I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately with my food choices. Between my new life at uni and looking after Little E, I’m reaching for the baked beans on toast more often than I’d like. I want healthy options but old habits die hard and I always forget to grab specific things at the supermarket. So it’s been the same old bits and pieces for a while now.
I had some left over carrots in the fridge which were a few days off becoming unusable. My first thought was to make carrot cake but I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, and didn’t want to make something with such a high sugar count. But then I realised, practically ANYTHING can be made raw. Like, anything. Almost.
Most raw food based on cakes and desserts are made with processed nuts. Little E is too little to eat nuts right now so blending them up and shaping them into balls is the perfect way to get some healthy fats and oils into her diet as well as expanding her palette. This goes for carrots too. Cooked carrot just doesn’t have the same sweetness as fresh.
It also helps that she loves dates which gives these little bite sized morsels plenty of sweetness with only a handful.
They took five minutes to make and because there was no heat involved, Little E could help too which is a great way to get her involved in the making of her own food. They’re perfect as snacks, or if you’re like me, you can eat the whole lot and make it like a meal (???).
Raw Carrot Cake Balls
- 1 cup of nuts (I used walnuts)
- 1/2 – 1 cup of dates (depending on how sweet you prefer)
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
- 2 cups grated carrot
- Nutmeg, Allspice and cinnamon for flavour
- Cacao powder or shredded coconut for coating
- Process nuts and coconut in a food processor until it starts to become moist
- Add the dates, carrots and spices to taste and blend until it resembles a smooth dough. Don’t process too much otherwise it may become too runny
- Spoon out small amounts of the dough and shape into balls.
- Coat in either shredded coconut or cacoa powder
- Place in fridge before serving (or just eat right away!)