No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites are little energy balls loaded with shredded carrots, dates, raisins, shredded coconut, and warm spices. Coated with shredded coconut, these tasty energy balls will taste like you took a bite out of your favorite carrot cake! Grain-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan, these little bites make a healthy quick snack whenever you need one.
Made with only 6 ingredients, sometimes these balls are called energy balls simply because they are quick little bites, made with healthy ingredients.
These no-bake carrot cake bites are just the perfect size to give you some energy and satisfy when hunger strikes in the late morning or afternoon.
They’re sweet, soft, and chewy with a little crunch and the flavor is similar to that of a carrot cake. YUM!
Plus, cinnamon and nutmeg are the warm spices used in the mixture, giving them more flavor.
Why Are These Bites Called Energy Balls?
Dates are a good source of vitamins and minerals, energy, and fiber. They also contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.
Carrots are a good source of many vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A (from beta-carotene), biotin, vitamin K (phylloquinone), potassium and vitamin B6. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body.
Raisins also contain nutrients, such as vitamin C, selenium, and zinc. This combination of nutrients and antioxidants are great for everyone.
Shredded Coconut is high in magnesium which is essential for bone health and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol. Coconuts are also rich in copper and iron, which help form red blood cells, as well as selenium, an important antioxidant that protects your cells.
All the more reasons to make these little no-bake carrot cake bites! Don’t you think?
How To Make These No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites:
1. Place the dates into a bowl and pour hot water over them. Let them soak for 10 minutes to soften.
NOTE: I used the small pitted dates (organic Deglet Noor dates), and 3/4 cup of them. If you use the larger ones (pitted Medjool dates), then you will only need about 5 to 6 dates.
2. Next, place the peeled and chopped carrot into the food processor and pulse to mince the carrot.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and pulse again to blend the mixture. Then drain the dates and add them and continue to pulse until the dates are well blended.
4. Use a teaspoon or a small ice cream scoop to make the balls, a walnut size. The mixture will be very soft, so you will need to press firmly with your fingers into balls. Then roll in coconut to coat. Transfer to a plate and cover with clear wrap. Chill for one hour before serving.
Do We Need To Refrigerate No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites?
Yes, you need to refrigerate these bites to firm them up, and to keep them fresh.
How Long Do These Bites Stay Fresh?
They will stay fresh for up to one week, kept in a sealed container and in the refrigerator. And, up to one month in the freezer.
Why we love these No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites:
nothing to cook or bake
make a great little snack
super easy to make
loaded with healthy ingredients
tasty and satisfying
only 38 calories per ball
Finally, enjoy some of these other No-Bake Healthy Treats!
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-free).
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
- 3/4 cup dried organic pitted small dates (about 12 to 14 dates) See my notes.
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup + 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 large carrot, peeled and finely minced
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- extra shredded coconut, for coating
- Place the dates in a heatproof or stainless steel bowl. Pour in boiling water to cover the dates. Let it sit aside for 10 minutes to soak.
- In the meantime, place the chopped carrot into a food processor and pulse to mince the carrot.
- Then add in the rest of the ingredients and continue to pulse until it blends together.
- Drain the dates and place them into a food processor with the rest of the mixture. Continue to pulse again until the mixture blends together.
- Use a teaspoon or a small ice cream scoop to scoop the mixture and press firmly with your fingers into balls, about the size of a walnut. Then roll each ball in coconut to coat.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Yields: 18 to 20 carrot cake bites
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38