4:46 pm

So I'm back at University now and fending for myself (I make it sound like I'm in the wild) but that means cleaning, washing up and finally, cooking for myself. Now, I love cooking and baking, I don't find it difficult but it is hard managing time/work and time to eat healthily, and especially for those students who are maybe less inclined to eat fresh food and would rather not have the hassle, university can be an unhealthy time when it comes down to food. As you know, I love eating healthily and coming up with recipes that are fresh but also quick and easy, and I thought I'd bring something for you today that is just that; quick, easy and healthy. After a few days back eating healthily again, I was starting to crave a little sweetness (carrot cake, to be precise) so I took to the kitchen with the aim of creating a healthy carrot cake alternative, in the form of perfect little Carrot-Cake-Style-But-Not-Cake bliss balls.
They're super quick, easy and really fun to make. I hope you enjoy this post, if you make these or like the look of them, leave me a comment below or tweet me/mention me on Instagram, I'd love to see what you think!

(This recipe makes around 6 balls depending on how big you roll them, but really, bliss balls aren't exactly a science, and especially if you end up adding more oats to dry out the mixture, you might end up making more)

  • 1 Carrot, Grated
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg (Optional - Cinnamon works fine on its own too!)
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 6 Dates (If you have Medjool, great, but I didn't so I just bought dried dates and soaked them in some boiling water for 3 minutes - plus the extra water is great to loosen the mixture)
  • A small handful of raisins
  • Walnuts (Optional) (I didn't add walnuts because I'm not a fan, but if you're looking for authentic carrot cake bliss balls, I'd suggest chopping around 4/5 walnuts up and adding them at the end to maintain their chunkiness)
  • 2 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Mug Oats (This mixture varies so much, so you may need to adjust various aspects of the ingredients ie. If it's too moist, add more oats, if too dry, add a splash more date water/normal water or more lemon juice)

  • Start by adding the coconut oil, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, half of your oats and your soaked dates alongside a splash of water to the blender (I used a NutriBullet to get a really smooth texture, but it's not necessary) and blend away until a paste forms.
  • If your mixture is runny and wet, add more oats, if too dry, add a splash more water and lemon juice.
  • Transfer your paste to a container or bowl, and add your grated carrot and raisins, ensuring that it's all well incorporated. (If you're taking the Walnut route, add them at this stage)
  • To add a bit more texture, add the rest of your oats unblended at this stage, which will help firm up the mixture and helping the formation of the balls.
  • Take about 1tbsp of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball shape and place in a sealable container.
  • Continue to form the balls until all your mixture is used up.
  • If you're a fan of desiccated coconut, you could roll the bliss balls into the coconut, but I detest desiccated coconut (I don't know why, because I love coconut in general!) but really the options are endless, if you're making these just for flavour, you could be cheeky and make a cream cheese frosting or dip them in white chocolate for those of you who aren't looking for a healthy treat, but in all honesty, they're delicious on there own!
  • Pop them in the freezer to firm up for 10/15 minutes, then transfer them to the fridge, where they will keep for around 5 days, but I promise, they won't last that long, because you will literally want to eat them in one sitting!
There you have it!
A super, quick, easy alternative to a dessert, and if you're a carrot cake lover like me, you're bound to adore this recipe!

Let me know if you make these/like this post/have any ideas, I love hearing from you all!


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  1. I don't know what I like more, the way you've made these look so beautiful and artsy or the thought of you baking them for me next week in time for a cuppa and a natter. Good work you lovely thing you x x x


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