Raw Carrot Apple Cookies

This is another great way to use carrot pulp leftover from juicing.  If you don’t have a dehydrator you can bake them in a  low temperature oven.  I did this for years before I had a dehydrator, but you must keep an eye on them.  If they do actually bake, they will still be yummy, full of fiber and nutrition,  just not raw.  Still a healthy cookie you can feel good about snacking on or giving to the kids.

Raw Carrot Apple Cookies

carrot/apple pulp (leftover from juicing)

soaked ground buckwheat groats OR soaked rolled oats

ground flaxseed

sprinkle of stevia powder (very potent, a little goes a long way!) or a little honey

dash sea salt

ground almond meal

raw sesame seeds

raw sunflower seeds

chopped almonds

chopped dried fruit, your choice ( I used papaya and cherries)

about ¼ c. water with 1 ½ Tbsp, lemon juice

Soak grains in water (not too much) about 20 mins.. Add remaining ingredients; use your own judgment to make a moist dough.  Mix thoroughly using a wooden spoon. Shape and press dough into cookie shapes on teflex or parchment paper sheets.  Dehydrate until they resemble a moist cookie (4 – 6 hours) – not too long or they will be very tough.  If necessary flip and dehydrate on the other side until done.

You can vary this recipe by substituting whatever ingredients you have on hand for the nuts and seeds (poppy seeds, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seed, coconut, etc.) and chopped dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, currants, dates, etc.). Be creative – these cookies never come out the same twice!

Recipe: Carrot Cakes (Mock Crab Cakes)

I try to drink one or two glasses of carrot juice everyday. It always bothers me to throw away the carrot pulp after juicing, so I’ve found some creative ways to use it (besides just compost). This is one recipe I make often, and everyone seems to like it. The ingredients aren’t exact and you can adjust them according to the amount of carrot pulp you are using and your own personal tastes. The one thing I keep constant is the equal ratio of carrot pulp and cooked brown rice.

equal amounts of fresh carrot pulp and cooked brown rice (a good way to use up leftover rice)

finely chopped sweet red and green peppers

finely chopped onion

1 – 2 cloves pressed garlic

1 – 2 Tbsp. Braggs Liquid Amino Acids (or soy sauce), to taste

1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

1 tsp. Nori (kelp) flakes

1 – 2 Ener-G Egg replacer (according to package directions)

Seasoned bread crumbs (enough to hold it all together when molded into cakes)

Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. You want the mixture to hold together and not be crumbly. With your hands form handfuls of mixture into oval shaped patties, about 3/4 inch thick. (Wetting your hands during this process helps keep the mixture from sticking to your hands).

Fry patties, several at a time, in a large heavy frying pan containing about 1/8 inch hot oil. I use light olive oil — not the extra virgin kind (save extra virgin olive oil for your salad dressings). I have also baked them on an oil sprayed pan in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, spray cakes, and turn once. I like the way they turn out fried better because they are firmer, but you have to stand there while frying. Baking is easier, and doesn’t require your full attention, but the cakes will be less firm. Either way these are delicious!

Serve these with a sauce made from Vegenaise and horseradish. Make it as hot as you like.