Need a quick healthy snack or an easy, no-bake Easter dessert idea? These chewy, 5 Ingredient, raw carrot cake energy balls are the perfect little vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free sweet treat to make ahead for a quick energy boost without dates and no nuts needed!
Ingredients for Carrot Cake Energy Balls
You only need 5 ingredients to make these simple cake bites!…
- Carrots – We can’t make moist carrot cake flavoured power balls without some juicy, naturally sweet carrots in the mix!
- Sultanas – Raisins, sultanas or currants (any dried fruit for that matter) are going to be the main natural sweetener in this recipe. These can also be substituted for dates if desired.
- Walnuts (optional) – Walnuts will give these bliss balls a more dense, nutty texture, add extra plant-based protein, healthy fats and a key element to a traditional Carrot Cake recipe.
- Oats – Oats/oat flour gives adds bulk and helps the balls hold their shape, whilst giving them a delicious chewy cookie dough consistency
- Cinnamon – I’ve kept this recipe simple with a staple spice most people have in their pantry, but you could also add a sprinkle of nutmeg, ginger and/or mixed spice for more extra warming spice flavours that are commonly found in carrot cake.
- Salt – If you want to take your desserts to the next level then always add a pinch of salt to the mix! It enhances the flavour of the other ingredients and provides a balance to the sweetness of the bliss balls.
What do No-Bake Vegan Cake Balls taste like?
These little balls of deliciousness taste just like a healthy carrot cake batter mixture but in edible cookie dough form!
- Naturally sweet
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How to store bliss balls
These energy balls can be easily transported and packed in work/school lunchboxes without refrigeration, but since they include raw carrot it is best to store them in the fridge to stay firm and fresh for longer.
Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for around 1-2 weeks.
Yes, you can definitely store these carrot cake bliss balls in the freezer. If you are not rolling them in coconut then make sure you initially freeze them in a single layer not touching eachother, to prevent them from sticking together.
Energy bites like these freeze really well for months if stored in an airtight container or reusable freezer bag. You can then eat them frozen for a nice firm texture or let them thaw before consuming.
Energy balls like these are great for a quick bite before the gym as an easy pre-workout snack. The addition of walnuts or a vegan protein powder will also add a greater source of protein to help repair and replenish your muscles post-workout (Checkout my easy, Homemade Vegan Chocolate Protein Balls recipe here!). Bliss balls can be eaten at pretty much any time of the day for a natural mid-morning energy boost, to satisfy afternoon snack cravings without a sugar crash or that hit that dessert sweet tooth.
How to Make Vegan Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Time needed: 10 minutes.
The 4 easy steps to create these tasty energy cake bites!
- Chop carrot
Roughly chop carrot to make it easier for your food processor/blender to blitz up.
- Blend ingredients
Process ingredients in a food processor, blender or Thermomix until a moist dough forms.
- Form into balls
Roll the mixture into balls and place in a bowl of desiccated coconut. Repeat until you’ve used up all the dough mixture.
- Roll in coconut
Roll the energy balls in desiccated coconut to coat (if desired.)
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Carrot Cake Energy Balls (Vegan, No Dates)
- 85 g Carrot, chopped ~1 medium carrot
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbs Oats or oat flour
- 125 g Sultanas or raisins or dates
- 50 g (1/2 cup) Walnuts (optional)
- 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- Desiccated coconut to coat (optional)
- Place rolled oats in a blender or food processor and pulse into a flour consistency (see notes*) Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until it forms a dough consistency that you can easily form into balls.
- Roll the mixture into balls (about 35g in size.) Place them in a bowl of desiccated coconut and roll/toss until well coated.
- Place the balls in an airtight container in the fridge/freezer for at least 10 minutes to firm up if desired before consuming.
- Desiccated Coconut
- Plant-based Protein Powder (optional addition)
- Rolled Oats / oat flour
- Sea salt
- Food processor
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W. Santiago | Literal Med
This is my favorite cake. Thanks for this original way of eating a carrot cake, mixed with so many healthy ingredients.
Aw thankyou, So glad you love the idea! Carrot cake is definitely one of my favourites too! Hope you enjoy these nourishing bites and have fun making the recipe!
Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)
I’m so glad you shared this lovely recipe for those with dietary restrictions. I look forward to trying to make these.
Of course, thankyou so much! Always aim to cater to as many dietary requirements as possible when developing the recipes I share so everyone is able to enjoy them. Can’t wait to hear how you go making this recipe, hope you love the carrot cake balls!