Obesity & Eating Disorder Recovery Recipe: Lemon Carrot Cake Pops

Photo Credit: Cameron Knight ckpj.com

Photo Credit: Cameron Knight, ckpj.com

Lemon Carrot Cake Pops

Ingredients:

For the Filling –

2 large Granny Smith Apples (about 1 lb), peeled, cored & quartered
1 large carrot (add more carrots and/or apples if they are small)
1/2 cup or more shredded coconut
3 Tablespoons cashew butter
1/3 cup crushed or finely ground pecans, raw or toasted
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon 100% vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon juice and zest of one medium lemon
2 teaspoons apple juice
pinch of salt

For the Coating –
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
2 tablespoons unrefined/cold pressed coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon 100% vanilla extract
zest of one medium sized lemon
coconut nectar
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

Grate the prepared apples and carrots.
Combine and squeeze the mixture a few times.
Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and press out as much juice as you can.
Set the juice aside and transfer the pulp into a medium sized bowl.
Add lemon zest to the bowl.
Add in coconut, cashew butter, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut palm sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, apple juice, and salt.
Combine well, using hands. Form into a ball.
Roll into 10 golf-ball sized balls. If too dry, add more juice. If too wet, add more coconut.
Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Add a lollipop or popsicle stick if making cake pops, skip this step if you are making cake balls.
Freeze for 45 minutes, or until firm.

Next, melt coconut butter and coconut oil until just melted. Combine in short drinking glass with vanilla, lemon zest, coconut nectar, and coconut palm sugar.
To assemble cake pops, take an egg carton, turn upside down, poke medium sized holes into each section. If you’re making cake balls, skip this step and just line a baking sheet with parchment.
Dip each cake ball in the coating. Let the excess coating drip off.
Stir coating mixture occasionally. Coating should harden.
Place each cake pop (stick side down) into a section of the egg carton.
Once all cake pops are dipped, dip each cake pop a second time. Let coating harden, transfer to a container, store in fridge.

Nutrition (1 cake pop) – 225 calories, 17 g fat, 2 g protein, 15 g carbs, 4 g fiber

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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