Carrot Cake Energy Balls

We eat a fairly restrictive diet, so it’s important to find ways to branch out and have fun. We’ve written about energy balls before, and they’re a great way to have a little bit of fun with our day. They always give us a boost, and if we make them right, they taste great. And brother, this week, we made them right.

Energy Balls – A Power-Packed Snack

The trick about energy balls is to make them these tiny, dense, delicious morsels. If they’re tiny, then they’re not going to overload you. If they’re dense, they’re still going to be substantial. And if they’re delicious, they just make you feel great.

Personally, even though I’m not very into sweets anymore, I like mine on the sweeter side. If they’re almost too sweet, then I find I’m satisfied by one and don’t have any temptation to go further. My sweet cravings have gone way down, and a well-made energy ball satisfies them completely.

Carrot cake energy balls

Ingredients:

1 medium carrot, grated
1 c dates, pitted
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c raisins or craisins
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until you’re good and satisfied, you maniac. Then scoop out the mixture and form it into, you know, balls. This amount made about 15 for us (obviously the picture above was taken after we’d been at them a little).

We like to bag them up individually and put them in the fridge so that we can grab one and go super easily for work. You may prefer to do it another way, which, whatever works for you works for me.

Vegan Dessert – Coconut Walnut Beet Cake

Hungry Harvest* gave us some beets this week, and we’re never sure what to do with them. They taste too earthy, and in a way that’s hard to mask. We were also aching for a new vegan dessert, and coming up blank on how to use those beets, so we arrived at two (count ’em, two!) separate beet-based dessert recipes. This is the first one, and man, it’s a beauty.

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We made the crumb topping from coconut sugar, coconuts, and walnuts, and it’s sweet and delicious. The cake itself is sweet and subtle and gorgeous to look at. I honestly just want to bring this cake to my room and look at it for a couple of hours because of how pretty it is. We’ve made a lot of vegan dessert by now, and this is definitely one of the best.

One thing we’ve noticed with a lot of gluten free recipes is that breads, cakes, etc., tend to be far more crumbly than their gluten-laden counterparts. We had come to accept this as a sad but inevitable truth of the gluten-free vegan dessert game. Friends, I have come to tell you that this beet cake is proof that what I had taken as an iron law of gluten-free vegan dessert is simply not so. The cake was moist, the crumbs had just the right consistency, and above all else, everything was absolutely delicious.

A tiny, gorgeous vegan dessert cake made from beets

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 medium sized beet
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup walnuts
1 cup brown rice flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
3 Tbsp water
1/4 cup maple syrup

Topping:

1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup coconut

Directions:

Wrap the beet in foil, throw it in the oven at 400° F, and literally forget it’s in there until an hour or two later when your husband asks what that thing in the oven is. Once cool, peel the beet and pop it in the food processor with the coconut oil and walnuts, process until smooth. Mix the flaxseed meal and water to form “egg”. Stir the rest of the ingredients for the cake and then dump in the beet purée and flax. Pop into a small cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes at 400° F. Stir topping ingredients together and after that 30 minutes turn on the broiler, sprinkle on the topping and go to town until it’s browned like a good crumb topping should be. Eat warm from the oven straight out of the pan with a fork. No judgement and no regrets.