I'm not sure whether to call these dessert or breakfast?
I tend to have a bowl stashed in my fridge at all times so I can just grab one or five anytime the hankering hits so I guess, technically, they could be called bressert, snunch, lupper, deakfast, or my midnight denack.
Either way, they are some damn good balls that taste just like a carrot cake Larabar.
This was another recipe that was born from my days on the Whole30 diet, but I had to add some white chocolate for two reasons: 1. I've had a jar of white chocolate chips staring at me for months now tapping its foot and snidely sighing as if it was wondering when in the world I was going to finally throw them into a recipe and B. The balls needed a bit of boost to take them from decently delicious to Oh-em-gee I can't stop eating these things take them away from me before I start to turn orange like that chick from the Partridge family.
But forreal doh, I feel like a lot of things in my life could use a pinch of pizzazz at the moment. You know how they say bad things come in threes?
Well, I think what they really meant is that bad things come in three times infinity.
Ugh, and then I go and start sounding all whoa-is-me when, in fact, the things that are dragging me down are totes #firstworldproblems, and I have to remember to look and see that the glass in my hand is half full...of wine...lots and lots of wine.
And no, I swear that's not a rogue cat hair all up in that pic.
Carrot cake Larabar bite sprinkled with essence of Weasley, anyone?
OMG, speaking of needing a special spark in your life, I found a new vampire series to read!
Hi, my name is Amber, and I'm a fang banging vamp tramp who is all up on A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One
Series by Elizabeth Hunter. I downloaded the first book (which is free BTW...FREE!!!!) on the 10th, and I'm halfway through the 3rd book already! Lucky for me, my husband is a workaholic so I get to spend every waking second of free time I have getting lost in the sizzling hotness of the immortal world and stuffing my face full of carrot cake Larabar bites! Hooray!
So, in conclusion, if you are having a rough couple of months and you want to escape your life for a bit, make up a batch of these, download the books above, and disappear in a billowing cloud of wood smoke and whiskey (read the books).
- ½ cup pitted dates packed
- ½ cup golden raisins packed
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup roasted cashews
- ¼ cup carrots sliced or cubed
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of sea salt
- ⅛ cup white chocolate chips white chocolate bark, or vegan white chocolate chips divided
- 2 teaspoon coconut oil
- Add dates and raisins to a small bowl and pour in warm water. Let the fruit soften for 5-10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels or a kitchen cloth. NOTE: If your fruit seems soft enough to process, skip to the next step.
- Add cashews and carrots to a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are broken down a bit.
- Add dates, raisins, coconut, spices, salt, and 2 tbsps of white chocolate chips to the food processor with the cashews and carrots and pulse until a soft dough forms.
- Roll the dough into balls and refrigerate.
- While balls are refrigerating, microwave remaining white chocolate and the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted, being sure to stir after each 30 second interval.
- Remove balls from fridge, drizzle with white chocolate, and store in an air tight container until ready to eat.