Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl

November 17, 2012 at 8:42 am 3 comments

I’ve been loving on my “crunch bowls” or “dessert soups” for snacks or breakfasts. It’s more satiating and longer-lasting than a bowl of cereal with all the texture and flavor that I crave.

Lately I’ve been in the mood for carrot cake and warm spices so when I was short on time and had an abundance of baby carrots, I knew just how to use up a few. Too lazy to pull out the juicer (and clean it), I opted for a speedy blender bowl with a carrot cake-inspired recipe!

Side note: I had good intentions when I bought a juicer but I have yet to use it since the first few times I’ve pulled it out. I have a weakness for kitchen gadgets but ones that require a bit of cleaning have been set to the side with my schedule these days…excuses, excuses :) My speedy blender came to the rescue, again!

If you aren’t keen on slurping this “dessert soup” from a bowl, sip this from a glass in smoothie form :)

Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl (inspired by my Recovery Crunch Cereal Bowl)

Ingredients

6-7 baby carrots, chopped
1/2 cup plain coconut milk yogurt (can use cottage cheese, tofu or other yogurt for variations)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk  (or other non-dairy milk)
1/4 cup fresh or frozen pineapple (can omit
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional
splash of pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 medjool date or drizzle of honey or agave (do not use honey if vegan)
4-5 ice cubes

For serving
2 Tbsp raw buckwheat groats (granola can be subbed)
1 -2 Tbsp chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds (or a combo)
1 -2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)

Directions

1. In a blender, combine carrots through ice and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
2. Pour into a bowl, top with buckwheat groats, nuts and coconut flakes and enjoy!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rachel  |  November 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I can see myself getting into this for breakfast once the weather warms up a bit, which, in SF, will probably be next week!

    Reply
  • 2. Becca  |  December 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I made a version of this adding molasses instead of pineapple. It’s great to be able to eat ‘carrot cake’ mid-afternoon as a snack and feel great about it. Thanks for this creative snack/breakfast idea!

    Reply
    • 3. Becca  |  December 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Note: I only added 2 teaspoons of molasses instead of the 1/4 cup pineapple. This made it takes more like pumpkin pie to me than carrot cake, but that was fine with me!

      Reply

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