I know I have been saying this a lot lately, but honestly, these Quinoa 'Carrot Cake' Bites are sooooooo good! I LOVE Carrot Cake and these bites tastes exactly like that.
I made them on a whim.
I was looking for a snack to take with us on our weekend trip to St. Louis. St. Louis is about 6 hours drive from Cincinnati and frequent snacking is the only way, I can keep the "Are we there yet!" syndrome at bay.
These bite sized balls of yum, fits the bill perfectly. Carrots, Cinnamon and Walnuts - all my favorite Carrot Cake ingredient packed into one powerful bite!
I also added a little Ginger, as it really amps up the carrot's flavor. And since the Allspice was just next to the Ginger, I added some of that for good measure. You don't have to, but the warm spices does makes it extra special.
Naturally sweetened with Date puree and loaded with Omega-3 rich Walnuts and heart healthy Hemp Seeds; Beta Carotene dense Carrots and Protein rich Quinoa, these bite-sized snack is a nutrition power house.
Just as an afterthought and to make them prettier, I rolled a few of the Quinoa 'Carrot Cake' Bites in unsweetened shredded coconut. And that took the flavor to another level. I'm so glad I did that.
Rolling in shredded coconut is an optional step, but highly recommended. Thinking that Sid might not appreciate the coconut flavor, I kept few of the bites, plain. But surprisingly he loved the Coconut crusted one so much, that I had to roll the plain ones too!
Give this recipe a try. You won't be disappointed!