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Raw Carrot Cake Macaroons… and Carrot Cake Pizza!

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Lately, I’ve been on a huge-normous carrot cake kick. You’ve heard of the Midas Touch? It’s become the Bugs Bunny Touch!

 One of my most-recent Carrot Cake experiments took place yesterday, with these guys:

Raw Macaroons

Carrot Cake Macaroons

(Or shape into bars, for Carrot Cake Larabars!)

  • peeled carrot
  • dash of cinnamon
  • ingredients for the original raw macaroons
  • a few drops of pure vanilla extract
  • Optional add-in ideas: walnuts, dried pineapple, raisins, coconut shavings…

Follow directions for the original Raw Macaroons, adding in the shredded carrot, vanilla, and cinnamon. Form into balls or bars or whatever you want!

Other foods affected by the so-called “Bugs Bunny” touch include: Carrot Cake Pizza!

Artisana coconut butter on pizzert

pizzert

Carrot Cake Pizza:

To make carrot cake pizzert (dessert pizza), use half the “24-Carrot Cupcakes” recipe and bake it in a round pan instead of muffin cups.

Above, iced with coconut butter in the first photo. I also made Carrot Cake Pancakes, and I’ll post those recipes shortly.  But I think I’ve overloaded y’all with enough carrot cake-y foods for one day!

Oh the weather outside is finally delightful…

Remember how, last week, I laughed at those of you who thought it was warm enough here to wear shorts?  Well, I’m excited to say that the idea is no longer laughable!!  I ran in shorts this morning: it was 57 degrees (perfect running weather)!  And the afternoons have been getting into the 70s!  Yeah, it’ll probably get cold again.  The saying goes: “Don’t like the weather in Dallas?  Wait a day.”  It’s so true.  The day before Christmas Eve, it was 78.  Next day, it was 20 and we got 3 inches of snow!  But for now,

I’m excited to have no need for those Running-in-the-Cold tips.

Question of the Day: If you could have some type of Midas Touch, what would yours be?  For me, Chocolate Touch is stating the obvious.  But I might opt to go with oatmeal instead.  Would that be too weird?  On a non-food level, I’d choose to have a Scrapbook Supply Touch, because I’m a sucker for cute embellishments, but their costs really add up.  Oh heck, I guess I should probably just go with the Money Touch. Then I could help those in need and still have enough to satisfy my own expensive tastes.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. catms916 says:

    I think I’d choose to have the “calming touch”. I tend to get a bit stressed at times, and I know a few people in my office that would reap the benefits of my gift as well… :) I know personally, when I’m calm, it’s a good day no matter the weather, day of the week, etc.

  2. *Andrea* says:

    i would definitely go with the “patience” touch. i can be a bit impatient at times :-O orrrr the money touch so i could help my parents pay off my college loans and then travel a lot and donate millions to charities.

    the bugs bunny touch sounds great to me. i love carrots (not plain though)…these look delish!

  3. Jessica says:

    I’m a big fan of carrot cake – it used to be my favorite dessert before I discovered dark chocolate.

    I’d like to have a “make someone do the right thing touch”, lol. It would certainly make life a lot easier!!

  4. Oh dear, I don’t know what my touch would be? Maybe fitness? Maybe chocolate? Maybe butter?? LOL…too many to choose from!

  5. Run Sarah says:

    That carrot cake pizza looks amazing!

  6. Mae says:

    Wow the macarrons are so simple but look so delicious!! I too enjoy carrot cakeing everything (especially oats, muffins, cookies… :-)) I need to find coconut butter SOMEWHERE! Gah I can’t wait to move to civilization where the markets actually carry products that have come out in the last 5 years!!

  7. Madeline says:

    First of all, I used cinnamon on roast b-nut squash as per your suggestion and it has changed my life. Thanks for that!

    Also, I’m starting to blog again because I was so aghast that you and other bloggers may have looked at my sad little page. I just pictured the face my mother used to make when she would see how dirty my room would get in high school…sigh. So it’s motivating, at least! Not everything will be vegan, but I eat next to no meat or dairy anyway. The dream lives on!

    Aaaannnd if I had a ‘midas’ touch…I know this might sound super cheesy, but abstractly my touch would be like inner peace/happiness/fulfillment. Working in a clothing store has shown me how distracted some women are with how they look, and how easy it can be to make them feel good about themselves with the right outfit. Materially, I would want my touch to be books and the time to read them all! And perhaps craft supplies…the sorority girl in me lusts after puff paint and everything at Joann’s haha

  8. The money touch definitely seems like the most versatile choice. :)

  9. tinareale says:

    Hi :) I’ve been reading your blog and am enjoying it. Just wanted to let you know. And if I could have any special touch, it would be a photography touch. I would love to have better picture taking skills!

  10. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says:

    lol that reminds me of the commercial where everything the guy touched turned in to skittles. good times. AHH katie, carrot cake is one of my fave foods, yet i haven’t had it in forevs! i think i might even like your raw balls/pizza version better than the original, i guess we’ll have to find out soon! enjoy your sunny day :)

  11. eaternotarunner says:

    I want that s’mores banana like right now!

  12. I love carrot everything! Hmm…now, I might go on a carrot kick, too!

    I’m with ya on the Money touch! Seriously, I’d like the Happiness touch. Too many grumpy people out in the world…. 😀

  13. Oooh, carrot cake pizza is calling my name! Two of my favorite treats are carrot cake and pizza so might as well marry the two. :)

    I made a raw carrot cake ball recipe at the holidays myself so I know for sure it’s a good idea!

  14. Heather says:

    These look so great! Ani Phyo has raw carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting in her dessert book, and they are FABULOUS but sometimes I want something a little simpler. Thanks for that!

  15. leangreendeane says:

    Carrot Cake Pizza… you should market this! :) I see healthy chain-restaurants in your future… Carrot Hut?

  16. Love the raw action here! :) The raw carrot cakes macaroons sounds and look amazing! We have always wanted to make a raw carrot cake and seeing this makes us want do make one now :) Love it!!!

  17. Sarah A says:

    I wish I had the ‘green touch’ and could grow fruits, veggies and herbs regardless of the climate. I haven’t been able to overwinter a rosemary or lemon verbena plant in my herb garden ever, but I keep trying : )

  18. carrot cake, yum!!!!!

    Raw Vegan Desserts = My Midas Touch. And sales. I can sell anyone just about anything from dirty toothbrushes to timeshare to cars to real estate :)

  19. Veggiesmack says:

    Carrots make everything better! I’m eating some right now!

    I think the money touch would be the best. You could help both yourself and others.

  20. ok I made my first attempt at raw babies with the carrots…the magic bullet did ok but not great for it

  21. melonshot. says:

    the pizza carrot cake one looks SO awesome. A “Carrot banana hammock..” that could be deeelightful! 😉
    I need to get back in touch with my “raw foodie” self.
    .. heck, i need to get back in touch with myself… :(

    Love You ! xo

  22. Emily says:

    Not meaning to be sappy, but if I had the Midas Touch, I’d love to heal people, its heartbreaking to see suffering, and sometimes, when the people I help care for in hospital are ‘regulars’/there for a long time/I get to know the families I get so upset by them passing ;(

  23. Scott in Ohio says:

    I’d like to have the “smile touch”. Who doesn’t need to smile more? :-)

  24. It’s finally warmed up here too! yea! But it’ll get cold again in February. Always does.

    The smores banana hammock looks amazing. I’ve got a tub of Ricemellow Creme and some Dandies in the pantry that I can’t touch til this cleanse is over. But as soon as it is, I’m sooo trying that.

    And carrot cake pizza?! Katie, you are too much…in a good way!

  25. Katie says:

    You couldn’t overwhelm me with carrot cake photos, it is my absolute favorite cake! And the pizza looks great!

    I’d like to have the balance touch. That way, when things get crazy, I just touch the button and everything is restored to normal.

  26. Katie says:

    Yay for shorts!! I’m so jealous!

    I just read a book to my class called “Chocolate Fever” – and the boy in the book has a chocolate touch. He even turns his mom to chocolate. Poor kid. 😉

    I would want a coffee touch…especially in the winter!

  27. Jenny says:

    definitely had to look up what “midas touch” meant.. I’m ashamed. I think you know what mine would be — rhymes with schmeanut schmutter 😉 <3

  28. Katie says:

    Mmm! I can’t wait to try the carrot cake babies :)

  29. Haylee says:

    YUM Carrot everything sounds so good right now…for some reason the carrot has been calling my name and WONT STOP 😀

  30. Justine says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder! It will (hopefully) be my first ‘vegan thursday’. I was so annoyed when I realized that I forgot last week.

    :)

  31. Demelza says:

    Pfft, I don’t think there can be too many carrot cake-ified foods. ;]

    Splendid idea, those macaroons. I can’t wait for the other recipes, too!

    Haha, I’m not sure what kind of “touch” I’d want. If anyone found out about it, I’m afraid of what might happen. People might chase me in order to utilize my gift! 0_0; And I’m not a runner like you, so…xD

  32. Michal says:

    Yes! Woo! I am so glad for this recipe, I cant wait to make it. =)

  33. Quix says:

    Hmmm, honestly? I think the midas touch would work for me. With an on/off switch of course. I’m pretty happy with my life in general, but I could certainly use some little things… like a private jet. Not asking much, right?

  34. Katharina says:

    I want Bugs Bunny to come to my place PRONTO!!! These sound delicious. Tiramisu and carrot cake are my all time favorite desserts–and you have recipe for both! 😀 Naturally!

    p.s. I am also enjoying this incredible weather. I went on the best run yesterday. It felt so nice to not have to layer.

  35. RahRigby says:

    Carrot cake kick, I understand. I LOVE carrot cake. All the photos you have look amazing! I have been reading some of your posts and am thrilled to learn you are both a runner and vegan – so am I!

  36. BroccoliHut says:

    Mmm I am picturing carrot cake macaroons dipped in coconut butter and perhaps rolled in coconut too:)

  37. That carrot cake pizza looks absolutely amazing! I clicked the link for the recipe and can’t wait to try it out.

    I’d probably go ahead and go with chocolate, too 😉

  38. Stef Simon says:

    I definitely want to try the S’mores Banana hammock, but the link to the recipe is not working. Is there anyway that you can email it or leave the recipe in the comments??? Really wanted to try it!

  39. Trail says:

    The carrot cake-ified foods look awesome! I love the idea of the carrot cake pizza! Of course, you can’t knock the s’mores & naners combo either. It holds a special place in my heart, er, stomach. I can already tell that the carrot cake pancakes will be delish!

    I think I’d love the money touch, too. I could help so many other people, volunteer full time, and of course treat myself to a couple treats as well. Like a primo food stash and a good massage!

  40. Deb says:

    I just had the most amazing Carrot “pudding” at an Indian restaurant- it was coursly ground carrots, a sweetener, cardamom and golden raisins- with almonds as well-it was like tabbouli in consistency- and served hot. Didn’t catch the name, but it was soooooooooo good. Everyone said they’d just have a bite and they finished it and licked the bowl to boot.

  41. Deb says:

    coursely, coursly, I guess spell check is telling me that there is no such word. Oh well! :-)

  42. Wow! That carrot cake pizza looks so good!

  43. candicemccoy says:

    I’m definitely going to have to try that carrot cake pizza – it looks awesome!

    I would love to have the “endless energy” tough. You know those people who just never seem to run out of energy? I could definitely use some of whatever it is they’ve got:)

  44. Hey Katie :)

    Just stopping by for the first time :) I love your blog! So cute!!!! Feel free to stop by mine sometime and say hi!

    xx

    Lauren

  45. Carrot cake pizza??!! Woo hoo! 😀

  46. Meg's Gut says:

    Yum! Love carrots in any form!! Definitely going to try these :)

  47. Nicole says:

    Yum! Those look WONDERFUL! I just ate a carrot cake pancake…nom nom nom! <3 carrots!

  48. Serena says:

    I love Artisana! I’ve never tried any of their chocolate products but I have a large jar of their coconut butter, which I spread on hot Mochi Waffles (you should try making mochi waffles, they are delicious!) and it tasted SO GOOD.
    I also have their cashew butter. I’ve been wanting to try their walnut butter for a while and wondered if you’ve had it? Sometimes walnuts can be bitter and I did not want to take the risk xD

  49. Lauren says:

    I’m always against trying carrot cake, I don’t know why..yours looks so delicious though I might have to steal your recipe and give it a go 😉

  50. eatingRD says:

    mmm carrot cake pizza looks wonderful and healthy! yum!

  51. Bekah says:

    Mmm I had carrot cake protein pancakes a la Heab the other day! so yummy. And I also channeled you last night when I crumbled coconut butter (a la ketchup) on my chicken. So gooood.

    xoxo love ya babe! Hope you are having a fab week.

  52. Lizzy says:

    you are the most awesome vegan i know, seriously!!! the ideas you come up with… i’ve got to try these like RIGHT NOW =D

  53. CaSaundra says:

    Carrot cake has to be one of the best veggie based desserts–you just can’t go wrong with it!! I can’t wait to see the carrot cake cinnamon rolls! Drool!

  54. Do you think I could subsitute a different oil rather than coconut oil in these or do you not think it would work? Thanks! :)

  55. elizabeth says:

    I made these today and they are awesome!

    1. Aw I’m so excited you made them!

      1. Bridgette says:

        How much carrot do you put in the bars?

  56. Rhea says:

    Katie, I am new to the food/health food blog “scene,” as it were. I’ve been around to lots of sites and read about the raw food philosophy. It makes a lot of sense to me and has got my interest. I have had larabars before and enjoyed them, and making them at home seems like a great introduction to making that sort of food. You have a carrot cake macaroon bar up, but it requires coconut oil. Which is only really sold in larger amounts for equally larger amounts of money :( But! My local supermarket has a health foods section with organic fruits/nuts that you spoon out to get the exact amount that you want, which makes it easy to try larabars/babies out. Since you seem to be an expert on all things carrot cake, as well as all things baby-related, I was wondering if you would have any input about the ratios in my completely made up/arbitrary recipe for carrot cake larabars, sans coconut oil?

    1/4 cup dates
    1/4 cup shredded carrots
    1 tablespoon raisins
    1/3 cup pecans
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    (with maybe 1/4 cup cashews, some vanilla and lemon, and a few dates as “frosting” … ISH?)

    Too much carrots? Different nuts? Eek! In other words, I am a freak. Additionally, I am a little gunshy about trying new things. But anyway! Thanks for any input you have :) And even if you don’t, thanks for reading this longwinded comment 😛

    1. Hey Rhea!
      Hmmm… I can actually find a normal-sized jar for like $6. Have you asked at Whole Foods (if there is one near you)?
      I think your recipe sounds good, but it’ll probably taste too carrot-y. Maybe start off with more like a tablespoon! You can always add more, but not less. The nuts sound good, though! :) Let me know how it turns out!