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January detoxing doesn’t have to be boring, bland and uninteresting! The secret is to put your veggies into sweet treats! Kate Bradley, author of Bliss Bites, shares her scrumptious Carrot Cake Bliss Bites recipe and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Make a big batch on a weekend and you’ve got a load of healthy, but delicious treats to snack on whenever a craving hits!

I love carrot cake, and clearly I love bliss balls. Combine these two concepts and you get carrot cake balls. Enough said.

Makes 12: Preparation time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

150 g (5½ oz/1½ cups) walnut halves

10 medjool dates (about 200g/17 oz), pitted

1 large carrot, grated

1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

pinch sea salt flakes

50 g (1¾ oz) LSA (linseed, sunflower seed and almond mix) or ground almonds

finely grated zest of 1 lemon (optional)

70 g (2½ oz/1 cup) shredded coconut

 

METHOD

Place all the ingredients, except the desiccated coconut, into your food processor or blender and process them until combined.

Take about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll it into 2.5 cm (1 in) balls then roll the balls in the desiccated coconut to coat.

Place the balls in an airtight container, then refrigerate or freeze them. These will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge, and a couple of months in the freezer.

NOTE:

If you want some walnut chunks in here (which are so good), add an additional 30 g (1 oz/¼ cup) or so of crushed walnuts, after processing the mixture. Knock back the grated ginger to ½ teaspoon if you want a milder gingery-ness.

Bliss Bites by Kate Bradley (Hardie Grant, £8.99) Photography © Elisa Watson

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