Healthier Vegan Carrot Cake

this recipe got an “outstanding” and “wow this is good” from the parents! they are very honest and tell me if they’re not a fan of something. looks like Healthier Vegan Carrot Cake is indeed, vegan dessert perfection.

you absolutely need to find out for yourself just how flippin’ amazing Healthier Vegan Carrot Cake is. we’re talking such minimal ingredients in here but flavors that are elevated.

thanks to fresh orange juice and cinnamon, this version of carrot cake is on fire in the flavor department. it’s so perfect for springtime too and yayay that’s coming up!

so as far as frosting goes, if if you want add some to make this more of a dessert like i did, go for it! however, the cake is perfectly healthy enough for breakfast, in my opinion.

if you want the cake as a breakfast option, maybe just switch out the frosting with nut butter or something!

honestly, the flavor is exceptional without any frosting or nut butter even. it’s just an all-around really impressive cake. SO FUDGY!!!

so what do you need for Healthier Vegan Carrot Cake?!

  • almond flour

  • oat flour

  • baking powder

  • grated carrots

  • orange juice

  • almond butter

  • maple syrup

  • vanilla extract

  • cinnamon

with the warmer weather coming, this is just such a bright and refreshing cake that everyone will love.

you can keep it on hand just to snack on during the week, or make it for a celebration. it’s fancy enough for that!

grating carrots is SO NOT FUN, right?! ok, so here is a pro tip! cut like 4 large carrots into smaller pieces and then add them to the food processor and blend on high!

this will create this wonderful grated consistency but ya know, without you having to do all of that work! such a great kitchen hack if you ask me.

ah, so if you are looking for a show-stopping vegan dessert for Easter that’s easy to make and will be a hit with everyone, try this cake but make TWO or even three layers.

place a thick layer of frosting between the layers and frost the outside + top. it will be glorious and look so gourmet.

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Healthier Vegan Carrot Cake

Recipe by MaryCourse: Cakes, DessertsDifficulty: Easy


Cooking time



6 servings if the pieces are larger. mine were on the smaller side!


  • 1 and 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1/2 cup oat flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 cup packed down finely grated carrot (see directions for tip)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter

  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • vegan frosting for topping- i used simple mills brand


  • pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • cut the carrots into smaller pieces and add the carrots to a food processor. blend on high until a finely grated texture forms.
  • in a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and then add the carrots and other wet ingredients. mix well until a thick batter forms.
  • place the batter in a parchment lined 8 x 8 baking tray and bake for 25-27 minutes. allow the cake to cool down completely for at least 30-40 minutes. this is SO important so it sets and holds it’s shape when you cut into the cake.
  • add frosting to the top if you want, cut into pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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2 Responses

  1. This looks so good! Can’t wait to make it. Is there a frosting recipe or a frosting you’d recommend?

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