I don’t know about you, but I have been eating way too much sugar lately. WAY too much. Like I went to a holiday party today and saw cupcakes and wasn’t even interested. Cupcakes! This time of year often becomes all about sweets – Christmas cookies, chocolate candies, gingerbread men, parties and hot cocoa and everything sugary sweet.
I love sweets. I have a great big, dangerous sweet tooth (teeth?) that keeps me going back for dessert again and again, but sometimes even I get fed up with all of the ultra sweet options. Sometimes I just simply want something sweet, but not too sweet. Something that won’t make me feel sick later.
Enter Raw Vegan Carrot Cake.
I want to tell you all the things it is, but I also don’t want to give you the wrong impression. Yes it is gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, and raw, but I am not one to boast a bunch of labels just to impress you. It may be free of a lot of things, but it is also full of a lot of things – flavor, texture, sweetness, crunch (flavorful, textureful, sweetful, crunchful?) Anyway, let me introduce you.
Fresh carrots, Medjool dates, almond meal, unsweetened coconut, and cinnamon. It’s that simple.
Pulse all of it in a food processor until it comes together and voila.
You should get a nice sticky, but not gooey texture that you can shape with your hand. You might find you need to break up the carrots and dates a little first and then knead it all together, but this will depend on the strength of your food processor. Then once it’s done you shape it into whatever you want (see the “layers” below). You can even make a delicious frosting or just decorate it with coconut.
I also decided to make it into carrot cake snack bites or for the sophisticated carrot cake truffles. Now don’t you feel fancy?
Enjoy the holidays!
Vegan Carrot Cake Bites
adapted from MindBodyGreen
1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup pitted and halved dates, about 10
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
additional coconut and pecans for decorating (optional)
Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it holds together. Shape into layers or truffles as desired. If making layers, use the icing recipe below. Refrigerate for best results.
Easy Coconut Icing
(I have made this before with much success but I have never measured – oops! Do it to taste and keep in mind that the icing will harden a lot in the fridge. You can use the following measurements and go from there.)
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 T. raw honey (or maple syrup for vegans)
Mix coconut oil and honey (microwave for 10 seconds at a time if the coconut oil is cold). Taste and adjust as desired. Spread on your carrot cake and refrigerate until semi firm.