Carrot Cake Whoppers

Yields 8 Whoppers

Inspired by carrot cake and whoopie pies, this dessert-y treat is tasty and super dense, leaving your sweet tooth satisfied and your body grateful for the powerhouse of fuel.

Now, don't expect whoopie pies out of this recipe.  What you'll get is nothing like a whoopie pie--it's merely inspired in form and structure by a whoopie pie.  I'm calling it a Whopper because (a) it looks like a mini burger, and (b) it may look tiny, but it's heavy duty.

A real whopper, if you will.

The Food Muse still wants me to make a real carrot cake cupcake or whoopie pie in the near future.  Probably both.  Keep your eyes peeled.

Until then, delight in this recipe.

Small, but mighty, this little whopper serves up an excellent balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Satisfying your sweet tooth with dates (nature's candy), raisins, and dried pineapple is such an awesome alternative to processed, refined, and artificial sugars.

Artificial and refined sugars = inflammation, sky rocketed blood sugar, and sadness.

Natural sugars are accompanied by fibers which help keep blood sugar stable = happiness.

Prepare for happiness.

Ingredients

Whopper Ingredients

1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
Heaping 1/2 cup grated carrots (approximately 2-3 carrots)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup unsweetened, dried pineapple rings (approximately 3 rings)
1/2 cup raisins
16 medjool dates, soaked, skinned, and pitted

"Cream Cheese" Filling Ingredients

 8 oz. (approximately 1 cup) raw cashews, soaked for 8 hours*
1/2 tbsp 100% maple syrup (or honey)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

*If you have a high speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blentec, you can skip the soaking step and just throw your raw cashews in the blender.  However, you will want to add an additional tablespoon of water to your mixture.

Directions

1.  Place dates in a medium bowl and fill with water, covering the dates entirely.  Allow them to soak while completing the following steps.

2.  In your food processor, place coconut flakes, cinnamon, almonds, and walnuts.  Pulse until broken down into a uniform size.  Not pulverized but small chunks.

3.  Add grated carrots, raisins, and pineapple (you're probably going to want to chop your pineapple rings to make them process more easily) to your nutty mixture.  Process until well blended.

4.  Peel skin from soaked dates and squeeze out the pit.  5-10 minutes of soaking should be plenty of time to make the skin removal easy breezy.

5.  Add your skinned and pitted dates to the nutty/carroty mixture and process until well blended.

6.  Roll your dough into 8 equal sized balls.  Now, you can stop here and you'll have some super delicious carrot cake balls, but if you want the Whoppers, continue on to the next steps.

7.  Slice each ball in half, and shape into "bun" shaped discs.  (Flat on the bottom, rounded on top, just like a burger bun.)

8.  Place on a baking sheet and bake at 325 for 15-25 minutes. Note:  You can leave these raw, if you'd like.  I like to bake them to add a little more texture, but they're equally as delicious raw.  If you're feeling indecisive, as I often am, bake half and leave the other half raw.  See which you like better.  If you're baking them, you'll know they're done when they're no longer sticky to the touch.

9.  While baking, prepare your cream cheese inspired filling.  Drain and rinse your cashews, and place all ingredients in your food processor.  Process until creamy and smooth. (Patience with this, it may take up to 10 minutes unless you have a high powered blender.  Continue to scrape the sides of the bowl intermittently as you process, to make sure all of it is well incorporated.)

10.  Place a spoonful of your filling on the flat side of one of your "buns," and top with the other half, putting the flat sides together.  Gently rotate the halves together to spread the filling evenly around and get that pretty "squish" around the edges.

11.  Will keep for 2 weeks refrigerated... if they last that long.  (And you'll probably have extra filling... so make a double batch of the whopper buns and you'll have even more.)

= Happiness.  Especially if you share with friends.

xox