Raw Carrot Cupcakes and Creamy Vanilla Date Icing

Have an important celebration coming up? Perhaps a birthday? These raw vegan carrot cupcakes are just the thing to make your tastebuds burst into extreme happiness! This is a delightful recipe that I think everyone can appreciate. The classic dessert version is loved by all, however refined ingredients like flour and white sugar, as well as pasteurized butter and cream cheese are not always the best food choices to put into your body. That is why I created a raw version, that is sure to please all!

Carrot Cake Base:
4 large carrots (2-3 cups shredded carrots - either in food processor or the pulp from juicing carrots)
1 cup dates (pitted)
1 cup dried pineapple 
1/2 cup dried coconut
1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp. ginger (freshly pressed in garlic press, or shredded, or powder form)

Combine the cake base in food processor until mixture reaches cake-like consistency. Put this mixture into cupcake liners and put in the refrigerator to set. 

Vanilla "Cream Cheese" Frosting:
1 cup soaked cashews (or if you are allergic to nuts like I am, you may use 1 cup coconut meat. If you decide to use coconut meat, put in a little bit of flax or chia seeds when blending to make it coagulate a little)
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 tsp vanilla bean (use fresh, or in powder form - or use liquid non-alcoholized form)
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Blend this in the vitamix (see link above to purchase - the vitamix will make your frosting creamy and smooth, opposed to other blenders which are not as powerful.  If you purchase a vitamix through Live Love Fruit, you will get FREE shipping and handling! Click this link to purchase: http://livelovefruit.com/store/products/vitamix/). This takes a bit of perfecting to you, you may add more or less soaked cashews, or more or less dates. Whatever pleases you best. 

Spread this frosting on the cupcakes that have been sitting in the fridge, and enjoy for any kind of special celebration you might have planned! This is NOT an every day food, and would be something I create for a birthday once a year. Enjoy!


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Carly is a blogger, raw vegan, and nutrition enthusiast! She emphasizes healthy eating through a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Carly has taken her life-long passion of helping others and combined it with her passion for eating whole, raw foods, as a means to teach people to become more aware of the foods they eat. She has inspired and motivated thousands of individuals to critically think about what they put in their movies and to move towards a mind-set that helps them increase their consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. She enjoys reading, and learning about the body, food processing mechanisms and has a keen interest in detox and life regeneration. "Eat fruit, and be happy and energized. Eat greens and other mineral dense vegetables and feel calm and steady. A recipe for good health!"

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