Who Doesn’t Love Carrot Cake?

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carrotcake1Raw foods are foods that are added to your daily diet without being cooked in any way. These include seeds, raw nuts, fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains, and beans that have not been processed, heated, cooked or altered from their original state. They are pure, whole foods existing in their natural living state just as nature intended.

Nuts, although in their dormant state are also considered “live foods”…foods that are simply waiting for the right environmental opportunities such as water, light and warmth to activate their life force. When we sprout nuts, beans and seeds overnight, we activate the food’s living energy; its enzymes, that give it instructions at the cellular level. Enzymes assist our body’s ability to digest food properly. On the other hand, foods cooked under high temperatures have been stripped of the enzymatic activity that raw living foods offer us.

The new wave of gluten intolerance that seems so prevalent, is a direct result of this idea because wheat is not sprouted before being cooked which leaves the gluten (part of the cell structure) indigestible and toxic especially to those that are vulnerable to it. If you sprout the wheat first and then cook it at low temperatures under 112 degrees Fahrenheit it will still be alive when you eat it. Essene bread (that was named after a civilization that flourished 2,000 years ago) is an example of a sprouted wheat and rye bread. The Essenes first sprouted their grains (bread) on a rock in the sun before cooking.

Although we each contain our own natural supply of enzymes, they need to be constantly replenished or they will eventually be depleted and that’s why it’s ultimately important that your diet consists of enzyme rich foods that help your body function at peak performance.

Enzymes that are found in raw foods help to make other foods that we eat more digestible which provides our bodies a wider range of essential nutrients to choose from than are available to us in cooked foods.

We’ve been given the most powerful tools to superb health right at our fingertips but most of us have never been taught to use them. Sun, air, soil and rain are the workforce and they standby ready to do their job for the benefit of all. They are the living components of foods, full of sunlight and real energy, freshly prepared and given fresh to us daily but it’s up to us to take advantage of them.

Time to prepare, enjoy and benefit from the most natural foods of all…unprocessed, succulent, vibrant, full of life and nourishment, raw foods. Everything from snack foods to desserts are easily made using raw food ingredients.

Here’s a family favorite…

Carrot Cake:

Cake:

5 cups grated carrots (about 6 carrots)

1 cup dates, 1 cup walnuts

¾ cup dried apricots

1 ½ cups desiccated coconut

½ cup raisins or currants

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

Frosting:

2 ½ cups cashews

½ cup raisins,

½ cup agave nectar or honey

½ cup coconut oil

juice and zest of 1 lemon

¼ cup water

Preparation: Grate the carrots either by hand on a grater or in a food processor fitted with a grater blade attachment and place in a bowl. Place walnuts, dates and apricots in food processor and blend until crumbly. Add to grated carrots in bowl, add spices and mix well.

Transfer the mixture to the food processor and blend in two batches until the mixture comes together and holds its shape. Tip back into bowl and fold in coconut by hand. Set aside while you make the Lemon Cashew Frosting.

Lemon Cashew Frosting: Place the cashews, raisins, warmed and melted coconut oil, lemon juice and zest in food processor and blend, continuously scraping down the sides, until a thick creamy paste is formed. This could take a while…just be patient and keep scraping. You can add a few tablespoons of water to encourage the cashews if you get impatient.

Into the bottom of a cake pan with a removable base place one half of the cake mixture. Then place a layer of the frosting and then another layer of the cake mixture. Then place the rest of the frosting on top of the cake. Place cake in fridge for a few hours till set.

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