May 31st was my birthday and of course my wonderful boyfriend baked me my favourite cake… Carrot Cake!
It was moist, delicious, with toasted pecans and decorated so beautifully!
However, we had a about a cup of extra finely grated carrot and I didn’t want it to go bad… plus we didn’t have any energy balls on the go and we are soon back to work and in need of prepared snacks!
So, since we still had carrot cake ingredients left, why not make carrot cake protein balls? So, that’s what I did.
I’ve seen these made before but I also feel disappointed with the lack of protein in energy balls so I always aim for adding more protein into baked recipes or energy balls like these.
Let me explain the benefits of getting enough protein. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient (meaning it will keep your hunger satisfied longer). It helps build muscle tissue and it also helps maintain body composition (you can read more about this in my blog I recently wrote). Most people don’t get enough protein so incorporating it in snacks throughout the day can give you a boost!
I used a whey isolate in this recipe, but it will work just as great with a vegan protein or another alternative. I used a Churros flavoured protein so I didn’t need to add as much cinnamon to mine. If you’re using a vanilla flavoured protein, add another 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the recipe.
We also had some cream cheese icing left over from the cake so I heated that up and added about 1/2tsp to each ball and then stored them in the fridge. This step is not necessary and the balls are great without the icing. But cream cheese icing is my absolute favourite so there was no way that I was wasting it.
I used Swerve sugar replacement because it has the same consistency as icing sugar but without adding calories – pretty cool! The whole point of health baking and snacks in my opinion is to have nutritionally rich foods involved. Sugar isn’t your enemy – sugar is carbohydrate and we need them! I just want sugar (carbohydrates) from foods that also offer us some nutritional value as well!
If you’re diabetic, this is a great option as it will not spike your blood sugar – yes you can have some sweetness and manage your health!
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Carrot Cake Balls
- 1 cup dates pitted
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon* see notes
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup walnuts raw
- 1 scoop whey I used churros flavoured (use vegan protein powder if following a vegan diet)
- 3/4 cup carrots finely grated
**Cream Cheese Icing
- 100 grams light cream cheese (1/4 block)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup swerve icing sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Carrot Cake Balls
- Blend dates in a food processor until a smooth ball forms
- Add walnuts, extract, salt, and spices until fine meal is formed (do not over process!)
- Add carrots and protein powder and pulse until combined (again, do not over pulse to a puree!)
- Roll into 12 balls & Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days
**Cream Cheese Icing (Optional)
- Melt butter
- Combine cream cheese, butter, swerve sweetener, and extract in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
- Add 1tsp of icing to the top of balls and refrigerate for 1 hour
- If no icing is added, keep at room temperature for up to 1 week. If icing sugar is added, keep refrigerated for up to 1 week