Adventures with Carrot Pulp (Crackers + Cake)

by JL Fields on April 16, 2011

I’ve been juicing like mad. If you follow me on Twitter you know I almost always tweet out my daily green juice.  Monday I posted a split pea soup recipe using a green juice base (instead of veggie stock).

All this juicing means I end up with a lot of veggie pulp. Last week I intentionally juiced a big glass of carrot juice specifically for the pulp. I had things I wanted to try.

I made these crackers

On their own, they were a bit bland but with a dollop of humus, quite yummy!

I moved from crackers to dessert.  A Twitter friend, Amy, shared a link to a raw carrot cake muffin recipe and I was intrigued.  I lightly modified the recipe and came up with this.

Raw Carrot-Banana Cake (adapted from Healthy Simple Living)
Serves 4 – 6

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INGREDIENTS

*3/4 c pecans
*4 medjool dates, pitted and diced
*1.5 c carrot pulp
*1/2 c shredded coconut
*1.5 tsp flax seed oil
*1.5 Tbsp ground flax seed
*1 small, ripe banana
*Dash cinnamon
*Dash of nutmeg

METHOD

Pulse pecans and dates in the food processor using the “S” blade. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until a “dough” forms.

Transfer “dough” to ramekins, filling each half-way. (I only found two small ramekins — where did the other two disappear to?! So I took the remaining dough and added it to a larger “ramekin” style bowl.)

Dehydrate on 145F for one hour. Reduce to 105F for another 3 hours. Flip the cake out of the dishes directly to the dehydrator screen and dehydrate for 4 more hours.

I made this incredible frosting and spread it on the carrot-banana cake.

This dessert was delicious!  Even the omnivore husband loved this raw, vegan cake!

I first read about using pulp from Gena (she mashes avocado in carrot pulp and adds a squeeze of lemon. YUM).  Now I know I can make crackers and cakes.  I have tons of pulp left over from juicing each week and would love more ideas. How do you use pulp?

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  • http://www.vegangela.com Angela

    Wow that cake looks AWESOME. Can’t wait to move back to Canada and get myself a dehydrator… in the meantime, it’s BOOKMARKED! :)

    • JLgoesVegan

      Thank you, Angela, This cake is a great reason to drink carrot juice ;)

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      Thank you, Angela, This cake is a great reason to drink carrot juice ;)

  • http://twitter.com/carrieonvegan Carrie

    Thank you for posting this!!! I bought a 10 lb (!) bag of carrots at Costco recently so I have carrot pulp out the wazoo. I also really need some good recipes using my dehydrator. Yay!

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      Oh good! Enjoy! And thanks for bringing the recipe to my attention!

  • Kate@Diethood.com

    Oooooh I like this! And that photo is beautiful! I wish I could pick it off the screen!

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      LOL! Thanks! It is sooooooooooo good!

  • http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com Wendy (Healthy Girl’s Kitchen)

    I was just considering getting a juicer after watching Fat. Sick and Nearly Dead and I was wondering what the heck people do with all of that pulp! So thanks for this great post, now I know! Please keep the pulp ideas coming. Which juicer are you using and are you happy with it?

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      Wendy, I’m using a Breville Compact juicer. I’m very, very pleased with it. It’s just under $100.

  • http://bittsblog.blogspot.com bitt

    Mmm, carrot cake, sounds delicious!

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      I think you’ll like it, Bitt!

  • http://exposedbutnotnaked.blogspot.com Tawney

    I’ve been making lots of crackers, but I’m looking forward to trying the carrot cake. I read that you can add water to the pulp and blend it into a “smoothie” and pour it over house plants, wheat grass or your garden as fertilizer. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think I will since my one plants looks a little sad….

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      Tawney, that’s a really interesting idea. I’m going to look into that!

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  • http://www.energyxpressions.com Erin

    My husband juices a lot, and I’m always looking for ways to use the carrot pulp! It looks like we have found some of the same recipes online! Every time he juices, I go online to try to find something new. I made a similar carrot cake and dehydrator “bread” last night. But I still had more pulp to use up, so I was glad to find this recipe today, which is being processed in the Cuisinart right now. I’m loving raw food and my dehydrator right now, but Meghan has a great muffin recipe that uses carrot pulp: http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2009/01/12/waste-not-muffins/

    • http://www.jlgoesvegan.com JL goes Vegan

      Erin, thank for the muffin recipe! I’ll have to try it!

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  • val

    I use my carrot pulp in green salads after I juice the carrots…..works great! I think it would work nicely in homemade cole slaw too!

    • http://jlgoesvegan.com JL

      Love the cole slaw idea! 

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