A healthier version of the classic carrot cake. The ultimate birthday dessert. Low sugar, gluten and dairy free. Easy to make and fancy decorations NOT required! peelwithzeal.com
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Healthy Carrot Cake with Maple Frosting

A gluten and dairy free take on the classic carrot cake. Refined sugar-free and naturally sweet.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake, Frosting, Maple
Servings: 12 serving (or 5 mini cakes)


Carrot Cake

  • 2 c gluten free flour blend we used America's Test Kitchen but King Arthur or Bob's Red Mill work just fine
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • pinch clove
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 c applesauce
  • 1/3 c coconut oil, melted
  • 2 c carrots, grated
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 c raisins

Maple Frosting

  • 1 can coconut cream 14 oz approx.
  • 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 c crystallized ginger, chopped optional


Carrot Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients (GF flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg) and set aside.
  • Combine eggs, vanilla, sugar, molasses, applesauce and mix on high until creamy. Whip in melted coconut oil.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet slowly. Mix until well combined.
  • Fold in grated carrots by hand.
  • Fold in any nuts or dried fruit.
  • Pour into 9x9 greased baking pan.
  • Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

Maple Frosting

  • Chill the can of coconut cream while prepping the cake.
  • Pour the entire can into a mixing bowl. Beat on high until light and fluffy. Be patient it takes a minute.
  • Whip in maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Gently fold in crystallized ginger, if using.
  • Ice cake quickly. If the frosting gets to warm place in fridge to chill for 15 minutes and start again.


  1. Hand grate carrots, using a food processor makes them too moist.
  2. Sub 1 cup granulated sugar or 1/2 c granulated sugar + 1/2 c brown sugar for the coconut sugar and molasses.
  3. Not AIP elimination phase compliant.