Me: “I’m hungry.”
My husband: “You’re always hungry.”
*heads to the kitchen to grab a snack*
Ever since I had my daughter, it feels like I have unearthed a never-ending hunger. This usually results in the above interaction several times a day. I feel like I am ALWAYS hungry. This type of hunger can easily spiral out of control and lead me to snack on unhealthy items. However, I use these spurts of hunger as an opportunity to re-fuel and re-nourish my body.
One of the things that helps me grab healthier snacks throughout the week is by prepping my snacks on Sundays. You may put thought into your meals throughout the week, but snacks can be an afterthought. The problem with this is that if you find yourself hungry in between meal times and you haven’t planned out your snacks, you are likely to grab something that is high in calories, sugar, and fat.
My solution? Energy bites. They are the perfect solution for a quick snack that is healthy but also easy to eat and share with my toddler!
This month I have been loving these Carrot Cake Energy Bites. I have been craving carrot cake a lot lately so I bought a bag of carrots and have been making carrot cake version of EVERYTHING! So far I have made carrot cake scones, carrot cake oatmeal cookies, and carrot cake pancakes.
These Carrot Cake Energy Bites are the perfect mid-day treat. They are:
Filled with fibre
High in antioxidants
I love the fact that these energy bites are naturally sweetened with dates. I gave it a bit of a kick with pumpkin pie spice. If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, you can replace it with a mixture of cinnamon, ginger powder, and ground nutmeg.
Do you like carrot cake? Let me know if you would like to see other “carrot cake” recipes!
Carrot Cake Energy BitesPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup carrots finely grated
- 1/4 cup hemp seed
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/8 tsp ginger powder + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla optional
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut used to cover energy bites
- In a food processor, add all the ingredients except for the shredded coconut. Blend until ingredients are well blended together and a ball forms.
- Using damp hands, create 1-inch balls and immediately roll in shredded coconut. (Note: if mixture is difficult to work with, refrigerate for 15-20 minutes).
- Refrigerate energy bites for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.