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.
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.