Carrot cake and carrot cake cupcakes may be packed with veggies, but they usually contain a little (ahem) white flour, sugar and lots of oil or butter too. My carrot cake cupcakes are paleo, gluten-free, vegan and higher in protein and fiber than traditional carrot cake thanks to the use of almond flour and chia seeds.
My recipe is also lower in saturated fat and sugar than most carrot cake recipes because I used just a taste of coconut oil and maple syrup. A little goes a long way!
This is one dessert you can also enjoy as a snack. I told myself that without the icing, these carrot cake cupcakes are essentially carrot muffins, right? Right!
I created this carrot cake cupcake recipe because my boyfriend’s favourite cake is carrot cake. For his birthday, he asked me to make him one. A healthy one. In cupcake form. Preferably grain-free. And lower in sugar. And lower in carbs. Am I accommodating, or what?
Lucky for him developing such a recipe makes for amazing blog material! Why can’t we have a healthier version of our fave cake on our birthdays? Have your cake and eat it too!
And what would carrot cake be without the sweet and tangy goodness of cream cheese icing? Try my vegan, dairy-free “Cream Cheese” Icing using almond milk and no refined sugars. I’m obsessed!
My favorite way to replace eggs in my vegan baking is to use chia eggs. You’ve probably heard of flax eggs, but I find chia eggs way easier to make because there’s no need to grind the seeds up first. Hooray for saving time!
Here’s my YouTube video on how to make chia eggs:
The History of Carrot Cake
Apparently, carrot cake is older than dirt (almost). It goes back so far that no one really knows who invented it. It may have evolved from Carrot Pudding, a popular dessert during Medieval times (not at the popular dinner theatre, as far as I know).
Carrots used to be used in baked goods as a sugar substitute. Just goes to show you how much our taste buds have changed over the years!
No need to worry, this is as tasty and healthy as carrot cake gets. Now let’s get baking!