Paleo Raw Carrot Bars with Lemon Cashew Cream

CARROT BARS

I like the idea of raw food, but other than salads, it all seems a bit hard.  This however is a doddle to make and really delicious.  You do need to begin it preferably the night before, but don’t let that put you off.  There’s nothing more strenuous involved than covering some nuts in water and leaving them in the fridge.  I find I leave things in the fridge most nights (my phone, baby bear’s toothbrush etc.) so I felt like I was fulfilling my destiny making this 😉

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Bars

1 Cup roughly chopped carrots

2 Cups of walnuts

½ Cup raisins

½ Cup medjool dates (make sure the pits are removed)

½ Cup desiccated coconut or as I did, Banaban Coconut Crunch

1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds

2 Tablespoons liquid honey (go for one with a fairly mild flavour)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Lemon Cashew Cream

1 ½ Cups of cashews soaked overnight in filtered water and then well drained

Finely grated zest & juice from a lemon (preferably organic as you’re going to be eating the skin)

¼ Cup coconut oil, melted

2 Tablespoons liquid honey, again mild flavour

2 Tablespoons almond or coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Place the carrots into the bowl of your food processor fitted with an ‘S’ blade.  Process them until they’re in small chunks, you don’t want them to become mush.

Add in the walnuts, dates, raisings, coconut, sunflower seeds, honey, vanilla extract and spices and process until the mixture starts balling together.

Tip into a rectangular baking dish lined with baking paper and press down to bring it together.  Place in the fridge while you make the cashew cream.

You could make the cashew cream in your food processor, but I find I get a better result (smoother and creamier) when I use my stick (immersion) blender.  Whichever one you’re going with place all the ingredients in and blitz away until the mixture is as smooth and creamy as you can get.

Remove the bar mixture from the fridge and top with the cream.  Return to the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours to set.

This is a bit more robust than some of the raw/paleo slices I’ve made in that it can last outside of the fridge for a little while, but it’s really best chilled.

Enjoy!

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