The body is the vehicle of our awakening and deserves respect and kindness. During the holiday season, most of us are bombarded with processed treats, which we tend to indulge, thereby putting a strain on this precious body. But we would all like a special treat now and then, especially during this time of celebration. So here is a treat that is kind to the body, one that allows us to celebrate the passing of the old year and the welcoming of the new.
- 2 cups spelt or whole grain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups chopped dates
- 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon allspice powder
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup apple or orange juice concentrate.
- As needed: water or some more juice depending upon the consistency of the batter.
- Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 375F. Generously spray an 8-inch cake pan with oil.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the water, dates, raisins and allspice powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Place the shredded carrots in a large bowl. Pour the hot liquid mixture on top of the carrots and let it cool completely.
- Add the chopped walnuts and juice concentrate; combine well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well. This will make a very thick moist batter.
- Spoon the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from pan after 10 minutes and allow to cool.
- This no-added-sugar cake tastes absolutely delicious without frosting, but if you choose to frost wait for the cake to cool completely and frost it with your favorite frosting.
8 – 12 pieces