So this weekend my family is celebrating our September birthdays. Not only is my birthday one that is being celebrated, but my mother and cousin also share birthdays in this month. Being the only Vegan in the family, I will need to be providing my own dessert, since most cakes use egg and dairy (as well as sugar, white bleached flour and all these other ‘not really so good for you’ ingredients).
I actually don’t mind making my own dessert. In fact, I am super excited to make a vegan cake! I wanted to make something raw since it is still a little too warm here for actual baking. I found these tiny creme brulee dishes that were the perfect size for a single dessert portion. How adorable, I get my own birthday cake all to myself! Wanting to use up some carrots from our garden, I thought, “Carrot Cake”! It was super quick to whip up, and I can’t wait to try it tomorrow! Here is the breakdown of all the lovely benefits of this nutritious and delicious dessert:
- Carrots-We all know carrots have a lot of vitamin A, but aside from that (which is great for skin and eye health), carrots also have vitamins C, B6, K, E, B2, B3, and B1. They have wonderful anti-cancerous properties through their antioxidants and unique phytonutrients.
- Walnuts-Nuts are a good source of healthy omega-3 fats, which are important for brain and heart health. They also have these powerful and unique antioxidants that may prevent chemically induced liver damage. Walnuts have also been linked to helping with weight control and reducing diabetes.
- Cinnamon-This amazing spice is chalked full of wonderful benefits. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. When we are inflamed, our bodies have a difficult time fighting infections and repairing tissue damage. It is also the cause of diseases such as arthritis. Cinnamon is this powerful fighting spice, which has been linked to reduce the risk of such medical issues like certain bacterial and fungal infections, and lowering high blood sugar.
- Nutmeg-Like Cinnamon, Nutmeg has helped treat inflammation. It also helps with digestion problems such as diarrhea, constipation and bloating.
Oh and did I mention that all you really need is a blender? Let’s get started!
Raw Carrot Cake for One
(makes 1 personal cake)
- 2 tbsp walnuts
- 2-3 dried dates or figs
- 1 carrot, washed and chopped into 1″ thick slices
- 2-3 tbsp water or milk of your choice (soy, almond, coconut)
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp oats
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- In blender, blend dried dates/figs with the walnuts until a fine paste-like substance is produced.
- Using a spoon, scoop out the mixture and with your hands, mold into the bottom of the creme brulee cup (or other small dish).
- Combine the carrot slices, vanilla, water/milk, oats, maple syrup and spices to the blender and blend until a well-mixed substance is created.
- Scoop out the mixture on top of the crust and set in the fridge to firm for about 1-2 hours.
- Garnish with chopped/crushed walnuts and enjoy!
As a side note, I tend to just throw stuff together, not really following a recipe. My tastes maybe different from yours, or your mixture may turn out a little runnier or more dense than mine. If your mixture is quite runny, add more oats or carrots. If your mixture is more dense, add more water/milk. Not sweet enough? Add more maple syrup or honey according to your tastes!