When I was a child my mother (and many other mothers out there to be honest) used to tell me food myths to get me to eat my fruit and vegetables. These came in all sorts such as “eating spinach will make you strong like Popeye” , “eating the crust of the bread will give you curly hair” (noted that this one never worked as I have the STRAIGHT asian hair), and of course “eating carrots will help you see in the dark and improve your eye sight”.
As I lucked out in the gene pool with both of my parents having deteriorated eye vision prior to conceiving me, my vision also started to deteriorate at the age of 9 years old. This was a very sad day when I realised that I could no longer read off the board properly in school and had to copy off my friends notes. To be honest my vanity (yes even at the age of 9) got the better of me and I never tried to improve my eye sight properly through wearing my glasses regularly as they made me look like a small owl.
So instead, believing my mother that carrots would help improve my eye sight I loaded up on the carrots and anything containing carrots (my optimal choice was carrot cake when I was younger…I mean it still technically contained carrots, right?)
Today, I do not eat the traditional carrot cakes that are found in most cafes as they are normally loaded with sugar and fat. This is why I have created my own recipe of Raw Carrot Cake Bliss Balls that incredibly taste like carrot cake (my friends can vouch for this) but only contains wholesome, clean ingredients.
However, to be fair to all mothers out there they are not lying entirely with these food myths (ok maybe about the eating your crust one) because spinach itself does contain iron which helps us all build strong muscles, and carrots especially contain a high percentage of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a major part in improving eye sight and night vision. A diet deficient in vitamin A can lead to night blindness and other eye problems as this vitamin helps the surface of the eye and reduced the risk of eye infections. So get ready to make these Raw Carrot Cake Bliss Balls either for your children, yourself, or your friends and family in support of eye health and just general healthy food choices.
Makes 8 Bliss Balls
Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
Preparation & Cooking Time
15 minutes prep time
30 minute standing time
- 1 ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut (½ cup goes towards rolling the balls into)
- 8 medijool dates pitted
- ¾ cup of raw almonds
- 1 ½ medium carrots grated (with skin on for extra fiber)
- ½ cup of almond meal
- ⅓ cup of coconut nectar
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1 ½ tsp of pure vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 x food processor
- 1 x grater
- 1 x measuring spoon
- 1 x measuring cup
- 1 x plate
- Pre-Soak the raw almonds overnight
- Pre-soak the medijool dates for 10 minutes
- Reserve ¼ cup of shredded coconut on a plate for rolling
- Grate the carrots, leaving the skin on
- Place all the remaining ingredients in a high-powered food processor and process until fully combined
- Form mixture into 1-inch (2.5cm) balls and roll into reserved shredded coconut, coating balls completely, Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate for half an hour
- Keep chilled, or freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Bon a petit!
- If you find it find the balls hard to roll then wet your hands with water or rub coconut oil over your hands which will help with the stickiness