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a stack of three energy balls on top of each other
Course Snack

Carrot Cake Energy Balls

By: Elysia
Servings 20 bites
These raw Carrot Cake Energy Balls make a healthy and delicious little snack or treat that contains no added sugar! Make up a batch and store them in the freezer for a quick and nutritious snack that tastes just like carrot cake! {vegan, gluten-free & no sugar added} 
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup large flake oats use gluten-free, if necessary
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • Unsweetened coconut for rolling

Instructions

  • Soak the dates in a bowl of boiling hot water for approximately 5 minutes.
  • While waiting for the dates to soak, blend the walnuts, pecans, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla extract in the food processor until they're finely ground.
  • Next, add in the soaked dates and shredded carrots and process until well combined. This is where you'll need to play around a bit. With your hands, feel the consistency of the mixture. If it seems too wet and sticky, add a bit more of the oats. If it seems too dry, add a bit of water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. It should be sticky enough to roll into balls.
  • Next, roll each of the bites in some unsweetened coconut. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.

Notes

  • If your dates are hard, be sure to soak them for about 5 minutes in boiling hot water before blending to soften them up.
  • I also recommend blending up the nuts first so that they are finely ground. This is especially important if you're giving these bites to babies or toddlers since you don't want them to have large chunks of nuts in their bites.
  • You can shred the carrot yourself, or you can also blend it in the food processor if you're not in the mood for shredding.
  • You may need to play around with the consistency of the raw carrot cake mixture. Once you've blended it all together, feel the consistency of the mixture. If it seems too wet and sticky, add a bit more of the oats. If it seems too dry, add a bit of water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. It should be sticky enough to roll into balls.

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1069IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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