Vegan Carrot Cake (Gluten Free)

Vegan Carrot Cake is today’s healthy recipe.  I am going to let you in on a secret.  I am probably the only person in the world who doesn’t like carrot cake.

My husband on the other hand, LOVES it.  In fact, he cannot go to Whole Foods without getting their carrot cake slice from the bakery.

He loves the whole foods cake, but the icing is too sugary for him.  So I tried to make a healthier version for him.  That is how this vegan carrot cake was born.

I used no oil at all in this vegan carrot cake recipe.   You don’t have to be vegan or gluten free to enjoy this healthier carrot cake recipe.  If you like this then you may also like my carrot cake baked oatmeal or my carrot cake homemade larabars.


Vegan Carrot Cake


You are probably wondering why there are no raisins in my carrot cake.  Well I gotta be honest.  Sometimes I make mistakes.  I actually wrote the recipe to include raisins.  I just forgot to fold them in the batter before I moved it to the pan.

I also only made 1 pan instead of doing a layered cake because I wasn’t sure how the recipe would turn out.

If you want to make a bigger cake with layers, feel free to make 2 batches of this recipe and put them together.   I used my 5 minute frosting recipe to frost this, but you can use a cream cheese frosting if you like too.

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Vegan Carrot Cake

Vegan Carrot Cake

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 35 min Serves 10-12 slices     adjust servings

A healthier version of the classic cake!


    For the cake

    For the frosting


    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl .
    3. Mix wet in another bowl .
    4. Add wet to dry and mix until combined.
    5. Fold in the raisins.
    6. Grease a 9 inch cake pan and then sprinkle it with a little flour.
    7. Pour batter into the cake pan.
    8. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    9. Wait until the cake has completely cooled before flipping it over onto a plate.


    Recipe Notes

    Store this cake in the fridge. It should last at least 7-10 days. You may even be able to freeze it, but I haven't tried. If you do freeze, I recommend freezing it without the frosting. Enjoy!

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    45 thoughts to “Vegan Carrot Cake (Gluten Free)”

    1. I made this cake with oat flour instead of sorghum (you said it would work in one of the comments), and it's been baking for an hour and is still wet in the middle. Any ideas as to what could have caused this? I like baking with oat flour as opposed to GF blends because oats are easy for me to digest. I'm worried I ruined the cake, though! Melissa, have you had success with baking using only oat flour? Thanks so much! The cake smells delicious... hopefully it firms up so I can eat it. :P
      1. I bake with only oat flour all the time. I haven't tried it in this recipe, but I have had no issues with it in other recipes. I am not sure what happened. :(

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