Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles | A Sugar-free, Paleo Easter Recipe


These Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles are not only incredibly delicious and easy to make but also really healthy!  A sugar-free, gluten-free & Paleo Easter recipe for the whole family! 

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This year, why not fill your Easter baskets with some homemade, healthy treats?

The thing I love most about Easter (apart from German Egg Liqueur) is the part when I get to gather all the store-bought and homemade sweets and treats and put together some Easter baskets for my loved ones. This year, I wanted to keep things a bit healthier and less processed as we are about to embark on a long beach vacation in Mexico. Plus, homemade edible gifts are the best, right? Browsing the internet, I came across Adriana’s recipe for Carrot Cake Truffles and decided to create something similar.

Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles without sugar

These Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles are not only easy to make but also sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo

These Carrot Cake Truffles are pretty much the healthiest way of getting the whole flavour of carrot cake minus all the calories and added sugar. I am using a mixture of ground almonds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and flax seeds to get that wonderfully cakey flavour and texture. I ground my Pepitas myself using my beloved Coffee and Spice Grinder * . Feel free to roast the seeds in a pan before grinding them, as this will intensify their aroma. I especially like the intense nutty flavour the pumpkin seeds add to the truffles. It reminds me of Austrian Carrot Cake, which is often made with ground pumpkin seeds. Of course, I also added my favourite Carrot Cake Spices, namely cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg. Feel free to tweak the spice mixture according to your preferences.

Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles

No white sugar needed – these Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles are sweetened with dates and maple syrup.

The sweetness of our Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles comes from Organic Dates* and a tbsp of Maple Syrup*. You might even find you do not need the maple syrup at all. Just taste your Carrot Cake Truffle Batter and decide whether you want to add it or not.

Vegane Carrot Cake Pralinen

The recipe for these Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles really could not be any easier. I think the hardest part is grating the carrots. The rest is just food processor magic. To keep the carrot cake batter from being too moist, I recommend blotting the grated carrots dry with some kitchen paper. I just dumped the grated carrots onto a double-layer of kitchen paper towels, folded it into a parcel and gave it a good squeeze. I saved the carrot juice for a face mask.

Sugar free Carrot Cake Truffles

Now, you can’t call these Carrot Cake Truffles, until chocolate comes into play, right? To make our chocolate glaze, we melt some dark, vegan chocolate ( I like this brand * as it’s also sugar-free) with a tbsp of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil* over a hot water bath and roll our carrot cake truffles in this mixture using two forks. As decoration, I used some leftover pepitas. If you are like me and cannot keep yourself from “tasting” the chocolate glaze every 10 seconds, here’s a tip: Once I started to run low on the chocolate glaze right at the end, I just rolled the last couple of truffles in the leftover chocolate and then in ground pumpkin seeds.

Carrot Cake Truffles Vegan Paleo Sugar-Free

I hope you guys give these Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles a try! They come together in no time at all and make for such a nice edible gift or Easter treat to add to your Easter baskets!

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Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles { Sugar-free & Paleo }

These Vegan Carrot Cake Truffles are not only incredibly delicious and easy to make but also really healthy!  A sugar-free & Paleo Easter recipe for the whole family! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine #Vegan, American, Canadian, Easter, Paleo
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 Pieces
Calories 76 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots
  • 8-10 dates, soft
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 40 g roasted pepitas, finely ground
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 -1 tsp freshly grated or powdered ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts optional

For the glaze

  • 100 g dark chocolate {vegan chocolate}
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

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  • pepitas

Instructions

  1. Grate the carrots really finely and squeeze some of the moisture out, using kitchen paper. 

  2. In your food processor, blitz the dates, syrup and vanilla to a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the chopped pecans and combine everything into a smooth paste. Stir in the chopped nuts 

  3. Shape little truffles using about 1 heaping tsp at a time and put the truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill. 

  4. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a Baine Marie and coat the truffles. I recommend using 2 forks to roll them in the melted chocolate.  Decorate with pepita seeds and let cook until the chocolate dries.

  5. Store in the fridge or in a cool room for up to a week.

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30 Comments

  1. Ganz klasse! I love it! Die gesamte family/friends werden damit beschenkt.

  2. mhm… sehen lecker aus. Ist gespeichert.
    Aber – zuckerfrei? :-). Nicht so ganz… Datteln sind sehr zuckerhaltig (gut, schlecht… egal. Letztlich ist Zucker Zucker 🙂
    Ich hab gar nichts gegen Zucker (auch nicht gegen den ‘bösen’ weissen. den verwende ich noch lieber), … aber eine ‘schlanke’ Praline oder gar ‘zuckerfreie’ ist es natürlich nicht 😉

    Wie auch immer. Werden auf jeden Fall mal probiert.

    LG Nadja

    • Hallo Nadja,
      Danke dir. Ich freue mich, dass dir das Rezept zusagt und du es ausprobieren möchtest.
      Zu deinen Bedenken: das ist ein interessantes Thema. Natürlich haben Datteln Zucker, so wie auch die Karotten und viele andere Gemüsesorten und Obstsorten. Dennoch sind sie die bessere Wahl für Diabetiker und viele, wie mich, die durch eine Hormonelle Störung bedingt eine höhere Prävalenz für die Insulinresistenz aufweisen. Bei dem Zucker handelt es sich um Glucose und Fruktose, und die lassen den Blutzuckerspiegel nur langsam ansteigen, sind dafür aber leicht verdaulich. Sie enthalten deutlich weniger Kalorien als Zucker, sind dafür aber wesentlich gesünder.Das zuckerfrei im Rezept bezieht sich auf raffinierten Haushaltszucker, welchen ja viele aus ihrer Ernährung streichen möchten, da dieser vom Körper anders verarbeitet wird. Im Artikel ist ein Absatz den Datteln gewidmet. Da gehe ich noch mal genauer darauf ein.
      Ich habe grundsätzlich auch nichts gegen Zucker, wie man an den meisten meiner Rezepte ja erkennen kann und ich bin auch nicht für die Verteufelung bestimmter Nahrungmittel. Dennoch muss ich seit meiner Diagnose, wie viele andere Naschkatzen da draußen, leider ein bisschen aufpassen, welche Art Zucker ich zu mir nehme und werde deshalb ab und an Rezepte mit alternativen Süßungsmitteln posten.

      Ich wünsche dir einen guten Start in die Woche. Vlg Kiki

  3. Die Pralinen sehen sehr lecker aus. Eine Zeit lange habe ich regelmässig solche Energyballs gemacht und dann sind sie in Vergessenheit geraten. Jetzt fühle ich mich direkt wieder inspiriert=)
    Liebe Grüsse,
    Krisi

    • Danke dir liebe Krisi! Hach ja die Bliss Ball und Energy Ball – Welle! Ich fand die Dinger auch super und finde es schade, dass so tolle, gesunde Alternativen zu Chips, Schokoriegel und Co. dann so schnell wieder aus der Mode kommen. Super, dass du das Rezept probieren willst! Ganz liebe Grüße, Kiki

  4. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    You really have to love when treats can be on the “healthier” side. These do sound delicious….and I would image they would be addictive too. I love carrot cake…so I think I would love these too.

  5. These little carrot cake truffles are so cute! What a great way to satisfy that craving with out the heavy, cream cheese frosting cake version. I love it. Can’t wait to try! 🙂

  6. that chocolate coating on top looks so so good. i love carrot cake and turning this into vegan treat is a great idea.

    • Thanks so much, dear! Oh yes, the chocolate coating is a must for me and I like the coconutty taste the coconut oil adds to the coating! I am sure you would enjoy these a lot! Have a great week!

  7. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    Yummy!! Your carrot cake truffles look absolutely delicious! I can hardly believe they are vegan and sugar free! Wow! I love how moist and tasty they look! I’m looking forward to trying your recipe!!

    • Thanks so much, Elaine! You are right, the combination of fresh carrots and ground nuts makes them really nice and moist and yes, they do taste pretty naughty. I am sure you will enjoy them a lot! Cheers, Kiki

  8. Analida @ ethnicspoon.com

    I would happily grate carrots by hand to make these tasty little gems! The healthy version of a snack is a huge plus in our house too. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  9. Oooh I love carrot cake, such a great idea to work it into truffles! I can’t quite believe they are vegan and sugar free! Thanks for sharing!

  10. It’s not Easter without carrot cake and I love these little truffles. The fact that they are healthy makes them even more delicious.

  11. These look absolutely amazing! PErfect for a homemade Easter basket! I love that you make those for your family! Enjoy your trip in Mexico! This would be the perfect snack, for sure!

  12. I do like the idea of having treats that are also good for you. Just plain sugary ones don’t get it. I was really picky when my kids were young. This would be the type of yummy after school treat I would want for them. They would also be great for Easter instead of candy.

  13. I’ve been loving all things carrot cake lately and truffles are a wonderful idea! I love the color of the filling 🙂

    • Thanks so much! At first, I was worried that they would turn out a greenish brown as I added pepitas and a lot of cinnamon, but the carrot still dominates the colour profile, luckily!
      Have a great week!

  14. These are adorable and look SO incredibly tasty. I love the little leaf decoration at the top. Such a good treat to make for easter!

  15. Holy crap these truffles look absoutely amazing. The color looks fantastic and I bet that they taste even better!

    • Thanks, Matt! At first, I was a bit worried that they would turn out a greenish brown as I added pepitas and a lot of cinnamon, but the carrot still dominates the colour profile, luckily! They are reaally good and so easy to make. Maybe you get a chance to try them! Have a great week!

  16. The Easter roundup is live on my blog 🙂

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