No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

Growing up, I loved my grandma’s oatmeal raisin cookies and I also love carrot cake.  It’s so moist and filled with raisins and carrots.  What I really love about carrot cake though is cream cheese frosting.  I won’t lie.

Today’s recipe incorporates Oatmeal Raisin Cookies + Carrot Cake, sans frosting.   You can always add frosting, but of course.


No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

1/ 2 c dry old-fashioned oats + 2 tbsp reserved (use certified gluten-free if necessary)

1/4 c carrots

1/4 c pitted medjool dates (I used 4 large, moist dates)

1/4 c raisins (I used a raisin medley blend) + 1/4 c reserved

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract


Blend the oats and carrots in a Vita- Mix or food processor for about 10 seconds.  Then add everything else (except the reserved ingredients) and blend for another 20 seconds or until incorporated.  Don’t overblend.

Remove the dough and by hand, stir in the reserved:

2 Tbsp dry oats

1/4 c raisins

Form into bite-sized balls or cookie shapes.  If needed, refrigerate or freeze the dough for 15 minutes to make it less sticky and easier to work with.

Yields: 1 dozen bites the size of a quarter gumball.  Store in freezer or refrigerator.

Optional: Pinch Pumpkin Pie Spice, Pinch Ground Ginger, 1/8 c Coconut Flakes, 1/8 c Walnuts/Almonds, 1/8 c chocolate chips.  Add frosting drizzle at the end, such as storebought Cream Cheese Frosting.  Or, follow my Raw Vegan Cheezecake Filling recipe (and reduce by half) for raw vegan cream cheeze frosting.

Note: For those desiring a more traditional cookie, bake at 350F for 8 to 12 minutes, or to desired level.

A Visual Guide

Oats + Carrots.  Blend for 10 seconds

Add everything else (except reserved items) and blend for 20 seconds or until incorporated.  Don’t overblend and make pulverized mush.

Resulting dough 20 seconds later

By hand, stir in the reserved oats + raisins.  I like the added texture these items give to the finished product.

From into bites, balls, bars.  Or whatever you call them.  I call them easy, fast, and good.

These bites:

Are a “healthy” dessert or snack.  We all have different definitions of healthy, but as desserts go, these are pretty healthy in my book.

They ‘re vegan and came together in less than 5 mintues.  Gotta love anything no-bake.

They’re Gluten Free (see this post at the bottom for a discussion on oats and gluten)

Seed & Tree Nut Free (I like nuts, but not in carrot cake or in oatmeal raisin cookies so I kept them out of this recipe)

And combine two of my fave dessert flavors, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies + Carrot Cake, all rolled into one bite.

If you like the looks of today’s bites, try my No Bake Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

And don’t forget to check my Dessert Ball Recipes Post for a compilation of everything from….

….Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

…to No-Bake Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls

 Do you like carrot cake?

87 comments on “No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites”

  1. Mmm, carrot cake is my favorite. Might have to try these, except I kind of want to dip them in cream cheese frosting :-)

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  4. I remember you saying you knew I would love these…and oh man, you are SO right!!! You probably have already observed that I am a carrot cake fiend, so these really are right up my alley. I’m a fan of a good oatmeal raisin cookie, too ;) If I hadn’t already made your [absolutely amazing and that I am now addicted to] vegan/raw/gf brownies I’d be whipping out my processor right now!! As it is, I think I’ve made enough noise for one day :P

  5. Mmmmm, I need to make these…and dip them in cream cheese frosting on the way to my mouth :-)

  6. Wish I had my Vitamix here in NY with me! I want these so badly. I agree with Evan, frosting to dip these in is a must :)

  7. !!! This recipe was bookmarked before I even read the ingredients. I’m so excited to make these :)

    1. Oh my goodness. Lol I’m going to be exclaiming yes to all of your questions. Those cookies are soooo good when they’re fresh and chewy yummmm.

    2. YES!!! Carrot cake is one of the only cakes I like (along with tiramisu). I’m picky about it though… as with all cakes (why I don’t really like them lol).

    3. Hmm.. I’m not sure! Either your carrot cake bite orrr something that would taste like tiramisu!

    XOXO have a lovely weekend with your family, Averie :)

  8. Carrot cake is my all time favorite! I love cinnamon and spice, so anything with that in it is high on my list! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite cookies too!

  9. I’m terrible- I don’t like raisins or carrot cake much! But the bites look really good, I might have to make some for the bf!

  10. These look so so yummy! I love both oatmeal raisin (or oatmeal chocolate chip ;) cookies and carrot cake (well more carrot bars sans frosting)- so I bet these are amazing! I hope you’re having a good weekend! Cannot believe its Sunday afternoon already. Much love to yoU!

  11. Oatmeal raisin = fave cookie of all time
    Carrot cake = fave cake of all time

    The balls = me PISSED that I didn’t buy that bag of medjool dates that I had IN MY HANDS yesterday at the store. Grrr.

    I made some mocha balls. You should try to make a spin on those. Let me know if you want the link.

    • Those are a blend of: my fudge balls (cocoa + dates)
      and my donut holes (cocoa + flax)
      Plus with coffee. I need to try those! So many balls, so little time.

      And about not grabbing the medjool dates in your hand, if you have raisins, soak some for a couple hours and just use all raisins. It will be date-ish enough to get you by if you’re truly wanting them :)

  12. I love your blog and all of your recipes – especially this one!
    Do you think I could sub dried figs for the dates if that’s all I have in the house right now?

  13. The look a lot like the raw carrot muffins I post the other day. You need to whip up the frosting I posted!

  14. I remember trying carrot cake when I was a kid and hating it, but I haven’t tried it since. I think I might like it now!

  15. I like both oatmeal raisin cookies and carrot cake, but neither are my favorite, so I don’t eat them that often. I love pretty much anything sweet (as you know), but when I have a choice between oatmeal raisin and chewy chocolate chip, or carrot cake and fudge cake, I’m gonna go for the latter in both cases. I must say that cake wise though, it’s all about the frosting, so depending on how good the cream cheese is on the carrot cake that’s debatable….

    I put way too much thought into desserts, clearly :)

  16. Girl, you had me at raisins!! You are seriously fueling my raisin addiction, but I don’t mind:)

    Carrot cake is my favorite too, and it runs in the family! My parents’ wedding cake was carrot, and most of my birthday cakes (including the one I made last year) were carrot! I loveee:)

  17. Averie, I feel like you’ve read my mind. Oatmeal raisin cookies are one of my faves, and I adore carrot cake. I think maybe something with vegan toffee would be good, like Mama Pea’s toffee bars but in ball form, or maybe even something with icing in the middle. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! =)

  18. You are always coming up with the best recipes – I just bookmared this one :)

  19. Really love oatmeal cookies, really love carrot cake, I will definitely be trying this soon! I also love chocolate and bananas so that would my combo recommendation!

  20. oh my! and you don’t even have to wait for them to cook in the oven? These sound heavenly. I LOVE carrot cake — so much that I had a gluten free one made for our wedding, sweetened with stevia and oh – so – good. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my ultimate comfort food.

    I use gf oats, they’re on sale this week at WF, so I’ve got lots to make this recipe with.
    Dates and raisins are officially written down on my grocery list for tomorrow!

  21. Yum! I love this.. you and I make a lot of very similar things!

    I just love cream cheese frosting too.. it’s so decadent. I use my goaty cashew cheese (minus the miso and mustard) as a base for my frosting!

  22. Oh man oh man….oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite, and so is carrot cake! I’m totally with you on the frosting. Have you made some kind of balls with coffee yet??

  23. I love carrot cake and these look so easy — great recipe Averie!

    Have you made a lemon cake ball type of dessert?

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