Carrot Cake Protein Balls: High Fiber & High Protein Snack
Need a boost in your day or something new to enjoy in the morning? Make a batch of these Carrot Cake Protein Balls to enjoy as a snack, part of your breakfast, or post-workout refuel.
This recipe features CardioTabs, which I serve as a brand ambassador. I was not compensated for my time to create this recipe – I just really like it!
Just because something has “cake” in the name doesn’t mean it always has to be something “bad” for you. And as I’ve said many times when it comes to the idea of Intuitive Eating, it’s time to say “bye-bye” to the idea of “good foods/bad foods”. It’s all just FOOD. What is important, is honoring your hunger and noticing when your body is hungry and asking (or begging!) for fuel. That’s where these Carrot Cake Protein Balls come into play.
Carrot Cake Protein Balls
First and foremost, let’s get something straight. Just because these have “Carrot Cake” in the title does NOT make them a substitute for real deal Carrot Cake. Not even close. So if a slice of carrot cake is calling out to you on the dessert tray, have it, enjoy it, and move on.
How these Carrot Cake Protein Balls DO benefit you is by providing much-needed fiber & protein into your day. Protein & fiber is the magic combo that leads to steady energy levels, reduced sugar craving, less snacking, and can even help boost your metabolism. If there’s one thing I am always enforcing with my clients, it’s to make sure fiber & protein are present at every meal AND snack!
Meal Planning with Carrot Cake Protein Balls
So how do these Carrot Cake Protein Balls fit into your day and at meals? Here’s a few ways to enjoy these tasty treats. They’re pretty filling, so one ball may be enough to have as a serving. As a snack, these are enough to have on their own, or pair with a piece of fruit.
- Pair with a piece of fruit
- Have with a yogurt
- Crunch on more carrot sticks on the side (yes, you CAN have veggies for breakfast)
- Enjoy with a good old fashioned glass of milk
Because these are already high in protein, I wouldn’t suggest having additional sources of protein, such as eggs or nuts on the side. Too much protein doesn’t do a body good.
Perfect Prep & Travel Food
If you’ve been looking for some new ideas of snacks to prep ahead, a batch of these will be great for the week! You can prep these very quickly over the weekend or every on a weeknight (yes, they’re that easy & quick to make!), and they’ll be ready to enjoy for your breakfast, snack & dessert needs. If you’re traveling with these guys, make sure to store in a solid container, as they are on the soft side and can get smushed if you put them in a plastic bag for transport.
Protein + Fiber: Nutrition Super Duo!
Aim to include sources of fiber & protein at all meals and snacks to fill you up while fueling your energy levels for longer period of time.
These energy balls are fueled with PROTEIN from:
- Whey Protein: I used CardioTabs CardioWhey Creamy Vanilla Bean, which has 21g of protein per 2 scoop serving (You can also swap out for a plant-based protein powder to make them vegan (Wildtree Vanilla Balanced Meal Shake will provide 17g of plant-based protein)
- Almond Butter: if almond butter isn’t in your budget, swap for any nut or seed butter
- Walnuts: one of my favorite meaty plant-based sources of protein. In addition to walnuts in the energy balls themselves, you can choose to roll the balls in crushed walnuts as well.
Fill up on FIBER from:
- Rolled oats
- Ground flaxseed
- Carrots (YES! There is actually carrot in these Carrot Cake Energy Bites)
- Walnuts (talk about multi-tasking!)
- There is even 6g of fiber in the CardioTabs CardioWhey protein (not all protein powders are created equal – many are very low in protein, so make sure to READ THOSE LABELS!)
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Carrot Cake Protein Balls
- ½ C rolled oats
- ¼ C ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 scoops CardioTabs CardioWhey Creamy Vanilla Bean see NOTES
- 1/3 C almond butter or any nut or seed butter
- ¼ C maple syrup
- ¼ C chopped walnuts
- 1 C shredded carrot
- Combine oats, flaxseed, sugar, and cinnamon into a bowl
- Add almond butter, maple syrup, walnuts, and shredded carrots to the dry ingredients. Stir well until combined
- Refrigerate mixture for a minimum of 20 minutes to overnight
- Shape mixture into golf ball sized balls. You should yield about 12 balls.
- Optional: roll balls in finely chopped walnuts
- Allow balls to sit in the fridge an additional 20 minutes to take the shape of the balls
- Store covered in the fridge up to 1 week.
Have you tried energy balls yet?
What are some of your favorite ways to get protein & fiber into your meals & snacks?
Make a batch of these Carrot Cake Energy Balls for your next meal prep and tell me what you think in the Comments below!
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