Between the 4th of July, Kenzley’s birthday and the kids being in summer camp, I have collected a ridiculous amount of baby carrot’s this month! I hate wasting food and honestly, there are only so many carrots + hummus one girl can eat so I decided to come up with another way to use them…
And so, this recipe for Healthy Carrot Cake (muffins) was born!
I’ve never really been into Carrot Cake. It probably has to stem from the fact that my mom never made it for us growing up. But even as I’ve gotten older, it just wasn’t something I ever chose to eat, probably because I don’t eat [traditional] cream cheese (and it’s always slathered in it). Plus, Carrot Cake usually contains an ungodly amount of sugar and loads of butter, again, things I don’t eat! That is until THIS recipe!
After making these Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins last weekend, I am literally hooked – as is my entire family! I doubled the recipe and even made some of them into donuts, but if you’re going for a good old-fashioned Carrot Cake here, this recipe will work perfectly for that too! Also, I didn’t put any frosting on these – because they were half eaten before I even took them all out of the pan, but my recipe for Dairy-free Cream Cheese Frosting would be the perfect accompaniment for these bad boys! Just scroll down HERE for the recipe.
Now, for the recipe!
Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
The carrot cake tastes even sweeter and better-textured the day after it’s made, and leftovers can be refrigerated for up to a week, or even sliced and frozen.
If using a preservative-free frosting like this Dairy-free Cream Cheese Frosting one, it’s best to frost directly before serving.
1 packed cup Shredded Carrot
1/2 cup Applesauce
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 tsp White or Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup Gluten-free Flour (I used Namaste GF Flour, linked HERE)
1/2 cup Cassava Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/3 cup Erythritol (Coconut Sugar would work great here too)
1/3 cup Shredded Coconut or Chopped Walnuts, optional
1/3 cup Organic Raisins, optional
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