One of my favorite pre- and post-workout snacks are no-bake protein or energy balls. These energy balls are super easy to make and incredibly convenient to pop in a bag and take with me. Plus, these carrot cake balls are perfect for this time of year!
The Chia seeds provide energy and the almonds and walnuts offer the healthy fats and protein. At less than 200 calories and 4 WWP+ a serving, this is a great snack to make ahead and enjoy throughout the week!
They're also a great snack to entice picky eaters when they need a little nutritious boost during the day! For other flavors besides carrot cake, check out my PB and Fruit Protein Balls.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: refrigerate for 1-2 hours
Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 2 balls
1 cup carrot, shredded
1 cup almonds
8 dates or ½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup walnuts
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp Chia seeds (or flax seeds)
1 tsp Allspice
½ tsp brown sugar
⅛ tsp ground cloves
¼ cup butterscotch or white chocolate chips
*Optional ingredients are not included in the nutritional calculations.
Combine all ingredients (except for butterscotch chips) in a food processor and process until combined. Mixture can still be a bit chunky. (Be careful not to over-process nuts as these release too much oil if over-processed. I pulsed the mixture instead of letting in blend to avoid mixture being over-processed.)
Fold in butterscotch chips with spatula.
Using a Tbsp, shape mixture into balls and freeze for 1-2 hours. Store in a plastic baggy in the fridge for up to a week.
Per Serving (2 balls):
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
WWP+: 4 points