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Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites
$5.04 Recipe/$0.25 Serving
Carrot Cake Protein Bites - Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, No Bake - these healthy energy bites are great for snacking or even dessert! Kids will love these too (and they are safe to take to school).
Remove the pits from the dates and soak in hot water at least 5 minutes.
While the dates are soaking, you can run the coconut flakes through the food processor for the coating. This step is optional. To make these more like a light dusting of coconut, use a high speed blender instead. Put the coconut flakes aside in a small bowl for rolling.
Place the softened dates and sunflower seeds in the food processor.
Turn the food processor on high and process for about 1 minute until the mixture looks like coarse wet sand.
Add the protein powder, chia seeds, oat flour, carrots, cinnamon and ground ginger to the food processor.
Add the shredded carrot, cinnamon, vanilla, and ground ginger. Pulse until incorporated.
Process on high for 1-2 minutes, turning the food processor off to scrape down the sides if needed. Everything should be well incorporated with no big chunks of carrots left.
Roll out in 1 tablespoon portions by hand. Place on wax paper and refrigerate until cooled slightly 5-10 minutes if possible.
Take 1-2 tbsp. of the mixture in your hand and squeeze it together (it should stick together easily). Press down on the middle of this to ensure that the energy balls won't fall apart easily. If it crumbles, add 1 tbsp. of water at a time to the food processor (process on high 15-20 seconds each time) until the mixture easily holds together when you press on it after squeezing it in your palm.
Take 1-2 tbsp. of the mixture and roll it into energy bites by forming them in your hand (rolling between your hands to smooth them out as needed). You will make about 20 energy bites.
Roll 1/2 of the energy bites in coconut flakes, leave the other half plain.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
If you would rather use coconut flour (to keep this grain free), you only need 1 tbsp. coconut flour. Make this into carrot cake protein bars instead!Press the dough into a 8X8 pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper.Once you have pressed the mixture into the pan well, place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour (this makes it easier to cut into bars).After 30 minutes to 1 hour in the freezer, lift the mixture out using the parchment paper or wax paper. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars and store in the fridge.