Happy Sunday! I meant to post a “Gratitude Tuesday” dedicated to my yoga practice earlier this week, but my phone had other ideas and actually deleted the whole thing before I was able to save it. Oopsie! Oh well. I suppose one benefit of practicing yoga is the calm mind that allowed me to shrug it off and say, “well, I guess I’ll start over another day”. I really did NOT feel like starting it over that night. Trust me.
So, instead, I’ve decided to give you a little healthy recipe for the weekend. I always loved carrot cake growing up. Not kidding, it was a toss-up between that and German chocolate cake every birthday. I could never decide. Being a vegan these days, the traditional carrot cake featuring cream cheese icing, is off the table. Honestly, I have serious ethical issues with dairy these days. I’ve written a whole blog post about it. But now that I know a thing or two about making delicious raw desserts, I’ve created my version of an on-the-go bite-sized snack ball that reminds me of one of my favorite cakes. These are soft, gooey, sweet, with just a hint of spice. And did I mention that they’re raw, vegan, and sugar free? Yep, I’d say they’re just about perfect. But I’ll let you be the judge…
RAW VEGAN CARROT CAKE BALLS
4 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup soft dates (I used medjool.)
¼ cup hemp seeds (walnuts, pecans, almonds would all work if you don’t have hemp seeds.)
1 ½ cups oats (I try to always use the gluten-free kind)
Thumb of ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Start by adding the roughly chopped carrots to a food processor and pulsing until you have rice-sized pieces. Then add all other ingredients and process until they form a sticky dough. Sprinkle the coconut flakes into a shallow dish. Take 1-2 tablespoon-sized globs of dough and form into balls, then roll them in the coconut flakes. Refrigerate for at least two hours to firm them. Enjoy!
I actually had three of these AFTER my morning smoothie this morning. You know, because I obviously needed dessert. Ha! That’s the best part about guilt-free foods. You can have them any time you feel the need.
I’m still tweaking this recipe and may try adding raisins next time for a little more intense flavor. I’ll let you know how that goes. Have a fantastic weekend, and eat something green!