In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little obsessed with balls lately… Energy balls I mean! 😛 But can you really blame me?? They’re so easy and versatile that it’s almost hard NOT to come up with a fun new recipe. This week’s edition? Carrot cake energy balls!
These could not come at a better time loves! With Easter right around the corner and Spring just kicking off, who isn’t getting a hankering for some good old carrot cake?! But instead of chowing down on some sugar loaded cake, this year I decided to make a smaller, more protein packed version that is 10x healthier and 100% just as delicious!
Here’s why we love them:
- All real ingredients! No processed foods or crazy amount of sugar here!
- Keeps ’em full, keeps ’em focused! We love eating these as a little snack when that 2pm “omg I needed to eat something now!” craving hits. No other snacks are needed until dinner.
- Protein, protein, protein! Since I’ve been incorporating more plant based meals into my diet lately, keeping up with my protein has been priority number 1. These babies have 3 protein sources (cashews, almonds & protein powder – all plant based) to help keep those muscles growing strong!
- Because they taste like carrot cake! Need I say more?! 😉
- Switch up the nuts: Don’t like cashews or almonds? Try using walnuts or pecans instead. They’ll still taste just as good!
- Add sweetener: I personally don’t like my energy balls very sweet (which is shocking considering I have a HUGE sweet tooth!) But if you do, you can either add 1 Tbsp of maple syrup or use sweetened shredded coconut instead.
- Add raisins: If you’re anything like Charlie, “traditional carrot cake MUST have raisins!” Feel free to add 1/4 cup of raisins AFTER you combine everything in the food processor
- Paleo/Whole 30 version: Use unsweetened coconut and make sure the protein powder you use is compliant. I used Five Suns Foods Chocho Powder in mine and absolutely love it!
Also keep in mind that the mixture will be pretty thick so you might need to use a spoon to move it around in the food processer to really get it going. Trust me though, it’s totally worth it in the end!
Side note: I also found that shaking the balls in your coconut bowl gives you a nice, lightly coated crust for these. Try not to use your hands or the coconut will fall off!
Carrot Cake Energy Balls
- 1 cup carrots, grated
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut*
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup dates (about 7-8)
- 1 Tbsp protein powder or collagen peptides**
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (for rolling)***
- Optional: 1/4 cup raisins & 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Soak dates in hot water for up to 30 minutes. When done, pit the dates and peel off the skins. Place them in a food processor.
- While dates are soaking, place the coconut for rolling in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Add carrots, cashews, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, protein powder and maple syrup (if using) to the food processor with the dates. Blend until fully combined. (You may need to use a spoon to mix the ingredients around. The mixture will be very thick!) If adding raisins, stir them in now.
- Form the mixture into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in your shredded coconut bowl until it’s completely covered. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.