Vegan Carrot Cake | Oil-Free + MOIST
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A moist (yup) vegan whole food carrot cake without any oil! Fruit juice sweetens and moistens this baby! Pair it with the simple cashew cream cheese frosting, and you'll have a birthday cake winner.
Recipe type: cake, dessert
Serves: 8-10
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cardamom
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seed + 6 tbsp water)
  • ¼ cup orange juice (juice from 1 orange)
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (juice from ½ lemon)
  • ½ ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cups finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • Vegan Cream Cheese Icing
  • ½ cup raw cashews soaked in water for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1½ - 2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup almond milk
  • Topping:
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Create the flax egg if you haven’t already (with a fork mix flax and water together in a cup, then set aside 5 minutes)
  3. Line 8 x 4 inch baking dish with parchment paper (2 strips in an X).
  4. Blend the oats in your blender until a flour forms.
  5. Add the rest of dry ingredients to the oat flour and blend until combined.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients.
  7. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until evenly combined.
  8. Pour the mixture into your cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream cheese frosting by blending all frosting ingredients in your blender until smooth (add a tiny bit of water if needed). If you forgot to soak your cashews, just pour boiling water over them and let sit for 5 minutes, then strain and blend.
  10. Remove the cake from your oven, let cool. Use spatula to pry the sides from sticking, and flip it upside down onto a cooling rack.
  11. Once cooled, flip over onto your serving plate and smother with cashew cream cheese frosting, then sprinkle with walnuts.
Recipe by HookedOnPlants at