Healthy, no bake carrot cake energy bites packed with real fresh carrot, coconut, pure maple syrup, gluten free oats, and cashew butter. These energy bites are perfect for a quick snack or an after dinner treat. They are gluten free, vegan, and a great healthy bite!
Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites
Fun fact about me, I do not like cake. So much so that at our wedding I made sure that we had a cake to cut, you know for pictures and that sort of thing, but I also specifically requested pie and ice cream to actually eat.
While I don’t really love cake, if there was one cake that I like better than all of the rest it would be carrot cake. It has warm spices and I mean the cream cheese icing…can you even? Well how about we take things to a whole new healthy level with these no bake carrot cake energy bites!
All of the best of carrot cake flavor wrapped up in the perfect little bite with plenty of cinnamon, fresh carrot, and shredded coconut. Keep reading to learn how to make them!
Of course, if you don’t love cashew butter or can’t eat it for any reason, almond butter will also work well. I would not recommend using peanut butter in this recipe as it will completely change the flavor of the energy balls.
Gluten Free Rolled Oats: Rolled oats keep the energy bites together and give them a bit of texture. Be sure to grab old fashioned rolled oats and not steel cut or quick cooking oats for this recipe as they will not work the same.
Also, if you are concerned about making these bites certified gluten free make sure to grab oats that are expressly labeled as gluten free. While oats are naturally gluten free, they are sometimes processed in the same facility as another product that may contain gluten. To be on the same safe, look for a brand that is specifically marked as gluten free.
Chia Seeds: For a little extra crunch, and healthy omega-3s, add in a few tablespoons of chia seeds. They give the bites a little extra texture plus they are so good for you.
Cinnamon: You cannot have carrot cake without cinnamon. This recipe doesn’t include all of the traditional carrot cake spices to keep things simple and easy but a few teaspoons of cinnamon are definitely necessary.
Maple Syrup: To sweeten things up a bit this recipe uses pure maple syrup. You could also use honey if you don’t have maple syrup.
Coconut: Shredded coconut is another staple in carrot cake and I couldn’t leave it out of these bites! To keep these bites refined sugar free, this recipe uses unsweetened shredded coconut which you can usually find in the baking aisle. Unsweetened shredded coconut is a bit drier than the sweetened coconut you may be used to using. Check the label before buying to make sure it has no added sugar and the only ingredient listed is coconut.
How to Make These Healthy Little Bites
Step 1: The first step is to grate the carrot into small pieces. To do this, just add the shredded carrot to your food processor and pulse until it is a fine grated texture. Then, remove the carrot from the food processor and transfer it to a small bowl.
Step 2: Next, add the gluten free oats and shredded coconut to the food processor and pulse until the oats are slightly broken down into somewhat of flour. You don’t want the oats to be too fine, we’re not making oat flour here, but you do want them to be somewhat broken down.
Step 3: Alright, now it’s time to add all of the remaining ingredients to the food processor. Add the cashew butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, carrot, vanilla extract, and chia seeds to the food processor and pulse until all of the ingredients are well combined and form a dough.
Step 4: Next, transfer the dough to the freezer for five minutes. You can skip this step if you are really in a rush but it makes scooping and rolling the dough a bit easier.
Once the mix has chilled for a few minutes, use a cookie dough scoop to scoop the dough and roll them into energy bites. I like to make each bite roughly a tablespoon. You can eat each bite as is or, if you want a little extra flavor, you can roll the bites in shredded coconut until they are well coated.
Tips for Storing Carrot Cake Energy Bites
My preferred method of storing these energy bites is in the freezer. While they do freeze solid, I find that they don’t freeze too hard and that you can’t pop one out of the freezer and immediately enjoy a quick bite.
I like to make a double batch of this recipe and then store the bites in a reusable plastic container or storage bag. If you prefer, you could store the energy balls in the refrigerator instead.
Add the shredded carrot to your food processor and pulse until it is a fine grated texture. Then, remove the carrot from the food processor and transfer it to a small bowl.
Add the gluten free oats and shredded coconut to the food processor and pulse until the oats are slightly broken down into somewhat of flour.
Add all of the remaining ingredients and the grated carrot to the food processor. Pulse the food processor until all of the ingredients are well combined and a dough has formed. Scrape down the sides of the food processor if needed.
Roll the balls in extra shredded coconut if you would like and then enjoy!
Keywords: carrot cake energy bites, no bake carrot cake energy bites, carrot cake, gluten free carrot cake, energy bites