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Carrot Cake Energy Balls

This recipe is genuinely both healthy and delicious, incorporating the flavours of my one of my favourites, carrot cake. Sweet sultanas, walnuts, orange and cinnamon. I have replaced the more traditional sugary frosting with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut; a healthier, natural alternative.

Fibro Food Fairy

Carrot cake has to be one of my personal favourites, possibly because I try to convince myself that it is a “healthy” option due to the obligatory inclusion of carrots, which I’m choosing to counting as one of my five day. However, this recipe is not claiming to be something it’s not. It contains no refined sugar and the sweetness comes from nature in the form of carrots, sultanas and desiccated coconut.

I have tried to further emulate the taste of carrot cake by adding orange juice and zest, walnuts, cinnamon and a little allspice. The inclusion of ground mixed seeds of your choice (I have opted for flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds) makes this tasty little morsel worthy of superfood status.

Minimal effort to make and when you’re done just pop them in the freezer as a convenient snack when you need it. Ideally wait for them to defrost but I have been known to be a little impatient as far as these are concerned!

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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Soya free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Vegan

Carrot Cake Energy Balls

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By Fibro Food Fairy Serves: 26-28 balls approximately
Prep Time: 30 minutes

A healthy, nutritious and delicious snack that incorporates flavours of carrot cake

Ingredients

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 100g organic sultanas or raisins
  • 125g organic walnuts
  • 125g mixed seeds (for example, chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
  • 100g organic carrot, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 30g desiccated coconut

Instructions

1

Place the sultanas or raisins in a small saucepan. Add enough orange juice to just cover the dried fruit. Bring to a boil, cover, remove from heat and leave to soak and plump up in the warm orange juice.

2

Meanwhile place the walnuts and seeds into a food processor and blend until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Remove from the food processor and set aside.

3

Drain the sultanas and add to the food processor with the finely grated carrot, spices and orange zest. Blend until smooth and paste like.

4

Add the ground walnuts and mixed seeds to the rest of the ingredients and process to combine.

5

Spread the desiccated coconut into a flat dish. Roll small handfuls of the mixture into balls between the palms of your hand, approximately the size of a whole walnut. Then roll each ball in the desiccated coconut. Place on a baking sheet or tray lined with non-stick silicone paper. Continue this process until you have used all the mixture.

6

Enjoy straightaway or place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up. These can also be frozen if you can’t manage to eat an entire batch in one sitting!

Notes

Fibro Food Fairy Tip: Why not mix the flavours up to include your favourites? Add some finely chopped ginger or drizzle on some vegan white chocolate.

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