These snacks are vegan, require no baking, and come together quickly in the food processor. Best of all, they taste like carrot cake.
They’re made from whole ingredients (with just a teeny drizzle of sugary icing), so even though they taste like a dessert, they have enough fiber, protein and fat to keep you ticking right thorough the afternoon doldrums.
The no-bake dough is moist and soft, with plenty of natural sweetness from cooked, mashed carrots and chopped dates. The cinnamon-spiced dough balls are topped with a drizzle of vanilla bean icing, creating a taste like carrot cake with vanilla frosting.
Because the dough is soft and sticky, it doesn’t quite work to roll it into balls with your hands. Instead, scoop up a bit of dough on one spoon and then use another spoon to nudge it into a rough ball shape. Don’t worry about getting it perfectly round – just drop it in some almond meal, sprinkle more almond meal on top, and use your hands to roll it into a ball. This makes it easier to shape the sticky dough.
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These power bites will keep for a few days in the refrigerator, but you also can freeze them for about a month. Freeze them on a baking sheet in a single layer, then transfer them to a freezer bag or plastic container.
They are best eaten straight from the refrigerator or freezer, since chilling firms them up. They become soft at room temperature, although they’re just as tasty. If you’re taking them in your lunch bag for a later snack, pack them in a hard-sided container; they’ll squish and flatten in a plastic bag.
Coco Morante is a writer for TheKitchn.com. Email comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.