Carrot cake for breakfast anyone? High protein, vegan, grain free, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, and its VEGETABLES so you can stuff your face! You guys, these are so good. I seriously was sad to eat the last of these bites on Monday morning – and I didn’t even share any with Dave. Luckily these are so easy to whip up and are even better if they can sit in the fridge overnight.
Well we made it to Wednesday already! The holiday being over, eating healthy, and going to the gym… holy crap being a grown up is hard! Anyone else feeling this way this week? At least I have had some pretty amazing food to get me through the day. I’ve been feeling super motivated and focused in the kitchen and ended up recipe testing 9 recipes over the course of the weekend (Thursday – Sunday). Needless to say that created quite a bit of leftovers to enjoy through the week. I have always practiced food prep, this is just food prep on steroids 🙂 And I’m not complaining.
I will be posting the above pictured recipes later this week and next week so stop back or sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out… or follow us on facebook… or pinterest… or twitter…. you get the point. From top left to bottom right: Mahi Mahi Burgers, Cinnamon Banana Bread (vegan and OMG), Better than Chipotle Salad (vegan as well), and Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
I wanted to share this carrot cake quinoa bites recipe with you ASAP so you could all be in carrot cake heaven with me 🙂 Carrot cake anything is seriously the best! In case you didn’t know, I request carrot cake for my birthday every year (since I was like 6) and it’s a flavor that I thought I would have to give up when I started eating healthy. After all, what’s carrot cake if you don’t get the frosting! What’s breakfast if you don’t get frosting – I kid I kid (haha not really!). Check out these carrot cake pancakes if you don’t believe me!
Considering the time of year, I know many people are practicing a healthier eating lifestyle – yay go you!! If you happen to be one of them, you are going to love
me these carrot cake bites!! (Yes, yes I love you too). These carrot cake bites are made with quinoa, dates, chia, ground flax, hemp seeds, raisins, walnuts and covered in coconut butter frosting – oh and we can’t forget the carrots. Naturally sweetened, full of protein and fiber; these carrot cake bites are going to be your new favorite way to start the day.
If you are anything like me, around 3 pm you simply cannot sit at your desk any longer and go in search of something to help you get through the afternoon slump. May I suggest making a batch of these and keeping them in the office fridge to help you during those times. These have major staying power and will help boost your energy naturally!
I have two versions of these quinoa carrot cake bites below, one with protein powder and one without. The hemp seeds and quinoa are plenty of protein, but you guys know I’m a big fan of getting lots of protein with my meals, it helps you stay fuller longer. It also helps you build those muscles you have been working so hard for in the gym!
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 2 tbs. date puree (4-5 dates soaked and pureed)
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbs. coconut flour
- 3 tbs. cashew milk
- 3 tbs. hemp seeds
- 2 tbs. chopped walnuts
- 2 tbs. chopped raisins
- 4 scoops stevia (1-2 packets of sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Optional: 2 scoops plant based vanilla protein powder (Sunwarrior - affiliate link)
- 6 tbs. unsweetened cashew milk
- For the frosting:
- 1½ tbs. coconut butter
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 3 tbs. cashew milk, unsweetened
- 1 tsp. chia seeds, preferably white
- Cook and cool quinoa.
- Soak dates in hot water 20 minutes, puree or mash with fork.
- In a small bowl combine cocout butter, maple syrup, cashew milk and chia seeds. Microwave for 20 seconds to get all ingredients to the same temperature. Stir to combine and place in fridge while you assemble the carrot cake bites.
- Grate carrots into a large bowl. Add quinoa, date puree, chia, flax, cinnamon, coconut flour, cashew milk, hemp seeds, stevia and vanilla extract. Stir with a spoon until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- If you are adding the optional protein powder, add it and the additional cashew milk to the bowl. Stir until all the protein powder has been integrated into the quinoa mixture.
- Chop walnuts and raisins and add to the mixture, making sure they are evenly distributed.
- Roll the mixture into equal sized balls, using a tablespoon to evenly measure out the mixture. I simply scoop out a tablespoon worth of batter into my hands and roll into a ball.
- The recipe will make 12-14 balls without protein powder and 20-22 ball with protein powder.
- Take the frosting out of the fridge, dip half the ball into frosting and set on a plate or tupperware covered in wax paper.
- Place in fridge overnight or freeze for 15-20 minutes to get the coconut butter frosting to set.
What about you?!
- What is your all time favorite cake flavor?
- Have you been feeling energized and motivated in the kitchen?
- Do you meal prep on the weekend?