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Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Bars, Parfait, Cereal & Cake Pops

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This is a mildly sweet cake.  I love sweet desserts just as much as anybody else but sometimes it is nice to have a sweet treat that doesn’t leave you begging for a tall glass of nut milk.  Chock full of buttery walnuts, sweet and tart cranberries then cloaked in a luscious home-style vanilla bean icing…. perfect.

I have to say that I had a ton of fun with this recipe.  I pulled the cake out of the fridge, sat it down before on the counter and all of a sudden my mind was flooded with all sorts of ideas as to what I could do with it.  Again, this one of the bonuses when creating raw foods.  They are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways.

To start out, I made this recipe intending it to be a cake.  I had these grand ideas of covering the outside with a nice thick frosting and decorating the top with carrot flowers.   I didn’t end up doing that as my mind was quickly shifted by the fact that there are only two of us in this household. And I knew a whole cake couldn’t be eaten in time.

So without any thought, I started cutting it into single serving pieces.   Therefore, I don’t have any pictures of it as a typical cake, but I am sure that you can imagine how it looked.

 I pulled the icing out the fridge that I had made the night before and started to drizzle some on top.  In those split seconds, I thought that this cake batter could be used for creating parfaits.  “Good grief girl, slow down.  We are not even  finished making it look like a bar.”  And yes, I do talk to myself.  :)

After making some decorated bars I dived right into making parfaits.  I had seven tall glasses that were perfect.  About three-quarters into making those, I thought… cake pops!  I can also make cake pops.   By now I had completely given up on focusing on the task on hand and allowed my brain to be ten steps in front of me.  Sometimes, it just isn’t worth the battle of arguing with myself. lol  Parfaits… completed.  And oooh so darn adorable!

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I took some of the cake batter and started to crumble it into a bowl.  Instantly, it reminded me of cereal.  CAKE POPS Amie Sue CAKE POPS.  OK, OK…. (shesh)  I know standard cake pops are made with baked cake mashed together with Betty Crocker frosting… I grabbed the jar of icing and poured what was left of it into the cake crumbles.  With my fingers, I start to mash it all together.  I pulled my hands out and my fingers were twice their size, caked in batter.  “Put your finger in your mouth… do it…now…” Nope…. “Dare ya?!”  Can you hear the voices in my head?  They were so loud.  I refused the temptation and started rolling balls.  They stuck together beautifully.  Popped a stick in, rolled it in crushed pecans and had dessert number three was sitting in front of me.

Back to the cereal.  I couldn’t shake the image.  I had about 6 bars left, unadorned and feeling left out.  I grabbed them and crumbled them onto the dehydrator sheet and popped it into the machine.  About six hours later, I had a wonderful cereal on hand!  Now seriously, you have to appreciate that… four recipes from one!  So, I will leave you to your own imagination and let you decide on what path you want to take.  Enjoy!

Buttery-Walnut-Carrot-Cake-Bars,-Parfait,-&-Cake-Pops-88Ingredients: 9 x 9″ pan (1 1/2″ thick)

Dry ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

Add ins:

Icing:

Preparation:

  1. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, process the almonds and oats until they reach a small mealy consistency.
  2. Add flax, psyllium, pumpkin spice,  cinnamon and salt.  Pulse till mixed and pour into a medium-sized bowl.  Set aside.
  3. In the food processor combine the pumpkin puree, water, and honey.  Process till combined.  You can use a blender for this but why dirty another appliance.  If you want to make this batter sweeter, in addition to the honey add 2 Tbsp raw agave and taste test.  The agave will brighten the honey’s sweetness.
  4. Add the pumpkin sauce to the dry ingredients and mix this together by hand.
  5. Add the almond pulp, cranberries, walnuts and shredded carrots.  Mix with hands.
  6. Line the pan with plastic wrap or give it a thin coated of coconut oil.
  7. Place the batter in the pan and with a light hand, press the batter down evenly.  Don’t press to hard.  Let it sit for 15 minutes.  Good time to do the dishes.  By packing the batter in loosely it will give you a lighter feeling cake, not so dense.
  8. Remove the batter from the pan and place on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
  9. Dry at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour.   This will create a crust on the outside.
  10. Reduce the temp to 115 degrees (F),  dry for 3-4 hours and flip the cake over and dry for another 4 hours.  This is meant to be moist on the inside.
  11. My personal recommendation would be to store this cake / bread in an air-tight container, in the fridge, for 3-5 days.  The more moisture that is left in your bread, the shorter the shelf life.  Therefore, shelf life will vary with your drying technique.  Whenever I make this recipe, it never lasts long enough to spoil.   Keep in mind, the whole purpose of eating a raw diet is to eat foods at their peak of freshness, so don’t expect tit to have a long expiration date.
  12. For more ideas please read below.

 

This is pretty photo intensive… proceed at your own risk. :)
I am going to start with the bars.  Cut into desired single serving sizes.

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 Allow the icing to pool on top of the bar, letting it naturally cascade over the edges.

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Leave as is or decorate with whole or crushed pecans or walnuts.

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 Or adorn her it with a carrot corsage.  :)  I sprinkled shredded coconut in the center for “pollen”.

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 The carrot flower compliments the fresh carrots used in this recipe.

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My flower making tool.

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 Next… Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Parfaits
This photo reminds me of a crime scene line up.  Would you all face right…

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 Please face forward…

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Will the real Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Parfait please step forward.

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Be honest, who is guilty of being the best tasting Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Parfait?

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Guilty!  Book’m, then eat’m!

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It appears we have a riot on our hands.  I am easily entertained. haha

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Next creation…Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Pops

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 Crumble the cake batter, mix in some icing and forms balls!

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A final round-up of today’s Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Bars, Parfait, & Cake Pop recipe.

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 Ok, so I fibbed, I found one more use…  Cereal!  Crumble the cake batter on a
dehydrator sheet and dry into cereal clusters.  Serve with nut milk!

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16 thoughts on “Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Bars, Parfait, Cereal & Cake Pops

  1. Wendy says:

    Such yummy ideas! Thank you so much!
    I’m looking forward to creating these choices with my inlaws over the Holidsys!! More than enough fun and yumminess for all

  2. Annie says:

    WOW!..WOW~~!!!!… that’s all I can say!… your crazy little mind must have had those poor carrots flying!… these look like serious winners!.. You ‘go’ girl!

    • amie-sue says:

      lol Annie… This was indeed a fun recipe to make and explore with. I hope you give it a try in some form or fashion. hehe Have a great weekend, amie sue

  3. Jan Taylor says:

    WHEW! My Dear AmieSue….you have outdone yourself!! How very impressive, and I must say the timing to my personal extravagance is so perfect, as just last night after the FINAL debauchery on our way to 100% healthy was a store-bought-69th birthday to celebrate-carrot cake which we always loved and it was totally over-the-top too sickening to eat and we decided we are ruined for the SAD never to return and we must find another way to celebrate our two birthdays a year with something else…..and here it is…..YOU ARE AWESOME….and again…thank you so very much for all you do to inspire :D I’m cranking out at least one of your recipes every weekend for our continuing education & delight!! Your friend in Jerome, Idaho!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Jan,

      Well this does sound like perfect timing. I hope this takes the place of your yearly tradition of carrot cake. :) I know what you mean though as to how SAD foods lose their appeal after eating a fresh diet. It goes to show how we tend to enjoy foods growing up often based on traditions and emotions… not always taste. Thank you so much Jan for taking the time in sharing this with me. I loved reading it. Have a blessed weekend, amie sue

  4. jane says:

    omigosh… this looks fabulous!!! line ‘em up…and they’ll get eatin’ up..!
    This is a great post! thanks!

  5. Mari says:

    I plan to make the icing first later the bars it looks so wonderful. I have eating raw starting the age of 28 and now 58 and loving your website thank you so much. You make my day. Happy me Mari

    • amie-sue says:

      You are an inspiration Mari. Thank you for sharing that. :) I am happy that you are happy. hehe Have a wonderful weekend, amie sue

  6. Catt Thacker says:

    Hello I thin your imagination is awesome! How-ever I am too sick to even get out of the bed. Soon I (hope) I will be able to…Not sure when though…But I would love to be able to sink my pallet into one of these. That means that one day I will HAVE TO MAKE IT!

    Thank u for sharing your healthy imagination with us! ;-)
    If u could recommend a nice food processor/juicer to me I would appreciate it.
    Thanks :D

  7. Silva says:

    I am not a raw vegan but sincerely with this recipes i think i m gonna be one, that look delicious. Thank you Amie -Sue.

    • amie-sue says:

      No need to be raw or vegan to enjoy any of these recipes. :) I would love to hear your thoughts if you decide to make it. Have a great evening, amie sue

  8. Veronica says:

    I have kept this recipe (-s) open in the browser on my phone from the day you posted it. I haven’t made it yet. I look at it every now and then and sort of let it perculate.. It is so inspiring and I know that I will make all of the different desserts in it eventually! but it woke up an idea somewhere at the back of my head that I can’t quite reach so until I do I will just leave the recipe open. :) What I meant to do (in this loong comment! ☺) was to say Thank you for sharing your knowledge and giving us so much inspiration! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      You are so welcome Veronica. I am always developing recipes and I have about a good 20 windows open within my site to keep my ideas fresh till I make them… sometimes more. lol So, I know what you mean.

      Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! amie sue

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