Cake would never be my first choice for a desert, but I do enjoy the taste of a delicious carrot cake. I have such fond memories of my mom’s two-layer carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It was VERY sweet, but at the time I couldn’t get enough of sugary desserts. These days my sugar consumption is primarily from fruit and dried fruit, and I imagine I’d not really enjoy my mom’s carrot cake today, although I cherish the wonderful memories that it evokes.

 

 

Energy balls are a great anytime food. I think of them as a two-bite dessert without the refined sugar and flour. Seriously though, you can enjoy these energy bites whenever the mood strikes you: as breakfast; snacks; dessert; for after workout refueling; to combat the mid-afternoon slump; or enjoy with a glass of nut milk in the evening. Their portability makes them versatile and suitable for anywhere, anytime.

 

What makes energy balls good for you?

Energy balls are packed with nutrients and have a combination of carbohydrates, fiber, protein and fats to support blood sugar balance and maintain energy. Fiber helps to keep you feeling full. The healthy fats from nuts and tahini provide antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress that can lead to inflammation, and vitamins to support brain health.

 

Are energy balls easy to make?

Energy balls are super easy to make in the food processor and come together in less than fifteen minutes. Add them to your meal prep day, and in just a few extra minutes you’ll have delicious healthy snacks at the ready for when those slumps or cravings for a little something hit. These Carrot Spice Energy Balls freeze well and, according to my love, they can be eaten right from the freezer.

 

What is needed to make Carrot Spice Energy Balls?

  • Medjool dates
  • Tahini
  • Carrots
  • Coconut flakes
  • Nuts: Walnuts and pecans (or simply double the amount of either one if you have a preference for one over the other)
  • Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
  • Optional: 2-4 tablespoon rolled oats

 

 

After you’ve tried these, you may also want to try Almond Butter Raw Energy Balls or Quick and Easy Raw Energy Squares.

 

If you’ve make these Carrot Spice Energy Balls or any of the recipes on Lori Moore Holistic Health, I’d love to hear how the recipe turned out for you in the comments below! You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Carrot Spice Energy Balls

These Carrot Spice Energy Balls are healthy little nuggets naturally sweetened with dates, carrots and warm spices that taste like carrot cake.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 30

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Topping

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour or coconut flakes
  • ½ tsp cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

  • If dates are dry, soak in hot water for 10 minutes to soften.
  • Grate carrots. Put grated carrots in cheesecloth or dish towel and squeeze out excess liquid.
  • In food processor, chop dates. Add tahini, carrots, coconut, walnuts, pecans, and spices. Pulse to chop nuts and combine ingredients.
  • Form into 1” balls.
  • Combine coconut flakes and cinnamon, if using. Roll balls into coconut flakes or coconut flour. Store in fridge.

Notes

We like these energy balls to be a bit on the softer side, but of you prefer a drier energy ball you can add rolled oats to your mixture. Start with two tablespoons and add a tablespoon at a time to desired level of moisture. Be sure to not add too much or they will no longer stick together.
These can be rolled in either coconut flour or coconut flakes.
Keyword carrots, dairy free, energy balls, fiber rich, gluten free, plant based, vegan