January 7, 2013

Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Ask me what my favorite cake is and I’ll immediately exclaim, “carrot cake!” This is my adult answer. My inner 10-year-old silently responds with “funfetti cake.” Not gonna lie, that pure white cake scattered with rainbow sprinkles makes me smile. But carrot cake? That’s just pure goodness. Or as Tom Haverford would say, “a big ole cookie.”

This is one excited face ready to devour a carrot cake.392904_10100212796600914_186589780_n

I’ve made my own carrot cake once. It took a long time and I made a huge mess. Was it worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? Maybe for someone really freaking special. In the meantime, I’ll keep making a (much) healthier version of my favorite treat.image

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup milled flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

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  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together oats, shredded carrots, almonds, raisins, flaxseed, and cinnamon.
  2. Add almond butter and maple syrup and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Place mixture in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  4. Shape mixture into one-inch balls. Makes about 18 servings.

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This is the next best thing to carrot cake, I promise. Not only do you get a similar flavor from them, you get natural energy! Toss one back before a workout and you’re golden.

Toss two back and you might explode with happiness.image

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  • Emily Dill

    Yum! I cannot wait to make these!

  • Caitlin C

    YUM! Omg, I am so making these. I love carrot cake!


    • meeeee too. then you’ll love these!

  • Yum, they look soooo good!

  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats

    These sound amazing!

  • Brittany Greer

    Yuuuum. I wouldn’t typically choose carrot cake over other things, but these look really good!! Funny you say that about funfetti…just wait til you see my wedding cake in a few months 😉

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Looks good! while carrot cake isn’t my favourite, I won’t turn it down if it’s sitting in front of me :-p So I wouldn’t be turning these down either!

  • itzyskitchen

    These sound great! I love how easily they come together. I remember you liking that hummingbird cake at Mustard Seed. By the way- whats the deal with Sette not being Sette anymore???

    • yes they were totally easy! both sette and uno mas are now closed…for good! and the rest of the restaurants have extended hours. 🙂

  • Traci

    These sound amazing and I can’t wait to make them! Thanks for sharing!

  • These sound awesome!! Do they remain healthy if I dip them in cream cheese icing? 🙂

    • well i’m not telling if you do!! but if you do…bring me some. haha

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    These look great! Carrot cake is one of my favourite cakes too. Although truthfully I think the cream cheese frosting is my favourite part.

    • mmmhmmm, just like with red velvet!

  • Yum! I may have to try these minus the raisins. My only requirement for carrot cake is no raisins….and thick icing.

  • These look soooooo good! I just made some Chocolate PB and Banana Bites, but as soon as they are gone I’m gonna have to try these!!!


  • Jeff Amador

    awesome…will definitely be making these! The last time I made a carrot cake, I ended up with flour and icing all over myself, too, so this will hopefully be a nice, simple compromise 🙂

  • Yum! These look great! My adult cake choice is German Chocolate, but really my favorite treat is like sour straws. hehe

  • ohhh I am pinning this. Your awesome!

  • Yum! I never liked carrot cake as a kid, but I recently had an amazing one from a local bakery that swayed me. I think it’s been the raisins that always turned me off….but the rest is SO good! This is an awesome idea!

  • Rach

    These look yummy! Also, I love the color on you!

  • Brie

    i just found your blog through KC&CO and love it! i can’t wait to try these!

    xo brie

  • Kathryn Davis

    They are in the fridge as I type this!! Can’t wait to try them!


  • Lea

    I saw your IG posting and I’m here 🙂

    I have been craving anything carrot cake flavor lately and my carrot cake oatmeal bowl is good and all but I need something different. Thanks for the recipe, you’ve made this pregnant lady happy 🙂

  • KandKTestKitchen

    Yum!! These sound like a way healthier version of the carrot muffins I made today, haha, I wish I had seen this recipe first!

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  • Backpackbee

    You have such a contagious smile!! You had me at carrot cake! Simply had to check this post out!

  • Gina

    Any idea how many cals per bite?

  • love this recipe! I might just have to try it for Easter!

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