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No-bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls are very quick to make and an excellent way to eat more carrots apart from eating a salad. This recipe includes warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with a hint of lemon and it will definitely remind you of carrot cake. Carrot Cake Energy Balls are perfect for an Easter time treat just when you’re in the mood for carrot cake. Or enjoy them as a snack in the fall with a spiced latte in hand for those cozy fall days.

Carrot Cake Energy Balls are gluten-free and sweetened naturally with maple syrup. They keep well in the fridge and freezer.  And good news! You don’t need a food processor to make these healthy treats.  Just use a box grater.

I first made these energy balls because Geoff loves carrot cake and I wanted to replicate those flavours in a healthy snack. To be honest, Geoff has the palette of a 90-year-old man. His favourite treats are things like date squares, butter tarts, oatmeal raisin cookies, carrot cake, apple pie, maple and pecan ice cream. See what I mean?

I developed this recipe with Geoff in mind so he could have an easy mid-workday snack. I love a snack that includes nutritious foods like oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, warming spices and of course carrots. Here are some frequently asked questions about the healthy ingredients in these carrot cake energy balls:

Frequently Asked Questions About Carrot Cake Energy Balls

What are the health benefits of chia seeds?

-high in fibre (1 oz contains 11 grams of fibre)
-rich source of Omega-3
-source of protein (1 oz contains 4 grams of protein) 
-high in antioxidants
-chia means “strength” in the Mayan language

How do you store chia seeds?

It is best to store chia seeds in the fridge in a light-proof container to maintain freshness. This prevents the healthy fats in chia seeds from oxidizing. You can also store chia seeds in the freezer if you use them infrequently.

Are chia seeds gluten-free?

Yes! Chia seeds are gluten-free. Nuts and seeds are naturally gluten-free but if you have a severe gluten allergy it’s a good idea to research to ensure the product was produced in a gluten-free facility.

Are sunflower seeds nuts?

Sunflower seeds are not nuts. If you have a nut allergy you may still be able to enjoy sunflower seeds. They are considered to be the fruit that sunflowers produce.

Are sunflower seeds gluten-free?

Yes, sunflower seeds are gluten-free. Nuts and seeds are naturally gluten-free but if you have a severe gluten allergy it’s a good idea to research to ensure the product was produced in a gluten-free facility.

What are the health benefits of carrots?

-provides a diet with fibre
-rich in beta carotene
-good source of potassium
-good source of biotin 
-high in the antioxidants lutein and lycopene

How to Make No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Begin by finely grating carrots into a large bowl. (Using the fine side of the box grater)

Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a small saucepan on the stovetop.  Combine the remaining ingredients (except the shredded coconut) to the grated carrot and add the coconut oil when it has melted and cooled slightly.

Mix really well and begin to form small 1½ tbsp sized balls.

Spread about 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut onto a plate. Roll the balls gently in the shredded coconut to coat.  Place the balls on a sheet tray so that they are not touching each other.  Chill in the fridge for several hours and enjoy!

Tips for making Carrot Cake Energy Balls

  • Store your chia seeds and sunflower seeds in the fridge to prolong the shelf life and protect the healthy fats contained in these foods from oxidation. 
  • Use an organic lemon for the zest.
  • Stir your sunflower seed butter or tahini really well.  Tahini especially can be too runny if not well stirred.  
  • I recommend ceylon cinnamon rather than cassia cinnamon. If you enjoy a lot of cinnamon in your oats or baked goods it’s a good idea to invest in ceylon cinnamon which is known as “true cinnamon”. Cassia cinnamon is cheaper and can contain high amounts of a compound called coumarin which has been known to cause liver damage.
  • To grate the carrots, I recommend using the fine side of a box grater.
  • No need to ring any moisture out of the carrots for this recipe.

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No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls

No-bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls are very quick to make and an excellent way to eat more carrots apart from eating a salad. This recipe includes warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with a hint of lemon and it will definitely remind you of carrot cake. Carrot Cake Energy Balls are perfect for an Easter time treat just when you’re in the mood for carrot cake. Or enjoy them as a snack in the fall with a spiced latte in hand for those cozy fall days.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Energy Balls
Calories 101 kcal

Equipment

  • Box grater

Ingredients
  

  • 2 carrots medium  (approximately 230g) 
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter well stirred, can replace with tahini
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil 
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling use more if needed

Instructions
 

  • Begin by finely grating carrots into a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a small saucepan on the stovetop.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients (except the shredded coconut) to the grated carrot and add the coconut oil when it has melted and cooled slightly.
  • Mix really well and begin to form small 1½ tbsp-sized balls.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut onto a plate.   Roll the balls gently in the shredded coconut to coat.
  • Place the balls on a sheet tray so that they are not touching each other. Chill in the fridge for one to two hours and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use an organic lemon for the zest.
  • Stir your sunflower seed butter or tahini really well.  Tahini especially can be too runny if not well stirred.
  • I recommend Ceylon cinnamon rather than cassia cinnamon. If you enjoy a lot of cinnamon in your oats or baked goods it’s a good idea to invest in Ceylon cinnamon which is known as “true cinnamon”. Cassia cinnamon is cheaper and can contain high amounts of a compound called coumarin which has been known to cause liver damage.
  • To grate the carrots, I recommend using the fine side of a box grater 
  • No need to ring any moisture out of the carrots for this recipe
Keyword carrot cake, energy balls, healthy snacks

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

2 Comments

  • Will F.

    5 stars
    I love the flavour combinations so much, as well as the consistency. I like how the maple syrup and carrots bring out a natural sweetness, and the chia seeds add some protein content! Such a great snack idea.

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