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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot cake… Only healthy.

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Are you tired of carrot cake yet?

There’s only about 1.4 million carrot cake recipes floating around on the Interweb. That’s a lot of carrot cake.

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Lucky for you, I was too lazy to make an entire cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love baking and assembling cakes, but it’s a task that I have to be in the mood to do. Otherwise, I’ll end up with a half-fast cake that leans to the right.

After seeing all of the gorgeous carrot cake recipes on Pinterest, my tastebuds got a hankering for carrot cake. Go figure!

Those damn tastebuds ruin everything. As a food blogger, I should be all sorts of trendy. I should start making flag cakes in May and peppermint bark in July. Here’s the problem… I’m not trendy. I’ll never be that organized food blogger that celebrates Christmas in July.

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What I really wanted to do was breeze by Easter without thinking about carrots inside of cakes, but my tastebuds had other plans.

Demanding little buggers!

Because I still consider myself a rebel, I decided to go the unconventional route and roll some carrots with a bunch of crap that tastes like a carrot cake and call it a day.

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Everybody’s happy. Hold on, you are happy, right?

There’s more good news. The above mentioned crap is all good for you. These carrot cake energy balls are full of things like flaxseed meal, oats, dates, carrots (of course), almond butter, dried pineapple, and toasted pecans.

These bad boys are naturally sweetened. What does this mean for you? I’ll tell ya what it means…

More food in your face. Less junk in the trunk.

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In other words, your thighs will love you.

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Heck, they may even be better than cake.

Too far? Yeah, I thought so.

I can promise you this… These sweet, moist balls taste like pop-able versions of the real deal. Cross my heart.

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After rolling the balls, place them in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to mingle. I recommend refrigerating them for at least an hour before serving. The longer the flavors mingle, the better they taste.

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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Sweet, pop-able energy balls that taste just like you're biting into a piece of carrot cake.

Yield: 10 energy balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

2/3 cup grated carrot (1 large carrot)

1/3 cup coconut flakes, sweetened or unsweetened

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

4 large dates

heaping 1/4 cup dried pineapple

heaping 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut flakes for rolling (optional)

Directions:

In the bowl of your food processor (or blender), add grated carrot, coconut flakes, flaxseed meal, oats, cinnamon, and ginger. Pulse to combine.

Add dates, dried pineapple, pecans, and vanilla extract. Pulse until the mixture comes together. You'll know the mixture is ready when it forms a slight dough ball in the bowl of your food processor.

Shape the mixture in to tablespoon-size balls. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Store in an airtight container, separating the layers with parchment or wax paper. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

   

26 Responses to “Carrot Cake Energy Balls”

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    Vicky — April 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

    These sound awesome! Love that these don’t have any added sugar! Will try making these gluten free with a gluten free oats or perhaps some almond flour!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Thanks, Vicky! A gf version sounds perfect.

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    Laura Dembowski — April 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I love carrot cake too! And these are healthy carrot cake. Score! BTW, your disclosure is cute. Blendtec has no idea who you are. Ha!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thanks, Laura. I like to jazz up my disclosure statements a bit. I may have been over dramatic.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

    These little balls look fabulous! And so much quicker to make then a whole cake! Pinning to make this weekend!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thanks, Anna!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — April 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’ll never be tired of carrot cake! I have a weird hankering for pumpkin pancakes even though it’s April. Sometimes you just have to follow your gut!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:14 am

      I have an extra can of pumpkin in the pantry :) Thanks!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — April 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

    More food in your face, less junk in the trunk. Haha! Bring it on then!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:15 am

      My bum always appreciates less junk :) Thank, Karen!

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    Kelly - Life made Sweeter — April 19, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I love carrot cake and can never tire of it. These cake balls sound perfect to satisfy my carrot cake fix – love this creative recipe! Pinning and can’t wait to try :)

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 20, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I’m a big fan of energy balls and this version looks fantastic!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:16 am

      I’ve been on a bit of an energy ball kick lately. Thanks!

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    Amallia @DesireToEat — April 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Wow, very creative recipe Jennie, I never tried energy ball with carrot before. Thanks for sharing :-).

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, Amallia!

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — April 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I actually don’t like carrot cake. *GASP* But I’m totally pinning this because my mom LOVES carrot cake and always gets mad at me for not making healthy things for her.

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:17 am

      No worries, Kim. You’re still welcome here. If I had carrot cake and chocolate cake in front of me, I would totally go for the chocolate cake. Your mom will love these!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — April 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I want some of these right now! Are they still healthy if I eat all 10? Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Hmmm, ten? Well, they would cerntainly still be healthier than cake, right? I say eat all ten. Thanks, Lindsey.

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    Jocelyn@Brucrewlife — April 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love that you made energy balls out of carrot cake! Genius! They sound amazing! :)

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Love these sa-weet energy bars! I’m addicted to carrot cake anything as well as carrot cake Larabars. When I have time, I like to make mine homemade. Cannot wait to make your version, Jennie! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jennie replied April 22nd, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Carrot cake Lara Bars sound really good. Girl, I know you loves you some carrot cake. Thanks, Stacy!

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    shannon — April 23, 2014 at 7:19 am

    wait: healthy carrot cake in my face? DONE.

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    Michelle — April 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    What a great idea! I just made these. I didn’t have the same ingredients, I used carrots, coconut, almond flour, cranberries, raisins, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds. I toasted the coconut that I rolled them in. what a healthy delicious snack, thanks for the great idea!

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