Healthy, delicious and simple no-bake cakes can be an excellent treat for all sweets lovers, and at the same time they are adaptable to all kinds of dietary trends, especially vegetarian, vegan, paleo and other cuisines. No-bake cakes are prepared quickly and easily, from well-chosen natural ingredients. Due to their composition, they are also rich in useful ingredients and are much more than ordinary sweets.
The benefits of no-bake sweets
Cookies, balls and other no-bake sweets are featured in the increasingly popular raw food diet. This cuisine has many advantages for our body, and for those who don’t know, it includes all kinds of food and drinks, including desserts. All vitamins, minerals and enzymes are preserved in raw food, in an intact form, while thermal processing depletes all foods, especially in terms of vitamin C and enzymes that are found exclusively in raw food and cannot be compensated by any supplements.
We also include raw foods in our regular diet, but that often ends up with a little salad with a meal or fresh fruit for a snack. A raw food diet means that all meals are prepared from fresh foods. Such a principle excludes certain food groups, which must be thermally or otherwise processed in order to be edible, such as meat, pasteurized dairy products, industrial products of all kinds, and so on. The useful ingredients that we normally get from these foods can be successfully replaced with well-chosen pressed products.
When it comes to sweets, the benefits of raw food are endless. No-bake cakes do not contain artificial sugars, additives for the aroma, appearance or form of sweets. They are made entirely of natural ingredients, nutritious and very tasty. Cereals, dried fruits, vegetable oils, fresh juices, spices and other healthy ingredients are used in the preparation. A few recipes follow.
Recipes for healthy cakes without baking
In the preparation of healthy treats that are not baked, we have a wide selection of good natural ingredients. In this way, we can quickly and easily prepare a delicious service for any occasion, an ideal dessert or treat that we can enjoy at any time, with numerous benefits for our health.
Apple and cinnamon balls – Apples are certainly the most widespread fruit in our region. Various varieties of apples are available to us throughout the year and are gladly used separately, but also for the preparation of various delicacies. With the addition of cinnamon, we can easily make these healthy cookies. It’s necessary:
- 3 peeled apples
- 100 g of oatmeal
- 100 g of raisins
- 3 spoons of carob
- 3 tablespoons of coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Grind the oatmeal into a powder like flour, then mix with the other dry ingredients. Grate the apples and add to the mixture. Mix everything well and knead into a compact mass, then put it in the refrigerator for about an hour so that the ingredients are well combined. Shape into balls and serve. If desired, they can be rolled in ground almonds, a little cinnamon or another ingredient of your choice. Store in the refrigerator.
Vegan carob bombs – No-bake cookies are often featured in vegan and vegetarian diets. Carob is an excellent healthy ingredient that replaces cooking chocolate in many recipes. Here’s how to make carob cookies that taste like real chocolate. The required ingredients are:
- 100 g of almonds
- 100 g of hazelnuts
- 100 g of dates
- 30 g of coconut
- 3 teaspoons of ground carob
- 1 large ripe banana
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Separate the dates from the pits and chop them very finely or grind them in a food processor. Grind almonds, chop hazelnuts, and mash bananas. Mix all the ingredients and knead to a compact mass that can be formed into balls. If necessary, add ingredients if the mass is too thin or thick. Shape into balls and roll in ground almonds or coconut. Leave them to harden in the refrigerator, and serve at room temperature.
Carrot Cookies – In the preparation of simple quick cakes, carrots are a common ingredient. It is rich in beta carotene and other useful elements, and it goes well with vegetable dishes, salads, and various sweets. For these healthy cookies you will need:
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- ¾ cup dates
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup coconut
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- Pinch of salt
- Lemon or lime zest
Chop the dates and walnuts in a chopper, so that a grainy texture is obtained. Chop the carrot and use the juice or pulp, then mix all the ingredients. Knead into a compact mass, then separate the cookies with a spoon and arrange them on a tray. Cakes can be topped with cashew frosting and decorated with some chopped walnuts or almonds. Put them in the fridge to cool and set, at least an hour.