Healthy 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 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 - thebigmansworld.com

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. 

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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?

Wrong. 

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. 

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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. 

Enjoy. 

Healthy Carrot Cake Truffles

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

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    98 thoughts on “Healthy Carrot Cake Truffles

    1. Stop it i’m dying. I used to eat like a box of munchkins for breakfast when i was little =l i never knew that it wasn’t okay to not finish a plate of food. like what’s a “leftover”. Besides the fact i’m a food hoarder and will put back a singular cluster of granola or one almond because “i’ll combine it with the next bag i buy” and everything is too good to waste. But ACTUALLY it’s one of the reasons why i don’t want to grind up my precious carrot cake bread! i know it’s going into a delicious munchkin but the thought hurts! i just need to make two loaves to justify blending it up. and that icing.. it’s glistening like edward cullen. i would grow fangs and then just bob for these donut holes without my hands. =l

    2. Haha I thought it was just my family who had issues wasting food- even just a couple of bites leftover gets shoved back in the fridge. Not going to lie- it sometimes drives me crazy seeing a fridge full of tupperware!! So confession: I’m not usually a frosting fan but when it comes to cream cheese frosting? That’s a whole different ball game- I’d like it by the bowl please :)!

    3. You and I, we have the same problem. I must be VP of Clean Plate Club because I have serious issues with wasting food. I will throw random food mixtures together just because I refuse to throw away any leftovers. And you know what? It usually benefits us food bloggers and recipe developers because it allows us to become more creative in the kitchen!

    4. Growing up, my dad and sister would sit at the table waiting for me to get full so they could fight over who got to eat the rest of my dinner. I always think I’m crazy hungry, then I eat way too fast and get really full. I’m the only one who actually eats the leftovers in my house, unfortunately. This means I’ll go days eating the same thing over and over haha.

    5. There’s no wasting food in my hood as well, I’m actually such a sucker for leftovers (I create so many things with them!)
      About these truffles…what can I say except that they’re sooo legit!

    6. I hate wasting food too! I always find a ways to eat leftovers, even if it means eating leftover lentil sloppy Joe filling by the spoonful as a snack lol.

      These truffles are the best use of leftovers I’ve ever seen. 😉

    7. I definitely grew up with the ‘3 more bites’ mentality…which led to the clean plate club. Lately, I’m all about leftovers, because it’s easy to decide what to have for dinner when I know I’ve got something in the fridge already.

    8. The “give it to your dad” mentality works for me. If I want to heat it and put it on the plate for him is is happy to accept! Except for the stuffing. That’s all mine!

    9. I’ve eaten cream cheese icing on toast before! It’s actually the only kind of “frosting” I’ll eat since i’m not huge on the buttercream stuff. I -am- a huge fan of leftovers, though… especially when they’re stolen from family dinners and I don’t have to cook them 😉

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