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These No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites are made with nutritious, whole food ingredients and are sweetened with dates. Gluten and dairy-free options available!
Oh, how I wish I had these Healthy No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites as a kid! Growing up, I was never a huge fan of traditional cakes like chocolate mousse and such… but carrot cake is a WHOLE other story. It’s just SO good, and I love it just as much today as I did back then. I hope you guys enjoy this delicious and healthy snack option, inspired by my love for all things carrot cake!
This recipe for these homemade no-bake carrot cake energy bites requires zero use of the oven (always a win). Plus, this healthy snack is made with nutritious, whole food ingredients and no added sugar (another win)! All ingredients are also vegan and gluten-free; however, I love to top mine with a smear of plain Greek yogurt for that “cream cheese” flavour. The addition of Greek yogurt and peanut butter as toppings adds an extra dose of protein and healthy fat, making this a more filling and balanced snack. Of course, the topping is totally optional and these taste fantastic on their own as well.
How To Make Energy Bites
Making energy bites is super easy and only requires a few ingredients and steps. For equipment, you will need a food processor, mixing bowl, and baking sheet.
Start by peeling the carrots and removing the pits from the medjool dates. Then, you’ll want to pulse the carrots in the food processor until they are shredded into tiny pieces. Set these aside into a large mixing bowl. Next, pulse the dates along with the pecans, walnuts, cinnamon, ground ginger, and a pinch of salt. You’ll want everything to still have some texture and bite, so make sure not to use the food processor for too long – the dates should be slightly smooth and the nuts should still be in small pieces.
Add the pulsed dates and nuts to the bowl with the shredded carrots. Then, add in the rolled oats and chia seeds. Mix everything until well-combined. At this point you will likely have to add a few tablespoons of water to the bowl to make things stick together. You’ll know it’s ready when you can make balls of the mixture with your hands.
Scoop a couple spoonfuls of mixture into your hands and roll into balls. If you want, you can then roll these balls into shredded coconut (optional). Place the balls onto a baking sheet, making sure to leave enough space in between. Once all the balls are rolled, put the baking sheet into the freezer for at least 30 minutes to let the energy bites harden.
How To Store Energy Bites
Once the carrot cake energy bites have solidified, you can transfer them into an airtight container for storage. The bites can either be stored in the fridge for about a week, or kept for a longer time in the freezer. If storing in the freezer, be sure to let them thaw for a few minutes before eating. As you can see, these are a perfect make ahead healthy snack to keep on hand!
Ingredient Nutrition Benefits
Not only do these energy bites taste delicious, but they are jam-packed with nutritious ingredients, too! Let’s break down some of the nutrition benefits.
- Carrots. This root vegetable is rich in several micronutrients like vitamin A (from its precursor beta carotene), K, B6, potassium, and biotin. Carrots are an excellent source of different carotenoids (beta carotene, lutein, lycopene), which are plant compounds with antioxidant activity. Carrots are also rich in fibre, with a 1-cup serving providing almost 4 grams!
- Rolled Oats. Like carrots, oats are an excellent source of dietary fibre, particularly the soluble type. Soluble fibre helps to slow digestion, promote satiety, lower cholesterol, and improve blood sugar control. Oats are also a source of different micronutrients like B vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, zinc, and folate. You can check out this Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe to learn more about oats!
- Medjool Dates. While high in sugar, dates do also come with an impressive nutrition profile, which is why I like using them as the only sweetener in this snack! Dates are a good source of micronutrients like potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, and B6. They are also very high in dietary fibre, with a 100 gram or 3.5 ounce serving providing 7 grams (you need 25-35 grams of fibre per day, for reference). Finally, dates are also a source of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid, all of which help protect your body’s cells from free radical damage.
- Chia Seeds. Like all the ingredients above, chia seeds are also jam-packed with fibre – 2 tablespoons provide 10 grams of fibre, or about 40% of your daily needs. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron. You can check out this Blended Chocolate Ginger Chia Pudding Recipe to learn more about chia seeds!
- Walnuts. These little guys are rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3s. They are also a decent source of protein, vitamin B6, E, folate, copper, phosphorus, and manganese.
- Pecans. Like walnuts, pecans are also rich in heart-healthy fats. These nuts are a source of fibre, protein, and micronutrients like vitamin A, E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. As well, pecans are a great source of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant.
If these aren’t the most nutritious little bites ever, I don’t know what is!!
More Healthy Snack Ideas
- 5-Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls
- No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites
- Healthy Homemade Trail Mix: 3 Ways
- Strawberry Orange Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark
- 4-Ingredient Chia Seed Pudding
If you gave these Healthy No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites a try, let me know by leaving a comment and star rating below. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for more simple, healthy recipe ideas!
Healthy No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- 1 cup raw carrots, shredded
- 10 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- sprinkle of sea salt
- Optional: shredded coconut to cover
- Optional: plain greek yogurt, creamy peanut butter (to serve)
- Wash and peel 1-2 carrots (depending on size). Roughly chop and add to a food processor to shred them. Set shredded carrots aside in a large mixing bowl.
- Halve dates and remove pit. Place dates in food processor, along with pecans, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger, and sea salt. Process until nuts are in tiny pieces. Add all processed ingredients into the mixing bowl with shredded carrots.
- Add rolled oats and chia seeds to mixing bowl, and combine all ingredients together with a large spoon. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water to get things to stick together.
- With a spoon, grab about a tbsp of mixture and roll into balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball). If you'd like, you can now roll these balls into shredded coconut.
- Place energy bites onto a baking sheet, making sure to leave room between them so they don't stick together. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes (you can store them in here too!)
- Serve with a dollop of plain greek yogurt and creamy peanut butter, if desired. Enjoy!
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