Have your cake, and get some protein too!
Need to change up your protein ball game? I love this recipe because you get a fruit, veggie, whole grains, healthy fats and protein! It’s quick, simple recipe and packed with nutrients.
These nutty, delicious no bakes are great snack options and can be a mini dessert option! Or if you’re a person who isn’t getting enough veggies, it’s a great way to sneak in a carrot or two.
Carrots: are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K , potassium and vitamin B6.
Oats: are a good source of a unique type of fiber called beta-glucan, which is associated with a range of health benefits. They also contain protein.
Dates: contain several vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants.
Almonds: are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and various important nutrients including vitamin E.
Collagen: your body needs high-quality protein that contains the amino acids needed to make new proteins. Collagen is a great source of those amino acids.
Carrot Cake Protein Balls
- 2 cups oats
- 2 finely shredded carrots
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup pureed dates (without seed)
- 2/3 cup finely chopped almonds
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes
- 2 Scoop Collagen or 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
- Puree dates and shredded carrots (I used our Vitamix); stir together mixture with oats, coconut and almonds.
- Add water, one tablespoon at a time, as needed for consistency.
- Form the mixture into balls. Roll lightly in coconut flakes in additional coconut as desired.
- Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before eating. Store leftovers in refrigerator, covered.