Holy days are just around the corner again, so time to go on a (r) eat-treat again. Easter seems to be the high noon for carrot cake – at least they are the bestseller in German bakeries these days! I am a fan of sneaking veggies into all kind of food, so simply the idea of cake made with carrot makes my heart beat faster. And since I like it raw most of the time, and because there is no oven at my place plus I am not up to fuss around a lot atin the kitchen the moment, the best way to celebrate life is with a nearly raw’n’beegan cake. So let´s check what is in the Easter basket:
Walnuts: With their brain-like shape, walnuts convince us that they are not such nut-cases after all! Thanks to a good load of omega 3 fatty acids they help your brain work. Moreover, their high phenol and antioxidant content protects your body against oxidative damage diseases – such as coronary heart disease and cancer. And one more: The vitamin E that is found in walnuts is gamma-tocopherol which has found to have special heart protecting properties. Bottom Line: Go nuts, because are simply good for you!
Dates: Thanks to their natural oozing sweetness, dates have toppled the sugar king from the throne. By far less processed and full of minerals and vitamins, their fiber content helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and so avoiding insuline spikes.
Carrots: A powerhouse of beta carotene that converts on ingestion into vitamin A, the ultimative booster for eyesight!In addition to being Roger Rabbits favourite food, carrots are nutrient dense and have ample benefits for a healthy body.
Bee Pollen: Bee pollen is one of nature´s complete and nourishing food made by honey bees. It is the food of the young bees, full of nutrients and is said to be very rich in proteins and higher in amino acids than any other animal resources. Bee-ha!
Honey: Honey is simply a bomb when it comes down to its healing properties. In its raw and unprocessed state, honey insanely nutricious and wards off bacteria and fungus thanks to its natural componnt of hydrogen peroxide. Being a natural antibiotic, honey is the first remedy when it comes to sore throats and flu. Soothing and sweet, honey is full of vitamins containing the whole B-complex, A,C,D,E and K as well as a whole load of minerals and trace elements. A spoonful honey helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way for sure!
Almonds: Almonds are full of healthy stuff – including monounsaturated fats that are lowering cholesterol levels. They also have GI-lowering effect which makes them the ideal to snack along with some sweet stuff.
For the base
200 grams of walnuts
80-100 grams pitted dates
1 large or 2-3 small carrots – coarsely or finely grated, or spiralised (I confess, I am a foodhipster)
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
1 tsp. All-spice or make your own mix with dashes of cinnamon, corinader, nutmeg…
For the cream:
150 g almonds, soaked over night – I used slivered ones because my food processor is not very strong, the reason why this cake is not entirely raw (these almonds have been heated before in order to get finely sliced). For the rawesome version, use whole ones or choose cashews instead
1/2 vanilla bean
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. bee pollen
Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water to soak overnight. Once they are considerably softer, drain the water and put them into your blender or food processort on high speed. add some filtered water if needed to get a creamy consistency. Add a heaped teaspoon of honey or more according to your sweetness – vegans, you can add agave nectar, apple concentrate or whatever you fancy
Place your shelled walnuts in the clean food processor – chop them a little bit smaller beforehand to not overload your magic machine! Blend on high, then bit by bit add the dates, salt, and spices.
Spread the walnut-date base evenly on a plate or board covered with parchment paper. Use a rolling pin or your hands and fingers- because in ev´ry job that
must can be done there is an element of fun!
And snap! To finish, spread the almond honey cream on top and sprinkle with bee pollen. Pop in the freezer for a couple of hours to set.
May ev´ry task you undertake become a piece of cake! Wishing you jolly-good times. xxx