Healthy eating takes me to a raw place!

I admit I could be a carbohydrate addict. I could quite happily live on fresh breads, home-made pasta, buttered potatoes and sticky rice but especially soft bagels, warm cakes and chewy cookies. I have been weaned off excessive carb consumption by nutritional education and my tight jeans!

I have always told my children “everything in moderation” so have to take my own advise when considering carbohydrates especially with Emily’s calorie allowance post SCI. I also told the children they “would get scurvy without fruit and vegetables!”  They were the only kids in pre-school who quoted that line!

So this week when Emily suggested a raw cake I had to give it a go.

Carrot cake with cashew cream frosting: Adapted from The Rawsome Vegan Life  

Cake:

2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
2 cup dates  – soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups chopped pecans
2 or 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Healthy eating takes me to a raw place!

Not the most appetizing of cakes at this stage……dates and flour blended….”Keep calm and carry on”  ….

To make the cake: Shred the carrots, set aside. Blend the soaked dates into a puree, add the flour. Stir in the carrots, coconut, cinnamon, chopped pecans and maple syrup.

Healthy eating takes me to a raw place!

Looks more promising….

Cashew frosting:

2 cups cashews –  soaked in water overnight
1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
Water, as needed

To make the frosting: blend all ingredients with a high-speed blender until smooth, adding as little water as possible. Set aside.

Healthy eating takes me to a raw place!

The cashew frosting is truly delicious!

Assembly: Press half the cake mix into the bottom of an adjustable spring-form pan. Then spread on 1/3 of the frosting on top. Put it in the freezer until the layer of frosting is hard. Then press on the rest of the cake mix and 1/3 frosting on top. Back into the freezer. Take it out of the pan when solid and use the remaining frosting to cover, use pecans to garnish.

Healthy eating takes me to a raw place!

 I felt healthy making it and even healthier eating it!

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2 thoughts on “Healthy eating takes me to a raw place!

    • It’s very tasty – it does need to be in the fridge to keep it’s shape.
      With a hot cup of tea it is not ideal if you have sensitive teeth!!
      Well worth making for a healthy option!

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