Fill a glass container with very hot water. (I heat about 2 cups in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes.)
Add dates to water, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 5-10 minutes. This softens the dates and makes them easier to puree, but may not be necessary if dates are very soft.
Remove dates from water and place in a small food processor.
Add to the food processor about 1 Tablespoon of the water the dates soaked in.
Pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Add additional water to thin the consistency of the paste, if desired.
Set date paste aside.
Combine oatmeal, carrot shreds, coconut flakes. raisins and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
Combine cream cheese, date paste and vanilla extract in a small bowl with beaters to make frosting. Measure out 1/2 cup of frosting.
Add frosting to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Refrigerate dough for about 15 minutes if possible. (It's not required, but does make it easier to work with.)
Form dough into Tablespoon-size balls.
Refrigerate balls in an airtight container.