Raw (and Paleo) Pumpkin Spiced Carrot Cake with Walnut Pumpkin Frosting

October 18, 2011

I think I have figured out what I love most about making healthy, delicious, nourishing dishes for others.

I love the moment when someone has tastes the food I’ve made, right when that first bite hits their tongue. Their taste buds register the ingredients, dissolve the flavors, and evolve into a reaction on their face.

For example, the Raw Pumpkin Spiced Carrot Cake I made my for my family. My father who doesn’t eat totally healthfully, at least not when it comes to sweets or desserts, tried my cake only to express a  wow. He’s pretty skeptical of my all of my recipes anyway, dubbing them “salad-foods” and just a little too healthy.

Well, after taking one bite, he sad down and ate a whole piece to himself. The best part was when I told him it was raw, sugar-free, and made with carrots. His expression went from “it’s delicious!” to “this is healthy? I guess it’s just ok…”

Well, that “just ok” piece of cake was enjoyed by my dad in its entirety. I even overheard him talking it up hours later. Trust me, that’s saying a lot.

So, this cake is dad-approve, along with everyone else who tried it loving that it’s healthy and perfectly honey-sweetened. It’s even a super easy recipe with almost everything being in 1/2 cup amounts.

This Pumpkin Carrot Cake was made in cute little pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters for single serving pumpkin “slices.” Easy to make, fun to eat, and delicious in taste.


 Guess what? Not only is this dessert delicious and decadent, but it’s completely healthy, loaded with protein and even veggies, raw, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and Paleo. 🙂 I love health!

Is there a health skeptic in your house?

How do you try to “sneak” health into your loved ones lives?

What do you love best about serving or sharing healthy, nourishing food with others?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole October 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Did you forget to add pumpkin as an ingredient in the frosting? The name is “walnut pumpkin frosting,” but there’s no pumpkin in it.


Chuck October 18, 2011 at 11:40 PM

I will totally make this, it’s just a lot of ingredients to get together! I have a bunch of frozen bananas… and recipe suggestions? Especially for like a bread? (paleo)?


Ela October 18, 2011 at 11:35 PM

So cool–this is like an almost-raw version of the pumpkin carrot cake bread I was so loving. I love the pumpkin-shaped cookie slices and love how easy it sounds. That’s great your dad liked it.

My ‘healthifying’ attempts are pretty hopeless around here, everyone loves their sugar way too much. But when I make a raw cheesecake (which isn’t health food, of course) it’s always a big hit…


lindsay October 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

if i were your dad, i would bragging too! this is a creative, nourishing, and flavorful recipe. I am gonna tag it for sure!


Lori October 18, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Thank you!


Pamela | Girl Gone West October 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

What is it with our parents and their distaste for our “healthy” food? Didn’t I unquestioningly eat YOUR food when I was growing up, Mom? And now you won’t eat mine because it’s not full of fat and butter and sour cream? Just try it, you might like it!

Gah, so frustrating. This looks awesome, I’m glad your dad enjoyed it!!!


Lori October 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM

haha, right?! I totally agree!


Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Everything about this looks FANTASTIC! So Paleo-ers do eat honey?


Lori October 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The Paleo-ers I know do honey and dates. Actually raw and Paleo is similar (with the exception of animal proteins)…


Alexandra October 18, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Holy yum!! This looks fabulous, love the freshness of the ingredients! 🙂


christina October 18, 2011 at 7:25 AM

i love this! they look great. really neat frosting too!


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