Carrot Cake Energy Balls

These no-bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls are gluten-free, vegan, raw, and delicious. They’re a great snack for a pick-me-up, a healthy after-school snack, or an easy on-the-go breakfast.

Everyone who knows me knows I love baking anything sweet, and sugar is high on my favorites. But there are also times when I want to feed my body nutritious, clean, healthy foods that will energize me. Carrot Cake Energy Balls are especially delicious when I get that 3 o’clock slump while working. A hot cup of herbal tea and one or two energy balls, and I’m good for the rest of the day!

Ingredients Needed

  • Carrots – You can’t have carrot cake without carrots, right? The carrots add texture, fiber, flavor, and a healthy dose of Vitamin A and Biotin.
  • Walnuts—toast them if possible to get additional flavor. Walnuts add fiber, some protein, and healthy fats.
  • Flaxseed – I like using ground flaxseed, but whole seeds will also work. The flaxseed adds fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Unsweetened coconut – adds flavor, protein, healthy fat, fiber, and Vitamin C.
  • Rolled oats—Don’t use instant oats. They don’t hold the mixture together well. The oats add fiber, texture, and body to the energy balls.
  • Ginger—Use fresh if possible. You could also use ginger paste in a tube in the fresh herb section of your grocery store. It adds Vitamin C and may help lower blood sugar and aid in weight loss.
  • Cinnamon – Make sure that your cinnamon is fresh and still potent in flavor. This is what makes the energy balls taste like carrot cake.
  • Nutmeg – If possible, buy whole nutmeg and grate it yourself on a microplane. You’ll be amazed at the difference in flavor.
  • Medjool dates – we use these for moisture to help bind the ingredients together. They also add calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Be sure that the dates you use are plump and moist. If not soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes before using.
  • Golden raisins – although these are optional, they add sweetness and a depth of flavor. They’re also a good source of iron.
  • Coconut oil – adds moisture to help bind the ingredients together. It also adds more healthy fat. You can omit this and use additional cashew butter if the mixture is too dry.
  • Cashew butter – this is the ingredient that makes the energy balls taste like cake. It’s also a binder. Almond butter or peanut butter can also be used.
  • Vanilla – for flavor. Use a good quality brand.
  • Maple syrup – optional for added sweetness. Use real maple syrup – not pancake syrup. You could also use agave syrup.
  • Sea salt – enhances all the other flavors.

Steps To Make This Recipe

You’re going to LOVE this recipe. It has only four steps!

  1. Combine all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until everything is chopped and the ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Use 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball.
  3. Chill before serving.
Close up view of a no bake Carrot Cake Energy Ball rolled in shredded coconut.

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Close up view of a no bake Carrot Cake Energy Ball rolled in shredded coconut.

Carrot Cake Energy Balls


Description

These no-bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls are gluten-free, vegan, raw, and delicious. They’re a great snack for when you need a pick-me-up, a healthy after-school snack, or an easy on-the-go breakfast.


Ingredients

Scale

2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

½ cup walnuts, toasted

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal

⅔ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut

1 cup rolled oats

¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

½ cup pitted Medjool dates

¼ cup golden raisins

1 tablespoon coconut oil

¼ cup cashew butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon maple syrup

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup unsweetened coconut, very finely chopped (optional as garnish)


Instructions

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients.

Process until everything is finely ground and the mixture is well mixed.

Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball.

If desired, roll the ball in the finely chopped coconut.

Place the ball onto the prepared baking sheet.

Repeat with the remaining dough.

Chill the balls for 10 minutes before serving.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: carrot cake energy balls, easy breakfast recipes, vegan breakfast, vegetarian breakfasts, energy balls

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