These little vegan carrot cake energy bites taste like dessert, and they're filled with healthy things that will boost your energy and help you to recover from a tough work out. Perfect for breakfast and a mid day snack.
Get your carrot cake on y’all! Get it on and take it off. Whoa, hold on tiger, leave your clothes on, this blog is PG. I’m talking about taking off some calories, and gluten, and processed sugar, and adding protein, omegas and essential fatty acids. Sound good? You know it does.
Carrot cake energy bites are the answer to your carrot cake loving prayers. Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but then again, if you love it as much as I do, but hate the caloric content of real cake, then you may have prayed for something this good and healthy to take its place.
These scrumptious little bites begin with the obvious—freshly shredded carrots. There are more carrots than anything else in this recipe. As it should be. I used my food processor to shred a cup and a half of carrots in about two seconds. You can use a grater, but it will take longer, and you'll risk shredding your fingertips. Ouch!
A quick switch of the blades and I was ready to add the rest of the ingredients to the carrots. A half of a cup of dessicated coconut, a half of a cup of rolled oats, a third of a cup of raw almonds, some hemp seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sea salt, dates, maple syrup, and the secret binder. You’ll have to go to the recipe to find out what it is. Oooooh, I’m so bad. 😉
Once all of the ingredients have been turned into a ball of batter remove the blade from the processor and wash your hands. With soap. Then spoon a bit out of the bowl and roll it into a perfect little bite sized ball. Roll it in finely shredded dessicated coconut and then drizzle some dark chocolate on the top if you want.
Yum! Not only are these carrot cake energy bites delicious, they live up to their names. I ran the ingredient list past Alex – the certified personal trainer of the family – and she said that they’d be perfect for a recovery snack after one of our long runs or a tough work out.
But don’t just take my word for it, let’s take a look at how awesome the powerhouse ingredients in these bites are.
Carrots – A great source of Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin K, antioxidants, beta-carotene, heart health benefits, vision health benefits, and anti-cancer benefits.
Coconut -- A good source of potassium, iron, and magnesium. It reduces inflammation, supports tissue healing and repair, and provides a nutritional burst of quick energy.
Rolled oats – An incredible source for key nutrients, such as manganese and molybdenum, and phosphorus. Helps to lower cholesterol, enhances the immune system, stabilizes blood sugar, and its high in fiber.
Almonds – A great source of manganese, copper, and riboflavin, which help with energy production. They can help you lose weight, they’re heart healthy, and they’re a good source of protein.
Hemp seeds – Rich in essential fatty acids, including omegas 3 and 6, as well as protein, and iron. Helps to increase and sustain energy and recover from injury. It reduces inflammation and improves circulation.
Dates – Replenish energy, rich in fiber, anti-inflammatory, excellent source of iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, and copper.
See why I call these vegan carrot cake energy bites? Eat one before a work out and then one after. They’re also a great breakfast on the go, or a mid-day snack to get you back on track.
The best part of these glorious little bites, they taste like carrot cake, so you can trick your kids into eating something that’s good for them!
These would also be a fun addition to your Easter dessert table, or to take in the car on your way to church. So much better than the candy in those baskets, am I right?
Let me know what you think about these in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.
Some of the brands that I like to use to make these can be purchased on Amazon.com
Coconut - 12 pack
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