I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate veggies into some of my treats. I’ve also been seeing a lot of carrot cake inspiration recently so I thought – why not try making a raw carrot cake treat? Well I fell in love with my super simple Pecan Almond Bliss Balls and figured I could use that recipe and tweek it a bit to incorporate a carrot cake flavour.
I love making raw treats and these bliss balls and raw bites are just perfect for my late evening snack cravings. Instead of vying for a bag of chips or candy I now crave these awesome raw treats. They nourish me so much more too! Think of all the empty calories, refined sugars, trans fats and terrible ingredients in our snacking options, why would we want to harm our bodies with these products when we can eat raw foods plentiful in nutrients, vitamins and goodness that truely ‘fill us up’.
I so used to be one of these crazy hungry refined sugar, potato chip adicts. I’d need to have a bag of candy on hand at all times to feel ‘happy’ and energized. Truthfully, I usually had a giant candy jar in my house that I’d snack from daily and refill weekly. I’m so amazed that same person now finds more enjoyment in eating raw treats than candies and chips. It just goes to show what our bodies are truely satisfied with. I can have a few of these little raw treats and be satisfied and full, where as an entire bag of candy and chips would still leave me hungry for more!
Anyways, moving back to these wonderful carrot cake bites. I very much enjoyed snacking on a few of these after dinner. The raw carrot is a pretty cool addition but doesn’t have an overwhelming flavour. I added a bit of nutmeg (a pinch of a pinch) and that added the little kick I wanted to taste like carrot cake. Of course since dates are sweet they helped with the overall flavour too!
10 Pitted Medjooled Dates
1/2 Cup Almonds
1/2 Cup Pecans
1 Peeled Carrot
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp superfood powder (baobab, lucuma)
2 tbsp cacao nibs
pinch of nutmeg
Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until you get a slightly chunky yet sitcky texture. When everything is mixed well together scoop out bite sized amounts of the ‘batter’ and form into a round shape and place on plate. Once you’ve used all the ‘batter’, cover plate with wrap and put in fridge for at least 15 minutes to set. Enjoy for up to 3 weeks as treats on the go, after dinner or for lunch!