28 January 2013

RECIPE: Carrot Cake Pops

Sorry I have been so absent these past few days!  I am excited to share my recent creative endeavor (actually, one of many creative endeavors as of late).  Vegan Carrot Cake Pops!

- 2 T. ground flax seed
- 1/2 c. applesauce (preferably organic)
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. coconut cream (refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight and skim off top layer)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 c. + whole wheat flour*
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- Scant 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3-4 large carrots, finely shredded (apx. 2 heaping cups)
- 1 can crushed pineapple (preferably organic), thoroughly drained
- 1/2 c. raisins, heaping
- 1/2 c. toasted walnuts
- Unsweetened, shredded coconut or crushed walnuts, for rolling
-  1 HEAPING c. vegan cream cheese frosting
*Gluten-Free Option:  Sub out whole wheat flour for your favorite G-F blend and add 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum.

1.  Preheat oven to 350' F.  Grease a jelly roll pan (or baking sheet) with 1/2 tsp. coconut oil.
2.  Mix the flax seed and applesauce together in a small dish and set aside.  Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, coconut cream and vanilla together in a large bowl (mixing by hand will work fine!).  Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to wet.  Add in flax-applesauce mixture.
3.  Fold in carrots, pineapple, raisins and walnuts until just incorporated.  Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula, tapping it on the counter to even it out.
4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges come away slightly and cake is firm to the touch. Allow to cool completely in jelly roll pan on wire racks.
5.  In a large bowl, dump carrot cake and add frosting.  Mix together very well (I used a potato masher) and refrigerate 30 minutes to an hour.
6.  Line a tupperware container with waxed paper and set aside.
7.  Remove chilled cake mixture from fridge and use a tablespoon to scoop out cake.  Form into balls and roll in coconut/crushed walnuts.  Place in tupperware and store in refrigerator.  Will keep for two weeks...if they last that long!


  1. I don't know how I missed this post but OMG these look AMAZING!! I never liked carrot cake until after I went vegan believe it or not. Now I love it! These bites are so cute and sound absolutely perfect. I also love that they are the perfect size for a small taste :) Very adorable! I would probably try oat flour with these... I love using oat flour and I made a carrot spice oat bread using it and the flavor is amazing! Great recipe!

  2. Thank you Sarah!!!! Your comment is so thoughtful--I appreciate all of your input :))

    I have another recipe post coming today--that's what I've been into lately, apparently, so stay tuned for that! It's naturally gluten-free so there's no need to sub anything out ;) I'm SUPER excited to post it too because I'm SO happy with how they turned out because of the coconut flour!!!