Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites (gluten-free + vegan)
These prebiotic carrot cake energy bites are the perfect, delicious, gut nourishing treat for your tastebuds and your microbiome. This, in turn, can help boost your immune system (learn about other ways to boost your immune system when you have Celiac Disease here!)
Prebiotics are the (often in the form of inulin) 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 probiotics, 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.
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Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites
First, this 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!
Let’s Talk About the Ingredients in these Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites
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!
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 + Raisins
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.
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
- 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