Happy Sunday everyone!!! Is anyone ever ready for Monday? I think my case of the Monday’s gets worse with each week, especially when there is a holiday around the corner. This week, my family flies in from Ohio and I can’t wait to see them! Even though they were just here in Christmas, it seems like forever since they have been here soaking up the Arizona sun!
With Easter coming up next weekend, I was trying to think of something a little creative and fun to make for the week. Jeff and I are still going strong with our Lent goal of no sweets until Easter Sunday, so while pastries, breads, and cookies, sounded fantastic, I couldn’t bring myself to cheat! While these little protein balls may taste like dessert, they are made without any sweetener or sugar. The sweetness you taste is from one of my favorite ingredients, dates, and maybe a little from the protein powder.
These are raw and require no cooking, freezing, or chilling before being eaten (although I do think giving them some time in the refrigerator enhances the flavor — they are also better cold!). They are made with all vegan products, including the protein powder. I am happy to say they came out better than expected as this was the first time I actually put a raw vegetable into one of my protein bite recipes!
These are best kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about 5-7 days. I used a vegan vanilla protein powder from Sprout’s Farmers Market. Sprouts does not pay or endorse my page, I just truly love their products and their store!! I am not sure how other protein powders would compare, and I tend to by vegan brands regardless so if you use something different I don’t know if it will alter the taste. I really hope you give this one a try! If you celebrate Easter, I hope you have a wonderful and relaxed week! I’ll be enjoying the time I have with my family, so HHK will take a back seat for a few days, but expect an update on some of our local eats once they leave! Enjoy!
Vegan Carrot Cake Protein Bites
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 6 dates
- 2 Tbsp vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup unsalted peanut butter
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup shredded carrot
In a food processor, grind all ingredients except the carrot and raisins. Stop and stir occasionally. Grind until a find meal forms that can be pressed together with your fingers to form a solid. Add the carrots and pulse a few times to incorporate them into the meal.
Remove the blade and stir in raisins. Rolled gum ball sized bites with hands and place on a cookie sheet or large plate. Once finished, either cover with foil or place in an air-tight, sealed contained and refrigerate. Will keep for 5-7 days in refrigerator.