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. Carrot cake and oatmeal cookies are two of my favs! These look great along with all the others! :)

  2. I love oatmeal raisin and carrot cake so these must be awesome!

  3. These look awesome. Nice work. I have some extra dates around here; now I know what I’m going to do with them.

    You know, since it’s Girl Scout cookie season, I think a “Samoa ball” is in order ;-)

  4. This is such cool serendipity that you and Bitt and pure2 have all posted carrot recipes recently! I haven’t made carrot cake or carrot anything for ages and I eat so many carrots and have been wanting to make a whole bunch of carrot-based things. Here’s more inspiration to get me started. I can’t do oats but could easily sub with shredded coco or something. Agree about the add-ins for texture too!

  5. Yep, I love oatmeal raisin cookies, and I love carrot cake!!!

  6. These look amazing and so easy to make! I’m so making them tomorrow :D I love oatmeal raisin cookies, so I know I’ll love these. Thanks for the recipe! I also need to try your microwave banana oat cakes. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while.

  7. WOWWW–those. sound. incredible.

  8. sounds deeeeeeeeeeelish! I love love love carrot cake (just kind of posted bout it), and I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies!!!!
    would love to try those sooooooon!

  9. mmm these look amazing I love the idea of little carrot bites soo cute!

  10. I looove carrot cake; must try this!

  11. These look great, and I love the fact that they are GF. Thank you!! Another healthy snack idea when the cravings hit at 2pm. ;)

  12. Where do you come up with these recipes?! Your page is always my go-to.

  13. Wonderful! I just finished my last no-bake mango sunflower bite (that’s a better name than “ball”) last night, time to make something new!

  14. I made some lemon-and-dried-cranberry balls with dates and dried coconut over the holidays, and they were soo zingy and delicious. Very tropical during the winter cold. :)

  15. Yum, this looks like an amazing recipe – thanks! So simple, healthy and tasty, I bet my nieces would love these and I wish more parents would bring treats like these to school instead of candy bags and other crap. Great job using the Vita, but scooping the dough from around the blades was probably not easy, I’d use the food processor.

    1. Yes and just about anything with carrots, raisins and cinnamon.
    2. Yes and this post is making me want to make Ani’s Carrot Cake again.
    3. Chocolate, nut butters, cinnamon – it’s all good. :-)

  16. i LOVE raw balls!! and I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies and carrot cake! all the spices are beautiful together :D

  17. Those No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites look great, and my husband would devour them.

    I used to love oatmeal raisin cookies, but haven’t had them since going gluten-free.
    Huge lover of carrot cake. One of the best dessert combinations.

    All of the ball recipes that I’ve tried have been great. I’m a sucker for nut butters, chocolate, and spices.
    Would a mini-marshmallow ball work? Hmmmm

  18. My perfect dessert ball would definitely be peanut butter and chocolate… can never get enough of those flavors! I am actually not the biggest fan of carrot cake, but cream cheese icing can convince me to eat pretty much anything. :)

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  23. Making these today! :) my mom and i had the hardest time choosing from your seemingly endless list of recipes! (we are also making ‘Christmas Crack’!)

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