The Cutest, No-Bake Carrot Cake Ball Pick-Me-Ups

March 29, 2018

Nothing gets this office more excited than snacks. We may be a food brand with all-day-long grazing opportunities (yes, we’re aware of how lucky we are!), but that doesn’t mean we’re immune to midday slumps. And while it isn’t a rare sight for our test kitchen to parade out a lineup of beautifully frosted, perfectly swooshy cakes, it’s also nice sometimes to nibble on something that isn’t a straight-up sugar rush.

These spiced, nutty carrot cake balls from Nicola Graimes’s Superfood Energy Balls & Bites fit the bill for several of our staffers.

Carrot cake fans, listen up! Photo by Rocky Luten

Shop editor Gerard Coletta was a fan: “These little guys look like your typical energy ball, but hold just enough carrot-cakey goodness to feel like a treat.” Assistant editor Katie Macdonald was on board, too: “I love the crunch of the seeds, and that they aren’t too sweet or oily, which I feel energy balls are sometimes.”

Shop the Story

That’s exactly what Graimes was going for in developing this recipe. “I’m a big fan of carrot cake and this recipe encapsulates all the flavors of my favorite cake, especially the warming mixed/apple pie spice, but in an energy ball,” she tells us. “Whenever possible, I like to include vegetables in snacks, and root vegetables such as carrots work particularly well as they add a slight sweetness, along with vibrant color, flavor, and valuable nutrients. For an extra energy boost, the carrot cake balls also include quinoa, nut butter, and vanilla protein powder.” Graimes explains that the protein powder is optional, and that the recipe will taste just as good without. “The balls will be a slightly softer in texture but still hold together well,” she explains.

Okay, half the fun is rolling these cuties around in toasted coconut. Yum. Photo by Rocky Luten

Make a batch of these no-bake carrot cake balls, and you’ll be ready to fight off your next post-lunch hankering with something delicious and wholesome.

What are some of your other favorite energy-packed snacks? Fill us in below!

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Olivia Bloom
    Olivia Bloom
  • AntoniaJames
  • Hana Asbrink
    Hana Asbrink
Hana is a food writer/editor based in New York.


Olivia B. March 29, 2018
I. Am. So. Excited. To. Make. These. I make and stock energy balls for before (and during!) runs, but my go-to is getting a little old (from Run Fast, Eat Slow). Carrot cake is my all-time favorite, so this is one runner's dream come true.
AntoniaJames March 29, 2018
Also good for long-distance cycling and the challenging hikes we take . . . . ;o)
Hana A. March 29, 2018
Ah, miss you so much, Miss Olivia! I'm so sad to have missed catching up last week! Yes, please make these and report back. Hope they give you the fuel you need (and if you put a dollop of cream cheese frosting on 'em, I won't look)!
AntoniaJames March 29, 2018
Oh, goodness! Just what I've been looking for. I was thinking yesterday how much I like carrot cake, but have no occasion for baking one . . . . but I always have energy balls on hand -- Hamshaw's Cashew Date Apricot balls, a real keeper https://food52.com/recipes/30743-apricot-date-and-cashew-snack-balls -- which recipe I constantly play with, using different fruits, nuts and seeds. I eat one energy ball for breakfast on the 5-6 days/week that I work out at the gym before starting my day). Can't wait to try these. ;o)
Hana A. March 29, 2018
That makes me so happy, AntoniaJames! Please report back. ;o)