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Carrot Cake Paleo Balls

February22

These were the second dessert option we made for the Superbowl party. Everybody loved these including the kids. My kids would have powered through the whole batch before we left if I hadn’t stopped them. And let’s be honest here. My husband was taste testing his fair share as well. Needless to say, I made a second batch. As with the Chocolate/Coffee version, these are very flexible. Use the nuts and seed you have on hand. Add less dates and oil/milk for a crumblier treat. Add more dates and oil/milk for a sweeter gooier snack.

Recipe: Carrot Cake Paleo Balls

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 5-6 dates, pitted
  • 1/3 unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 2-4 Tbsp coconut milk or coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  1. Put almonds in Vitamix or food processor. Blend until a fine flour. Remove.
  2. Put dates and coconut in Vitamix and blend until a smooth paste in formed.
  3. Return nuts, add carrots and spices, and mix well.
  4. Add coconut milk or oil and blend until desired consistentcy is reached.
  5. Form into balls.
  6. Store in refrigerator.

Diet (other): Gluten free, Dairy free, Egg free, Paleo, Whole 30

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27 Comments to

“Carrot Cake Paleo Balls”

  1. Avatar February 22nd, 2012 at 4:44 pm Liz Says:

    Sarah,

    Do you always grind your own almond flour? I looked for some at Fred Meyer this morning and it was $10.50 per pound. I made the banana bread recipe with a gluten free flour mix. My kids loved it! I like the idea of using straight almond flour, but it is expensive. How do you do it? ;)

    Liz


  2. Avatar February 25th, 2012 at 6:23 pm Sarah Says:

    Almond flour is so expensive. I sometimes grind my own if I am not worried about it being really fine. I also get Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal from Azure Standard in bulk and Trader Joes has a cheaper one. For my really good stuff, I use the almond flour from Honeyville Farms. Because of the expense, I try not to just use it as a substitute and eat the same foods as before. We only make “bread” items for special treats.


  3. Avatar March 7th, 2012 at 3:28 pm Mary Beth Says:

    These are awesome! They taste *just like* carrot cake!!


  4. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 11:26 am Diame Says:

    I’m 3 days into grain free eating. Made this recipe today and I am so delighted that I did! It has a great punch of flavor and is gentle on my fragile digestive system while it is healing. Thank you for sharing your recipe!


  5. Avatar June 4th, 2012 at 10:07 am staci Says:

    How much almond flour/meal does 3/4 c almonds make? I happen to have it on hand already…


  6. Avatar June 5th, 2012 at 4:47 pm Sarah Says:

    That is a good question Staci. I am guessing it will make about 1 cup of flour but I wouldn’t be sure without trying it. Can you get back to me after you do it and let me know?


  7. Avatar June 25th, 2012 at 2:52 pm Anita Says:

    Here is a source for almond flour that is not so expensive. I buy it in the 25# case and store it in my deep freezer. You could split this with a friend and still get the best price.

    http://nuts.com/nuts/almonds/flour.html


  8. Avatar July 15th, 2012 at 12:58 pm debbie Says:

    Do you use raw almonds or can you use roasted unsalted?


  9. Avatar July 16th, 2012 at 1:07 pm Sarah Says:

    Raw is best but any will work.


  10. Avatar July 17th, 2012 at 4:07 pm Sue Says:

    I just made these and they were great! I used cashews b/c we have an almond intolerance. Next time I think I’d throw it all in the Cuisinart at once. Thank you thank you!


  11. Avatar July 18th, 2012 at 1:35 pm hannah Says:

    WOW!!! These are amazing! My two year old loves them and keeps sneaking then from the fridge, however I dont mind her sneaking these too much ;)


  12. Avatar August 31st, 2012 at 3:06 pm Lauren Says:

    If you’re using the almonds to make an almond flour, can I sub a different type of flour, we’re a nut allergy family?


  13. Avatar September 9th, 2012 at 7:24 am Any Says:

    If you have a trader joes near you its 3.99 a pound


  14. Avatar October 12th, 2012 at 5:48 pm Lisa Says:

    I’m confused. Is this two different recipes here?


  15. Avatar October 12th, 2012 at 6:55 pm Lisa Says:

    I made these tonight & they are great!! only exception was that I made them with flaxseed instead of any nuts cause thats what I had…Thanks


  16. Avatar November 4th, 2012 at 5:48 pm Wendy Says:

    I made the Carrot balls earlier today, very easy to make but mine are a little moist and sticky, I used about 2 tbspns of Coconut Oil which was a little to much I think, next time I think I’ll try 1 tbspn.


  17. Avatar November 6th, 2012 at 11:10 pm shar Says:

    Any idea how much flour to use instead of the 3/4C nuts?


  18. Avatar November 16th, 2012 at 5:32 am Lisa Says:

    Shar, maybe this website will help you on the conversion of nuts to flour ratio.


  19. Avatar November 16th, 2012 at 5:33 am Lisa Says:

    http://www.food52.com/hotline/4822-can-i-substitute-1-cup-of-almond-meal-for-1-cup-of-whole-almonds-that-the-recipe-asks-me-to-blanch-an


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  21. Avatar February 11th, 2013 at 9:38 pm Rebekah Says:

    I just made these with a few modifications (since I’m on the elimination stage of the AIP) and they turned out great! I used extra coconut oil and added some coconut flour and shredded coconut to the mix instead of almond meal. I also substituted ginger powder for the cloves. I love how they taste! I’m firming them up in the freezer right now. Yummy!


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  23. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 4:32 pm Lacey Says:

    Can you substitute the oil for a different kind of oil, say olive oil?


  24. Avatar March 20th, 2013 at 8:41 pm katy housh Says:

    Do you think youcould use dried figs in place of the dates?


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  26. Avatar August 16th, 2013 at 4:54 pm katie Says:

    could I substitute coconut cream for the coconut milk or oil? or rice milk? these look so delicious I want to try to make them with what I have on hand!


  27. Avatar September 1st, 2013 at 1:19 pm Betsy Edwards Says:

    What is the serving size and calorie count for this recipe?


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