Carrot cake energy bitesSometimes things happen for a reason, serendipity occurs and with it brings a nice big smile. That’s how I came to make these delicious carrot cake energy bites!

Whilst working on another project, I was talking to Clare Coleman about her blog; Wild Mama Wild Tribe and Clare suggested I should try her own take on an energy ball recipe called carrot cake energy bites.

My eyes lit up like sunbeams and I knew I had to give them a coat of looking at (as my Dad says), So here’s my representation of Clare’s recipe:

I mixed together all the dry ingredients first. Instead of regular oats I had some oatbran, which worked well as it’s a finer grain, and I added the ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins (I had some dried cherries in the cupboard but no cranberries, so I added them for depth of flavour). The only element I missed off was cloves, as I didn’t have any to hand that day, but can imagine they’d add a Christmassy touch to the recipe.

Then I added 2 big dollops of organic peanut butter (instead of almond butter) and the maple syrup. Up next was the carrot grating, which I wish I had done a little differently. I wish I had used a finer edge on the grater, so the pieces were smaller, but hey, it would still taste the same right?!

Once the mixture was all blended together nicely with a tablespoon, I rolled small sections into energy balls and popped them into the freezer for 10 minutes. Then I added some chopped almonds to the top to look pretty and they remained in the fridge for a couple of days until every last crumb had been chomped.

I’d certainly make these carrot cake energy bites again, with the tiny tweaks like adding the cloves, using almond butter and the finer carrot grater. Like Clare says, “try not to eat them all in one go, it defeats the object of making a healthy snack” but they’re not that easy to resist!

How to make Carrot Cake Energy Bites

What you’re going to need:

1 cup of oat bran
1/4 cup of ground almonds
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 cup of raisins and dried cherries mixed
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of grated carrots

Time to get your hands dirty

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients, making sure the cinnamon and nutmeg are spread throughout the whole mix.
  2. Add the peanut butter and maple syrup and mix well (a bit messy, but necessary).
  3. Roll into small balls
  4. Decorate with flaked almonds.
  5. Place in the fridge for about an hour
  6. Enjoy!