Overview

This raw carrot cake recipe does require dehydrating, but it's still simple to make. You don't have to make icing either, although it does taste better with raw cream cheese icing on it.
  • Prep Time

    10 min
  • Total Time

    10 hours 10 min
  • Suggested Servings

    8 servings
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Grate carrots either by hand or in a food processor with a grating attachment. Place into a huge bowl and set aside.
  • 2. Process pecans in an empty food processor. Process into a fine meal.
  • 3. Add dates to pecans in food processor and process again until well mixed. Add coconut and process again.
  • 4. Remove mixture from food processor and add mixture to the big bowl that contains the carrots.
  • 5. Add all remaining ingredients to the big bowl and stir until very well mixed.
  • 6. Line three dehydrator trays with parchment paper.
  • 7. Take raw carrot cake batter and with your hands shape into individual small slices of cake about ¾ of an inch thick, 3 inches wide and 5 inches long, like a hashbrown shape or into little circles like the photo. Plop slices/rounds of individual-sized cake portions onto parchment paper. (Do not make a big loaf, it will not dehydrate properly. You must shape individual slices!)
  • 8. Dehydrate on high for 1.5 hours. Reduce heat and dehydrate for another 10 hours or until your desired consistency is reached. I like them to be crisp on the outside, mostly dry but still a bit moist on the inside. Store in refrigerator when ready.
  • 9. When you're ready to eat, just spread some refrigerated raw cream cheese icing onto a slice of this raw carrot cake recipe and eat immediately. And smile!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw carrot cake recipes are another gem that eluded me until I'd been raw for about two four years or so. But now I love to make them because the taste takes me right back to my childhood since carrot cake was a big treat in our household.

This raw carrot cake recipe does require dehydrating, but it's still simple to make. You don't have to make icing either, although it does taste better with raw cream cheese icing on it. (Like, duh! What doesn't taste better with icing on it, right??! I mean, seriously.)

And with my 30th birthday coming up, it makes sense to get into raw cake mode with this raw carrot cake recipe!

Big thanks to Dee whose request inspired me to post this recipe with her comments on my raw cheesecake recipe.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories, and Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • This recipe is a good source of Dietary Fiber.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, and Vitamin B6.

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Hi ,this is my first recipe that I'm doing in my new dehydrator....my question is what temp is considered high in the dehydrator?

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Thank you! They came out so delicious!!!

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I'm so glad! :) What's up next for you and your dehydrating next?

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These were dreamy. I gifted them to three friends and I think two are now considering getting a dehydrator (seriously!). I used Turkish apricots because I was out of dates and boosted the lemon. Looking forward to trying out the original recipe with dates! They make a very filling breakfast treat.
Thanks again, Laura Jane. Your website has been indispensable to me.

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Nice substitutions re: the Turkish apricots :) You're a good friend to be sharing your goodies, Jeannine. I don't mind sharing my recipes, but I am not a big fan of sharing my actual real-live-edible food heehee

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This is my first time on a raw cooking site and I really really want to start doing some of the recipes. However, I just tried doing buttertarts with beans and maple syrup and the taste is amazing but I find it looks too much like a pumpkin pie. Do you have any suggestion as to how could I make them runny like the real thing????

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Hi Lise,

Which recipe were you using?

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Awesome! Made last night, and they are delish! I was at the end of my pecans so about 1/4 cup was walnuts..which is fine by me because we always did chopped walnuts on the top of the carrot cake icing anyway :) I added the nutmeg and a pinch of ginger for that holiday spice taste. I did 1/4 cup scoops, shaped into circles and got 12 servings. waiting for my cream cheese icing to chill! <3

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Sounds pretty, Chrissi!

I find walnuts/pecans sub pretty much interchangeably in most recipes. Mmm to the ginger addition!

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I am having a problem with this recipe.....it is so good I cant get them into the dehydrator before my family eats all of the batter!!! This is definitely a keeper!!!!! Thank you so very much!!!! This is the best carrot cake I have ever had!

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Lol that's a good problem to have Rebecca

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I'm planning to make these for my son's 1st birthday party. Could I put the cakes into a cute cupcake liner in the dehydrator?
Thanks:) Excited to try this!!

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You sure can Katie! Happy bday to your little guy :) 1 year - did it go by fast?

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Wonderful! My friends loved this recipe so much, thank you so much.

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I'm so glad, Janice :)

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Just made these. Instead of folding in the raisins, I put them in the food processor. Used a bit of nutmeg and ginger too. Dehydrated for many hours...shaped them into little 2" cakes. Really delicious, this recipe is a keeper. Made an icing with coconut butter, a little agave, a squeeze of lemon juice and some water. Laid a slice of strawberry on top and garnished with fresh mint. Very yummy!

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Awesome Maria. I do have one question though, where's my little cake?? It sounds deelish and I want a bite! :P

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can you still do this recipe and eat it without a dehydrator please x

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Hi Pauline, try this raw carrot cake recipe - a dehydrator is not required for this one: https://www.therawtarian.com/raw-carrot-refrigerator-cake-recipe

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Could you put the carrot cake batter into little cupcake holders and then place them in the dehydrator? or would that not work? Looks soooooo yummy just reading the recipe! :)

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Hi Sierra, That would work wonderfully!

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Hi ,this is my first recipe that I'm doing in my new dehydrator....my question is what temp is considered high in the dehydrator?

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Hi Danielle, is considered around 135 degrees.

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Thank you! They came out so delicious!!!

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I'm so glad! :) What's up next for you and your dehydrating next?

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Hi Laura-Jane
Just wondering if this recipe can be stored in the freezer? If not, how long would it last in the fridge?
Thanks :-)

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Hi Carrie, I don't think that I've ever frozen these, but in my experience dehydrated cakes and breads and crackers keep pretty well in the freezer.

Re: the fridge, these keep pretty well in the fridge - 5 days maybe?

Hope this helps :)

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Thanks Laura-Jane that's really helpful :-)

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can you use the carrot pulp from juicing?

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Hi Joe, great question, Yes, although you might want to use half pulp and half fresh carrots just to make sure the consistency doesn't get too out of whack :)

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Oh that's a shame :/ and you can't put it in the fridge to chill? Kind of like a brownie, or would that not work either? Sorry to be a pain

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Hi Tayla, this recipe is meant to be dehydrated. But I can recommended a lot of other recipes that you can make for a birthday that don't require one. For example, raw cheesecake, raw brownie recipe and icing, raw banana cream pie, raw apple pie, etc. Hope this helps!

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Hi there, this recipe sounds amazing, i was just wonderng though, would this recipe work in a oven? I don't have a dehydrator but this sounds perfect for my mums birthday. Thanks

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Hi Tayla, no sorry, a dehydrator is required for this one :( Oven won't work

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hiya when do you add the psylium husk and what method x

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Hi Declan, although I use psyllium husk a lot, it is not called for in this recipe.

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I have these in the dehydrator now... the mixture was SO good I could have eaten it right out of the bowl!! Can't wait for them to be done:)

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So glad you enjoyed them Sara :)

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WHAT'S A HASHBROWN SHAPE? I HAVE A BIG BOWL, BUT WHAT THE HELL IS A HUGE BOWL? SHOULD THE BOWL FILL MY KITCHEN?!?!?! I DON'T WANT TO SWIM IN CHIPPED UP CROTS!!!!!

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Lol Nick

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Freaking brilliant!

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Tim, I know you are but what am I?

:P

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Made these last night. Without the icing, tastes like a "morning glory" muffin only no wheat, no sugar, no acrylamides! Love it.

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Glad you like Lauren!

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I'm not finding the raw cream cheese icing recipe.? Help please. This is a childhood fave for me too.

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Hi Bonnie, use the search function (bottom bar) and type  "cream cheese" and you shall find it!

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New to raw, just got a small Excalibur. Tried the carrot cake and the onion bread. LOVED them both. Thanks so much for posting.

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Hi Jana, glad they both worked out well for you! You chose great recipes to start with :) Congrats on your new dehydrator!

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Hi there, I was looking up ways to slim down, im the biggest i have been in my life...your recipes seems easy i love dates and they are part of my regular diet...my question which dehydrator do u recommend? What brand? Thanks look fwd to hearing from you:)

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Hi Arjumand! Re: dehydrators, most raw foodies recommend the "Excalibur" (9-tray model). They are the best, but they are also expensive. You can also get cheaper models that are "knock-offs" - "Good4U" and "VegiKiln" are both good. (They are white. Get a 9 or 10 tray.) Just avoid getting those round dehydrators that stack together. They don't circulate air well. Hope this helps!

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I made this and it is fantastic!! I halved the portions and tweaked it here and there to my taste/what i had in my pantry but followed the basic recipe. It is the best raw cake I have ever tasted! The texture is perfect! I dehydrated til firm enough to hold but still soft. Mmmm YUM! Thankyou for your awesome site! :)

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Be still my heart! xox :)

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I made these for the first time yesterday. I am in absolute awe how yummy they are. My family is totally impressed with them. Looking forward to making the icing today to top them off! thx for sharing !!

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Yum! And everything is better with icing, no?

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This is amazing. Even yummy without dehydrating. Thank you for posting this recipe. I am new to raw foods and this is fabulous.

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Hi Shireen! So glad you are enjoying :) I hope you were able to dehydrate and enjoy the dryer texture :)

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hey, i've not got a dehydrator, what's the difference between one of those and using a very low oven setting? and why put water in if you're going to spend energy removing it afterwards? i'm new to raw, please forgive my daft questions....

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There are no daft questions :) An oven cooks (heats) while a dehydrator removes moisture - they work differently - dehydrator relies a lot on the fan. As for adding wetness and then removing, that is a very good question! Mostly it's to facilitate the mixing process - without making it moist it's hard to combine the ingredients.  Hope that makes sense!

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Don't hate me!!!! I cooked them.!!! they were absolutely amazing. i left out the water - will cut the dates down by half next time. (too sweet for me)
baked in slow oven 150 deg celcius for aprox one hour.

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I could never hate you Charein :) I am impressed that they turned out okay in the oven as the recipe wasn't intended to be ovenized. Thanks for sharing and so glad you liked!

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Yumm. I can't eat wheat and have been craving carrot cake (refuse to eat the boxed gluten free stuff) I've been using lots of nuts and veggies as replacements (shocking how versatile the are). I'm so glad I found this site. I had to force myself not to eat the dough before getting it onto the trays. I ended up using a zuchinni in with carrots because I didn't have enough carrots once grated. I'm excited to try more of your recipes!

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Now I am so interested to buy dehydrator! I am seriously becoming a raw vegan for my health.

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Do it! You won't regret it :)

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I am so inspired by your recipes! I do not have a dehydrator (yet!) but do have a dehydrate setting on my new oven, it can be set as low as 100 degrees, will this work? Thanks so much!

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Love the recipe, thanks. It was my inspiration to make thin chewy carrot cookies, and i used up the carrot pulp from juicing that often ends up I the compost. They are delicious.

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I'm looking forward to trying this one! I made a carrot cake recipe from therawchef.com a while ago, and while it was very tasty, it was just so complicated and time-consuming (although part of that might have been hand-grating the carrots! whoops!). One question though. I've found that making my food look good has a lot to do with my desire to both eat it and continue making it. So, how did you get your cake so perfect looking? Did you use some kind of cookie mold to make it perfectly circular? Definitely does not look like a hand-shaping job ;)

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Sounds perfectly yummy and wholesome! Can you use an oven on low? Mine can only go as low as 170 deg., higher than the temps you mentioned. I don't have a dehydrator. Thanks!

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Hi Kathy,

No, it won't work in an oven. :(

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But you can make these no-bake raw brownies instead :) http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe/ (no D. required)

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When you say, dehydrate on high, what temperature is that? Same with the low... I'm new to this...just started my new raw lifestyle a couple weeks ago and your website has been a lifesaver!! I got a dehydrator yesterday and I'm eager to make this recipe in particular, but I was just unclear on the temperature. Also, I had a question. Is sugar raw? Is there any sugar that I can eat? Thanks again for everything!

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No, sugar is not raw.

For sweeteners people use stevia, dates, banans, agave nectar (might be raw but highly proceessed), raw unprocessed honey (not vegan), maple syrup (not raw)

 

Low is 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius) or lower. High is probably 130 degrees

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sorry i was wrong my friend told me that and i did not look for the truth it is in the right place and she went in to because of the frosting.

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No problem Nora! Thank you for letting me know :)

There is nothing worse than having something WRONG and nobody telling you! I hate that. Like I had an email autoreply on saying that I was on vacation for like a week even though I was back from vacation and nobody told me about it. Arg!!??  Jeez.

It is kind of confusing to have the recipe in both categories, I will admit. Thank you for your feedback and for caring Nora. Muah! Bye

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it look delicious I just want to let you know that the recipe is in a wrong place it said that no need dehydrator and that's not the case , thank you for all your nice information i love it.
Nora

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I just found your site recently through Pinterest. I loved and saved many of your recipes to make soon. I made the carrot cake yesterday with only a couple of changes. When I was at Whole Foods about a year ago, I purchased a piece of raw carrot cake ($9 a slice) and it was not dehydrated. I really loved it but could not afford to pay that much for one small slice again. I decided to taste your cake without putting it in the dehydrator and LOVED IT! I even iced a piece for my non-raw eating friend and he loved it, too. I will be making this again and again. The only change I made with the recipe was to leave out the water. It turned out perfect. I may have thrown in a few extra dates (to finish my supply). Excellent. Thank you so much!
Jen

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$9 a slice! Wow.

I like your idea. I think I like a hybrid a lot of this carrot cake recipe - like, half dehydrated on outside still kinda mushy in the middle - actually, probably more like 3/4 dehydrated.

Love the idea and thanks for sharing. Readers who don't have dehydrators will be glad to read about your experience

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I have been looking for a good carrot cake recipe. Thanks for this!! Thanks for your site and encouragement in my journey into raw living!!

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It is my pleasure Rebecca

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This looks delicious...ironically I've been craving carrot cake lately-which is odd for someone who ONLY eats chocolate desserts!!! ;-)

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Lol, I don't discriminate when it comes to desserts. As long as it's sweet I'm in :)

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i made this last weekend and it is delicious! the flavors are perfect and i love it for lunch :)

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Yay! I am so glad you like it Lahna. :)

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Glad I was able to inspire this awesome recipe..I am going to substitute coconut flour for the ground nuts..I think almond flour would taste heavenly in this as well, but alas I am allergic to almonds :-( ..Will try this tomorrow and let you know how it turns out..

Thanks!

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Awesome Dee! Bummer about the almond allergy - but sounds like you've got a handle on some good substitutions

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I adore carrot cake. this looks amazing. thanks for sharing. This one is for the recipe box. ;) and with a new food processor on it's way, it looks like alot of fun for me and my 9 year old to make together. <3

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Ooh love 9 year olds. Old enough to have a good conversation. Young enough to still care!

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Looks amazing. I don't have a dehydratetor. Can you suggest one?

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Most raw foodists recommend "The Excalibur 9 tray" but it is very expensive. Knock-off square ones are pretty good, brands like Good4U and VegiKiln. (Cheaper than excalibur)

http://www.therawtarian.com/recommended-raw-food-appliances-and-specialt...

Avoid cheap round ones. The air doesn't circulate properly

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OMGosh! I'm definitely going to be making this soon!!! Awesome pic!

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:)

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One of my favorite things to eat from the past. :) Looks really good!! Love your website! You are definitely getting a following! Congratulations. And, by the way,. you deserve it. I tell many people about your website!!

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Be still my heart.

Thank you Janice :)

Hugs!

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Oh, this looks yummy. I love carrot cake. I'm going to try it! :)

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OMG!!!! I've just put this recipe together and I swear half of it didn't even make it into the dehydrator it is SOOOOOOOOO delicious!!!!!!! I didn't have enough carrot so I added a bit of pineapple to it. YUMMMY!!! Thank you so much for posting all that you do. I have purchased many books on raw foods but yours is the site I refer to the most. Thanks again!

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I didn't have pecans so I used walnuts (which is what I'm used to seeing in regular carrot cake recipes). I just put what was left of my "batter" in the dehydrator - it's so yummy as it is. I think I'll wait until I'm done dehydrating to make the icing because I have a feeling I'd have to whip up a second batch if I made it in advance

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Hi Pammianne - how did it turn out out of the dehydrator?

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:)

And LOVE the pineapple addition. Pineapple is an excellent addition to carrot cake - flavors go perfectly.

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Hi Keesha! Thanks for your note :)

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