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Carrot Cake Energy Balls + VIDEO

by Heather

A healthy, kid friendly snack that is easy to grab on the go.  These carrot cake energy balls are filled with natural sweetness from the dates, lasting energy from the cashews and even a sneaky carrot vegetable!  Make a double batch, they do not last long!

naturally sweet carrot cake energy balls

Carrot cake energy balls

Friends, I am SO excited to share today’s recipe with you all!  Energy balls, or snack balls (whatever you like to call them) are a big deal in our house.  They’re basically natures candy and never last for very long in the fridge.  Everyone wants to get their hands on them!

I am happy to oblige and share these carrot cake energy balls. I know the good for you ingredients in them. I am also 100% against hangry kids, so snacks are life for us.

Energy balls for fuel

I’ll also grab a few of these carrot cake energy balls as a pick me up on the way to the gym before teaching a class.  The combination of cashews and dates gives me a fantastic energy boost that doesn’t leave my energy level crashing 30 minutes later. 

Sometimes I choose a snack of just dried fruit on the way to teach, and it just doesn’t have the same staying power as a combined snack filled with carbohydrates, protein and fat.  The perfect combo for fuel!

naturally sweet carrot cake energy balls

Ingredients you’ll need

How to make carrot cake energy balls

  1. Add the cashews to a food processor and pulse 4-6 times to break into little pieces.  Add the dates and continue to pulse until it turned into a sticky mixture.
  2. Add the carrots, shredded coconut, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, clove and ginger.  Pulse until everything is evenly combined and a sticky mixture.  You may have to scrape down the sides a couple times as you pulse the mixture.
  3. Either store in the fridge for 1 hour (this makes the batter easier to work with) or begin to form into balls right about, rolling a heaping tablespoonful at a time.
  4. You can roll the balls in extra shredded unsweetened coconut if you’d like, or serve as is!
  5. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

Want to watch how to make them? Here’s a how-to video for ya!

Looking for more carrot recipes? Try these:

naturally sweet carrot cake energy balls

Carrot cake energy ball recipe

I hope you enjoy the sweet and slightly spiced flavors in these carrot cake energy balls.  Have your (carrot) CAKE and eat it too!

naturally sweet carrot cake energy balls
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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

A healthy, kid friendly snack that is easy to grab on the go.  These carrot cake energy balls are filled with natural sweetness from the dates, lasting energy from the cashews and even a sneaky carrot vegetable!  Make a double batch, they do not last long!
Prep Time10 mins
Optional: Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy dessert, naturally sweet, snack
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • If you soaked the dates, drain the water.
  • Add the cashews to a food processor and pulse 4-6 times to break into little pieces.  Add the dates and continue to pulse until it turned into a sticky mixture.
  • Add the carrots, shredded coconut, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, clove and ginger.  Pulse until everything is evenly combined and a sticky mixture.  You may have to scrape down the sides a couple times as you pulse the mixture.
  • Either store in the fridge for 1 hour (this makes the batter easier to work with) or begin to form into balls right about, rolling a heaping tablespoonful at a time.
  • You can roll the balls in extra shredded unsweetened coconut if you’d like, or serve as is!
  • Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

Notes

Note: If you are using medjool dates you likely won’t need to soak the dates as they are softer.  I typically buy deglet dates in bulk (they are cheaper) and after 30-60 minutes of soaking they soften nicely for energy ball making.
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Did you make this recipe? Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood and use the hashtag #fitmamarealfood on Instagram so I can see what you’re making!

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Love healthy snacks? Be sure to read 10 healthy snacks for on the go!

Are you a carrot cake fan?  What are some of your favorite grab and go snack items?

If you try this recipe please leave a rating and comment below so other’s can see how they turn out for you!

Heather

*Originally published in January 2018. Updated June 2020.*

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10 comments

Jose October 5, 2019 - 4:28 am

I am a carrot cake fan! Does this get baked at all ? I’m excited about the energy balls and wish to try them. Could you clarify this for me? Thank you so much

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Heather October 6, 2019 - 6:09 am

No baking. After everything is processed together you simply roll them out, and store in the fridge 🙂

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Sue December 29, 2019 - 4:22 pm

Should the coconut oil be liquid or solid?

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Heather December 30, 2019 - 5:58 am

I use solid when measuring for this recipe!

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Rebecca December 1, 2020 - 11:39 am

5 stars
I love Carrot Cake, these look perfect as a snack!

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Heather December 1, 2020 - 2:54 pm

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do Rebecca!

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