no cook carrot cake protein balls

If having a newborn has taught me anything (it’s taught me a lot actually), it’s that having easy to grab, nutrient and energy dense, balanced foods on hand is IMPERATIVE. I’ve had a few wonderful friends bring me date balls of varying sorts that I can store in the fridge and grab as needed. Those are all gone, and damnit, I wanted more, so I went to work to create some that I could make easily and enjoy readily.

I picked up carrots on a recent farmers market trip, but wasn’t using them as quickly as I’d hoped. I also happen to LOVE carrot cake, but am working to keep my nutrition on point for  our little Evie. So I went to work creating these super easy no cook carrot cake protein balls. They combine some of my favorite flavors, including the golden berry, which is actually the star of this recipe. If you haven’t heard of these little power houses, you’re in for a treat. They are PACKED with both flavor and nutrition. Golden berries contain linoleic and oleic acid, two essential fatty acids that aid in insulin sensitivity and fat oxidation. They help normalize blood sugar levels and even offer potent liver and kidney benefits too!

Add in energy dense oats and dates, healthy fats from cashews and coconut, and rebuilding protein from collagen peptides, and you’ve got a powerhouse of a ball ready to offer nutrition anytime. So get to rolling, and let me know what you think! Enjoy, friends.

No Cook Carrot Cake Protein Balls

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: moderate
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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup organic golden berries
  • 6 dates
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 2 servings (4 scoops) collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

WHAT YOU DO:

  1. heat your water and add peptides, stirring till dissolved
  2. pulse oats in Vitamix or food processor until you get a flour-like consistency
  3. add in carrots, vanilla, spices, dates, and collagen water, pulsing until blended nicely into a dough
  4. add in goldenberries and cashews pulse a few more times to break them up into desired chunkiness
  5. form dough into balls and roll around in shredded coconut to cover them (and to make them easier to work with – the balls will be sticky!)
  6. freeze for 2+ hours and ENJOY (I store these in the freezer for the best consistency and easy grab and go)!

I hope you enjoy these! Let me know what you think! Have a question? Want to share your thoughts? Feel free to comment below.

♡ Laura

By | 2017-08-06T12:24:11+00:00 August 6th, 2017|A Little Sweet Tooth, Breakfast, Grab and Go, Health, Recipes|4 Comments

About the Author:

I am a Certified Nutrition Consultant and a Certified CrossFit Trainer. I have a passion for educating, and I absolutely love teaching others about nutrition, functional movement, and the power each has to set the foundation for health, wellness, and true quality of life. I LOVE to eat and fuel my body to live life to the utmost, and I wholeheartedly believe that sustainably sourced, nutrient dense foods can be the greatest form of medicine as well as the ingredients to create the most delicious, palate pleasing meals (it’s a win-win!)

4 Comments

  1. Tawny August 31, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Do you have any recommendations for gluten free oats or a substitute even? I’ve tried several different brands and they all cause give me a lot of gas 😩

    • Laura Bruner September 1, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Hi Tawny! Thank you for the comment. Unfortunately, some folks just don’t react well to oats. In fact, I couldn’t eat them without the same reaction until about a year ago after healing my gut for a while. Some other options are quinoa and buckwheat groats, though, these might create a similar reaction. You could try omitting the oats and playing around with just adding more cashews and a bit more dates. This would change the texture, but would still be delicious. I will try some ideas here too and report back!

  2. Tawny September 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the ideas! I will have to try those! I’m 39 weeks pregnant and thought these would make a great breast feeding snack!

    • Laura Bruner September 3, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Congratulations! How exciting. Sending loads of love for you in this final week (or so) 🙂 And yes, these balls came in handy in those first weeks postpartum. So hungry from nursing and usually just one hand accessible. Enjoy the ride and feel free to reach out anytime for support!

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