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Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops (No-Bake)

There paleo & vegan Carrot Cake Pops are so fun and easy, and require no time in the oven! They are a yummy treat for Spring, but you can make them any time of the year.

Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

Carrot cakes are one of my favorite Springtime desserts. They are so gorgeous, and I love that they are not too sweet most of the time compared to other desserts. While I don’t mind a slice or 2, my husband and I are not big on sweets so it’s always a waste when I make a full cake. We always end up throwing out leftovers or giving them away.

Enter: These Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

Cake pops are just the best solution for people like us. Not only do you end up making small bite-sized versions of a full cake, they are so much for fun to eat for both adults and kids! There are also no leftovers because you end up making just 8 of them at a time with this version.

In this recipe, the cake balls are raw and not baked, making them extra easy to make. But, don’t worry, they’ll still taste just like carrot cake, with half the amount of work!

Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops
Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

Optional Special Equipments

While these paleo and vegan carrot cake pops are so much more fun to eat on sticks like lollipops in my opinion, the sticks are definitely not necessary. You can just make into cake balls and eat them with your fingers like donut holes!

However, if you want make them into full cake pops and have them look pretty and display them nicely, these are just the 2 things you need:

  • Lollipop sticks: These are super cheap, made with paper, and you get a lot with one purchase. I used these for this recipe and they were sturdy and worked really well!
  • Cake pop stand or styrofoam block: Once you coat the cake pops with the coconut butter glaze, you can always lay them down gently on parchment paper, but that may leave a mark on the side that touches the paper. If you want the glaze to look smooth all around, cake pop stands are a great way to keep them standing while the glaze hardens. Plus, they are great for displaying when you are serving them. For a cost-friendly option. I save styrofoam blocks I receive in packages to stick the cake pops in them, and this works really well too!
Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

How to Store These Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

These carrot cake pops actually store really well, and you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air tight container. If you need them to last longer, you can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 weeks! When you are ready to enjoy them, just take one out and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to defrost before you bite in.

If you need a quick and yummy dessert to serve your guests over Easter or get togethers, I highly recommend these paleo and vegan carrot cake pops because they are so quick and easy, and are always a crowd pleaser!

Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops
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Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops (No-Bake)

There paleo & vegan Carrot Cake Pops are so fun and easy, and require no time in the oven! They are a yummy treat for Spring, but you can make them any time of the year. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freezing time 20 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 cake pops
Calories 137kcal

Ingredients

Carrot Cake Balls

  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans*
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Coconut Butter Glaze

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the carrot cake balls in a food processor, and pulse until ground and a sticky dough forms. 
  • Grease your hands and roll the dough into 8 even balls.
  • Place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes so the carrots cake balls harden.
  • While they are freezing, combine coconut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Microwave for 15 seconds at a time until melted and liquified, OR use a a double boiler over medium low heat to melt the ingredients together.
  • Prepare a plate lined with parchment paper, or I sometimes save styrofoam blocks from packages to stick the cake pops in to.
  • Remove the carrot cake balls from freezer and stick a popsicle stick into each one.
  • Use the sticks as a handle, and roll each ball in the coconut butter glaze so all sides are covered. Tap a few times afterwards to get the excess glaze off.
  • If you’d like, sprinkle some chopped pecans and cinnamon immediately.
  • Place the cake pops on the parchment paper or stick into a styrofoam, and let them cool for 10-15 minutes until the glaze hardens.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

*You can substitute with walnuts if that’s what you have on hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cake pop | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 27% | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 1.6% | Iron: 2.6%
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Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

This black sesame latte is paleo, vegan, and Whole30-compliant, and it is so delicious and perfect for Halloween! It has the most addicting flavor.

Black Sesame Latte

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a HUGE latte lover. I have several latte recipes on my blog, and a few of my favorites are:

Black Sesame Latte Recipe

There’s something so dang delicious about that creaminess of milk with a yummy flavor, and this black sesame latte is a brand new recent discovery that I just can’t get enough of!

Black sesame seeds have been my favorite since very young growing up in a Korean household. My mom would use them in both sweet and savory recipes. There’s something so amazing about sesame seeds’ nutty and addicting flavor, especially when they are toasted, and I love black sesame seeds more because of their color.

Black Sesame Latte

Black Sesame Latte

Blacks Sesame Paste

To make this black sesame latte, you first have to make black sesame paste which is actually really simple and easy. It’s a similar process to making tahini, but it’s slightly sweetened and thick in texture. It’s usually sweetened with honey, but I decided to use medjool dates instead to make it Whole30-friendly.

Because of the medjool dates, the black sesame latte is slightly sweetened, which I think is the perfect amount. However, if you prefer it to be a bit sweeter, just add your preferred sweetener at the end.

Black Sesame Latte

Perfect for Halloween

Because this black sesame latte is such a fun dark color AND it’s caffeine free, it’s perfect to enjoy with kids and on Halloween. You can even call it witch’s brew or monster’s blood drink and have fun with it!

If you aren’t a fan of hot drinks or if you are reading this in the summer, you can even serve it over ice to enjoy it cold. And if you are totally weirded out by this black sesame latte, just try it out! It’s seriously so so creamy and delicious. I promise you won’t regret it!

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Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

This black sesame latte is paleo, vegan, and Whole30-compliant, and it is so delicious and perfect for Halloween! It has the most addicting flavor.
Servings 1 serving
Calories 233kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Black Sesame Paste

Black Sesame Latte

  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk or any dairy-free milk or your choice
  • 2 tbsp black sesame paste
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed collagen Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off
  • Optional: Additional sweetener of your choice Omit for Whole30

Instructions

  • In a large dry pan over medium heat.
  • Add black sesame seeds and toast stirring for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Remove from the pan and let them cool completely.
  • In a high powered blender, combine sesame seeds and medjool dates.
  • Blend until ground up and gritty.
  • Add sesame oil, then blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.
  • Heat almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Combine all ingredients for the latte in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. You can also use an immersion blender.
  • Taste, and if you want it sweeter, add a sweetener of your choice then blend again.
  • Pour into a mug and enjoy!
  • Store unused black sesame paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.
  • For iced black sesame latte, pour in a glass over ice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.5% | Calcium: 49.2% | Iron: 7.4%

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Whole30 Honey Mustard (Paleo, Vegan)

There’s nothing better than this Whole30 Honey Mustard that goes great with any kind of protein dish or on salads. It’s paleo and vegan, and you won’t notice that it’s sweetened with fruit instead of honey!

Whole30 Honey Mustard Sauce

Was anyone else obsessed with honey mustard growing up? I used that put that sh** on eeeverything. It started out innocently with some chicken nuggets or chicken tenders, and then it became a serious habit as I started putting it on everything savory.

Whole30 Honey Mustard Recipe

I still love it to this day, but I think this new version, Whole30 honey mustard, is the best I’ve tried yet. Even though there’s no honey, the sauce is still so dang delicious and sweetened with medjool dates. The subtle sweetness of the dates with the spiciness of the mustard is an incredible combo, and I’m kicking myself for not making this sooner in my life.

I’ve already been using it as a sauce, dip, and dressing on the daily and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

Whole30 Honey Mustard Sauce Whole30 Honey Mustard Sauce

And the best part? It comes together SO fast and so easily. Everything is thrown into the blender and you just blend it. If you don’t count the whole part where you have to soak the dates to soften them, it’s literally done in a minute.

Definitely my kinda recipe.

With just 5 ingredients (4 if you don’t count water), you’ll love this creamy and dreamy sauce made with the cleanest real foods, so feel free to load it up on everything!

Ways to Enjoy this Whole30 Honey Mustard

There are so many ways to enjoy this Whole30 honey mustard, and these are just a few ideas:

  • As marinade for chicken or pork
  • As salad dressing – you can add some water to thin it out if you want to use it this way.
  • As dip for chips, veggies, and cooked meats
  • Drizzled over your favorite gluten free avocado toast or in sandwiches and lettuce wraps
  • In deviled eggs, instead of regular mustard

How do you like enjoy honey mustard? Tell me in the comments below!

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Whole30 Honey Mustard

There's nothing better than this Whole30 Honey Mustard that goes great with any kind of protein dish or on salads. It's paleo and vegan, and you won't notice that it's sweetened with fruit instead of honey!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 11 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 66kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Soak medjool dates in warm water for 10 minutes until they soften.
  • Drain the medjool dates than place in a high powered blender with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve as dip, dressing, sauce, or any way you enjoy honey mustard!

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Vitamin C: 1.6% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 1.5%

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.