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The Mini Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

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Anyone that knows me well enough can attest to my deep love for carrots, which I will gladly eat all day, everyday in the raw, in a cake, bread, or salad- pretty much anywhere.

A few weeks ago, I was craving something sweet, but not too sweet. Usually I can munch on a carrot and forget all about it. Not this time, I wanted something more. I searched the internet where I stumbled upon The Rawtarian who just so happened to have a recipe for a raw carrot cake. Carrots with some added sweetness was most definitely going to fit the bill.  The recipe looked easy enough and I thought I would be able to pull it off in a pinch or was I?

It is your lucky day because Laura-Jane so kindly gave me permission to share her recipe!

Mini Carrot Cakes (adapted from The Rawtarian’s Raw Carrot Cake)


  • 3 cups of grated carrots
  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups of dates
  • 1/2 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cups raisins (I actually used 1 cup because I love raisins)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (I most definitely used more than that amount- cant remember how much though)
  • 1/4 tsp of salt (I did not add any salt, and it still tasted just fine)
  • 1/4 tsp of allspice or more to taste

Optional spices:

  • cloves
  • nutmeg


  • Grate the carrots either by hand or in a food processor. I used the latter. Place them in a bowl.
  • Process the pecan in an empty food processor into a fine meal.
  • Add the dates to the pecan crumble, and combine well.
  • Add the shredded coconut.
  • Remove the pecan, date and coconut mixture from the food processor and addd to the carrots.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the carrot and pecan mixture. Combine well. I got a little dirty and used my hands.
  • Take the carrot cake batter and form into mini carrot cakes.
  • Place the mini carrot cakes on the parchment paper of your dehydrator and dehydrate for 1.5 hours at around 130 degrees, and reduce heat to 105 degrees. You can now dehydrate up to 10 hours or until they are crisp on the outside.
  • If you do not have a dehydrator, and want to still keep them slightly raw- simply put the heat on your oven at the lowest temperature, and keep your oven slightly open. Cook until they are crispy on the outside.
  • If you are not so concerned about the rawness, just bake them in the oven. However, I am not sure on the exact temperature. I would guesstimate anywhere from 300-400 degrees. But check on them often because I am sure hey will bake quickly.

Once done- gobble them up warm with some raw cream cheese frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting (adapted from The Rawtarian’s Cream Cheese Icing)


  • 1 1/2 cups of cashews (I soaked them for 3 hours, but not necessary)
  • 1/2 cups of water
  • 3 Tbsp of coconut oil or homemade coconut butter
  • 2 Tbsp of agave, maple syrup or honey (I used date paste the first time and honey the second)
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla or almond extract
  • Optional: cinnamon (I put it in everything)

*If you use date paste, I would say you will need more than 2 Tbsp, probably want to use around 4 dates to make the paste or more depending how sweet you would like the frosting.


  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy.
  • Place the frosting in either your refrigerator or freezer to allow it to harden.

Do not forget the coconut oil or coconut butter because that is the ingredient that will help make the frosting nice and firm.

Once the mini carrot cakes are done and the frosting is ready- take spoonful of the frosting and plop it on top of the mini carrot cake. No need to be fancy. Enjoy this not too sweet dessert for lunch or dinner or even breakfast. Don’t judge- I know you were thinking the same thing.

So- how do you think I did? Doesn’t look too bad?

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39 Responses to The Mini Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

  1. Eva | Little Cool Toys March 9, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Yummm!! Can’t wait to try these :) Will have to bake them in the oven though. The frosting sounds so good. Great weekend treat!

  2. Laura-Jane The Rawtarian March 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Congrats – they turned out beautifully. Love the first pic!

  3. legalmist March 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    They look yummy, and I may have to try them. But I also must object. One cannot call something with no cream cheese in it “cream cheese frosting.” It is false advertising or something. Besides, if you call it what it is — cashew nut frosting — I will think it sounds just as yummy but I won’t be annoyed by the misnomer! :)

    And you are right — definitely something I would have for breakfast…. mmmm.

    • Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      In the vegan community we don’t eat cheese and therefore call “cheese” substitutes just that cheese blah blah. Also, I think my title was clean that it was a raw vegan recipe, so one would have to assume it is not real “cream cheese.”

      Let me know if you try it and how it turned out.

  4. Greener Cleaning Mom March 10, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I am pinning this on Pinterest now. Looks delicious and healthy.

  5. Sonja @ March 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    This looks so good, especially that frosting! I pinned it and am totally trying it. I can’t stand waste either!

  6. Lisa Weidknecht March 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Thanks for linking up with the Planet Weidknecht Wet and Windy Weekend Hop!

  7. Michelle March 12, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Sounds interesting! Thanks for joining the email subscription hop at Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life! Have a great week!

  8. Shiloh March 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Ooh, this looks really really good. I just bought a dehydrator, and I’m looking for interesting things to try in it. I might give this a go.

    • Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      If you are looking for some fun recipes checkout KristensRawBlog, or uncooking 101. Lots of great recipes!

  9. Kelley Johnsen March 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    I love this recipe I will have to try this week. Curious can I do with almonds in stead of Pecans? I am a new follower by email Stopping by via the Inspire me Monday and Email Hop.

    • Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      I am sure it would taste good with almonds. I like all nuts so….:)

  10. Michelle @ Teagans Travels March 13, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Yum! This looks so delish…and healthy! I am trying to get rid of all the processed food in my life which is not easy…yeah, see my post on sugar cookies today. But this? I can DO this! Hurrah! Thanks so much for linking up to my Destination: Inspiration linky party on Teagan’s Travels. Hope you will be back each week because I’d love to see what else you have up your sleeve!


    • Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      I now limiting processed foods is quite the task, but slowly and surely it gets easier. One day at a time. Let me know if you try it.

  11. Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Brenna, let me know if you make them and how they turn out.

  12. Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    They are so yummy!

  13. Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I am sure it will still be tasty even if you use an oven. :)

  14. Good Girl Gone Green March 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Thanks, Claire!

  15. six sisters March 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    These look great! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you back!! -The Sisters

  16. Good Girl Gone Green March 14, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Let me know how they turn out!

  17. Katherines Corner March 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    oh my word, when can you bring these over? xo

  18. Michelle @ Green Earth Bazaar March 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Sounds good! I love anything with carrots too – especially carrot cake.

    Peace. 😉

  19. Michelle March 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Wow! This looks so yummy! I’ve been on the Eat to Live plan and this fits right in! Thanks so much for linking this up last week. Hope you’ll be back as we have our Destination: Inspiration party going on now at Teagan’s Travels.


  20. The Organic Blonde March 20, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    This looks awesome. I have some grated carrots for a vegan cake in my refrigerator right now. I may have to make this instead.

  21. Good Girl Gone Green March 26, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Thank you, Carolyn!

  22. Good Girl Gone Green March 26, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    If you like zucchini I am sure it would taste good!

  23. Good Girl Gone Green March 26, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks, Amy! I am trying to make some delicious recipes to share….try! :)

  24. Lys March 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Sounds and looks so delicious! I’d love to try it!

  25. Good Girl Gone Green March 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    It is so yummy!

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