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Old 10-19-2018, 11:02 AM   #1
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Carrot Cake Bites

I came across this recipe the other day that looks intriguing. Little balls of carrot, dates, almonds, cashews, and spices. Itís not cooked, just processed, rolled into balls, and refrigerated. I see all sorts of potential for changing the recipe a bit. Iím going to make some today; Iím a bit apprehensive though, as thereís no added liquid. Iím wondering how the balls hold together. I thought maybe if I added just a bit of honey or molasses, it might make the balls cohere better? What think you, DC denizens? Hereís the recipe, from I blogger I follow:

Carrot Cake Bites, from Beauty Beyond Bones.

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Old 10-19-2018, 11:08 AM   #2
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Certainly not being sarcastic but, why not make them following her recipe and adjust from there, if needed?


I do that frequently with recipes I want to try..


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Old 10-19-2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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Certainly not being sarcastic but, why not make them following her recipe and adjust from there, if needed?


I do that frequently with recipes I want to try..


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Certainly, that’s what I plan to do! But instead of making it, finding out the balls don’t hold together, and then adjusting, I thought it would be instructive to hear from y’all.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:06 PM   #4
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Ground dates are very sticky. I think you'll find it holds together well.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:36 PM   #5
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Sounds like it looks. But not my cup of tea.

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Old 10-23-2018, 01:47 PM   #6
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I came across this recipe the other day that looks intriguing. Little balls of carrot, dates, almonds, cashews, and spices. Itís not cooked, just processed, rolled into balls, and refrigerated. I see all sorts of potential for changing the recipe a bit. Iím going to make some today; Iím a bit apprehensive though, as thereís no added liquid. Iím wondering how the balls hold together. I thought maybe if I added just a bit of honey or molasses, it might make the balls cohere better? What think you, DC denizens? Hereís the recipe, from I blogger I follow:

Carrot Cake Bites, from Beauty Beyond Bones.
The dates will be sticky enough to act as glue.
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Old 10-25-2018, 10:15 PM   #7
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I finally made these tonight. For spices, I used allspice, cardamom, and cinnamon. I also added a teaspoon of brown sugar, even though the dates are very sweet. It isn’t easy rolling the balls, because as you predicted, MC, they are very very sticky. But they ARE absolutely delicious!
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:06 PM   #8
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Next time you make them Joel, you might try oil on your hands for the rolling.
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Next time you make them Joel, you might try oil on your hands for the rolling.
I thought oil, water, or maybe even dusting my hands with almond flour, Kayelle. Thanks for the thought!

That said, the mix is really good, but has no “tooth.” I think it would make great bars, though, with a graham cracker or maybe a lemon cookie crust (they’re sweet, but I like it, so I don’t mind if they’re sweeter!). Or maybe dip the little balls in some bittersweet chocolate and make bon-bons.
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