Why this raw vegan carrot cake?
So here’s the story: I LOVE carrot cake. In any way, shape or form; oats, smoothies (recipe coming soon!), bars, muffins, cookies, bliss balls or just your classic cake – a fat-free, sugarfree, version with coconut cream cheese frosting, in my case . I think it comes from the fact that I had it for the first time only just before I first went vegan 6 years ago.
Dubai’s Best Carrot Cake
In Dubai, carrot cake is famously made by a place called the Lime Tree Cafe (seriously awesome cafe to try if you are in Dubai). Anyway, my family continued to get it for special occasions, brunches and treats – only, I never again got to experience the delight the heavenly taste of the Lime Tree carrot cake. So, it became a slight point of obsession for me. Because I couldn’t have it, I WANTED IT. Thus, inevitably, during my brief hiatus from the vegan lifestyle – when I experimented with high-protein bodybuilder/fitness-style dieting – I indulged in it when I could. Now, several years into life as a high carb vegan, it is still one of my favourite sweets (and the best way to get me to eat carrots).
Raw Vegan Carrot Cakes
I love a good raw vegan carrot cake – it’s one of the classic raw dessert staples that you’ll find at any raw vegan cafe along with cashew cheesecake, blissballs and chocolate-caramel slice (perhaps we need to branch out a little bit more — but they’re just so good). However, these raw desserts are typically loaded with fat, taking the bulk of their substance from ground nuts, coconut and fats such as avocado or oil. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to these delicious goodies but if you want something to enjoy on the reg, then high fat gourmet raw just doesn’t do it for us high carb vegans interested in optimal health & longevity.
High carb vs. high fat
Remember, if you’re eating a set amount of calories per day, say 2500, then the more calories you’re getting from fat, the less you’re getting from carbs, which are the body’s preferred energy source. Therefore, in order to live the fullest, most vibrant life at the highest level of vibrational energy, you want to be choosing whole plant carbs as your staple. Don’t worry, you won’t gain weight. See what I eat in a day to maintain a lean, fit body here.
Now that I’m done with my tangent, let’s get to the recipe!
I’ve created a delectable fat-free raw vegan carrot cake using a special ingredient… juice pulp. I love juice but I never used to make it because I thought the amount of produce it took to make one juice was unreasonable — it felt it wasteful to throw out all that pulp left behind. Until alas, I had a brain wave. What is left after you’ve extracted the juice is pure, wonderful fiber–the very same thing that 97% of Americans are deficient in. This raw vegan carrot cake is filled with fiber and is thus totally resourceful. If there’s one thing I’m about, it’s that nothing goes to waste when I am around. Having lived with many people for whom food was not a right but a privilege, it pains me to see it being thrown away or wasted, even in the smallest amounts.
Unlike your typical carrot cake, which is loaded with butter, unhealthy animal fats, processed sugar and cholesterol, or your typical raw dessert, which is packed with nuts or vegetable oils, this dish is light, low fat and comprised of whole, plant foods. It's also a great way to use up leftover juice pulp!
- 1.5 cups carrot pulp just use shredded carrots if you don't have juice pulp
- 1/2 cup orange pulp
- 1/2 cup apple pulp
- 1.5-2 cup oats
- 1 " square of ginger crushed or finely diced
- 1/2 t each cinnamon nutmeg & cardamom
- 1/2 cup raisins I use extra large Persian currants and chop them
- 1/2 cup dried mulberries
- 1 cup dates chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple if you have some (optional)
- 1/2 cup coconut butter not coconut oil
- 1/4 cup date paste just pureed dates
- 1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
- Optional: raw vegan Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder see discount link below
Use gluten-free oats to make the recipe gluten-free
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Finally, here are some of my favorites for this vegan carrot cake recipe:
- Organic shredded coconut
- Coconut sugar
- Goji berries – extra large
- Organic golden berries
- Organic mulberries
- Raw vegan vanilla protein powder
- Organic golden berries
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