As the babies eat more and more solid food I’ve been looking for recipes that are healthy, high in protein and good fats. But I needed something that was quick and not stressful. These No Bake Carrot Coconut Bites are the perfect snack for these growing boys.
The idea for this dish came from Stacey at My Kids Lick The Bowl. Stacey’s a certified nutritionist I follow on Instagram. Her video tutorial looked so easy (and the recipe was very healthy) I knew I had to try it. And I’m so happy I did. These No Bake Carrot Coconut Bites are handheld healthy goodness. It was easy to make this snack and everyone loved it.
Since I want a snack that has lots of protein and healthy fats I added some flaxseeds. I was a little worried about the flavor since I was adding flaxseed so I added two heaping tablespoons of apple sauce. Then I added some coconut flour because it looked a little wet and I have a bunch of coconut flour around for when I test AIP recipes. And guess what? It was delicious. It actually tasted a bit like carrot cake and I love carrot cake.
Of course, the test was whether the whole family would like it. And they did. So much so, the first time I made it I had to almost immediately make another batch.
I plan to try another variation of this dish replacing the oats with quinoa, adding even more protein for my very active boys.
No Bake Carrot Coconut Bites
Makes 22 -24 bites
- 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup dry quick oats
- 2 tablespoon apple sauce
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/8 cup coconut flour
- 3/4 cup coconut flakes (divided)
Tools: Food processor, large bowl, spatula, cookie scooper or tablespoon, parchment or waxed paper and baking sheet
Combine carrots, oats, apple sauce, flax seed, dates, sunflower seeds, spices and oil in a food processor.
Pulse until smooth (about 30 seconds).
Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in coconut flour and 1/2 cup of coconut flakes.
Use a cookie scoop or spoon to shape mixture into balls (use can also press mixture into a pan to make bars).
Roll balls in reserved coconut flakes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place baking sheet in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Pop these as a snack or pack with your lunch. It’s a delicious healthy addition to your meal.
When I make these, I make two batches and store it in a freezer bag in the refrigerator. These No Bake Carrot Coconut Bites don’t last long enough to make it to the freezer.
How many batches do you think you need to make?