You CAN treat yourself while you are on a January detox!
Hands up if you are on some kind of healthy eating drive right now! Yup! Me too! I am always looking for new avenues to explore with raw foods and healthy living and at times I can be found conjuring up LOTS of recipes – which is great – and tasting them ALL – which is great – but not so great for the waistline! You see, unless you change your habits you can STILL over eat on a raw foods diet (particularly if you are eating the wrong things) and you can STILL hold on to old habits if you eat a junk filled diet with overly processed heavy foods.
So I wanted to share with you one of the very light and healthy treats from my client recipe book Everyday Raw Recipes for Carrot Cake (with a twist) because it’s just so gorgeous. I have shared a carrot cake before but this one has a lovely twist to it! These cakes are gorgeous and satisfying, heavy enough and fruity enough but not as heavy as a fruit cake – plus a handy recipe to use up all of that carrot pulp left over from your juicing!
Aside for anything I drooooool when I see this picture – and just goes to show how much we eat with our eyes.
Ok so here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup soaked walnuts
- 1 cup dried prunes (soaked in coconut water if very dry)
- ½ cup semi dried apricots
- 2 cups carrot pulp (from juicer) or grated carrots. If you use grated carrots then squeeze juice out with cheesecloth.
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. fresh ginger
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch Himalayan salt
- juice of one lemon
- 1 cup raisins (soaked in coconut water or orange juice overnight is best)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup poppy seeds
Work up the ingredients in the food processor until it represents cookie dough. Nuts first then fruit then carrots and everything else. Shape into balls the size of energy balls and flatten out into a mini muffin shape in your hands (should easily sit in the cup of your hand) or use a muffin tin.
Store in fridge for at least 3 hours to allow the chia seeds to bloat. If you have a dehydrator you can warm them up for 2 hours. Do not cook. Should make 10 cakes. And might just last for 4 days (they won’t be around for long!)
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Keeping it juicy & raw!
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PPS If you are in need of a boost for your detoxing and habit breaking you may like to read my notes in my ebook Raw7 – Juicing & Raw for Weightloss and follow my 7 day program…