These little guys are a great snack that can also qualify as a sweet. You can take these low carb carrot coconut balls to work to eat alongside or after your lunchtime salad. Or serve them to your friends with a cup of coffee or tea. Or simply enjoy one or two as a dessert after dinner. Super versatile, quite addictive – and, as they’re raw, quite quick and easy to make.
The balls contain butter, coconut oil and nuts, and thus its fair share of healthy fats. Which means they give you energy and kill off any sudden hunger attack. It’s the mix of the richness derived from these fats, paired with the crunchy freshness of carrot and coconut, plus the subtle sweetness of a small amount of honey and dark chocolate, which make these balls so irresistible and delicious. Whenever I eat the last one, I already start missing them. Try them out and see if it’s the same for you!
How to roll
Making these low carb carrot coconut balls is really easy. You need a blender and a little patience, while you grind your almonds and carrots. We blend the almonds with coconut oil for a little while, until the mix becomes a chunky paste. Blending carrots, meanwhile, will take us just a few seconds. And we know it is all well worth the time, as the mix is much yummier when you blend the ingredients yourself. Once all the blending is done, we mix everthing together – and then need just a few more minutes for rolling up the balls. Then, yes, you need another little bit of patience: Put your balls into the fridge. After 30 minutes inside, the balls will be fresh and crisp and less sticky. Enjoy!
One note about the carbs: Of course, carrots aren’t the most lowcarbey veggies, and honey or maple syrup aren’t low carb either. But imagine one shredded carrot and two tablespoons of honey shared among some 20 balls, of which you may eat 1 or 2 in one go. We can all enjoy that and not worry, can’t we?
lower carb option
But of course, there are alternatives for you! If you prefer not to use honey, replace it with 2 tbsp of sukrin gold or a few drops of stevia applied one by one until you reach the desired sweetness.
Do you like these yummy balls? Then why not drop me a line in the comments and rate the recipe! In case you used a lower carb sweetener, let us all know how which one and how it worked. Thank you!
Irresistible energy balls! Raw and delicious, easily made from a blend of almonds, carrots, coconut flakes, and butter and enriched with pieces of dark chocolate
Makes around 20 balls, depending on their size
1 cup almonds, chopped into small pieces
2 cups coconut flakes
1 midsize carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 cup soft butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp liquid honey or maple syrup
3 tbsp finely chopped dark chocolate (85% cocoa or above)
1 tbsp cocoa nibs (for more bite, optional)
Pinch of sea salt
- Put the chopped almonds into a blender with 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey and a pinch of salt and blend into a thick crunchy paste. Pieces should be very small so it may take a few minutes. Put into a bowl and set aside.
- Enter the carrot pieces and coconut flakes into the blender with another tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey. Blend well into small pieces – and then combine with the almond paste in a larger bowl.
- Chop up the chocolate into very small pieces. That may take a moment but is better than blending them as the pieces stay solid. Mix butter and chocolate – and cocoa nibs if you use them – with the paste and knead well. Add another pinch of salt to taste.
- Form balls slightly smaller than table tennis balls and refrigerate them in a glass box until a bit more solid. Enjoy cool or at room temperature. In a sealed glass container the carrot coconut stay fresh in your fridge for a few days.
If you prefer not to use honey, replace it with 2 tbsp of sukrin gold or a few drops of stevia applied one by one until you reach the desired sweetness.
Nutrition facts are per ball when recipe yield is 20 balls. Here, for a change, nutritional value is based on the higher carb default recipe version with honey.
- Category: snacks
- Method: raw prep
- Cuisine: International
- Serving Size: 20 balls
- Calories: 152
- Fat: 14.1g
- Carbohydrates: 4.2g net carbs
- Protein: 2.1g