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Red Beet Cake with Walnuts and Sunflower Seeds

This red beet cake with walnuts and sunflower seeds is a true eye-catcher and full of flavor. Apples and beets provide a moist texture and important nutrients.
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raw-vegan

25min    55min    easy  
Water 39.9%  54/11/35  LA 6:1 ALA


Ingredients (for servings, )

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Equipment

  • blender or hand-held blender / immersion blender
  • refrigerator
  • grater
  • vegetable peeler

Type of preparation

  • chop or grind
  • food preparation without heating
  • cool
  • meld
  • peel
  • grate (shred)
  • knead

Preparation

  1. For the red beet cake
    Finely grind the walnuts and sunflower seeds in a blender. Wash and grate the apple and then combine with the shredded coconut, coconut flour, walnuts, and sunflower seeds in a bowl. Set to the side.

  2. Instead of grams, the original recipe uses the American unit “cups” for the ingredients. It calls for 2 cups of walnuts and 1 cup each of sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, and coconut flour.

    You can also peel the apple before grating in order to achieve a smoother mixture.

  3. Peel and cube the red beets. Cut the vanilla bean pod in half and use a knife to scrape out the amount called for or more. Purée both of these ingredients along with the raisins, agave syrup, and spices in the blender.

  4. In the original recipe, the author uses 3 cups of red beets, which corresponds to about 3 medium red beets (peeled). In addition, the recipe calls for 1 cup raisins and ½ cup agave syrup. No specific amount is listed for cinnamon; you can use more or less, as desired. It also calls for 2 pinches of ground vanilla, whereby we recommend using vanilla bean pods instead.

  5. Combine the mixture with the other prepared ingredients and the coconut oil in a bowl and knead until you have a smooth dough.

  6. For health reasons, we have cut the amount of coconut oil called for in the original recipe (½ cup) in half (see Tips).

  7. The dough should be smooth and pliable. Shape the dough into a loaf and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so that the flavors can meld.

  8. The recommended cooling time is 30–60 minutes.

  9. Serving
    Dust the red beet cake with coconut flour before serving.

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Notes about recipe

This red beet cake with walnuts and sunflower seeds is a true eye-catcher and full of flavor. Apples and beets provide a moist texture and important nutrients.

Serving size: This recipe makes one cake.

Red beets: Red beets (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris), also known as beetroot, are particularly well known for their deep red color that comes from the high concentration of the glycoside betanin, a compound in the betalain class of pigments. Thanks to their high levels of Vitamin B, potassium, iron, and folic acid, red beets are a healthy vegetable that can be eaten cooked or raw in salads. Red beets contain high levels of oxalic acid, which is why individuals who are at risk for developing kidney stones, such as Crohn’s disease patients, should avoid eating large amounts of the vegetable.

Walnuts and fat content: Walnuts are the nuts that contain the highest proportion of linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid that is healthy for the heart). In addition, they are rich in vitamin E, zinc (an important trace element for the liver and hair), and potassium (essential for the functioning of the heart and other organs).

Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds contain over 90 % unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamin E, vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin F, carotene, calcium, iodine, and magnesium.

Shredded coconut: Shredded coconut is coconut that has been dried and shredded. It has a naturally sweet flavor.

Coconut flour: Coconut flour is made by grinding and dehydrating coconut meat and then extracting the oil. This is why it is a by-product in the production of coconut milk and coconut oil. Thanks to the relatively high proportion of indigestible carbohydrates it contains, coconut flour has the highest proportion of fiber of all common flour types. Coconut flour has a somewhat sweet, nutty flavor, which is why it is an especially good choice to use in sweet dishes. And because it absorbs liquids quickly, it also works well as a binder.

Agave syrup: Agave syrup, also called agave nectar, is a sweetener obtained from the agave plant. Raw agave syrup is more full bodied and has a neutral flavor. When you are purchasing and consuming agave syrup, there are a few general guidelines to keep in mind. Since the label “Raw,” isn’t strictly regulated, raw foodists should find out how agave syrup varieties advertised as raw are actually produced. Even if a gentle production process is used, agave syrup is not a natural product. Some manufacturers also market their products by claiming that they contain inulin, a prebiotic soluble fiber that is often attributed health-promoting characteristics and linked to mineral absorption or high levels of intestinal flora. However, the end product usually contains very little inulin as enzymes are added to convert this substance into sugars, most notably, fructose. The above-average level of fructose contained in agave syrup allows the product to have a very low glycemic index, but in large amounts can lead to health problems that are more harmful than products with a comparatively higher glycemic load. Just as so many things in life, too much of a good thing can be harmful.

Dates (especially organic Medjool dates), freshly squeezed fruit juices, and stevia leaves are good natural alternatives that can be used to sweeten a wide range of dishes and desserts.

Tips

Preventing stains: When peeling the beets, you may want to wear gloves in order to prevent your hands from being stained a reddish, violet color.

Reducing the amount of oil: We have intentionally reduced the amount of coconut oil. If you don’t think it is enough, you can add a little more. If you are interested in reading more about why it is a good idea to reduce your oil intake, please see our detailed review of the book Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss.

Vanilla bean pods or extract instead of ground vanilla: Ground vanilla loses a lot of flavor during the grinding process. It is only by grinding the pods along with the seeds that the product can retain more flavor. This is why vanilla beans are a good choice; alternatively, you can use vanilla extract.

Alternate preparation

Peeling the apple: You can also peel the apple before grating in order to achieve a smoother mixture. However, you will then not get the vitamins and minerals found in and under the apple peel.

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