Happy Easter 131 Family! This fun carrot cake bites recipe works year-round, but it’s awfully fitting for Easter thanks to a healthy dose of carrots. Made in just one bowl (well, food processor), they have all the flavors and spice of the cake itself, without any flour, gluten or added sugar.
Now, these sweet little bites are great for your 131 Carb Charge days. Those are the days when you’re teaching your body to use carbs instead of storing them. They’re sweetened naturally with dates. Dates are high in natural sugars, which isn’t a bad thing, but be aware that your body doesn’t differentiate between sugar, honey, dates, syrup, fruit or pasta. It’s all sugar to your body! That’s why you want your body to know how to burn fat and sugar for fuel, especially on days when you consume more carbs.But, dates do contains some health benefits that sugar and maple syrup don’t…
Health Benefits of Dates (1)
- Fresh dates contain anthocyanidins and carotenoids, while dried dates contain polyphenols – just like green tea.
- Dates have a low glycemic index. Diabetics research states that they can help type 2 diabetics and their blood sugar.
- They contain magnesium, which is known to help reduce blood pressure.
- Maintains bone mass thanks to high levels of potassium. “Scientists believe that high potassium intake protects bone mass by reducing the amount of calcium excreted through the kidneys.” (1)
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Carrot Cake BitesPrint Recipe
- 10 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup pecan pieces
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons shredded low-fat coconut (optional)
- Add everything but the coconut to a large food processor and process until a dough ball forms and the dates and carrots have been finely chopped.
- Roll into balls, then roll into coconut, if using.
Calories: 71 | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Carbs: 14g | Fiber: 2g | Net Carbs: 12g