I would take chocolate over any dessert any time. BUT, but my friends, this raw carrot cake is delicious! Maybe it’s the sweet moist cinnamon-y bread. Or the thick lemony vanilla icing. Whatever it is, it’s amazingly similar in taste and texture to the baked version of a carrot cake. However, unlike the real deal carrot cake, this raw carrot cake is healthy and super easy to make.
The first time I made this raw carrot cake, I made it into a traditional style layer cake. It looked beautiful, but it was too much work. So the second time I made it, I turned it into a simple two-layer carrot cake with icing just on the top.
This recipe utilizes a natural sweetness of carrots and dates, a flour-like texture of ground coconut, and cream-like consistency of blended cashews. You’ll need just a small slice to feel full for quite some time. It’s the type of cake that will satisfy your sweet tooth but also serve your body because it’s made of real, nutrient-dense food.
Is it calorie-free? No. Can you eat the whole thing in one sitting? No. (I wish!) Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security just because it’s healthy, organic, and raw. The reason I’m saying this is that one of my friends recently made these Raw Brownies and apparently ate them all in just two days! I don’t blame her because the Raw Brownies are to die for.
However, raw desserts are just that – desserts. They might not contain table sugar and artificial sweeteners, but they do include ingredients like dates, maple syrup, or honey, which our bodies break down and absorb in the same way as refined table sugar. And then there are ingredients like coconut oil, and nuts and seeds in different forms and shapes (whole nuts, nut milks, nut butters . . .), which significantly increase the calorie density of these desserts. In fact, raw desserts can be as calorie dense as regular desserts.
That being said, raw desserts do have some advantages over regular baked desserts. They are gluten-free and dairy-free, use whole-food ingredients, and are more nutritious. If you’re going to indulge in a dessert, why not indulge in one that’s going to give you something back in return? That’s right. You have my permission to go and make this Raw Carrot Cake. Just don’t eat the whole cake in one sitting.
If you try this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it.