Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Little Bird Organics and The Unbakery never fail to deliver mouth-watering recipes to help you unleash your creativity and discover delicious and nutritious treats - and here is a great one to try just in time for Easter. 

New wholesome and delicious treats in time for Easter are now available on the Little Bird Organics app and for pre-order or drop-ins at the Unbakery café. 

Make time: 1 hour + component recipes | Setting time: 30–40 minutes | Serves: 10 | Equipment required: blender, food processor.

Instead of mini cakes, you could make one larger layer cake or the old-school square. These stay beautiful and moist in the refrigerator for about a week.

1 1/4 cups dried activated almonds
1 1/4 cups cashews
2 1/4 cups dried coconut (one cup will be used to make flour)
1 1/2 cups almond pulp
2 medium carrots (approximately 1 1/2 cup grated)
1 cup currants
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 pinches sea salt
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup date paste
1/3 cup organic maple syrup, raw agave, or raw honey 1/4 cup melted cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

Blend almonds, cashews, and 11⁄4 cup of the dried coconut separately in a food processor until they resemble a ‘flour’ consistency.

In a bowl, add the nut pulp, ‘flours’, dried coconut, carrot, currants, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, sea salt and lemon zest and fold together with hands.

Blend the lemon juice, date paste, sweetener and coconut oil in a food processor or high-speed blender and set aside.

Now add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix together with hands until it sticks together. Line your mini cake, cupcake or regular cake tin with plastic wrap (note: you can get biodegradable versions of this).

Divide the mixture into however many layers you would like in the cake. We usually do three layers as pictured. Then divide the first layer between 10 mini cake tins or just make one layer in a regular cake tin.

Do the same with your frosting mixture once it has become firm. Alternate the layers of cake and frosting in the cake tin, finishing with a layer of the lemon cream cheese frosting. Dust with cinnamon and serve.

Lemon cream cheese frosting

1 cup cashews (soaked 2-4 hours)
1 cup fresh young coconut flesh
1/2 cup raw agave or organic maple syrup
1 Tbsp nut cheese (if you don’t have nut cheese add more lemon juice) 1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1 cup melted cold-pressed coconut oil

Drain the soaked cashews and rinse thoroughly. Put cashews, coconut flesh, agave, nut cheese, lemon juice, vanilla extract and sea salt in a high-speed blender, adding enough filtered water to blend until smooth (approximately 1/2 cup). If using maple, the cream will be a darker colour.

With the blender still running, slowly pour the coconut oil in at the end. Leave to set in the refrigerator or freezer for 40 minutes to 1 hour before using.

Plus, in celebration of 'all things chocolate', Little Bird will be offering 20% OFF a selection of chocolate items on their website including, Cacao Superfoods Grawnola, Chocolate Macaroons, Cacao & Raspberry Macaroons and a selection of other chocolate products from Ceres Organics, Chai Guy and Natava Superfoods. See more on littlebirdorganics.co.nz

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