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Carrot cake energy bites: A bite-sized addition to lunch or your workout routine

The snack can be prepared in less than 20 minutes and works as a perfect bite-size addition to a meal or as a snack when you need some more energy.

MOLINE, Ill. —

It's a recipe that's perfect for kids or anyone else that's active! Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Nina Struss joined News 8's Shelby Kluver to ball up some tasty carrot cake energy bites!

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Credit: Hy-Vee

Serves 12 (2 bites each per serving). 

All you need: 

  • ¾ cup Hy-Vee California sun-dried raisins.
  • ½ cup Hy-Vee old-fashioned oats.
  • ½ cup Hy-Vee dried pineapple.
  • ¼ cup Hy-Vee chopped pecans.
  • ¼ cup Full Circle Market organic chia seeds.
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded carrots.
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee ground cinnamon.
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee vanilla extract.
  • ¼ tsp Hy-Vee salt.
  • ¼ tsp Hy-Vee ground ginger (if desired).

All you do: 

  1. Place raisins, oats, pineapple, pecans and chia seeds in a food processor. Cover and pulse until finely chopped.  
  2. Add carrots, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and ginger (optional) to the food processor. Cover and process until mixture forms a ball.  
  3. Roll into 24 balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Refrigerate 1 hour prior to serving.  
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

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