Raw Carrot Cake Granola

3 different images of raw carrot cake granola on a wooden board

Raw Carrot Cake Granola. . .a healthy breakfast made to comfort you, like a cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake.

It seemed like a great idea to make a raw breakfast out of a cake recipe, so the Raw Carrot Cake Granola was born.

Raw Foods Vs Cold Days

If you’re reading this when the temperatures are cooler, your mind, like mine, may go to more warming foods.

Lots of people ask me about eating cooked foods, rather than raw foods, in autumn and winter.  Because who doesn’t want that hug-in-a-mug feeling only a good soup, stew or cup of tea can give you? I think it’s definitely a good idea, if that’s what your body is asking for.

Initially I was surprised though, because I’d never related bodily warmth with warm foods, but now I totally get it.

Warming Raw Foods

However, if you still want to get some good, nourishing raw foods in during autumn and winter, whilst also feeling comforted, what do you do?

Adding spices to your raw food recipes are the way to go, because they’ll warm you from the inside.  This Raw Carrot Cake Granola has you covered here.

Of course, you could serve this raw granola with some homemade almond milk, or you could buy the healthiest store-bought version of any nut, seed or grain milk.

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Raw Carrot Cake Granola

A raw breakfast recipe with a twist. . .it takes its inspiration from a cake!

Nutrition (For one serving)

Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 172mgPotassium: 560mgFiber: 6gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 5425IUVitamin C: 18.7mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 2.3mg


  • 1 cup pecans soaked overnight
  • 1 cup walnuts soaked overnight
  • ½ cup macadamias soaked overnight
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice or mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 9 ozs carrot grated
  • ½ cup raisins soaked 1 hour
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest from 1 orange
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the date paste

  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 1 cup orange juice


  • Grind all ingredients except the date paste ingredients in a food processor until broken down to desired consistency.
  • Blend dates and orange juice together in a highspeed blender until smooth. You can add a little water to get it to blend if you don’t have a strong enough blender.
  • Mix first set of ingredients in a bowl with the date paste.
  • Dehydrate overnight, for around 8 to 12 hours at 115 degrees F.
  • Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
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September 26th, 2016

47 thoughts on “Raw Carrot Cake Granola”

  1. Hi Russel really digging your site Bud! Cant tell you how nice it is for another raw vegan chef to have a great date base of awesomeness ! THANK YOU

    whats your take on the oats ive noticed you have them and flour in few recipes. My goal is definitely not to be perfect which doesnt exist and Im truly happy even if im eating at least 80 percent raw in everyday life, but i did read that pretty much all oats are steamed and then roasted before packaged .. might you suggest a brand that isnt or would we use oat groats maybe .. thanks so much for taking my comment !!

    peace and blessing R A W Real Authentic Wellness !!!

    • Hey Joseph, thanks so much for your kind words. I’m not a purist 🙂 so I don’t see using steamed oats as an issue. There aren’t many places that have truly raw oats since their shelf life isn’t great. Raw Living did used to have some, maybe they still do. Soaked groats are good to use for sure.

  2. This is an extremely delicious and easy raw granola to make. I love to tweak, so I added fresh ginger to the date/fresh oj mixture, I also added organic van ex because I love, love, love the smell and taste of vanilla in “baked” goods! This is so delicious, my whole family has been sampling. So awesome if you are missing breakfast cereals or want crunchy toppings for raw ice creams or pies (would be very tasty crumbled on just about anything really). Thank you Russell and Amy!!! Btw, just ignore the haters (I saw a cringy post or two on here), i.e. angry people who can’t stand people being raw and loving it! You are amazing people who are helping to make this world a better, healthier place.

  3. Love it. It tasted and smelled delish. Now waiting for it to come out of the oven 🙂
    Thank you for another lovely video. Now on to soaking for the next recipe 🙂

  4. Wow! My first batch just came out of the dehydrator and this has got to be the best granola I have ever made! The orange adds a beautiful flavour and aroma. Definately my go-to recipe for granola now! 🙂 Thanks so much.

  5. Hi Russell
    I’m excited to try this out, I’m gluten sensitive and the oats do contain small amounts of gluten so I will substitute with buckwheat sprouts. Just wanted to comment on the soaking of the nuts which is great but they need to be thoroughly rinsed to remove all the anti-nutrients before using, a lot of people are not aware of this.
    Thank you for all your yummy inspiration.

    • Thanks, Raelle.

      I believe oats only contain gluten if they are produced in the same place as wheat, but you can get gluten free ones that are processed away from wheat.

  6. This looks delicious. Can you dehydrate in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator? I’m not sure I would use one enough to buy one.

  7. Made it the other day with macadamias, not cashews. Delicious. Only blended half of the raisins, the rest kept in tact. Husband loved it. Perfect for the holiday season! Thanks 🙂

  8. I had this recipe when with Russell in London and now I am preparing it for a workshop I am doing to introduce others to this and other mouth watering recipes from Russell.

  9. Ive jiust made this now for sthe family. It’s to be part of our Christmas brekky. It smell delicious in the dehydrator. I made it with rolled quinoa instead of oats.

  10. Hi, this looks tasty. However, since I found outs are actually not raw at all (steamed, than baked at least once) I am trying to avoid them. Can you recommend a substitute to oats for this recipe?

  11. Hi Russell, my hubby can’t get enough of this granola!.. that’s what is left after I get to it first 😉 thank you very much xo

      • It looks delicious. It already has lots of carbs in it from oats, raisins, and nuts, but 1 cup of dates with a cup of orange juice would be terrible for a diabetic like me. Any substitutions??

        • Hmm, I’ve been thinking about this, but I can’t think of any substitutions for the date paste that isn’t fruit. You could just mis it with a little water and then dehydrate. I would be more crumbly than the original recipe, but still nice I think.

          • Blend the dates with water. Dates have low glycemic index. I know a doctor who keeps his diabetic patients under control with 6 dates a day. . you will not be eating 6 a day with a portion of this granola. Dates have so many great benefits…just cut the raisins they have higher GI. If youu put oranges through a juice extractor leaving the pith on not squeezed , helps to reduce the glucose effect, most of the nutrients in an orange are in the pith

  12. Your Carrot Cake Granola sounds wonderful !! For potlucks I make my raw carrot cake & people are always interested in how it’s made. I can’ t wait to try your granola!!

  13. 9-26-16


    Many thanks for this Recipe YOU are a GOD SEND.

    Last week, I attempted to Replicate my Favorite RAW GRANOLA
    from the Packaging Ingredient List (Go Raw) Coco Crunch., Sprouted Granola.


    $ 11.99 per 16 oz bag from WholePaycheck or any SuperMarket that stock product,
    I decided to make my own.

    WholePaycheck is America’s Nickname for WholeFoods Supermarket in case you didn’t know.


    I inherited two (2) of your courses:

    1. How to be your own Raw Food Chef and still have time to eat

    2. Raw Decadent Desserts



    Please note my Stainless Steel Tray in photos, as well, (photo below); Go Raw Granola Packaging, dated and time stamped for this blog posting.

    I was trying to follow your Instructional Inspiration within Module 3, How to Develop
    Your Own Raw Food Recipes; Substituting Elements to make your own Recipes.

    In Short, Replicating Any Recipe from the Packaging Ingredient List, and/or Substituting your own ingredients.

    My intent was to Replicate the Go Raw, Coco Crunch then Substituting the Ingredients
    with Goji Berries, Cashews, and Pine Nuts.

    Needless to say, I DESTROYED the Photo Aesthetic of the Original Packaging Ingredient List above.

    I soaked the Buckwheat Groats for 20 mins as you instructed in the past without Sprouting
    for certain recipes.

    The Ingredient List stated Unsulphured Coconut. I have 17 lbs. of Organic Raw Coconut Butter
    at my disposal and used 1 Cup of Coconut Butter with 4 Cups of Date Paste.

    I KNOW, I KNOW, Don’t YOU DARE LAUGH at me Russell !!!!!!!!

    Instead of looking like the packaging, mine turned out like this below; scroll down
    to Dehydrator Tray, I had to break it up and further dehydrate.


    TASTE was same not the Aesthetic of Packaging !!!

    I realize now by looking at YOUR Granola Recipe; I should have used a couple of tablespoons
    of Coconut Butter and 1/2 Cup to 1 Cup of Date Paste.

    I will attempt to Replicate Go Raw, Coco Crunch Granola again, as per your Date Paste Instructions.

    Lesson Learned, I should’ve followed your Instructions of not being to Ambitious with Complicated
    Ingredient List, Crawling before walking.

    With your Granola Instructions, I believe I can Nail the Recipe then Create my OWN with
    Goji Berries, Cashews, and Pine Nuts.

    Again, many, many thanks for this Recipe.


    FCB from D.C.

    RAW FOR LIFE !!!!!!

    Corporate Identity Consultant by Profession
    not trying to be a RAW CHEF.

    I AM 99.99% RAW

    P.S. Less I forget

    Will it be possible for YOU to send me a PDF of the ‘Raw Desserts
    Course Work Book’ ???

    Send me an email where to reimburst you for download or electronic delivery. I will SEND YOU a Love Offering.

    Below is the SAMOSA I made on the 3rd try; wraps and wrapped SAMOSA
    dated and time stamped without Raita which is not included in photo.



  14. For no oil diets, what do you think of substituting all or part of the high oil nuts for sprouted buckwheat groats?

  15. Hey Russell,
    This recipe looks amazing. However I refuse to eat oats because they’re are acidic to my body. Is there another alternative without sacrificing the texture that you can suggest?

    • Hey Suzie, I’m not really too big on calorie counting, but you could easily plug the recipe into something like My Fitness Pal to find out.

      Also, this isn’t bars, it’s a bowl of ‘cereal’ 🙂


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