Vegan carrot cupcakes & chocolate pudding

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Make your desserts healthier by making them vegan! Cathie Cappa, Owner and Chef of Auntie Cathie’s Kitchen in West Springfield, showed us how to make vegan carrot cupcakes and vegan chocolate pudding.

Cupcakes

  • 1 cup walnuts (not soaked)
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 cups grated raw carrots, squeezed well through cheesecloth or with paper towel to remove as much excess moisture as possible (this is important!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Frosting

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 1+ hours
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

1      Process the dates and walnuts in a food processor fitted with the S blade till they are crumbly, but holding together.

2      Add grated carrots and spices. Process till the mix has taken the form of a smooth “dough.”

3      Add raisins and pulse to combine.

4      For the frosting: rinse cashews and place in a food processor with agave, salt and lemon. Process until the mixture is well combined. With the motor running, add just enough water as the motor is running to get the frosting consistency you want.

5      Push the carrot cake dough into six muffin tins or ramekins and refrigerate for about an hour. Remove from the fridge and frost.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

2 large avocados – peeled, pitted, and cubed

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup coconut milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 pinch ground cinnamon

Directions

Blend avocados, cocoa powder, brown sugar, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate pudding until chilled, about 30 minutes.

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