Summer is around the corner here in South Africa and we are all looking to get our summer bodies ready. Winter might have left some of us with an extra roll here and there, but do not fear for the whole of summer I will be posting summer recipes that are healthy, tasty and will satisfy any naughty cravings.
To start off the summer series, let's celebrate with some cake! One of my favourite cakes has to be carrot cake, but we all know that cake has a high calorie count and a low nutritional value. One slice of traditional carrot cake with cream cheese icing can be plus minus 900 calories. I know, I was just as shocked when I found out. Do not worry I am here to show you that you can still have your cake and eat it.
If you love carrot cake as much as I do, you will definitely enjoy my no bake carrot cake balls. These cake balls have the look and taste of carrot cake but without the calories. Plus the cake balls take less time to prepare and make than traditional carrot cake. Who does not love that?
Keeping the cake balls raw retains the nutritional value of the ingredients and maximizes the nutritional benefits in our bodies. As most of us know keeping most foods in their raw state can be more beneficial to our bodies than cooked foods.
Starting a healthy lifestyle does not mean that you have to give up what you love eating, it simply means that you start being creative and make healthy options of your favourite foods. Enjoy your naughty treats once in a while, but trust me you will not even miss them once you start creating and testing new healthier options.
Have fun with your food. Do not stick to the boring traditional "healthy" recipes. Make food tasty, simple and delicious. That is the trick to starting and staying on a healthy lifestyle.
No bake Carrot cake balls
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Makes: 16 balls
½ cup/±12 pitted dates
2 Medium carrots (coarsely grated)
1t/ 5ml cinnamon powder
½ t/ 2.5ml ginger powder
¼ t/ 1.25ml nutmeg powder
Pinch of salt
1t/ 5ml vanilla essence
1 cup/ 250ml desiccated coconut (Extra for garnishing)
½ cup/ 125ml oats
10 walnuts (optional)
Soak the dates overnight in hot water or for 5-6 hours. Strain the dates and set the water aside.
Combine all the ingredients into a food processor. Process the ingredients until a slightly sticky dough is formed. If your dough is too sticky and cannot form a ball, add more oats. If your dough is too stiff, add a few teaspoons of the date water.
Place the extra coconut into a bowl. Using a tablespoon to measure out the dough, roll out the measured dough into balls. Coat the balls in the coconut by rolling the ball around in the bowl of coconut.
Store the balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 weeks or store in the freezer for 1 month.
As a snack during the day for a boost in energy, pre or post workout snack or as dessert.
To make the carrot cake ball completely gluten free use gluten free oats.
To make the carrot cake balls budget friendly substitute the dates for raisins.
Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...