No Bake Carrot Cake Bites are like having dessert for breakfast! Pop a few in the morning or for fun snack the whole family loves!
Finding an easy snack both my boys like eat is a challenge. Outside of their go-to chicken nuggets, corn dogs, and cereal, it’s a minefield. My youngest is all about fruit and is currently on a big carrot kick. My oldest is Mr. Pancakes and “you want me to try what?!” Granted he’s been doing awesome with trying new things, but he hasn’t liked anything either…except rice…once.
However, I have found that if I get them to help me make the thing I want them to eat they’re a million times more likely to at least try whatever it is. That’s a total mom win in my book. Eddie is my little sous chef. Anytime I go to cook or bake, he wants to be right there with me and help.
The other day I decided to do a riff on the chocolate peanut butter energy bites you see all over the place, for my little carrot lover, and make a carrot cake flavored version instead! I did make a batch of the original recipe too because Otto wouldn’t be caught dead eating carrots or raisins. The boys loved loved loved these bites! We used all the ingredient measurements as a chance to practice counting and addition too. We’re getting Eddie ready for Kindergarten.
The next morning I let the boys each pick a few bites for breakfast and then they mixed up their own cups of Nesquik® Chocolate milk. They’re all about being independent. They love having a treat for breakfast and I love knowing they’re getting something good to eat and drink to start the day.
Nestlé Nesquik® Chocolate Powder has totally replaced the chocolate syrup we used to use. With its iron, vitamin c, B vitamins, copper, and manganese I’m helping their bodies grow big and strong…while they think they’re just drinking chocolate milk. Pretty sneaky.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ⅔ cup honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins
- 2 medium carrots, ends removed and fine grated
- In are mixing bowl, stir together the rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg until evenly mixed. (It's going to take a little muscle.) The mixture may seem too dry, but the water in the carrots will help balance things out.
- Add the raisins and grated carrot to the bowl. Stir to combine.
- Using your hands, roll 1 tablespoon sized balls from the oat mixture. Place the bites on a baking sheet lined with a Sil-Pat or waxed paper.
- Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes or until the bites firm up a bit. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to eat.