Carrot Cake Bites

Carrot Cake Bites
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Carrot Cake Bites

Ali Allen

Carrot Cake Bites

Sweet treats don’t necessarily have to be full of processed sugar. The natural sugars found in dates and raisins satisfy those cravings just as well as any chocolate bar or slice of fat-laden cake – but that’s not to say you can’t or shouldn’t have the odd piece now and then. I’m increasingly conscious of how much cake I consume (welcome to your thirties!) and so I’ve taken inspiration from one of my all-time favorite recipes and given it a somewhat healthy twist by forming it into every seasoned vegan’s standby sweet, the incomparable (but perhaps not so appetizingly named) ‘raw ball’. And as an added bonus, these bite-size treats don’t even require any cooking – just blitz, roll, chill and eat… now that’s better than faffing about with batter any day. — Aine Carlin, Keep it Vegan.

6
Servings
577
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Taken from Keep it Vegan – over 100 simple, healthy and delicious dishes by Aine Carline. Published by Kyle Books, priced $19.95.

Ingredients

  • small carrot, grated
  • 5¼  Ounces  medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2¼  Cups  pecans
  • 1 1/3  Cup  raisins
  • Grated zest of one clementine or orange
  • ¼  Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • ¼  Teaspoon  ground ginger
  • Pinch of  freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½  Cup  shredded coconut

Directions

Squeeze out any excess liquid from the grated carrot.

Place all the ingredients, apart from the coconut, into a food processor and whizz until the mixture comes together in a large clump, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times, if necessary.

Line a plate or baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

Take a teaspoon of the mixture, roll into a ball and place on the greaseproof paper. Repeat to make 12 to 14 golf ball-sized spheres in total.

Put the shredded coconut into a bowl and roll each ball in the coconut to coat. Place the balls on the lined plate and refrigerate overnight.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
41%
Sugar
44g
49%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
76g
58%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
9µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
100mg
10%
Choline, total
12mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
37µg
9%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
46mg
14%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
125mg
18%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
273mg
18%
Water
22g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Carrot Cake Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Carrot Cake Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

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