No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites | Minimalist Baker Recipes

No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites | Minimalist Baker Recipes

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Raw Carrot Cake Bites resting on a cake platter

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!

Tray of ingredients for making our grain-free Raw Carrot Cake Bites recipe

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.

Food processor with Raw Carrot Cake Bite batter topped with raisins

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.

Picking up a gluten-free Raw Carrot Cake Bite from a large tray

I went for both toppings because I couldn’t decide. Trust me — you can’t go wrong either way!

Using a spoon to spread coconut icing onto a Raw Carrot Cake Bite

I hope you LOVE these bites! They’re:

Naturally sweet
Bursting with carrot cake flavor
Quick & easy to make
Portable
& 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.

Into snack bites? Be sure to check out our Fudgy Chocolate Cake Bites, Vanilla Cake Bites, Golden Milk Snack Bites, Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites, and Lemon Poppyseed Donut Holes!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Half-eaten Raw Carrot Cake Bite resting in front of a tray of more bites

No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites

Tender, naturally sweetened carrot cake bites with dates, carrots, walnuts, cinnamon, and coconut flour! So simple, delicious carrot cake flavor, and the perfect healthier snack or dessert! Just 30 minutes, 9 ingredients, and 1 food processor required.

Prep Time 30 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings: 16 (bites)

Category:

Dessert/Snack

Cuisine:

Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly

1 month

Does it keep?

1 Week

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Using the grater attachment on your food processor (or a box grater), grate the carrot and set aside.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Notes

*Adapted from our No Bake Vegan Carrot Cake.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 16 bites)

  • Calories: 142
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 44mg
  • Potassium: 260mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24.1g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Sugar: 19.6g
  • Protein: 2g



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