Healthy Raw Carrot Cake Recipe

This nutrient dense healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt.

This nutrient dense healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt.

This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

I’ve been making this for over a decade. It’s one of my favorite desserts as a plant eater and its raw, meaning it’s filled with nutrients! It’s made from carrot juice pulp, dates and raw nuts and has the best icing I’ve ever ate!

To start with you’ll need to have carrot pulp. As someone who drinks raw carrot juice daily I have an overabundance of pulp that normally gets tossed in the compost heap or trash. You can check out my post on Making Fresh Carrot Juice and what juicer I use.

INGREDIENTS

  • Raw Cashews (These are the exact ones I buy for quality and cost.) I always buy my cashews on Amazon because that’s the cheapest I’ve found them. If you buy in bulk this brand is a bit cheaper per lb.
  • Walnuts 
  • Flax Seed
  • Flax seed grinder (mini coffee grinder)
  • Psyllium Husk (optional)
  • Dates (Medjool are the best due to softness but any type will work.)
  • Juicer (BEST juicer ever. I’ve had mine for years.)

Raw Carrot Cake Printable Recipe

Healthy Raw Carrot Cake Recipe
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This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. This makes a thin small double layer as shown though we've also made a larger version shown on our post that resembles a normal cake. The large one requires double the ingredients. The cake is VERY heavy so a little goes a long way! The icing is what makes it spectacular to be very generous with it!

This can be made almost 100% raw depending on the type of ingredients you use. i.e. raw honey etc. The cashews MUST be raw and NOT roasted for the flavor to be correct. Though not necessary, it's a good idea to make the frosting ahead of time if desired and chill it.
Ingredients
FOR THE FROSTING
  • 2 cup raw Cashews soaked for at least 1 hour
  • 2 Lemon, juiced or 2 TB bottled lemon juice
  • ¾ cup Honey (raw if desired)
  • 2 tsp almond extract
FOR THE CAKE
  • 1 cup raw Walnut halves (heaping)
  • 1 cup (scant) Dates ground
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ¼ cup Flax seed ground
  • 5 cups Carrot pulp from juiced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon scant
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Psyllium optional
  • 12 Walnut halves decoration
Instructions
Ahead of Time]
  1. Soak Cashews in water for at least 1 hour
Cake Mixture
  1. Place walnuts, dates, raisins, flaxseed, psyllium, nutmeg and cinnamon in food processor. Grind up.
  2. Place the mixture in bowl and add the carrot pulp.
  3. Knead well.
  4. Divide in half.
Make the Frosting
  1. Place cashews, lemon juice, honey and almond extract in food processor and blend till very smooth.
Assemble
  1. We have doubled the ingredients to make a larger version that resembles the size of a two layer cake. The one shown is a small size, though still with two layers. You can shape it by hand or use tins to help with the shape.
  2. Shape one half of cake mixture on plate to form lower layer.
  3. Ice with frosting.
  4. Shape other half of cake mixture to form upper layer and place on top.
  5. Frost the sides and top of cake.
  6. Refrigerate till cold.
 

 

 

Step by Step Photos

The raw cashews need to soak in water for about an hour to soften them up to make the icing. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

The ingredients for the icing alone are shown below. Though not required it can be helpful to make the icing ahead of time and allow it to chill in the fridge. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

This shows the ingredients for the cake itself. You can grind your own flax seed if desired. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

About 5 cups carrot pulp is needed for the smaller size cake. This is what is left over after juicing carrots. See our carrot juicing post here.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

I drink freshly squeezed carrot juice every day so it only takes me 2 or 3 days to save up pulp in the fridge. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Place only the cake ingredients in a food processor. Grind until texture shown. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Place the ground mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add the carrot pulp and knead well.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

After soaking the cashews, drain them and place them in a food processor with the icing ingredients (honey, almond extract and lemon juice) This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

You can use fresh squeezed or bottled lemon juice.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Blend until smooth. Set aside in the fridge to keep cold.This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Taking half the “dough” you can either pat it into a cake shape or use a mold or tin. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

You will be making two layers.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

After creating the first layer, spread about 1/3rd the icing on top. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Carefully add the next layer on top and press down well.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

If you used a pan or tin you will want to flip the cake out onto a place to finish icing. Press in any parts to pack them in tighter if needed. The cake is very moldable.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Cover the cake with the rest of the icing.This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

Chill before serving.
This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

This shows a piece of the raw carrot cake from a taller double layer one. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

I love this cake so much my daughter made me one for my last birthday. A little goes a LONG way with this as it’s very nutrient dense and heavy. This healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

This nutrient dense healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt.

This nutrient dense healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt.

 

This nutrient rich healthy raw carrot cake recipe is perfect for all you plant eaters and vegans out there and also those who want a decadent dessert without the guilt. 

2 Comments

    1. Nancy Author

      Hi Marie!

      I generally get my cashews on Amazon for the best price. I normally get a couple bags of this one which is 10oz (.68 an ounce i.e. $10 a lb) and a good price. https://amzn.to/2KlLgeC
      They do have a larger 3 lb bag which is .56 an ounce and (about $9 a lb) but I’ve never purchased this brand: https://amzn.to/2IH4rMA

      Both are organic if that’s a concern. It’s hard to find raw cashews depending on where you live and most health stores charge a fortune. Depends on where you live I’m sure but I’ve never found them cheaper than about $8 a lb. Prices will fluctuate though.

      I realized I didn’t link to those in the post. I’ll correct that now!

      Good luck!
      Nancy

      Reply

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