I created these carrot cake bites not only for spring, but as something quick and easy you can whip up for celebrations like Easter, birthday parties, baby showers, and more! They require 9 basic ingredients (that you likely have on hand right now), 1 food processor, and just 30 minutes to make!
They’re also naturally-sweetened, grain-free (if you’re into that kind of thing), rich in healthy fats, and flavored with health-promoting spices like ginger and cinnamon! Let’s (not) bake!
The base for these bites is medjool dates, walnuts, and fresh grated carrot. Then I added ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg for that quintessential carrot cake flavor.
To help the mixture form and add more natural sweetness, I opted for coconut flour (almond flour will also work here). Lastly, I threw in some raisins (even though I’m not the biggest fan), because they feel essential to the carrot cake vibe.
Once the cake mixture is ready, simply scoop into bites and roll into balls, at which point you can enjoy immediately, roll in shredded coconut, or chill and top with fresh coconut butter! Swoon.
I went for both toppings because I couldn’t decide. Trust me — you can’t go wrong either way!
I hope you LOVE these bites! They’re:
Bursting with carrot cake flavor
Quick & easy to make
& Super satisfying
These would make the perfect snack or treat to have on hand throughout the week, or would make a lovely healthier dessert to bring along to spring celebrations.
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No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites
- 3/4 cup peeled and finely shredded carrot (~1-2 carrots as recipe is written)
- 1 cup packed pitted medjool dates (measured after pits are removed)
- 1 ¾ cups raw walnuts (or sub other nut, such as pecans or cashews)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 4-6 Tbsp coconut flour (or sub almond flour)
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional // or sub other unsweetened dried fruit)
FOR TOPPING optional
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut flakes (you can blitz briefly in a blender for a finer flake that sticks to the bites more easily)
- 8 tsp soft, runny coconut butter (or store-bought // if hard, soften in the microwave or over the stovetop using a double boiler until pourable)
- Using the grater attachment on your food processor (or a box grater), grate the carrot and set aside.
- To the food processor, add the pitted dates and blend until small bits remain or a ball forms. Remove from food processor and set aside.
- To the food processor, add walnuts, vanilla, salt, and spices. Blend until a semi-fine meal is achieved — about 15 seconds. Then add the dates and shredded carrot back in and pulse in 1-second increments until a loose dough forms and the carrots are just incorporated. Be careful not to over-blend. You're looking for a pliable dough, not a purée.
- Add coconut flour 2 Tbsp (18 g) at a time and pulse to combine. If it is not mixing, you may need to remove the lid and stir occasionally to encourage things along. You’re not looking for a paste or purée here, but a tender, crumbly dough. Once well combined, add raisins (optional) and pulse/stir once more to combine.
- Scoop out 2-Tablespoon amounts using a cookie scooper (like this one), roll into balls with hands, and place directly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or serving platter. Repeat until all dough is used up. If the bites are too sticky to roll, add a little more coconut or almond flour to dry the mixture out.
- Roll in finely shredded coconut (optional) and enjoy immediately or refrigerate to chill/firm up. Or, if topping with coconut butter (optional), place bites in the freezer to chill for 10-15 minutes, then top with fresh coconut butter (if butter is not pourable, warm in a double boiler or in the microwave until a runnier consistency is achieved). After topping with coconut butter, chill bites another 5-10 minutes to set.
- Store covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.