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Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Plant based carrot cake energy bites, vegan and gluten-free. It’s a quick and easy no-bake snack that’s healthy but still tastes like dessert, ready in 10 minutes! Recipe video included!

close up of carrot cake bite

Have you ever tried full-body cryotherapy?

It’s basically a machine that freezes you for 3 minutes. Seriously. Tony Robbins swears by it for increasing energy levels, and I’ve heard it’s good for sports injuries and kickstarting your metabolism.

I think it’s because your body thinks you are freezing to death, so it’s so relieved when you’re not that you get a burst of energy to GO LIVE LIFE again.

Yes, I’ve tried it and that was my experience the first time. I recently went for the second time at a new place, and they put me on “Level 1” which is only -100 degrees. instead of -200+ that I experienced the first time. At some point, freezing is just freezing.

no-cake carrot cake bites in clear bowl on black table

Really the only thing that story has to do with these energy bites is that I made these on the same day. And these bites are a much less painful way to try to increase your energy.

Two main reasons this recipe came to be:

The almond joy energy bites were posted over 2 years ago, and I figured it was about time I tried a new flavor.

Energy bites are so easy, and there are millions of flavors you could make. But today, it’s carrot cake.

mixing ingredients from carrot cake energy dessert balls in food processor

I’ve never actually baked a carrot cake, so I went to google and asked “what makes a good carrot cake?

Apparently, some mix-ins are controversial ingredients in carrot cakes (raisins, coconut, even nuts) depending on who you ask.

But in general I learned it should definitely have a lot of spices, it shouldn’t really taste like carrots, and it should be moist.

A lot of the other rules don’t really apply for this recipe since these are no-bake.

So we don’t need things like baking powder and eggs – and in fact, these are vegan and gluten-free.

about a dozen carrot cake energy bites view from above

So I made sure to add a lot of cinnamon, and sprinkled in some nutmeg and salt for good measure.

The dates do most of the work to sweeten and moisten up the dough, so I just needed to add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

If you add more oats than the recipe says, or if the dough still seems to dry, you can add a little more coconut oil or water until the dough sticks together.

I just added a bit of shredded coconut to the tops, but leave it off if you don’t like that idea.

carrot cake energy bites on parchment paper, topping with shredded coconut flakes

Personally I like these energy bites at room-temperature, but I do stick the leftovers in the fridge.

carrot cake energy bites n clear bowl topped with shredded coconut


Yield: 18 balls

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Vegan and gluten-free no-bake carrot cake energy bites. Quick easy snack that's healthy but tastes like dessert!

Vegan and gluten-free no-bake carrot cake energy bites. It's a quick and easy snack that's healthy but still tastes like dessert!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)


  1. In a food processor, add all ingredients except shredded coconut. Blend until combined.
  2. Using hands, roll into bite sized balls. Option to top with shredded coconut flakes.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.


*Once blended, dough should not be dry - but if it is, you can add more coconut oil or water 1 tablespoon at a time until moist enough to make into balls.

**Can add chia seeds or more nuts for extra protein/energy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Thursday 7th of November 2019

If adding chia seeds how much should I add

Supriya Kutty

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

Wow, such delicious and easy to make recipe. My daughter doesn't like the carrot so I can make her eat it by giving her these energy bites for snacks. Thanks for sharing such interesting recipes that are very healthy for all.

Matt @ Plating Pixels

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Yum! Totally pinning this to help with those sweets cravings.

Allison - Celebrating Sweets

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

I love carrot cake! I could probably eat a whole bowl of these!

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

These look delicious. I am always looking for tasty snacks to have t my desk and these are ideal!

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