raw carrot cake with cashew vanilla frosting
My friend, Rachel, was one of my main inspirations for learning more about eating raw.
Last year she decided to give up cooked food and go raw for Lent. During the process, I was so impressed by her commitment to try tons of new raw recipes each week, and by the fact that she didn’t “cheat” a single time! More than anything, I was intrigued by how well she said that she felt when eating raw.
But a few days into our raw week, I was already bored and frustrated with smoothies and salads, mostly because I hadn’t made time to research raw recipes. So Rachel graciously sent us an amazing list of her favorites recipes, which was a huge relief and inspiration. She had everything from sprout burgers, to nori rolls, to lasagna and empanadas. But my eyes immediately locked on the words CARROT CAKE. My favorite. :)
Somewhat to my surprise, it was incredible!!! The “cake” was a breeze to make in the food processor, and once I threw in my favorite carrot cake spices and lots of fresh carrots, it tasted just like the real deal! The frosting was a little more of a stretch from the typical cream cheese frosting, but it was still sweet and “creamy” and paired well with the carrot cake. I opted to make mine bite-sized with my favorite mini cheesecake pan, but you could easily turn these into bars or normal-sized cake slices.
Definitely a winner of a raw recipe in my book! Thanks, Rachel!!
A simple and delicious recipe for carrot cake with vanilla frosting...made raw!
- 3 cups shredded carrots (about 1 lb.)
- 8 oz. (about 1 cup) pitted dates
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- (optional) 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup water (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- pinch of salt
Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until well-blended. Press mixture into a mini cheesecake pan or mini 4-inch springform pans or an 8-inch springform pan, or just a simple 8-inch baking pan. Top with Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting just before serving (recipe below).
Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor until blended. Add extra water to thin to your desired consistency if needed.
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