Healthy Carrot Cake Truffles

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These healthy Carrot Cake Truffles are SO simple to whip up and you’d never tell they were nutritious! High in protein, very low in sugar and naturally gluten free and a vegan option, these are the perfect snack or pre/post workout treat! 

Healthy {Protein Packed} Carrot Cake Truffles- These healthy Carrot Cake Truffles are SO simple to whip up and you'd never tell they were nutritious! High in protein, very low in sugar and naturally gluten free, these are the perfect snack or pre/post workout treat! @thebigmansworld -

I have issues…with wasting food.

I think it stems from growing up being part of the ‘Clean Plate club.’ Growing up, it was instilled in my to always finish everything on my plate. Not just that, but any excess leftovers would be refrigerated for later consumption. 


1/4 cup of rice leftover from dinner? Refrigerated

2 scoops of salad leftover from making sandwiches? Refrigerated

Half a slow cooker of Vegan chili? Freeze it!

Half a chicken breast from grilling? Tomorrow’s sandwich done

Case in point, regardless of what food or what quantity was leftover, it would not go to waste. Just before I left to America, I had an intense craving for carrot cake- so whipped up a batch of my healthy carrot cake. As with most of my cravings, after a few slices, they swiftly subsided. I had intensions to freeze the remaining half a loaf but my freezer was already accomodating no bake kettle corn bars, s’mores protein cookies and some frozen copycat Lindt truffles. That is just the sweet stuff- pretty sure there is half a tonne of slow roasted Persian chicken in there too. 


The next option was the fridge and well, while it was much more spacey than it’s cooler counterpart, it was still pretty packed. Sitting slyly in the top shelf was the leftover icing from my copycat kind bars

Confession- for three days straight, I ate that icing on toast. I even verbally admitted it to Meghan in Toronto. She was proud. As with the carrot cake scenario, I soon got over that. I had a couple of days at work before I had to fly out and I was hit with an idea. Why not combine try to combine the two?

I’ve toyed with the idea of making a carrot cake style energy bite but decided to do one better (read: be incredibly lazy) and grind up the carrot cake and then cover it in the frosting. Genius right?


I don’t know what made me think that crumbled carrot cake would maintain form. It doesn’t. It just sits as crumbled carrot cake. 


I initially thought to just add the frosting to it but then thought that would result in really ugly looking truffles. I needed the icing for glazing (and aesthetic) purposes. Then the wheels turned (because clearly, it had frozen in motion beforehand). When i first posted the carrot cake recipe, I mentioned how it didn’t need the cream cheese frosting because it tasted pretty darn epic (and I had also forgotten it). BOOM. There was my answer. Use cream cheese as the binder

Crumbled carrot cake + 125 grams of cream cheese + leftover frosting = carrot cake truffles. HEALTHY carrot cake truffles. 

Food wastage? Nope. 


Healthy Carrot Cake Truffles

A delicious, gluten free carrot cake truffle recipe using leftovers!
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Author: Arman


  • 1/2 Healthy Carrot Cake crumbled
  • 1/2 tub dairy free cream cheese 125 grams*
  • Greek yogurt icing**


  • Line 2 large plates with baking paper and set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the crumbled carrot cake and the cream cheese and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Form into small, golf sized balls and using two forks, dip each truffle in the Greek yogurt icing to coat completely then set aside on the lined plates.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or overnight until it sets.


* For a vegan/dairy free option, I've used Daiya cream cheese style spread
** For a vegan/dairy free option, I've used Greek cultured yogurt by So Delicious
Carrot cake is based off my Healthy Carrot Cake recipe.
Greek yogurt icing is based off the icing used in my Copycat KIND bars.
Adapted from Healthy Carrot Cake and Copycat KIND Bars
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!



What did your family do with leftovers growing up? (I know many of my friends would have the ‘give it to your father’ tactic!)

Are you a member of the clean plate club?


98 thoughts on “Healthy Carrot Cake Truffles

  1. I am the same with wasting food. Growing up this wasn’t really an issue, as I ate everything in sight anyway, but now I eat less, if there is something leftover it never gets thrown. There is always something to do with it, like this.
    Great idea. Me loves some carrot cake.

    1. When you come to Australia, I’ll whip you up a batch of these AND any leftovers we’ll eat…later.

  2. I am a leftovers nazi. Just ask my husband. I don’t waste food. I think it is a combo of teh clean plate club and watching how much food gets wasted in kitchens everyday. It irks me.

  3. I’m pretty sure we were separated at birth, Arman. Ok, maybe I eat a few more cookies than you do, but I do have serious issues with wasting food. Here’s a hint: anything (and I mean anything) can be turned into tacos. We often snack on tacos here with all sorts of leftovers from blog recipes…and they always turn out great! I’m loving this carrot cake truffle idea, though. You can bring the leftovers of these to Thanksgiving dinner…I’ve got your place at the table set.

    1. Mate…that is genius. I am actually going to try that out. My mate is having a brunch and another mate is bringing eggnog pancakes. You reckon that can be taco’d!

      Hope you had a superior thanksgiving- I’ll be there next year with bells on!

  4. Same here! No good wastage! At home, everything that hasn’t been eaten get refrigerated for later or the next day. However, before that happens, my brother has to eat until he’s about to explode (poor man, acting as garbage bin, I know :-D) Sometimes he says no, though. Way back our dog sometimes had the pleasure of eating leftovers. No, my brother isn’t replacing our dog!! Haha that sounds awful!
    I like your idea of combining two leftover sweets into one, it’s just prefect!

  5. I’ve got at least 75 carrots in my fridge right now (don’t ask) so the carrot cake is happening. Wether or not I’ll have any left over for truffle making is an issue for another day lol

  6. My mom would turn all our savory leftovers into some sort of fried rice or stir fry or sandwich. She’s a beast at that. I’m definitely a member of the clean plate club now though. It’s hard to waste food when there are signs everywhere in the dining hall that say “being wasteful isn’t tasteful.” Seeing the number of other people’s plates with piles of food still on them also makes me feel obligated to clean my plate.
    Anyway, these healthy carrot cake truffles. I want ’em.

  7. Major NOMS! These look so good. I’m going to need to stash a bag of these for my flight to England soon because clearly, I’m not going to be getting any haagen dazs like some people.

    1. Excuse me. England?

      Why not Australia?

      PS. I had recipe success today for YOU KNOW WHAT (not You know who!).

    1. Thanks Jeanette 🙂 Let’s ignore the fact that the Yogurt to sugar ratio was very minor… oops!

  8. As you already know (from my survey) carrot cake is wayyy up there on the list of my favorite foods. So anytime I can get it into my mouth more easily I’m happy (that’s what she said).

    I’ve seen people try to make healthy carrot cake without frosting and I just laugggggh and laugh. Silly people.

    We always save our leftovers, trying to be good stewards of the earth. But then we usually end up throwing it away when we clean out the fridge a month later and find all the leftovers. Whoops!

    1. LOL. My original carrot cake recipe was without frosting but it was because it was delicious (and I forgot it!)

  9. Clean plate club all the way. Who’d want to risk getting rain the next day?
    If there ever were any leftovers – we’re a family of five and big eaters – they’d go straight into the fridge. Not so much into the freezer. And now that my freezer is shoe box-sized I always prepare only one or two servings so I have no leftovers. A pity because any kind of cake that can’t be scaled down to single -serving is out of question. And no interesting leftovers to work with. I’ve gone the cake crumbles + cream cheese + chocolate coating route for cake pops before but your carrot cake version might just take the cake .. Pop.

    1. Thanks, Sonali (Off topic, one of my best friends is called Sonali!)

      Just FYI- Your instagram posts today made me ridiculously envious!

  10. I hate wasting food too! Everything gets used for something! I even tried to make juice pulp cookies and ate them despite the fact they were less than appetising! Definitely a member of the clean plate club, although that Thai did defeat me…
    I love the look of these! They look like donut holes!

    1. Oh God….juice pulp cookies? I hope they tasted okay! And you are NOT a clean plate club-er 😉

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