Carrot cake could not be easier to get your hands on! These healthy carrot cake energy bites come together in just a few minutes, they are no bake, vegan, gluten free, grain free, paleo, allergy friendly and super simple to make. All you need is a food processor to have a healthy snack on hand for the entire week (if they last that long).
Energy bites are great to make during meal prep on Sunday afternoon. Luckily you can whip these carrot cake energy bites up anytime, since they take no time at all to make. These energy bites have everything you love about carrot cake, even some healthy frosting! The only thing you might miss is eating these off a plate. These are one or two bite maximum energy bites. Perfect size to pack in your gym bag for a post workout snack or in your lunch box for when that 3 pm craving for sweets hits at the office.
These energy bites have cinnamon, ginger and just a touch of sweetness from the protein powder and dates. Nothing over bearing. The carrots still find their way to shine through and the coconut butter frosting take these energy bites to the next level. These no bake carrot cake energy bites taste the best after they have been sitting in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours. All the flavors develop and the texture is perfect.
So when Dave and I go to the gym I usually come home and immediately open the fridge. I barely give the dog a “hello” I’m usually so spent from weight training all I want is something to eat right now. This is why I try to always have healthy energy bites or protein cookies in the fridge at all times. Right after a workout is my prime time to eat all the carbs, my body literally craves them and I happily oblige. But I also know I can quickly over do it with the carbs and then not have any room left in my stomach for protein or other vegetables. These healthy carrot cake energy bites are just enough to hold me over until I can make my lunch or make a green smoothie full of protein and veggies and more healthy carbs like banana or blueberries.
Don’t wait until after a workout to try these though, they are packed with healthy fat, fiber, protein, and veggies and would be the perfect afternoon snack as well! Kiddos will go crazy for them, and they are a great after school snack for them. After all, who can really say no to frosting!
Please take note that I love ginger and cinnamon in my carrot cake. If this recipe was just for me there would likely be even more ginger involved but Dave doesn’t love it as much as me. These are no-bake so add a little and you can always add more depending on your taste preferences. You can also replace the sunflower seeds with walnuts or pecans if you don’t have a nut allergy in your family. We are nut free for the most part because of Dave’s nut allergies. But if you aren’t feel free to go crazy on your nut selections!!
Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Remove the pits from the dates and soak in hot water at least 10 minutes.
- Place the softened dates in the food processor with 3 tbs. of the water from soaking.
- Pulse until a thick paste forms.
- Add sunflower seeds and pulse again until the dates and sunflower seeds have combined and start to break up.
- Add the protein powder, chia seeds, coconut flour and mix until well combined.
- Add the shredded carrot, cinnamon, vanilla, and ground ginger. Pulse until incorporated.
- Pour the contents of the food processor into a large bowl. Mix by hand quickly if needed to ensure that the carrots and spices have been evenly distributed.
- Roll out in 1 tablespoon portions by hand. Place on wax paper and refrigerate until cooled slightly 5-10 minutes if possible.
- Melt coconut butter in the microwave for 20 seconds or over the stove in a double boiler for a few minutes, just until runny.
- Using a fork, drizzle the coconut butter over the carrot cake bites. The coconut butter will harden quickly once placed in the fridge. Place them in the fridge to harden on a flat surface like a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Once hardened they can be stored together.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
What about you?
- What do you like to eat post workout?
- What workout makes you just a hungry monster all day?
- Carrot cake – what is your go-to combo? Nuts, no nuts? Pineapple? Raisins? Tell me!