A no-cook "cake" made in your processor with carrots, nuts, oats, and fruit. This does not have a real cake texture, it's more like a dessert loaf. I made this for myself for Easter dessert and loved it. Even hubby enjoyed it! Cook time is refrigerating time.
- First, use your food processor to shred the carrots.
- Then switch blades and add the raisins and dates to the carrots and process.
- Add applesauce and process till thoroughly combined.
- Add remaining ingredients and process till fairly smooth. Aha! No eggs so it's safe to taste now and see how much, if any, of a sweetener you'd like to add.
- Pat into a loaf pan and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Looks nice with some extra coconut sprinkled on top.
I made some cashew butter and used more cashews instead of almonds (the almonds I bought turned out to be roasted and I was going for a "raw" cake). I made the applesauce myself too. I decided that I need a bigger food processor asap, because even dividing into two half-batches almost overwhelmed the little one I have. I would like to make this again, trying different things. Like almonds! lol. Thanks! Reviewed for Healthy Choices ABC tag.
This is HEAVENLY!!! I love this cake, and so does my family. It keeps really well for about a week, though it never lasts that long in our family! I top it with whipped cream to make it extra pretty :) I'm going to be blogging it tonight too! http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome
I can not say enough about how much I enjoyed this recipe...for me I would have to say it is to date my favorite find yet on Zarr. I love the unusual texture...not quite "cake" as "yogi" has stated; yet rich and decadent in its own healthy way!! I used a homemade nut butter - a mix of almond, walnut and cashews - which gave a nice bit of grainy texture that the oats, coconut and additional chopped nuts further enhanced. I found that with the natural sweetness of the carrot and especially the dates, no other sweetener needed to be used. I have made it twice...using a loaf pan and also tried it in a novelty mold pan (heart shaped)- just for presentation experiment purpose (I served it in the pan that time)and was delighted to see that it actually "sliced" into cake like pieces very neatly. I found the longer it chilled the better the flavors mingled and it kept refrigerated for up to 3 days (maybe longer, but not in my house!!!) I agree with "yogi" in most definitely using unsweetened coconut and I think it would be interesting to add flax, sunflower seeds or other nut and dried fruit to play with different flavors and textures...but make it just as is, at least the first time - it is DIVINE!!