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Carrot Cake Bites

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Summary

These carrot cake bites only take about 10 minutes to prepare, which makes them delicious, nutritious, and expeditious. Carrots are packed with beta carotene, lutein, and many more phytonutrients that support skin, heart, eye, liver and colon health. These bites are also packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids from the walnuts and chia seeds, as well as the potent nutrients in cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy these as a snack or for breakfast!

Yields2 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time12 minsTotal Time22 mins

Ingredients

 1 cup organic rolled oats
 ¼ cup almond flour
 1 cup carrots (shredded)
 ½ cup walnut pieces
 1 tbsp organic applesauce (unsweetened)
 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
 1 tsp baking powder (only if baking)
 1 tsp baking soda (only if baking)
 3 tsp ground cinnamon
 ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
 ¼ tsp ground ginger
 1 tbsp chia seeds
 ¼ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (if baking).

2

Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and add 2 Tbsp water, making sure all of the chia seeds are covered. Set aside and let sit for 5 minutes until the chia is a gel-like consistency.

3

In a food processor or blender, blend ½ cup oats (reserve the other half for later), almond flour, carrots, walnuts, applesauce, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda (only if baking) and baking powder (only if baking) until all ingredients are completely blended.

4

With a spatula, scoop out the mixture into a medium-size bowl.

5

Into the mixture, add the other ½ cup oats, coconut flakes, and chia seeds. Fold the oats, coconut and chia seeds into the mixture, making sure the chia is evenly distributed.

6

With a tablespoon scoop out the mixture and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

7

Bake for 10–12 minutes or, if leaving raw, refrigerate for one hour. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week, baked or raw. You can reheat the baked version in a toasted oven.

Chef's Notes

Substitutions
Use ripe banana in place of the applesauce.

Flour-free
Use flax meal in place of almond flour. You may need to add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to the blended mixture to get a dough-like consistency in order to form balls.

Sugar-free
Replace the maple syrup with 1 Tbsp applesauce or banana and 3 pitted dates. This applesauce is in addition to the 1 Tbsp already included in the recipe.

Ways to relish it!
Eat them as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Enjoy crumbled on top of unsweetened plant-based yogurt.

Make them your breakfast alongside a cup of tea and a bowl of fresh fruit.

Enjoy them as a post-workout refueling snack!

Bring them along on a nature hike as an energizing snack.

Ingredients

 1 cup organic rolled oats
 ¼ cup almond flour
 1 cup carrots (shredded)
 ½ cup walnut pieces
 1 tbsp organic applesauce (unsweetened)
 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
 1 tsp baking powder (only if baking)
 1 tsp baking soda (only if baking)
 3 tsp ground cinnamon
 ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
 ¼ tsp ground ginger
 1 tbsp chia seeds
 ¼ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (if baking).

2

Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and add 2 Tbsp water, making sure all of the chia seeds are covered. Set aside and let sit for 5 minutes until the chia is a gel-like consistency.

3

In a food processor or blender, blend ½ cup oats (reserve the other half for later), almond flour, carrots, walnuts, applesauce, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda (only if baking) and baking powder (only if baking) until all ingredients are completely blended.

4

With a spatula, scoop out the mixture into a medium-size bowl.

5

Into the mixture, add the other ½ cup oats, coconut flakes, and chia seeds. Fold the oats, coconut and chia seeds into the mixture, making sure the chia is evenly distributed.

6

With a tablespoon scoop out the mixture and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

7

Bake for 10–12 minutes or, if leaving raw, refrigerate for one hour. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week, baked or raw. You can reheat the baked version in a toasted oven.

Carrot Cake Bites