Carrot Bliss Balls - Energy Bites For Kids

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These carrot bliss balls started as a wee flurry of healthy Christmas treats I created a couple of years ago when my blog was still very new and all my kiddos were very small.

The original idea was that calling them ‘Reindeer Food’ was not only a fun Christmas idea but also a great introduction into bliss balls for kids.

When I was little we always left carrots out for the reindeer, and I am proudly continuing the tradition of chomping on carrots in the middle of the night to please my kids going!

It was this tradition that was the launchpad for this healthy Christmas food idea, that and my never-ending quest to make the perfect bliss balls for kids.

A reindeer toy looking at carrot bliss balls on a wooden block
Carrot Bliss Balls, also known as reindeer food!

Energy Balls For Kids

My blog is generally inspired by recipes that are suitable for kids. I get asked quite often about my thoughts on energy balls and bliss balls for kids. 

I see bliss balls and energy bites everywhere, packed into lunchboxes, all over Instagram and Pinterest and now on my local supermarket's shelves.

For me, although very yummy, many energy balls and bliss balls are still packed with sugar in the form of dried fruits.

Don’t get me wrong I am not saying they are all bad, or that my kids don’t sometimes snack on energy balls and dried fruits.  I am just saying that sometimes they are really high sugar items masquerading as low sugar.

Just because a bliss ball for kids has no ‘added sugar’  or 'refined sugar-free' it does not mean that the ingredients don’t contain naturally-occurring sugars.  Dried fruit is quite a concentrated source of sugar and sticky too, so while my kids eat them, I am mindful about how much from both a sugar perspective and dental health perspective

Child holding a carrot bliss ball
Get the kids involved with making these bliss balls

Carrot Oat Bliss Balls

My Carrot energy balls are a lower sugar bliss ball due to the carrot and oat component.

This recipe is also nut-free thanks to the sunflower seeds which means it can be sent in lunchboxes where nut-free recipes may be needed.  I would also hate for one of Santa’s reindeer to have a reaction to nuts on my watch!  (wink wink)

Ingredients for the bliss balls
Carrot Energy Bites Ingredients

Protein Balls With Dates

Dates give these bliss balls their sweetness.  Most bliss ball recipes I see call for Medjool dates.

I don’t specify in my recipes which type of dates to use; Medjool or Regular (Deglet Noor). My understanding is they are pretty gosh darn similar from a nutrition perspective.

Where I live Medjool dates are very expensive, so I tend to use Deglet Noor. While the 2 varieties don’t vary much from a nutrition perspective they are very different in texture.

Medjool are softer and juicier, and regular dates much harder. To make this recipe you will need a sturdy food processor, particularly if you are using regular dates.

You can always soak the dates in hot water to soften and then drain before adding to the food processor.  You can also always sub the dates for raisins or sultanas if you want.

This recipe is by no means hard to make essentially everything goes into the food processor and is blitzed. The mix can be quite sticky when you are rolling it into balls but if you keep your hands damp it will stop the mix sticking to your fingers, a great job for kiddos!

More Bliss Balls For Kids

I am a bit of a fan of lower sugar energy bites, ones that have a bit less dried fruit content than most. If you are looking for other flavour ideas then you might like to check out my Strawberry Bites, or Apple Oat No-Bake Bites.

If it's the carrots that brought you to this recipe, i.e. you are searching for recipes to make with them, then these are all healthy kid-friendly recipes low in sugar but rich in carrots! Carrot Cake Oat Cakes, Roast Carrot Cashew Dip, and a new recipe for my site Carrot Muffins with No Added Sugar

Pictures of the 3 step process of making the carrot bliss balls.
Process Steps For Making The Carrot Oat Balls
Finely blitzed carrot done using the food processor
I blitz the carrot quite finely in the food processor as the first step
 

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Known as Carrot oat energy bites or carrot cake bliss balls, these are a healthy no-bake nut-free energy ball for kids and a perfect healthy Christmas treat, (Reindeer Food)
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: bliss balls, carrot, Carrot Cake, energy bites, Oat
Servings: 30 balls
Calories: 63kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 Cup oats
  • 1 Cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ Cup dates
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or other light flavoured oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger dried
  • Desiccated coconut for rolling

Instructions

  • Watch the quick recipe video before you get started, scroll up a little to find it
  • Check the notes at the bottom of the recipe for little bits of extra info and help
  • Place carrots in a sturdy food processor and blitz until very finely chopped
  • Add remaining ingredients, excluding the desiccated coconut and blitz until the mixture comes together into a large ball. This may take some time, 5 or so minutes of blitzing but be patient it will get there
  • Using a teaspoon form balls, the mixture will be quite sticky (because of the water content of the fresh carrot) , but the texture improves once you roll in coconut. If yu keep your hands damp it stops the mix sticking to your fingers, Get the kids involved they will love the mess
  • Roll the balls in desiccated coconut (You don't have to, I sometimes leave some coconut free)
  • Refrigerate 

Video

Notes

The balls will be quite soft when first made as the mixture is quite warm for them blitzing. Refrigerate for a good few hours and this will improve immensely. 
This recipe is wheat-free but does contain traditional oats so is not gluten-free
You can use either medjool or regular dates, regular dates may need to be softened by soaking in hot water if your food processor is not sturdy
The dates can be substituted for raisins or sultanas

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
Healthy Treat for children nut free low sugar carrot oat energy bites
Ingredients for the carrot bliss balls in a food processor

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19 Comments

  1. Can I use something other than coconut oil? Its just this isn't an ingredient I typically have in the pantry 🙂

    1. Absolutely, any mild tasting oil will be fine. Virgin olive oil would be too strong in flavour though.

  2. Sort of a dumb question but by dried ginger do you mean a ground ginger spice? I'm not sure what to use.

    1. Yes dried ground ginger. Sorry I was just trying to differentiate from it not being fresh root ginger. Not a dumb question at all I should be more specific

  3. Thanks for the recipe! Unfortunately my toddler has a rare sunflower seed allergy, so do you think that almonds or hazelnuts could be used in place of them?

    1. The coconut is only to dust the balls at the end, the recipe will work without it, or for extra decadence a dusting of cocoa would work.