Carrot Cake Bites (raw, vegan, paleo, nut-free)

Recipe by Coach Bryn

I’m a sucker for bite-sized snacks. I also LOVE carrot cake. I also love not being sick, which makes most forms of carrot cake rather challenging. I like to refer to my house as the “allergy house.” We’ve got 2 people, 3 cats (that, yes, we are allergic to, but they are our babies!), and these food allergies:  gluten (celiac), dairy, peanuts, treenuts, shellfish, strawberries, melons, and all legumes with sensitivities to eggs, corn, and soy. Plus, all kinds of fun environmental allergies. My celiac diagnosis is also recent enough that I am grain-free to facilitate all of the healing I need to do.

So carrot cake without gluten, eggs, nuts, or grains…what’s left besides the carrot??? Check it out below :)

Carrot Cake Bites (raw, vegan, paleo, nut-free)

Ingredientscarrot cake bites

  • 5 small carrots, shredded
  • 16 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 c hemp protein
  • 3/4 c hemp seeds
  • 1/2 c pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 c No-nut butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  2. Scoop out and form into tablespoon-sides balls or discs. If the balls won’t hold together, cool the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and try again.
  3. Store in the fridge to ensure that the bites stay solid.

coach bryn 150Coach Bryn is a certified holistic health coach and productivity expert. She works with clients to set goals for health, wellness, and awesomeness, and then helps them conquer the crap out of them. She specializes in folks with food allergies, sensitivities, and any other health issue that leaves people stranded in the middle of a grocery store aisle saying, “Look at all of this stuff that I can’t eat!…now what do I do???” Two of her favorite places to hang out are Instagram and Facebook.

Dangers of eating raw meat

There has been a lot of debate whether raw meat is safe to eat. Raw meat might sound scary, but you have probably consumed some without realizing it: rare steak at a steakhouse, steak tartare at a fine French restaurant, or sashimi at your favorite sushi bar. However, extreme caution must be taken when consuming raw meat, as our bodies are not built to combat the bacteria that might be found in uncooked animal product.

This article was originally published by Sakai City Institute of Public Health in 2007. It details a case where 4 family members contracted acute gastroenteritis from consuming raw meat and raw liver.

Here is the published article from Sakai City Institute of Public Health

An Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Suspected to be Related to Contaminated Food

Of course, this case is an isolated incident, and it should not be taken as evidence that ALL raw meat will cause adverse health reactions. However, we highly recommend purchasing meat from quality sources, such as all grass-fed beef with no antibiotics/hormones. It is also a good idea to ask the butcher whether the meat can be eaten raw/rare.