Yummy No Bake Carrot Cake Balls (vegan) – they really do taste exactly like carrot cake! A super speedy healthy snack that you can whizz up in under five minutes in your food processor
I’ve realised (probably way behind you guys given the content of this blog) that I am always going to be someone who has a bit too much of a fondness for sugar – especially to fill the mid afternoon office lull at about 3pm.
If that’s you too, you need these easy and healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Balls! A couple tucked into your desk draw will give you a nutritious hit of protein and satisfy your sweet tooth too, keeping you away from the biscuits.
Delicious and filling, they’re packed full of vitamin-packed carrots, dates (but just a couple – dates are very sweet and I don’t want to just substitute a processed sugar hit for a natural sugar hit), plus oats, pecans, coconut and cinnamon. You can leave out or substitute the nuts if you’re not a fan or pecans.
I’m hoping you love carrot cake too? This one’s my fave – the proportion of cake to cream cheese frosting is just aaaamazing! My No Bake Carrot cake balls really do taste like carrot cake, just a yummy bite sized healthier version!
You can also add protein powder to these energy balls – vanilla would be the best to match the carrot cake flavour – and if they’re then a little dry, just add a splash of almond milk. Oh and, did I mention – they’re vegan and you can easily make them gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.
Have you tried making your own energy balls before? I always thought of them as pretty pointless but I’ve been won around now after making these and my chocolate coconut energy balls. The only problem is not eating them all at once…
- 3 large carrots, peeled
- 2 medium dates
- 100g rolled oats
- 35g pecan nuts (or omit if you prefer)
- 100g dessicated coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch salt
- In a food processor, blitz the carrots with the dates, oats and cinnamon. Add salt, then taste the mixture and add more salt or cinnamon, or a little maple syrup to taste.
- Roughly chop the pecan nuts and add to the mixture. Using your hands, scoop walnut sized portions of mixture and firmly squeeze and roll them into balls. Roll in dessicated coconut (or leave plain) and store in the fridge for up to a week.
I made these No Bake Carrot Cake Balls using the Magimix Patisser that Magimix kindly sent to me try out. So far I’ve made these, homemade nutella, plus about a million other varieties of nut butter (did you see me making homemade crunchy peanut butter on Instagram this weekend? so good).
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I now LOVE using my food processor to mix up a batch of energy balls every week – I store them in a big tub in the container and take a couple into work each day (this week is chocolate coconut!). Here’s a few more flavour ideas for you:
- Sticky Toffee Pudding Energy Balls
- Fruity Flapjack Energy Balls
- Peanut Butter Brownie Energy Bites
- Cashew, Apricot and White Chocolate Energy Balls
- Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls
- Chocolate Cardamom Tahini Energy Balls