Carrot Cake Energy Balls

These no-bake carrot cake energy balls are clean-eating and delicious in every bite. If you love the flavors of an egg-free carrot cake, these energy balls infused with carrots and spices will be your new favorite! so add healthy energy to your day that tastes delicious and is filling, too.

A group of carrot cake energy balls sits around a bowl of walnuts. One of the treats has a bite taken out of it.

Are you trying to infuse your life with healthier ingredients? Maybe you’ve even tried baking healthier? That can lead you down a rabbit hole of wondering is carrot cake is healthier than regular cake.

There is a time for baking, but overall, go ahead and indulge in your favorite cakes. Then return to these vegan carrot cake bites for a seriously healthy treat.

Of course, another healthy cake option is this carrot cake mug cake. It’s a perfect recipe when you’re in a hurry.

However, these energy balls are a perfect pick-me-up for the afternoon doldrums, and they’re easy to make. I actually prefer these to cookies sometimes, if you can believe it.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Using carrots in energy bites adds flavor, texture, and bright color
  • Pumpkin pie spice adds the warm spices-infused flavor you expect from this healthy treat
  • Walnuts are the secret ingredient that adds the ultimate carrot cake flavor to these energy bites

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Oats — This recipe uses rolled oats, otherwise known as old-fashioned oats. You could use instant oatmeal, but it will change the texture.
  • Ground flaxseed — You can adjust the amount of ground flaxseed used based on your personal taste preference. Flaxseed is a great source of omega-3s.
  • Dates — I recommend using around 10 to 12 Medjool dates. Don’t forget to remove those pits!
  • Spices — We’ll use both ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to make every bite infused with these warm flavors.
  • Coconut Flakes — I use unsweetened shredded coconut in the batter. You can also roll the carrot energy balls in shredded coconut.
  • Agave Nectar — You’ll need just a bit of agave nectar or maple syrup
  • Almond butter — You could substitute peanut butter, but I find almond butter has a more neutral flavor. I buy a lot of my vegan products at Costco, including the Kirkland mixed nut butter that I use for this recipe.
  • Chopped carrots — You can use a whole carrot or several baby carrots. We always have whole carrots around for our green smoothies so that’s what I use.
  • Walnuts — I like adding chopped nuts to the batter for the flavor they add.
  • Dried cranberries — Colorful dried cranberries are added to each bite to contribute flavor, texture, and color. You can substitute raisins.
A mound of Medjool dates sit in a glass bowl on a white counter.

Which Dates are Best?

Medjool dates are perfect for these energy balls thanks to their soft and chewy texture with a rich, caramel-like flavor. Compared to regular dates that are firmer, Medjool dates are perfect for this recipe. Native to Morocco, Medjool dates may appear to be a dried fruit like raisins, but they are actually a fresh fruit. Removing the pit is crucial as it is very hard and can cause damage to your food processor blades. You can find Medjool dates at stores like Sprouts, health food stores, and even Costco.

A bowl holds several healthy treats made from carrots and coconut flakes.

How to Make Carrot Cake Energy Balls

  1. Create oat date flour by pulsing oats, dates, flax, spices, and coconut flakes in a food processor.
  2. Add agave nectar, almond butter, and carrots and pulse several times until the carrots are broken down into small bits.
  3. Add walnuts and dried cranberries and pulse again to break them into smaller pieces.
  4. Roll dough into evenly-sized balls.
  5. Serve as is or roll in coconut flakes.

Marly’s Tips

The dates should be soft and tender. If yours are firm or have dried out, place them in a microwave-safe bowl and heat them for a few seconds.

Want to make carrot cake energy balls without dates? Substitute 1/4 to 1/2 cup of maple syrup or agave nectar for the dates.

Reader Reviews

These energy balls are better than having cookies. I love them and they’re healthy too!


Forming Energy Bites

Use a cookie dough dispenser to create evenly-sized dough bites. Use your hands to roll them into balls. Serve them as is or roll them in shredded coconut flakes or chopped walnuts.

I like to reserve a few chopped nuts and dried cranberries to press some into each individual ball. That way each one has the distinctive color and flavor that these two ingredients provide.

Looking down on a tray full of carrot cake energy bites.

Storage Tips

Store carrot cake balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

A hand holds an energy bite in front of a stack of more of the treats.

That’s it for these carrot cake protein balls. Enjoy!

A group of carrot cake energy bites sits around a bowl of walnuts. One of the treats has a bite taken out of it.

Carrot Cake Balls

High energy, clean eating snacks, these carrot cake energy bites do so much more than add healthy to your day, they taste delicious and are filling too!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 132kcal


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup medjool dates , pitted (around 10 to 12 dates)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar , or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries , or raisins


  • Combine oats, ground flaxseed, dates, spices, and coconut flakes in a food processor. Pulse to combine until it resembles a coarse meal.
    Looking down on a food processor bowl full of oats, ground flax, coconut flakes, dates, and spices.
  • Add agave nectar, almond butter, and carrots to the food processor. Pulse several times. Use a spatula to push down contents and then pulse again until carrots are in small bits.
    A food processor bowl has ground ingredients in it along with nut butter and carrot slices.
  • Add walnuts and dried cranberries. Pulse again to break into smaller pieces.
    Looking down on a food processor bowl full of ingredients.
  • Use a cookie dough dispenser to create evenly-sized balls. Use your hands to form into balls. Serve as is or roll in coconut flakes.
  • Store energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1543IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

8 Responses to Carrot Cake Energy Balls

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKay Reply

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I tripled it and was out of ground flax so I substituted with hemp seed. I had juiced a few carrots this morning so I used the leftover pulp. I used peanut and almond butter. My 4 year old was devouring it as I scooped the balls! Hooray-healthy snacks for everyone lol

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Kay! Love your substitutions by using what you have. That is the best way to cook! So glad you and your 4 yr old loved this recipe. I feel a kindred spirit with you both! ❤️

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyVanessa Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Vanessa. You’re so welcome. They will keep up to 10 days in the fridge.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySuzanne Reply

    This looks so good! What a fun twist on energy balls for springtime!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Suzanne. So glad you like this recipe!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLauren Reply

    5 stars
    These energy balls are better than having cookies. I love them and they’re healthy too!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lauren. So glad you liked these. They’re our favorites too!

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