Gluten Free Carrot Cake Truffles – {Low Calorie + Low Fat}

These Gluten Free Carrot Cake Truffles are soft on the inside with a crunchy, sweet candy coating….you’ll never know these cute little bites are only 100 calories!

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

You know what I never thought that I would do?

Greet Monday with a big, ol’ bear hug. And a noogie. Ya know, just because.

But, seriously, the past 2 weekends have been crazy, busy family-a-go-go land for me guys. Last last weekend was my Grandma, and this past weekend the hubs’ g-parents came down to visit.

Sidenote: do you guys refer to the weekend that was the one before the one that just finished, as last last weekend? Are you just confused now? Please tell me that I’m not alone.

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Anyway. Usually Monday’s are insanely crazy busy pants for me. But, because of the past 2 weeks, I can already tell that it’s going to seem peaceful and relaxing. And awesome.

And so I say “hello Monday, would you like to come over for tea?”

I know, who says that about Monday? Ca-ray-zay.

You know what though, now that I’m thinking about it, maybe I don’t want Monday to come for tea. That would mean that I would have to share these carrot cake truffles. Y’all know how I feel about sharing. As in, I missed the day in kindergarten where they went over how sharing = caring. To me, sharing = less food for me. And that, my peeps, is just no.

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Like I mentioned, I have been making all the things in carrot cake form due to an excessive amount of test batches. I don’t even want to tell you how much carrot cake we have been eating. It’s practically a new food group in the FFF household. But, really, it has vegetables. I’m good to gooooo.

Besides being all healthyish and delicious and yum, this recipe is fun to make….because it involves destruction. You get to take a perfect little carrot cake and get your hands all up in thur and mash ‘er up real’ good. Best. Ever.

Also, apparently I lost control of the English language there. Sorry.

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Making the truffles is also a GREAT stress reliever. Like a stress ball…but edible. And candy coated. HOW CAN THAT BE BAD?

On that note, let’s talk about the candy coating.

At first, doing this almost made me need to buy a wig due to all the hair pull-age out-age. It seemed like such an easy concept: make a ball –> dip in chocolate –> voila! Truffle. And, really, it is…if you do it right. I was doing it very wrong, and the candy wasn’t coating the balls and they were just…balls of ugly. I mean, my Bible study still L-O-V-E-D them, but my eyeballs? They did not.

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Then, I found this AWESOME video on how to drip truffles from Dorothy at Crazy for Crust, and the truffle dip-age magically became easier! Dorothy is the queen of truffles (and pretty much all the desserts your taste buds could ever dream of!) and you NEED to watch that video…and check out her recipes! Drool fest fo’ realz.

So, let’s recap:

1. Covered in coconut.

2. Crunchy and sweet on the outside.

3. A surprise super soft and moist, carrot cake center.

4. Healthy-ish.

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

You may currently not be welcoming Monday with a bear hug and a noogie, but I can almost guarantee that face-planting into a bowl of these little bites will change that around.

Oh, and did I mention that they are only 100 calories?

Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF} - Food Faith Fitness

Yea, face plant mandatory.

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Skinny Carrot Cake Truffles - {Low Calorie, Low Fat + GF}
 
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Serves: 20 truffles
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • ¼ Cup Coconut flour, sifted (37 grams post sifting)
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp Non fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¾ Cup Light brown sugar, packed *
  • 1¼ Cups Grated carrots (about 4 small carrots)
  • To hold the truffles together:
  • 3 oz Reduced-fat cream cheese, softened (6 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Cups Melting wafers in whatever color you desire
  • Unsweetened Coconut flakes, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate with parchment paper, spraying the sides with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the sifted coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, microwave the Greek yogurt for 10 - 15 seconds, just until slightly warmed. If you add cold Greek yogurt right into the mixture, the coconut oils solidifies, leaving you with a chunky cake.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the eggs, coconut oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Stir in the coconut flour mixture, and then beat it to make sure that the lumps are completely gone.
  6. Stir in the grated carrots until all the carrots are mixed in and coated in the batter.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and let stand 5 minutes before baking.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool completely.
  10. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  11. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, brown sugar and honey until creamy and no lumps remain.
  12. Break the cooled cheesecake into chunks and stir it into the mixture. I find it easier to get my hands in there and really mash up the cake, until it forms into a ball.
  13. Roll the cake into heaping 1 Tbsp balls, placing on the prepared cookie sheet. Let set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so they are totally chilled.
  14. In a small bowl, Melt the melting wafers according the package directions.
  15. Drop each cake ball into the melted candy one at a time, spooning the melted wafer over top until it is completely covered.
  16. Lift the ball out of the melted wafer using a fork and gently tap your hand (not the fork!) to get all the excess melting wafer off.
  17. Transfer back to the parchment paper (a toothpick helps to push the truffle off the fork!) and sprinkle with coconut flakes.**
  18. Repeat for all the balls.
  19. Devour immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to use!
Notes
* I also had success using coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, although most people slightly preferred the taste of the brown sugar version. Note that coconut sugar makes baked goods go VERY dark brown, and it is wise to cover the top of the cake with parchment paper for the last 10 minutes of baking.

** I learned a super easy way to dip cake balls from Dorothy at Crazy For Crust! Watch this video!

 

Comments

    • Tate says

      I do agree on Spring Forward being from the devil!
      Twenty eight Red bulls and a dozen of these will definitely perk you up!
      Thank you :)

  1. says

    WOW – Just WOW – These are adorable! And Sharing IS caring!!!! Specially when you post pictures of these adorable and downright delicious looking baubles!

    I know what you mean about Mondays being relaxing – my past few weekends have been extra cray cray as my dad had to be placed in a nursing home in February, so visiting him and my mom every Saturday and Sunday since has left me just bone tired – these days, Mondays -with work, soccer and everything else – seem so relaxing compared to the weekends!

    • Tate says

      Oh man, and I thought MY life was busy! I am sorry to hear about your dad lady :(
      But I hope you make a batch of these to make it a little bit better! Thanks girl :)

  2. says

    So cute! I love that you chose spring colors for the truffles….they remind me of an Easter basket! We love cake pops around here. It’s funny to see my 6’1″ fiance, a grown man, enjoying a pink cake pop. I know he’d go crazy for these too, especially since there’s no leftover sticks to keep track of how many he’s eaten.

    • Tate says

      That’s what I was going for!!
      Haha that’s so funny about the leftover sticks! I love seeing my hubby eat “cute food” too! Thanks Annie!

  3. says

    100 calories for a carrot cake truffle?? And gluten-free?!? Score. I love the colors–so cute! I was just going to text you about this weekend and now I know for sure that the grandparents were here… I’ll text you anyway. ;) Have a great day, lovely!

    • Tate says

      Thank you Dorothy! Your video literally saved my life so THANK YOU!!
      I think your hubby would love them! Mine went crazy for them :)

  4. says

    Okay, these just make me so happy with all their pretty pastels and carrot cake flavor! I’d welcome Monday in for tea if it meant I could have these!

  5. says

    WOW, I am excited about making these for my 6 year old. She is a cake pop addict but I am not a huge fan of buying them all the time, especially since I can not control the ingredients. She is going to love these. Thanks for sharing

  6. says

    Mmkay, for starters (aka before I forget)… I say it exactly how you did! “Last weekend” & “this past weekend.” Why can’t everybody else get on that bandwagon already?? ;)

    No wonder you were stressed out on Friday about trying to get an entire weekend’s worth of blogging done!! That’s so busy, having guests two weekends in a row. Especially for an introvert. I’ve been away from my house for two weekends in a row, and I’m about to go insane — I just want a regular, peaceful, uber quiet, regular ol’ weekend! But hey, at least you had a few extra people to share goodies with, right?

    And I’m SO incredibly proud of you for reaching out to your neighbor too!! That first one is the hardest, but it gets easier. I promise. I actually rehearsed my speech a few times before knocking on a new door! “Hi, I’m Amy, I live just around the corner… I baked homemade ___ this afternoon; would you like some?” I’m a dork.

    • Tate says

      Haha I am so glad that I am not the only one!
      I know right?! and I am going home next next week…so super short on my usual time! And yes, definitely for an introvert. SO HARD.

      Thanks for being proud! I thought of you when I saw the neighbor guy and was like IMMA DO IT! You’re not a dork. I <3 you.

      • says

        Awww YAY FOR HOME!!!! I really hope you get to spend at least a solid week of relaxing. And minimal blogging. Family time is so important! (I feel really blessed to live so close to my family; I’m able to drive home in just over an hour whenever I want! Well, whenever I have time, I suppose… I want to ever week! ;) )

        I bet your hubby was super proud of you too! One less thing he has to eat all by himself… :)

        • Tate says

          I plan to do minimal blogging, yep! You are so lucky to live so close girl! I miss that!
          He was definitely pretty happy about it ;)

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