Raw Carrot Cake Batter Energy Balls

I make energy balls (or bites) very frequently. They make perfectly portable and healthy snacks! I stuff a bunch in a container and stick them in my lunch bag to eat throughout the day.

I began by making my own granola bars because granola bars (or otherwise termed protein or energy bars) are expensive and often times like eating a candy bar. I enjoy being able to add whatever combination of ingredients together and shaping them into little bites. I generally have my go-to combinations, but the other day I was looking for something a little different and stumbled upon this recipe for a carrot energy bite.

 

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Your hands will turn orange only temporarily! 🙂
 Ingredients (for a double batch):
  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 cups grated orange carrots (I’m pretty sure I did not do that much. I really tried to follow the recipe, but I didn’t have the patience to grate the carrots and I used 3 or 4 whole carrots)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes ( I did slightly less because I’m not a huge coconut fan)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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The verdict: I found them to be very, very sweet the first day, and slightly less overwhelmingly sweet when I tried them again the next day. Next time I make this recipe, I would start with coined carrots in the food processor and ensure I have the 2 cups the recipe calls for. The recipe also called for other color carrots, as desired. That would make a nice addition next time. I would then take out the carrots and blend the oats and almonds and then add in the dates. I would probably add additional nuts and oats to make the batter less moist and balance out the sweetness.

I will probably try this recipe again!

Published by Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT

Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist serving the Long Island, New York City, and New York State areas helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.

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