I’ve been craving carrot cake with cream cheese icing something fierce lately! I don’t know why, since I was never a huge fan of the dessert, but after weeks of carrot dreams I knew I had to come up with a healthy alternative. These muffins/cupcakes are simple, delicious and the perfect summer treat because you don’t even need to touch your oven!
Raw, Vegan, Grain-Free Carrot Muffins with Cashew Cream “Cheese” Icing
Adapted from: Chef Amber Shae
For the cake:
1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 15 minutes and drained
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound carrots, peeled if desired, shredded
3/4 cup coconut flour
Stevia to taste (optional)
For the Cream “Cheese” Icing:
3/4 cup cashews soaked for 2 to 4 hours and drained
1/2 cup nondairy milk of choice
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
15 drops liquid stevia, or to taste
Pinch of sea salt
Combine the drained dates, carrots, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla in a food processor and blend until almost smooth and well combined.
Add the coconut flour and stir until the batter is combined and uniform. Taste the batter, and if you think it needs a little more sweetness, add stevia to taste. Set the batter aside for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the liquid mixture.
Fill 8 silicone muffin tins with the mixture and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
To make the cashew cream “cheese” icing, combine all ingredients in a blender [I used my Magic Bullet] and pulse until smooth. Place the icing in the fridge until you are ready to decorate your carrot muffins.
Just a note: these muffins taste best when you allow them to defrost for at least 30 minutes so remove them from the freezer with that in mind!
Now you can have your [carrot] cake and eat it too!