These are so much more than Energy Balls, that’s a dessert recipe. They are tiny chewy pieces of carrot cake that smells like orange; they are healthy candy bliss balls; they are full of flavor and delicious.
Also easy to make, with fuss-free ingredients and basically a couple of steps to prepare. Healthy no bake recipe, vegan and easy, anyone?
Deliciously addictive. Thankfully, healthy too.
I guess we can all relate with exaggerating a bit during the holidays, that’s why healthy dessert options that are actually good are such a find.
Try with an espresso after Christmas dinner or as a healthier option on your Christmas sweets table. They are also great inside glass jars as gifts or a different addition to a Christmas cookies box.
The trick is to make them smaller. Think more like big marble size, not golf ball.
- Carrot: a small one would do, any level of ripeness.
- Dates: Medjool, Medjoul, or Majhool. All the same.
- Walnuts: here I have used Pecan nuts instead and the result was great. Same amount as Walnuts. The carrot cake taste was certainly preserved.
- Almonds: When I used Pecan nuts I used Pine nuts instead of the Almonds and it was a nice match.
- Raisins: I have always used the smaller dark ones because I do prefer them, but the white variety should work fine.
- Orange zest: choose a big orange and use all the zest you can possibly extract from it. It gives the most amazing perfume.
- Coconut dried: the finer they are the easier to cover the whole ball, but any measure is fine. I thought the finer ones would be too dry but after the time the sweets spend in the fridge they get just the perfect amount of moisture.
- Cinnamon powder
- Ginger powder
How to Make Energy Balls
We grate the carrot with a food processor or a fine mandolin. Remove any excess liquid from the grated carrot with the help of a cloth or kitchen paper.
Put all the ingredients, except for the coconut, in a mixer and work until the mixture forms a single compact block, you might have to stop a couple of times to remove the mixture from the bowl if necessary.
Line a tray or plate with baking paper. Take about half a spoon of the mixture, give it the shape of a ball and lay it on the paper. Repeat to get about twenty balls big as big marbles.
Place the dried coconut in a bowl and place each ball in the coconut to cover it. Place the sweets on the tray and leave in the refrigerator for 5 or 6 hours.
As promised, Christmas dessert recipe easy to make, vegan and raw.
Just try, you will not stop at one.
And if you are still in the mood for Vegan dessert super suitable for your Christmas, please check our Vegan Christmas Cookies Recipes List, including my own delicious Chestnut Cookies.
Energy Balls – Vegan – Carrot Cake – Easy – Healthy – Quick – No Oil – No Butter – No SugarCourse: Dessert, SnackDifficulty: Easy
They are tiny chewy pieces of carrot cake that smells like orange; they are healthy candy bliss balls; they are full of flavor and delicious.
Carrot 1 small
Dates 1 1/2 cup
Walnuts shelled in halves 1 1/2 cup
Almonds shelled 1/2 cup
Raisins 1/2 cup
Zest of a big Orange
Cinnamon powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Nutmeg, a pinch
Coconut, dry and finely grated, 1/3 cup
- Grate the carrot finely and drain the excess water.
- Put all the ingredients in a processor and work them until it becomes a compact block. You might want to stop and help a bit with a spoon. When it has become all attached you can stop and leave with some bits or continue until all processed.
- Make small marble size balls with your hand and place on a tray covered with baking paper.
- Roll each ball on coconut and back to the tray. Let it cool in fridge for at least 5 hours.
- Make sure to leave at least 5 hours in the fridge. It does make a difference on the combination of flavors and the coconut reaches a better texture.
- You can absolutely grind it more than I have in this recipe. The picture shows the minimum mixing, I would say.
- See The Ingredients section for possible substitutions.