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Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites

These prebiotic carrot cake energy bites are the perfect, delicious, gut nourishing treat for your tastebuds and your microbiome. If you weren’t aware, prebiotics help nourish the probiotics living in your gut. So let’s talk about making these delicious snacks!

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What are Prebiotics

Prebiotics are the found in food that nourishes the probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut. Think of probiotics, the good bacteria, as the superheroes at the forefront of your bodies immune defense and prebiotics kind of as their sidekicks.

Without prebiotics, your probiotics have nothing to eat and won’t be able to do their job. They’ll go from helpful citizens to either dead or deadly villains real quick. Either way, if your microbiome (of which your probiotics play a role in) goes out of balance, you’ll be uncomfortable, to say the least.

For more on probiotics and microbiome health, check out this complete guide.

Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites

First, this prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bite recipe tastes incredible. I can’t explain to you have excited I was to have embodied carrot cake in a nourishing small adorable energy bite.

Not only that, but it’s quick and easy to make and lasts up to a week in the fridge. All features that make these Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites perfect for meal-prep!

And if that weren’t benefit enough, this recipe features prebiotics, the nutrients that help nourish the good bacteria in our gut. So it’s an all-around win-win recipe!

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Let's Talk Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bite Ingredients

Prebiotic education out of the way, let’s talk about the ingredients in these carrot cake energy bites. There’s quite a bit to make note of that make these bites delicious and nourishing snacks:

  • The carrots in this recipe are part of what makes it prebiotic. They also help add that carrot cake flavor we all know and love so well. Pro-Tip: peel your carrots for even better taste outcomes! For more on what to make with carrots, check out this blog post.
  • Coconut flakes are also prebiotic in nature. They too will help nourish the good bacteria in your gut. They also help add texture and flavor. If you don’t have coconut flakes you could try to substitute them out for almond flour but it may result in a texture change.
  • Dates are prebiotic too and Raisins likely are as well (at this point, you might be asking what isn’t). The dates add a caramel sweet-like flavor to this recipe while the raisins help increase that “carrot” cake flavor we all know and love.
  • Walnuts are perhaps most well-known or their healthy fat content but findings suggest that they may also be prebiotic. Walnuts contain ALA omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to support brain health (among a wide variety of other things). The walnuts in this recipe also really help drive the carrot cake flavor home. If you don’t have walnuts I do think any other kind of nut could work but it will definitely change the flavor profile. If you need certified gluten-free walnuts, check out these ones from nuts.com.

Recipe Notes

You might be tempted to skip soaking the dates but I encourage you to let them soak for the full 10-minutes. Letting the dates are a crucial part to making sure that the ingredients stick together and can be rolled into bites!

If you find that you’re struggling with rolling the dough into energy bites try adding in more coconut/walnuts to the mixture. I also recommend letting the dough chill in the fridge for a bit to firm up too.

Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites

AIP, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites that are sure to be a crowd favorite. 
Prep Time20 mins
Course: dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, nightshade free, Paleo, Vegan / Plantbased
Keyword: carrot cake energy bites, gluten-free bliss bites
Servings: 18 balls


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 12 pitted dates (soaked)
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon and salt
  • extra shredded coconut for rolling


  • Soak pitted dates in hot water for 10 minutes
  • Add all ingredients (except extra shredded coconut for rolling) to a food processor
  • Process until a smooth dough forms
  • On a parchment paper lined-pan, spread shredded coconut across it
  • Form balls the carrot cake energy bite dough into balls and roll them in the shredded coconut
  • Store the carrot cake energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
  • Enjoy!

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