Carrot Cake Energy Balls (with Cashews and Cinnamon)

By Harper

5 from 3 ratings

I’ve been a baker my whole life. Not always a healthy baker but a baker none the less. It started off with mud pies in my backyard and then grew into helping my mom with baking Christmas cookies, holiday pies and birthday cakes. My favorite part was always cracking open the eggs, sifting flours and decorating the cakes. It became a tradition that my mom and I would pick out a cake that fit the birthday person’s personality. For instance, my sister loved make up and shopping as a child, so we made her a purse shaped birthday cake. My niece loved princesses, so we made a her an extravagant princess castle completely with a dragon for her birthday. Planning the cake and spending days making it and putting it together with my mother are some of my fondest memories as a child.

Carrot Cake Energy Balls

These healthy and addictive carrot cake energy balls are the best for fulfilling all your carrot cake cravings.

I remember one year it was my dad’s birthday and we were having a hard time trying to come up with a cake theme for him. I mean, he’s had a lot of birthdays and we felt we exasperated all of his likes on previous ones. For days, my mom and I pondered about what sort of cake to create for my dad. Finally, we decided to make him a carrot cake, shaped and decorated like one because carrots were his favorite snack.

I was beyond excited to make this cake because just like my dad—I love carrots especially in a cake form! I still remember that cake like it was yesterday… That decadent cream cheese frosting… Those little pieces of carrot… that extremely soft cake… Thinking about this cake makes me want some right this second. And that’s exactly what happen earlier today when I made these extremely delicious and super healthy carrot cake energy bites.

Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Energy Balls

These little babies might not be the carrot cake I made when I was a child but they are just as scrumptious and not to mention much healthier than traditional carrot cake. Also, much easier to eat on the go. No fork needed for these little bites. The best part about this recipe is that with just a few simple pulses of the food processor you too can have these delightful carrot cake balls in just a few minutes. Ah, my childhood rolled into a bunch of tiny energy balls. I brought my father some of these energy bites and he was quite impressed that I not only remembered his love for carrots but also that something so healthy could taste so delicious. I blame the deliciousness on the carrot-date combo but I’ll take credit for the excellent memory.

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    • ½ cup grated carrots (about 2 large carrots)
    • ½ cup dates, pitted and chopped
    • 1 cup raw cashews
    • ¼ cup raisins
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
    • Desiccated coconut for rolling (optional)


  1. Wash and grate carrots. Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Roll mixture into 16 evenly sized balls.
  3. Roll balls in desiccated coconut.
  4. Store in an airtight container.


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    • I’ve just made them and yum! Not sure they’ll last too long at my house. I reckon they’d be good for at least a week.

      Rating: 5
  1. WOW, Quick, simple, tasty and cheap to make.

    Made these for a friend, now to make my own for road trip snacking.

    Rating: 5

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