Monday Food Fix – Carrot Cake

Healthy and delicious

Yes, Dear Reader, I am supposed to be a good influence and show you a healthy food to start the week on the right path; and, in all honesty, in this case I am showing you the path of healthy eating…

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Delicious Carrot Cake

This is not ordinary carrot cake, as it is raw carrot cake!  I found this carrot cake at a raw food restaurant (yes, raw, as in uncooked, so you get the full benefits of the enzymes).  My wife and I discovered this restaurant quite by accident, as we noticed its name, Prana, and were intrigued.  Upon entering, we found out that its cuisine was raw and decided to give it a try.

To put it simply: we were blown away by the flavors of each aspect of the meal, which led me to trying dessert.  As I love carrot cake, this was my obvious choice and I was truly amazed by the flavor that was packed in hits moist, perfect carrot cake.

Unfortunately, Prana is no longer open, and it is difficult to find raw restaurants in Massachusetts, which is truly our loss.

In case you want to experiment, I found a recipe for raw carrot cake on another blog:

Ingredients

  • Carrot Cake
  • 2.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ tsp allspice (optional)
  • 5 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ cup trail mix that has been soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained (optional)
  • Maple Cashew Frosting
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Squeeze as much liquid out of the carrots as you can.
  2. Combine the carrots, coconuts, dates, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and coconut flour in a food processor and pulse until they come together. It should be easy to form in to shapes. Try pressing some between your fingers to make sure it’s sticking. If you are adding the trail mix, stir it in by hand.
  3. Prepare the pan of your choice by lining it with parchment paper. You can use a cake pan, loaf pan, muffin tins or make patties like I did.
  4. Put your cake in the freezer while you make the frosting.
  5. Put the cashews, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice in a high-powered blender. Mix until completely smooth. If it get’s warm while you are blending it, let it cool a bit before frosting your cakes.
  6. Using an offset spatula or a large spoon, spread the frosting over the top of the cake or cupcakes. If you are making a layer cake, don’t overfill the middle layers or it will ooze out the sides.
  7. Top with coconut and keep chilled in fridge until ready to serve.
  8. It tastes best the day after!

I found the recipe on The Blenderist, which is a great blog with lots of great recipes.

Technical Details

This one goes way back, as it was shot with my iPhone 4S using the available light coming in through the window.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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