Vegan Carrot Cake

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Vegan Carrot Cake

Delicious and moist vegan carrot cake. This simple recipe is plant-based (dairy-free, eggless), gluten-free, and easy to make! It has a sugar-free icing which is keto-friendly. A healthy carrot cake is perfect for Easter but can be enjoyed on any other day.
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Course Vegan
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10

Equipment

  • Kitchen scale*
  • Electric coffee/spice grinder*

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup (160g) white rice flour (*see notes)
  • ½ scant cup (50g) tapioca flour (*see notes)
  • ¼ cup (33g) coconut flour (*see notes)
  • ½ cup (45g) ground almonds (*see notes)
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • spices to taste (*see notes)

Wet ingredients:

  • cups (375g) finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup (120ml) coconut milk canned (lite or full-fat) (*see notes)
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia seeds + 6 tbsp water) (*see notes)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

  • cup (70g) Erythritol or icing sugar
  • tbsp (21g) plant-based milk canned (use less if you use icing sugar)
  • tsp lime juice or lemon juice

Instructions

  • I recommend measuring the ingredients in grams on a kitchen scale.
  • Line a loaf pan (or use an 8-inch springform) with parchment paper or grease it with a little oil/vegan butter. My loaf pan measures 8x4x3 inches (20x10x7.5 cm). Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • To make the chia "eggs", simply mix the ground chia seeds and water with a whisk in a small bowl, set aside for 5 minutes. Also, finely grate the carrots. If they release a lot of liquid, lightly squeeze them out.
  • Meanwhile, add all dry ingredients to a large mixing big bowl and stir until there are no lumps. Then add the wet ingredients (except the grated carrots) to the dry ingredients and stir with a whisk.
  • Next, add the carrots to the bowl and stir with a spatula until the mixture is combined. Transfer the batter to the lined loaf pan.
  • Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes (+/- 10 minutes). It can take longer/shorter depending on the size/depth of the baking pan. The cake is done when a toothpick, inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean (some attached crumbs are fine). Let it cool.
  • To make the icing, process the Erythritol in an electric spice/coffee grinder until it's very fine like icing sugar. Mix all icing ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk. If the icing is too thick, add more milk. If it's too thin, add more powdered Erythritol (or icing sugar). Smooth the icing on the cake, decorate with chopped nuts or seeds of choice. Enjoy! Read the recipe notes below.

Video

Notes

 
  • Coconut flour: I wouldn’t recommend subbing, however, if you want to use a different flour then you need to use more. Coconut flour is very absorbent, therefore, you would need to use at least 1/2 a cup of a different flour instead of coconut flour.
  • White rice flour: You can use brown rice flour instead. Sorghum flour might work as well. Also, regular flour or spelt flour should be fine.
  • Tapioca flour: You could use cornstarch or arrowroot flour.
  • Ground almonds(almond flour): You can use any other ground nuts (e.g. hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, etc.) instead of ground almonds. Use desiccated coconut for a nut-free version.
  • Canned coconut milk: If you don’t like the taste of coconut, I would suggest using your favorite plant-based milk with the addition of 3 tablespoons of oil.
  • Maple syrup: Any other liquid sweetener like brown rice syrup, agave syrup, etc. is fine.
  • Coconut oil: Can be replaced with canola oil.
  • Chia eggs: Flax eggs should be fine too.
  • Check the step-by-step photos above in the blog post.
 
Spices:
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • Optional spices: Nutmeg, cloves to taste
 
Nutrition Facts:
 (The recipe makes one loaf which I cut into 10 pieces. Nutrition facts are for one piece.)
Vegan Carrot Cake (Gluten-Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3.8g19%
Carbohydrates 35.9g12%
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