In today’s Healthy Eating Workshop, we focused on healthy and unhealthy fats, learning the name of each and how they work in our bodies and overall affect our health.
We made one of my favourite recipes; Raw Carrot Cake with a lemon coconut frosting.
What’s good about it:
Red and yellow vegetables such as carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system. Walnuts are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are essential for good health. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly. They are also high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing and feeling great ! Dates give a lovely natural sweetness and are high in the minerals, potassium, chromium, maganesium and iron.
Please see recipe below 🙂
2 1/2 cups walnuts
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh dates – pitted
1/2 cup dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulphur free)
2 large raw carrots, grated
2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a good food processor and process until mixed and finely chopped.
Add dates and apricots then process again until mixed through.
Add grated raw carrot and vanilla then process again until combined. The mix should now form a lovely dough.
Spoon into a bowl.
Add oats and kneed through the raw carrot cake mixture.
Press cake firmly into a 15 cm – 20 cm baking tin that is lined with baking paper or in muffin holders for serving size bites
Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Leave at least 2 hours to allow the carrot cake to rest and set.
Enjoy as is or garnish with your choice of creamy frosting.