Make It Healthy is all about having a slice of what you fancy and feeling good too. Who doesn’t want that? If you’re after something decadent, comforting and healthy, a slice of this sweet and warming raw carrot cake will hit the spot. The base is packed full of vitamin A and C from carrots helping to keep the immune system strong. It is sweetened with dried dates, which are part of your 5 a day. The addition of ground cinnamon, ginger and turmeric create an incredible dimension to the flavour and colour of this cake and have the potential to reduce inflammation at the same time.
This nutritionally balanced raw carrot cake is a really easy, healthy recipe to put together. Get organised by weighing out ingredients first and then whizz it all up in the food processor! No baking needed. Free from dairy, gluten, wheat, refined sugar and soya and can be enjoyed by all.
- 170g (1 cup) of pitted dates
- 130g (1 cup) of walnuts
- 45g (½) cup ground almonds
- 20g (¼) cup flaxseeds / linseeds
- 45g (½) cup of dessicated coconut
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 thumb fresh ginger, finely grated
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp turmeric powder ( I use fresh when I can get it)
- 550-600g of carrots (it should make 4-5 cups of grated carrot)
- Handful of raisins / sultanas
- 1 can full fat coconut milk chilled in the fridge overnight
- 1 tsp date nectar, agave syrup or runny honey
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Ground vanilla bean or ground cloves (optional)
- Peel and grate the carrot and leave to one side.
- Apart from the sultanas/raisins, place the base ingredients into a food processor in the order stated above.
- Blend the ingredients for 3-4 minutes until everything is evenly combined and the mixture sticks together.
- Stir the raisins / sultanas into the mixture so that they remain whole.
- Press the mixture into a springform or loose bottom cake tin (it won’t need lining).
- Place the base in the fridge.
- Remove the coconut milk from the fridge. Don’t shake it. Open with a tin opener. There should be a solid layer of cream on the top. Carefully scoop out the cream into a bowl leaving the coconut water layer underneath in the tin. The coconut water isn’t needed in this recipe but can be used for smoothies.
- Add the other frosting ingredients to the cream and mix with a fork until everything is evenly combined.
- Take the base out of the fridge and evenly spread the coconut frosting over the top with a spatula. Finish with ground vanilla or cloves and top with fresh blueberries (optional).
My paleo range of Make It Healthy goodies are available on our Make It Healthy stall at Rode Hall Farmers Market, Cheshire on the first Saturday of every month (apart from January 2018). Paleo cake and brownies, along with raw chocolate energy truffles and bars, selection packs and raw chocolate making kits are available. Come and say hi!