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Carrot Cake with Cashew Frosting - Whole Grain, Macrobiotic, Vegan & Gluten Free

Carrot Cake with Cashew Frosting

Oh my goodness.

WAY back when this year, I made a delicious treat for Easter. It was a super dense, hearty carrot cake, made with a variety of healthier baking ingredients. I topped it off with a delicious lemony cashew frosting. This recipe will create a cake that is almost like baked oatmeal, so please expect a super dense, hearty cake - not a fluffy, light, blood sugar crashing kind of treat.

If you want to have a super duper healthy "I can eat this for breakfast" kind of cake, or simply a healthier way to indulge, please give the following recipe a shot and let me know what you think. Personally, I was mega pleased with it, and I had to stop myself from just spooning the icing directly into my mouth.
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Carrot Cake

Ingredients

DRY

  • 2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup gf oat flour (can sub any other flour!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • pinch sea salt
  • sprinkle of cardamon

WET

  • 1 - 398 ml can pumpkin puree

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (can leave out if you want, but I'd replace with some sunflower seeds perhaps)

  • 1 small container of applesauce (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or other milk)

  • 1/4 cup oil of choice (I used avocado, but you could use any veggie oil)

  • 2 medium carrots grated

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (makes a very minimally sweet cake! you could double or triple this amount if you'd like it to be more sweet).

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • Optional: 1/4 cup raisins, grated or diced apple

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. I whisked it all together with a fork.
  4. Grease a pyrex dish ( I used an 11x7 one, greased with coconut oil).
  5. Add dry to wet, and mix together. Pour into pyrex, and smooth with a spoon.
  6. Bake for 75 mins.
  7. Cake will firm up more once cooled. The consistency of this cake will be a LOT like baked oatmeal.

Lemon Cashew Icing

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups soaked cashews, drained and rinsed (soak for a couple of hours on counter)

  • Juice of 1 whole lemon.

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

  • splash of vanilla

  • a bit of water to thin if necessary

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy... it seems to get creamier the longer you blend it. You can add a splash more of water or maple syrup if you like, or try adding in a couple of soaked dates instead of maple syrup.
  2. Place frosting in fridge and let firm up a bit while cake is cooling.
  3. Once cake is completely cool, slather it in the icing, and keep in the fridge until serving!
  4. I decorated mine with some veggies and lemon zest :)

I personally think the cake tasted even better on the second and third days. Happy Eating!

MacroTreat Friday: Macrobiotic Carrot Cake!

Hey Guys!

I attempted a new recipe this week for MacroTreat Friday and well...it was a flop. Sorry!
I'm still getting used to my new teeny tiny gas oven. I'll try again for next week. Instead I'll dust off something old for ya'. :)

In the spirit of all things Easter, let's follow my train of thought:
Easter -> bunnies -> bunnies eat carrots -> carrots -> mmm carrot cake!

And by golly,  I have an old recipe for carrot cake kickin' around, that I made in Japan in my rice cooker! I am more than confident that you could bake it in the oven instead (suggestions below).
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MTF: Whole Grain Macro Carrot Cake

This is a super natural, healthy wholegrain cake. I made it and baked it in my rice cooker in Japan, and it turned out super nicely. It is a great breakfast cake! <3

Visit my super old post, with super old photos that got super jumbled when I switched platforms... and get ready for a SUPER delicious treat.

WHOLE GRAIN MACRO FRIENDLY CARROT CAKE

NEW SUGGESTIONS

  • I would swap out the stevia for some pure maple syrup (perhaps 2-4 TBSP of maple syrup) mixed in with the wet ingredients, and to compensate would reduce the almond milk by a couple of tablespoons to make up for the difference.
  • When I cooked it in the rice cooker, I just kept it in there for a total of about 45 minutes. I just set it for about 20 or 30 minutes, and then checked and turned it on for a bit more. I can't remember the exact setting, but it was either the white rice setting, or a setting that allowed you to just choose an amount of time. It shouldn't matter too terribly much <
  • TO BAKE IN AN OVEN: I would follow my initial recommendation of about 350F.  I would begin checking at 25 minutes.
  • If you don't want to puree your own kabocha, simply use an equivalent amount of canned pumpkin.

HAPPY EASTER my Dainty friends <3

May you all be well, be loved, and enjoy the long weekend!