bake and nut-free alternative to carrot cake! Perfect for on-the-go snacks for school, work or kids day-care
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 20 balls
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.
  2. Roll in 1.5-2 Tbsp size balls.
  3. Optional - roll in additional coconut (or coconut mixed with hemp hearts)
Notes
*If you would like use nuts feel free to substitute the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seed butter for 1 cup cashews

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!carrot cake balls

These no-bake energy balls are not “the same” as cake, but they come pretty darn close. Packed with fibre, iron and healthy fats, ┬áthese 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.

carrot cake ballsIf 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 ┬ámake extra energy balls or grated carrots for salads or muffins.carrotsFeel 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.

literally, the kitchen sink ;)

literally, the kitchen sink ;)

nut free carrot cake balls

nut free carrot cake balls

carrot cake balls with cashews

carrot cake balls with cashews

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