Raw Carrot Cake and Nut Milk

by Sasha on December 7, 2011

The holidays are quickly approaching and I am starting to get into the festive spirit. Really!  Planning ahead in the kitchen will help you stick to your goals and eating plan. The holiday’s usually means extra calories, sugar and some not so healthy options. So if you want to stick to you meal plan it is best to start to plan ahead of time.  For example I know that wherever I go I will be following a raw vegan diet. So I need to be prepared to bring a dish with me or coordinate the meal. If I start to plan ahead then there is no stressing about it a the last minute. Here are two easy options that you could make over the holidays that won’t have you worrying away.

When I think holidays, I think of creamy and rich desserts and yummy drinks. Here area two guilt free options for you.This week after juicing I had a huge bowl of left over carrot pulp.  Half of it was used to make a carrot cake and the other half I put in the freezer.

Fresh Carrot Pulp

Carrot Pulp

For this cake since I already had the pulp and no whole carrots I made the cake a little differently. I took about one cup of walnuts and ground them in the processor. Then added in about 2 cups of pulp. Several tbs of carrot juice, shredded coconut and dates. Blend until it creates a dough texture.  Then I add in the spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Layer the mixture in a pan.

Raw Carrot Cake

Raw Carrot Cake

For the For icing I used macadamia nuts and fresh orange juice. Blend the nuts in the food processor with fresh orange juice until it is nice and creamy. Add your sweetener of choice and then layer onto the carrot cake. The orange juice turned the icing an nice yellowy-orange colour which was fun. Put in the fridge to firm up and enjoy.

Since I had some macadamia nuts left I made a smoothie. Use macadamia nuts, water and frozen banana to make a rich creamy drink. Vanilla and cinnamon can be added to make more of a festive treat as pictured below.

Raw Drinks

Creamy Dairy Free Macadamia Nut Milk

This is also great if you are craving those frothy coffee drinks. This is richer than your typical almond milk so it makes a nice addition to your holiday menu. You can offer this instead of eggnog. If you are on a budget, just use a few macadamia nuts and replace the rest with cashews.

Have you started planning for the holiday menu? What special treats are you going to make? Please share some of your ideas below so we can all support each other with some holiday recipes.

 

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shannonmarie (rawdorable) December 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

I’m so late in checking out your new site. I love it! Hope all is well 🙂

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Sasha December 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hi Shannonmarie,

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t worry about being late. Things are well and I am looking forward to getting caught up on all of your sites.

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JodyLynn @ Healthy Heyday December 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

The carrot cake looks devine! And your macadamia nut smoothie would be my choice for a chaser! 😉 I’ve been busy in the kitchen, as well, making holiday treats and gifts. I will be posting some of those recipes on my site soon. Merry Merry! xo

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Sasha December 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Hi Jody,
Thank you. Yes the macadamia nut smoothie will be great for any occasion.:) Can’t wait to see what you are up to as well. I am sure it will be fun.

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Erin December 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Looks great Sasha! I am looking forward to a Raw Vegan Christmas! Thanksgiving was a hit and so much fun!

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Sasha December 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Erin. Yes your thanksgiving raw meal was great. Looking forward to the holidays.

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