My boyfriend and I are invited to a game night this evening, and I’ve been going through my kitchen, trying to find something to bring as a treat. The friend we’re visiting is a strict no-carber most of the time, so I didn’t want to bake anything, yet I know he enjoys his sweets every now and then, hence I tried to come up with something to fit all those requirements (even though he has now idea that I’m going to all these lengths 🙂 ).
I love myself some carrot cake, but it’s always so stuffingly yummy that I overeat on it. I surfed the internet for some inspiration, and, after looking at what felt like billion recipes, I had enough input to experiment my own. This is a common process for me, by the way. There are recipes that I wing all the way, but for some, I do read up on several of my cookbooks and some internet recipes until I feel confident that the ingredients I already had in mind will work together.
I wanted these to be raw, as I didn’t feel like baking or cooking the carrots beforehand (it just takes so long!), so I figured I’d just pulse them a couple times in my food processor, along with a bit of apple and ginger…and that’s how the experimenting started to make:
Healthy Raw Carrot Cake Bites
- 1 1/2 peeled carrots
- 1/4 grated apple
- 1/2 inch piece peeled ginger
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 1/2 Tbs. date sweetener
- cinnamon, vanilla, piment, nutmeg
- a dash of salt
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
1. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and cashews several time to have a fine nut flour.
2. Pour the nutflour into a bowl, then pulse the carrot, apple, and ginger in the food processor.
3. Add to the bowl with the nut flour, then add the different spices (I added about 1/4 tsp. of each, but feel free to add as much as you like), and the date sweetener. See the recipe link above for making date sweetener.
4. Knead to a dough with your hands, then form small balls, and roll in the shredded coconut.
5. Refrigerate until serving, or freeze them if you want them to keep longer than 3 days.
They look just like little snowballs! Similar to my fake raffaellos, but with a rich carrot cake flavor!
I’m super excited to bring these babies to game night!