How to Make Gluten Free Carrot Cake

by Anjolie Flores | Apr 13, 2022 | Diet, Food Sensitivities, Recipes, sugar free

It may surprise you, but the best cake I ever had was a slice of carrot cake. It was spiced, sweet (but not too sweet), and had a decadent cream cheese frosting. Unfortunately, like any cake, traditionally carrot cake has gluten, a lot of sugar, and other processed ingredients to stay away from. This recipe, however, is a Gluten-Free Carrot Cake that will still taste just as good as a regular carrot cake, and with no added sugar! This cake is truly perfect for an Easter dessert, or any other special occasion.

The Power of Carrots

Carrots are an amazing vegetable because they are full of nutrients that your body needs. They have potassium, antioxidants, and vitamin A, to name a few. They can lower your risk of cancer, promote eye health, have few calories, and help lower cholesterol. Honestly, with all those wonderful benefits, you should really make sure you are eating your carrots as much as possible! Read more HERE.

Best Healthy Carrot Cake

This paleo-friendly gluten free carrot cake will be your new favorite carrot cake recipe.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Gluten Free, paleo
Servings: 16

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed super fine blanched Almond Flour
  • 2 cups Coconut Flour do not pack
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened finely shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 4 large Eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup drippy Tahini (or sub Almond Butter, but tahini has a better flavor for this cake)
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup melted and cooled Coconut Oil
  • 3 cups shredded Carrots medium grate

Optional Mix-Ins

  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped Pecans or Walnuts

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup salted Butter room temperature
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened Almond Milk

For the Topping

  • extra chopped Pecans and shredded Coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of three 6-inch round cake pans or two 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper rounds. Spray parchment paper and sides of pan with nonstick cooking spray. USE PARCHMENT PAPER or the cake is likely to stick.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut flour, unsweetened shredded coconut, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pure maple syrup, tahini, almond milk, vanilla extract until smooth. 
  • Slowly whisk in the melted and cooled coconut oil until it’s well incorporated, then stir in the carrots. Note: It is important that your eggs are at room temperature, otherwise the coconut oil with coagulate. The coconut oil should be melted but not HOT, but rather closer to room temp.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Stir in raisins and nuts, if using.
  • Divide batter evenly between pans and spread out with a spatula to smooth the tops. Bake for 22-32 minutes in the two 8-inch pans and 30-40 minutes for three 6-inch pans.
  • Cakes are done when a tester comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting or removing from the pans. The cake should be room temperature when you frost it. This is very important. Cakes can be made a day ahead if you’d like.
  • Make your frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the softened butter and cream cheese and whip on high until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk and beat for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Now it’s time to frost the cake: place about 1 tablespoon down onto onto the cake stand and spread out. Invert cake onto the cake stand, add about ½ heaping cup frosting between each layer, repeat with each cake, then frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. 
  • Decorate cake with pecans and shredded coconut on top. Once you are done frosting, place the cake to the fridge. Cake will stay good for 5-7 days in the fridge, and should be covered to ensure freshness. Serves 16.

Notes

To make dairy free/paleo: use vegan butter and a dairy free cream cheese such as Kite Hill. You may also need to use a paleo powdered sugar. You can also use Simple Mills Frosting as an alternative.
To make vegan: use 4 flax eggs (4 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 12 tablespoons water).
How to store carrot cake: covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To freeze: feel free to freeze this carrot cake either frosted or unfrosted for up to 2 months. I recommend freezing it unfrosted in individual layers for best results. First, wrap each individual layer in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil and then place the cakes in a zip-top freezer bag. When you’re ready to serve it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then let the cake come to room temperature before serving.
Original Recipe: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/the-best-healthy-carrot-cake/

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