Raw Mini Carrot Cakes

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve owned my dehydrator for several months now and have yet to produce anything post-able. I’ve had a few flops with it (damn you juice pulp crackers) and some recipes that are just so-so.

One recipe that is still in progress is my homemade fruit roll-ups. They taste amazing (the only ingredients are strawberries and bananas):

But they look like bologna, ick!

Well, I FINALLY made something today that I a. loved and b. would make again. I have to credit JL at JL Goes Vegan for the recipe. She called this recipe Raw Carrot-Banana Cake, but I’m calling it Raw Mini Carrot Cakes. Served with my Macadamia Sweet Cream Sauce, they.are.the.bomb. Thanks JL!!!

The other cool thing about this recipe is that you can use some of your veggie pulp from the juicer. I’m making loads of this lately:

As long as your juice is heavy on the carrots, you can use the pulp for this recipe. If you’re only using greens or adding other crazy stuff like onions to your juice, then stick to the carrots only. For the cakes, you’ll only need about 2 cups of the pulp. The first step is to throw 6 large dates into a food processor with 3/4 cups of pecans or whatever nut you like. Pulse until they are combined and then add the remaining ingredients:

I spooned the batter into my mini muffin pan:

I dehydrated the crap out of these babies: 2 hours at 145 degrees and then I removed them from the pan and dehydrated another 7-9 hours at 115-125 degrees. They were “cooked” through and even a little crunchy on top, just like a real carrot cake should be! How delicious do these look? (Confession: I actually ate 4 of them for dessert and about double the amount of cream sauce pictured here).

Here’s the recipe:

This recipe isn’t exactly light, but it is fabulous for a treat.

As part of my resolution to have more fun, I went to a new hiking spot today! It was less than an hour from my house but provided some excellent scenery and a decent amount of exercise. Here’s a picture of me at the top of the trail:

What’s the next fun activity you have planned for this summer? It can be as small as eating cake (ha!) or something big like a vacation.

Comments

    • says

      Me too! I go to the effort and expense of buying organic veggies so it does seem like a waste to throw away the pulp. Let me know if you come up with any creative ways to use it, I am still on the search for new recipes. :)

  1. Lisa says

    Ohhh, I want to try this! They look so good. What dehydrator do you own? It’s my birthday this week and I was planning to buy one with my birthday money. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Lisa, I bought an Excalibur dehydrator because it sounded like the best one based upon my research. I got one with 5 trays and, be warned, it’s very big and loud! I have to put it in a separate room when I’m using it and I think I could have gone with a smaller version. Other than that, I like it. :)

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