Carrot and Coconut Cakes with Chia Seeds.

I guess all the kids like muffins, cupcakes, cookies etc. Every time when I picked my daughter up from preschool she asks about muffins:) Once I got her a muffin as a reward to behave at school. I don’t really mind to eat them, but they need to have at least a few healthy ingredients and still taste good.

These Carrot and Coconut Cakes taste like muffins, or you can even use them as cupcakes, just make some frosting to put on.

They are healthy, gluten, dairy, wheat, grain, refined sugar free.

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 Carrot and Coconut Cakes with Chia Seeds.
Ingredients:
3 free range eggs
½ cup honey, maple or agave syrup
¾ cup extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil or butter
2 cups ground almonds
3/4 cup shredded coconut, plus a little extra for sprinkling
1 cup tightly packed grated carrots
grated zest of one lemon
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat the oven to 320 F, and grease or line 12 muffin tins.
Add all ingredients in to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix until well combined.
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Divide the batter between the muffin tins, and then bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted.
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Guess who likes them the most?
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Raw Carrot Cupcakes.

Vibrant orange carrots are a healthy addition to your daily diet. They are low in calories, contain no fat and supply significant doses of certain vitamins and minerals.

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My other experiment with raw carrots worked great. This time I decided to make carrot cupcakes, and used nuts for the dough. It gave the cupcakes more nutty flavor and made them more moist and juicy.

Raw Carrot Cupcakes With Cashew Buttercream.

Ingredients:
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight and drained
20 pitted dates, soaked overnight and drained
2 cups shredded carrot
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 tsp. extract)
tiny pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup coconut flour

Cashew buttercream:
8 oz. raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
raw honey or agave (for vegan option)
juice of 1/2 lemon

almond milk

tiny pinch of sea salt
1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 tsp. extract)
2-3 tablespoons filtered water

Begin by soaking the almonds (in separate bowls), cashews and dates in filtered water overnight (or 12 hours). In the morning, drain them, and begin working on the icing. Place the drained cashews, juice of 1/2 lemon, vanilla bean (or extract), tiniest pinch of salt and about 3 tablespoons of honey or agave in a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy. Add almond milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Add more honey to taste, if necessary.

Next, start the cupcake dough. Grate the carrots (about 4 or 5 medium carrots). After you’ve grated them, strain out any liquid (by pressing them into a fine strainer, or wrapping them in a tea towel). Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until coarse. Add the strained carrots, soaked (and drained!) dates, and process again. Add in the cinnamon, vanilla and pinch of sea salt. Add coconut flour. Process until it forms a dough. Grab a muffin pan and place about 1/2 cup of dough in each mold and press down. Once you have 12, pop the pan into the freezer while you get the icing ready to pipe.

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Pour the icing into a piping bag, then remove the muffin pan from the freezer, invert onto a piece of parchment paper to get them out, and ice.

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Keep in the refrigerator.

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I am probably not the best mom, but I let my daughter have this cupcake for breakfast. Why not? It’s healthy, delicious tiny treat that can work like breakfast sometimes.

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Raw Carrot Cake.

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. Honestly, I’ve never made it before. I usually have it from the bakery or Whole Foods. Many people’s favorite part of the cake is frosting, but it is so hard to find the carrot cake with the good frosting. Most of the times, I just scoop the frosting off the cake and eat the plain cake, because it doesn’t taste good to me.

Carrot cake sounds like healthy dessert, but using the butter, sugar, white flour in it does not make it healthy at all.

Trying to be creative with healthy cooking and trying different combinations, I came up with the raw carrot cake recipe.

This cake is nothing fancy, but is really easy to make and has suprisingly delicious flavors melting in your mouth.

I did it only once, but it was a hit at house. Sophia and my hubby were fighting for the last piece:) I couln’t be happier: two loving ones fight for healthy food.

Raw Carrot Cake.

1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 15 minutes

1 large or 2 small apples( I used Golden Delicious)

1/4 cup of water

1tbs lemon juice

1tsp vanilla extract

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/2tsp of nutmeg

1/4tsp sea salt

1 pound shredded carrots( I got the fresh ones at the Farmers Market)

3/4 cup coconut flour

walnuts

Frosting:

3/4 cup cashews or macadamia nuts soaked in the water for 3-4 hours and drained ( I used cashews)

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1tsp lemon juice

10 drops of Stevia or any other sweetener

Combine the drain dates, apple, water, lemon juice and vanilla in food processor and blend it until fairly smooth.

Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and blend again.

Mix the shredded carrots with the mixture from the food processor and stir well.

Add the coconut flour and stir until the batter is combined and uniform. Set the batter for 10 minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the liquid mixture. Add some chopped walnuts.

Put the batter in the rectangle form, pressing it firmly and evenly, and freeze for 4 hours. After it firmed up, cut it half, making two layers of cake.

Frosting.

Combine the drained cashews, milk, lemon juice, stevia in a high speed blenderand blend until completely smooth.

Place one half of the cake on the plate and frost the top only with the frosting. Carefully place the other cake half on top, and use the rest of the icing to frost the top of the cake.

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Refrigerate overnight, or until ready to serve.

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