Raw (No-Bake) Carrot Cake Energy Bites
An "Energy Bite" with some vegetable?! Awesome.
I credit my fellow Culinary Nutrition Expert graduate, Kristine Peacock, with this delicious new snack in my freezer. While I have enjoyed homemade energy bites prior to trying this recipe, I hadn't experimented with a recipe that included a vegetable ingredient.
The great thing about these raw, no-bake energy bite recipes is that the ingredient composition is so versatile, as long as you retain the wet to dry ingredient ratio to ensure the mixture is damp and sticky enough to roll together. Given the recipe involves just gathering and measuring the ingredients, mixing them together in the food processor and rolling them into balls prior to consumption, they are a cost-effective and quick and easy snack to prepare on a regular basis.
Due to the fact that these energy bites all 3 macronutrients (complex carbohydrates, protein and a healthy source of fat), they form a well-balanced snack for when you need a healthy pick-me-up mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
Ingredients (makes approx. 20-25 bites, depending on the size you create):
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup carrot, grated
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. maca powder
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cloves
1/4 cup coconut oil
5 Medjool dates
*Optional: Unsweetened, shredded coconut to roll the balls in.
Measure all ingredients and place in your food processor.
Pulse until mixture is thoroughly mixed, wet and sticky (you may need to scrape down the sides of the container periodically to ensure thorough mixing).
Roll into balls. Spread some coconut on a cookie sheet or cutting board and coat the balls in the coconut by rolling them along the length of the surface upon which the coconut is spread.
Place in a storage container lined with parchment paper. Store in your freezer until consumption.
*Note: They don't become rock hard upon being frozen. They become nicely chilled yet soft enough to bite into within a short time after coming out of the freezer.