Raw "Take the cake" Carrot and Raisin Bar
1/2 cup filtered water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 teaspoon fresh zested lemon peel (zest 1/2 lemon)
1 medium carrot, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1. Mix the water with the vanilla, and soak the nuts and seeds for 4 hours. Then process all ingredients but the raisins. Once mixture is smooth, stir in raisins.
2. Make patties or bars out of combined mixture. Make them thin.
3. Place in food dehydrator (best method) and dry for 12-24 hours (or until dry.) Turn patties after 6 hours.
4. If you do not have a dehydrator you can preheat oven on lowest setting (mine was 170 degrees), place patties on cookie sheet lined with paper towel or paper bag (make sure to check them occasionally; this helps them dry and not stick), and dry for 5-6 hours. Turn the bars over after 2 or 3 hours. If you like your bars really crisp (like me) it would be good to check them near the end and see if they need more time.
All ingredients should be raw, organic and non-irradiated, whenever possible.
Tastes like a cookie, and a little like a carrot cake, but without all the sugar.