March 28, 2017

Cashew Coconut Carrot Cake Bites

Cashew Coconut Carrot Cake Bites

I so desperately wanted the entire title of this post to be an alliteration. Carrot cake crumbles? Crunchies? Catnip? None of those really work. Idk maybe catnip. Rather than force their name, though, I’m just gonna let them be as they are. Because they’re pretty damn amazing. DAMazing? (makes up for the lack of alliteration earlier). Recipe below!

Gather:

  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots (this was 3 small-medium sized peeled carrots for me)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter or coconut manna
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or 2 dates or no sweetener at all if you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • for rolling: desiccated coconut flakes

Do:

  1. Pulse carrots in food processor first and transfer to separate bowl.
  2. Pulse cashews until a crumble forms. I didn’t pulse them into a flour because I like a few larger chunks dispersed throughout the batter.
  3. Add carrots back in and add remainder of ingredients. Pulse until a dough forms.
  4. Transfer dough to a bowl and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes (just makes them easier to roll).
  5. Roll into balls/bites and cover in coconut flakes. (If it’s still difficult to roll them, dampen fingers with a bit of water then roll).
  6. Makes about 10 large bites of a dozen medium sized.

These stay good in the fridge for about a week, though honestly they’ve never lasted in my fridge fore more than a few days. The ingredients used aren’t very perishable, so they don’t spoil quickly. Or just keep them in the freezer and sneak one here and there without worrying out them going off!

Substitutions:

  • Someone made these with ghee instead of coconut butter and added cardamom and said they were great!
  • “We subbed walnuts for cashews and I swear I’m in heaven. You rock and my mom says thank you haha”
  • “Swapping madagascar vanilla bean ghee (fourth and heart brand) instead of coconut butter and they were amazing”
  • using coconut oil instead of coconut butter also works
  • using almond butter instead of coconut butter does NOT work (said one person), however, using 2 tbsp almond butter and 2 tbsp coconut oil does
  • my thoughts: replacing cashews with macadamia nuts would be realllll nice and butter
  • another person used cashew butter instead of coconut butter and added a handful of golden raisins and said that worked
  • Someone made them with almonds and said they were delicious!
  • Someone used sunflower seeds and sunflower butter, and added ginger and they worked!
  • Also substituting oats for cashews, and ghee for coconut butter worked!
  • Adding 1/3 cup oats and 2 scoops protein powder is fair game
  • If you use eating evolved coconut butter, omit dates or maple syrup (the butter is slightly sweetened)
  • “Subbed like 6 dates for the coconut butter and they turned out great!”

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