Recipe | Carrot Cake Balls (GF, DF, No Sugar Added Option)

Have your carrot cake balls and eat them, too. Nothing better than eating your vegetables and dessert rolled all into one delicious bite! Gluten free, dairy free, and an option for no sugar added makes these cake balls quite the treat.


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You ever just get a craving for carrot cake? Glad I’m not the only one! This recipe has a no sugar added option for the icing which makes it even better. Plus, it’s got carrots in it! So no matter what you are getting a serving of vegetables as well. You can have your cake and eat it too!


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Carrot Cake Balls


Gluten-free | Dairy-free | No Sugar Added (Option)


Ingredients

Cake Balls

  • 4 large eggs

  • ½ cup honey

  • ¼ cup plant-based buttery spread

  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

  • ½ cup GF flour with xanthan gum

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp salt or pink Himalayan salt, fine

  • 1 ¼ cups grated carrots or baby carrots**

Optional - ¼ cup chopped raisins or pecans


Frosting Option

  • ¾ cup plant-based buttery spread, creamed with a hand mixer

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 Tbsp orange juice, freshly squeezed if possible***

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

No Sugar Added Option


Use the glaze made from cashews found at https://minimalistbaker.com/no-bake-carrot-cake-bites/ .


Instructions

  1. Wash hands.*

  2. Preheat the oven to 350℉.

  3. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Most parchment papers can withstand heats up to 400℉. Check the label of your paper to ensure that it is safe to bake at that temperature.

  4. Mix the honey and the plant-based buttery spread together with a hand mixer until well-combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla.

  5. Mix in the dry ingredients, but not yet the carrots. The dry ingredients would be the flour, baking soda, salt, and other seasonings.

  6. After the wet and dry ingredients have been well-combined, use a rubber or wooden spatula to mix-in the grated carrots.

  7. Put the dough in the cake pan (do not ball the dough yet!!!) and cook for 35-40 minutes. Dough should barely pass the toothpick test (toothpick inserts into the center and removes relatively cleanly). It is okay if the top looks bubbly and the center is a little gooey -- this will actually help the dough stick together in balls better.

  8. Once the cake has been allowed to cool, use a cookie dough or ice cream scoop to ball the dough into evenly sized spheres.

  9. Put the dough balls in the freezer and allow them to harden a bit. This can take up to 2 hours, and can be best done by leaving them in the freezer overnight

  10. Once the dough balls have been frozen, glaze them with the frosting or the no added sugar glaze, then stick them back in the freezer to sufficiently harden the glaze. If desired, mix the frosting ingredients together and then heat on low. Dip frozen balls into frosting and put quickly in the freezer to harden.

  11. Enjoy!


Notes


*See this post for instructions on proper hand washing for optimal health: https://www.anniweeks.com/post/organize-with-anni-how-to-set-up-a-sanitation-station


**I highly recommend shredding with a food processor attachment if you can! It is a life-saver, time-saver, and potentially a finger-saver as well.


***Add more orange juice in ½ Tbsp increments if you really want the citrus flavor to come out. You can also add orange zest in order to have the frosting not be as liquid-y.





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