Carrot Cake Energy Bites are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed any time of day. They are made with wholesome ingredients like oats, dates, carrots, and nuts, and are naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup. These bites are a great way to get a boost of energy and satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. They are also easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. So if you’re looking for a healthy snack that tastes like dessert, these Carrot Cake Energy Bites are the perfect choice!
Carrot Cake Energy Bites: Eat This, Not That!
If you’re looking for a healthy snack that tastes like a treat, look no further than Carrot Cake Energy Bites! These delicious bites are packed with nutritious ingredients like oats, dates, and carrots, and are the perfect snack to keep you energized throughout the day. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, grated
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- In a food processor, combine the oats, dates, carrots, almond butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Process until the mixture is well combined and forms a dough.
- Add the raisins and walnuts and pulse a few times to combine.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
These Carrot Cake Energy Bites are a delicious and nutritious snack that will keep you energized throughout the day. They’re easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, so you can always have a healthy snack on hand. Enjoy!
This recipe is excerpted from Diabetes Create Your Plate Meal Prep Cookbook by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND. Photographs by Alison Lima. Used with permission of Robert Rose Books. All rights reserved.
Bites or balls are easy to whip together, which makes them an ideal meal prep dish. They’re perfect for making while another dish is cooking, especially since they do not require the use of the stove.
1 ⁄4 cup (60 mL) pitted dates
1 ⁄4 cup (60 mL) almond butter or walnut butter
1 ⁄2 cup (125 mL) gluten-free large flake (old-fashioned) rolled oats
1 ⁄3 cup (75 mL) raw or unsalted roasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, grated
1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 Tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
1 ⁄2 Tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
1 ⁄8 Tsp (0.5 mL) ground nutmeg
1 ⁄8 Tsp (0.5 mL) sea salt
1 ⁄4 cup (60 mL) raisins
2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsweetened coconut flakes
Pro Tip: If you prefer, swap the raisins for chopped dried apricot halves or dried tart cherries.
How to Make It
- Grab your food processor.
- Add the dates, nut butter, rolled oats, walnuts, carrots, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a food processor and purée until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.
- Add the raisins to the date mixture and fold to incorporate.
- Spread the coconut flakes onto a large plate.
- Using clean hands, form 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the mixture into a 11 ⁄2-inch (4 cm) ball and gently roll the top into the coconut mixture. Repeat for the remaining mixture, making a total of 12 balls.
TO STORE: In six small containers, add two bites. Cover the containers and refrigerate to allow the bites to set for at least 15 minutes before eating. Store the bites for up to 5 days the refrigerator.
TO SERVE: Enjoy cold.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN