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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Energy Balls | @withfoodandlove

Up until a few weeks ago I’d never made, let alone eaten energy balls. Now I’m pretty much addicted. Especially to these carrot cake energy balls. And although I haven’t eaten carrot cake in years, from what I remember these taste exactly like it. In general energy balls are raw, vegan, gluten-free {usually}, quick to make, versatile, portable and you can pack them full of all the good things. Are you into them?

I wrote a little bit about my weight gain blues in this recent post. Spilling these thoughts publicly with all of you, and being honest with myself allowed me to turn around what seemed positively devastating into something really positive. And, it inspired my new workout regimen. I joined a gym, and I hired a personal trainer. In the morning I eat a couple of these energy balls on my way to workout. They’ve been a lifesaver.

Beyond some weight loss, I have two goals right now. Get to the gym three days a week, and finish what I started my senior year of high school and memorize Country Grammar in its entirety. I know this is random. But this album gets me motivated. Literally it physically gets me to the gym. I wake up dreaming of shoving carrot cake energy balls into my mouth as a I run out the door to rap along with Nelly on the treadmill. Maybe it’s because Nelly is from St. Louis and that makes me feel like we get each other. Or maybe it’s just because I’m a badass. Or maybe both. No definitely both.

A few things!

Two weekends ago I took a staycation and it was way fun. I stayed at my downtown Marriott and drank martinis, and ate great food and toyed around the city like a tourist. You should do it sometime!

I’m kind of freaking out because my face and this recipe are featured in the May issue of Vegetarian Times. If you’re in the grocery store or book store or any other place where they sell magazines be sure to check out!

St. Louisans! I’ve started a pop-up series. More on this coming next week. But for now, the first event is an intimate four-course dinner paired with handcrafted cocktails on May 19. Seats are super limited, snag yours here.

Carrot Cake Energy Balls | @withfoodandlove

Carrot Cake Energy Balls | @withfoodandlove

Carrot Cake Energy Balls | @withfoodandlove

Carrot Cake Energy Balls | @withfoodandlove

Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Serves 15 balls

These should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.


  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon coconut oil {optional}


  1. In a food processor pulse the carrots until chopped coarsely.
  2. Then add in the oats, coconut, flax, cinnamon, salt, ginger and maple syrup and pulse until chopped finely.
  3. Then add in the raisins and pulse until the raisins are copped coarsely.
  4. If your mixture is a bit dry, add in the coconut oil a little at a time and pulse. This will give the mixture a little more moisture to help bind the balls together.
  5. To form the balls press the mixture into your hands to compound it, then loosely roll it between your hands to smooth it out. This will make 15 golf ball-sized balls.

My staycation was provided by Marriott; all opinions are my own.

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21 Responses to "Carrot Cake Energy Balls"

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    April 21, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    These look tremendous!!!! I have a question though–do you think something could be subbed for the raisins? I have an intense aversion to them. Maybe dates could work??

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      April 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM

      Hi Bethany! Raisins give the balls moisture, so they’re needed to maintain structure. You could probably sub in dates, and omit the maple sugar altogether {because dates are so sweet!}. Good luck, please let me know how this amended version turns out :)

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    April 21, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Oh my gosh these sound delicious!! My younger sister used to make “power balls” for this cafe in my hometown and me being SUPER mature always cracked up at the name. Then I realised they were actually a thing….
    I can’t wait to make a bunch of these for hiking season!

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      April 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

      Hahahaha super mature ;)

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      April 21, 2016 at 2:54 PM

      Thanks a million Sherrie! I’ll let you know how they turn out. I’ve been looking for a good energy ball recipe!

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    Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow

    April 21, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Hey Sherrie! Carrot cake in a healthy ball is just dream food for me I can’t eat oats but i’ll try them with buckwheat flakes instead I think and see how I get on! You know your sharing of how you felt meant a lot to me, and I’m sure a lot of people, I really understand where you are coming from there, and I’m so so glad that it was so positive for you that’s great!!! :)

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      April 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM

      Hey Amy – thanks for your sweet note. It made my morning! Buckwheat flakes seem like a good substitution and maybe almond meal might be a good one as well. Let me turn how these turn out for you.

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    April 21, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Just to make sure….. these do not require baking, right?

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      April 21, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      That’s right Adrienne, these are raw :)

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    amanda paa

    April 21, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    the fact that you are going to memorize every word of Country Grammar is just one of the many reasons i love you. that song was on repeat in my car quite possibly every day during my 10th grade year. and even at 32, i still dig it. i’ll be bad-ass with you and sing it.

    also, energy balls are so much goodness in one or two bites. totally satisfying and easy to make, and this carrot cake combo screams spring. yes! all the love, amanda

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      April 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM

      But not just the song, the entire Country Grammar album. Because #goals.

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    Janel | Peach and the Cobbler

    May 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    I just recently got into energy balls too! Aren’t they amazing?! A mix between a really good snack and dessert! Love love LOVE the addition of fresh ginger btw, totes going to try!

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    Sara Scott

    June 5, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Just made these! They are delicious and the recipe turned out just the right consistency. Mine were a bit smaller so it made about 25. I’m going to do a calculation to figure out how much energy these have.

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    Cynthia Duckworth

    December 5, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Can someone tell me weight watcher point value on these.

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      December 11, 2016 at 7:41 AM

      You can plug the recipe into their app, and it will calculate it for you!

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    Mary I

    January 15, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Making these as gift for new mom. Should be perfect addition to her care package. Thanks!

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      January 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM

      That’s so sweet of you, Mary. I hope she loves them!

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    February 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    These look great, I can’t wait to try to them. My husband might even start eating breakfast with these around. About how many would you consider a serving size? Approximately 15 balls would yield how many servings?

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      March 2, 2017 at 10:45 PM

      It’s really up to you – but I’d say anywhere between 1 and 3!

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    September 29, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    If I wanted to add nuts, how much do you think we could add and would it affect the recipe?

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      September 30, 2017 at 7:24 PM

      Hi Naomi, I think adding about 1/4 cup would do the trick! I would suggest raw walnuts or cashews.

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