Another “power ball” recipe and the family is on carrot kick lately and we have a lot of carrots so I decided to make some Carrot Cake Protein Power Balls!
Carrot Cake Power Protein Balls
Makes 12 balls
1/4c gluten-free oats
1/4c chia seeds (used Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds)
1/4c raw shelled hemp seeds (used Navitas Naturals Hemp Seeds)
1 tsp maca powder, optional (used Navitas Naturals Gelatinized Maca)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (used Vega One French Vanilla)*
1/3c almond butter
1c grated carrots, rough chop through or pulse in a blender to chop up a little
1/4c raisins, rough chopped
2 TBSP finely shredded unsweetened coconut (optional, I left them out as I was making them for someone who doesn’t care for coconut)
*Vega One Vanilla Chai would also work great just adjust or omit cinnamon and nutmeg.
In a small food processor pulse together oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, and cinnamon until oats are chopped, more if you want less texture. Add in protein powder and pulse to mix. I find it easier sometimes to do these next steps in a bowl. Place mixture in a bowl and stir in almond butter in until just combine. It will be a coarse crumble texture. Stir in carrots (squeezed to remove extra moisture), raisins, and coconut (optional), you can also do this step with your hands. If it is too wet you can add more protein powder or oats. With your hands form spoonfuls of mixture into balls, I made 12 balls. Let set for about 15 minutes to dry before putting in the refrigerator or freezer if not eating them right away. I think these are best in the freezer as they freeze a little harder than others and need to thaw slightly. If storing to eat right away put them in the refrigerator, if taking them with you or they will have a couple of minutes to thaw you can keep them in the freezer. Enjoy!