Can carrot cake be healthy for you? This recipe for delicious, nutrient-dense Carrot cake bites proves it can. These bites are moist and spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Unlike traditional carrot cake they are made without highly refined carbohydrates and without an excess of fats. They contain walnuts, which according to the literature, may have health benefits including lowering the risk of coronary heart disease (1), and dates, prunes and oats, which are all high in fibre. Furthermore, the active component in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde (2), may have beneficial effects by lowering fasting plasma glucose, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (3).
Keep in mind that these bites are quite high in calories, so if you are looking to maintain a healthy weight range, limit yourself to one…. maybe two.
Carrot cake bites
1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
½ cup dates soaked in 1 tablespoon hot water
¼ cup prunes
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Extra walnuts and oats for rolling
- Add about 1 tablespoon of oats and ¼ cup walnuts to a food processor. Process into a crumb like texture and pour onto a chopping board.
- Add the carrot, dates plus water used for soaking, prunes and oats to the food processor. Begin processing until all the ingredients are roughly chopped.
- Add the walnuts, spices and vanilla extract and continue processing until the mixture comes together and forms a large ball.
- Using wet hands, shape the mixture into 6 balls and roll each one in the walnut and oat mixture on the chopping board.
- Chill for at least one hour to firm up before serving. Store these bites in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.
- Feldman, E. B. (2002). The Scientific Evidence for a Beneficial Health Relationship Between Walnuts and Coronary Heart Disease. The Journal of Nutrition. 132:1062S-1101S.
- Ulbricht, C., Seamon, E., Windsor, R. C., et al. (2013). An evidence-based systematic review of cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration.The Journal of Dietary Supplements. 8:378–454.
- Allen, R.W., Schwartzman, E., Baker, W.L., Coleman, C. I. and Phung, O.J. (2013). Cinnamon use in type 2 diabetes: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Family Medicine. 11: 452 -9.