Raw Carrot Cake

I won’t pretend, that I come up with my raw pie and cake recipes all by myself – most of them are inspired by other ‘raw-tarians’ and the recipes they post on their blogs and websites. However, most of the time I alter them, depending on what ingredients I have at home or what is easier for me to get.

The reason I decided to make this raw carrot cake was that I had a lot of walnuts at home (good deal in local nut shop)… You can find the original recipe here. The actual cake is pretty much the same, however, I changed the icing a lot due to not having any cashews at home (in fact, I changed it completely to different icing). So anyway, give this a go. It tastes… different! But good different 🙂 The carrots gives the freshness and the coconut icing is just perfect.

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Raw Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing

Ingredients:

Carrot Base

  • 1 cup carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins (I used big ones)
  • 1/2 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

Icing:

  • 2 cups dried shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Method:

1. Place carrots in food processor. Process them very briefly – just to reduce them to littler chunks – about the size of pieces of popped popcorn. Leave carrots in food processor.

2. Now add all cake ingredients into food processor. Process briefly and slowly, stopping to monitor the process. You want to get the texture seen in the above pictures – you want to be able to see small chunks of carrots, walnuts, etc. Do not over-process!

3. Press cake down into a cake pan or square baking dish. Alternatively, you can shape the raw carrot cake mixture into a “cake” shape on a plate using your hands.

4. Blend all the icing ingredients until smooth – pour over the cake base.

5. Place the cake in the fridge for couple hours until the icing hardens.

 

The cake is finished. It really takes only 10 minutes to make it – way better than any of these baking required cakes, right? 🙂

 

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