Healthy Carrot Cake Superfood Energy Bites — for when you’re craving a slice of carrot cake but want something healthier and on-the-go!

Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

These bite-sized no bake treats have got all the flavor of carrot cake, but they’re refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan…  oh, but you’d neeeever know it  😉

Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

^^ The ingredients inside these Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites

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It’s honestly shocking at how different the ingredients are compared to storebought Carrot Cake mixes.
Here’s a little preview of two grocery store mixes:

Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix

Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Carrot Flavored Pieces (Corn Syrup, Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Corn Cereal, Partially Hydrogenated Oil, Carrot Powder, Artificial Color (Yellow 6, Red 40), Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Oil, Propylene Glycol Mono and Diesters of Fatty Acids, Salt, Distilled Monoglycerides, Cinnamon, Spices, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Artificial Color, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum.

Duncan Hines Moist Carrot Cake Mix

Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Sugar, Dehydrated Carrots, Raisins, Canola Oil, Brown Sugar, Dextrose, Vegetable Shortening (Palm/Soybean Oil, Mono- And Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, TBHQ, Citric Acid), Soybean Oil, Spices, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt, Caramel Color, Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Artificial Color (Yellow 5 Lake, Red 40 Lake).

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Now those ingredient lists are shocking.  And quite frankly, disturbing.

Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

Just like regular Carrot Cake, these soft and fudgy bites have a ton of carrot flavor and warming ground cinnamon.  But, unlike those (horrifying) storebought carrot cake mixes, these bites are made without the white sugar, corn syrup, bleached flour, hydrogenated oil, artificial food dyes and preservatives.

These Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Bites are upgraded with hints of orange and coconut flavors, as well as a secret superfood ingredient — turmeric!

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