Snacks

Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! This week has gone really fast for me and I can’t believe its going to be June in TWO WEEKS!! HOW!! I swear it was only Christmas yesterday! It’s strange how the months pass without really realising and then you suddenly find yourself halfway through the year. It scares me.

Anyway, I’ve got another recipe for you guys today – a cake themed energy ball using everyone’s favourite vegetable: carrots! Carrot cake is by far the best way to enjoy carrots, so I’ve come up with a raw version and made them into energy balls. I can tell you now that they taste incredible and exactly like the real thing. Who said healthy snacks can’t taste like cake!

So sweet and satisfying

If you love carrot cake, you’ll love these and if you don’t like carrot cake, you’ll probably love them too! They are so sweet and satisfying and just what you need when you crave actual cake! The classic flavours are to die for. Walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and ginger. Mix that with grated carrot, oats and naturally sweet dates and you’ve got a beautiful thing! Completely vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free without any added other stuff. So healthy, but such a delicious treat! Super soft and squidgy too! They take 10 minutes to make from 8 basic ingredients. AND they use up that old carrot that has been lurking in the bottom of the fridge for a while. See, now we’re even reducing food waste, amazing!

I LOVE energy balls!

Perfect as an energy-boosting snack or for dessert. Crumble into overnight oats too!

How good does that look!

Medjool dates are super sweet and sticky, however because they are expensive, I don’t use them in energy balls. Instead, I use regular dates and soak them in boiling water for about 10 minutes to soften them. Added bonus- this makes the mixture slightly warm!

Everything you need to make them, plus desiccated coconut for coating

I love making energy balls because they are so simple, take minutes and you can make them any flavour you want. I love recreating classic cake flavours in energy balls!

Whoops, their naked!
Better cover up!

Ingredients

Makes about 9

140g Dates
40g Oats
1 Carrot, grated (80-90g)
80g Walnuts
40g Raisins/sultanas
Β½ tsp ground Ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Whole nutmeg, grated (optional)

Desiccated coconut, for rolling

Method

  1. Add the walnuts to a food processor and pulse until nicely chopped (not too fine).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (plus a small grating of fresh nutmeg, if using) and blend until the mixture comes together to form a nice sticky dough.
  3. Roll the mixture into evenly sized balls and roll in desiccated coconut.
  4. Eat straight away or store in the fridge, bringing them to room temperature before eating.
Mini bite-sized balls of carrot cake

Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free and Refined sugar-free
Make them nut free too by swapping the walnuts with 50g of sunflower seeds

Had to take a bite for the purposes of a photo!

Last pic. You’re Welcome 😊

Who said healthy snacks can’t taste like cake!

If you’re making these guys, as always, don’t forget to tag me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter, and use the hashtag #elliesrecipes. If you think they are really awesome, share this recipe, like and comment your thoughts below! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to share more recipes with you soon!

Ellie
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