Sugar Free Carrot Cake Recipe

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We have the classic carrot cake but our sugar free carrot cake is a show-stealer. This recipe serves moist, tender, and naturally sweetened carrot cake slathered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. It’s packed with fruits and nuts and has zero sugar! What more can we ask for?

This healthy sugar free carrot cake recipe will make your staple dessert for Easter or any other special occasion, giving you a sweet treat in just an hour. Serve another healthy dessert alongside it with our vegan chocolate mousse.

What’s In Our Sugar Free Carrot Cake? 

We can mix and match healthy substitutes for baking a sugar free cake but we got it right in this healthy carrot cake recipe.

The shredded coconut gives our cake an amazing texture while cinnamon gives it a warm and spicy flavor. The nutty flavor goes perfectly with the sweetness of our carrots and pineapples so we added in a lot of them. In addition, we’re using honey as a natural sweetener just to add to the sweetness of our nuts, fruits, and vegetables. 

And to make things even better, we’re topping off this sugar free cake recipe with a 4-ingredient cream cheese frosting. If you’re also wondering about the calories, this is also a low carb carrot cake!

Tips In Making Sugar Free Carrot Cake

We’re going all out with healthy alternatives in this recipe so be the judge and put this diabetic cake to the test. Here are a couple of tips in making this recipe:  

  • Make sure your carrot cake rests and reaches room temperature before frosting, or you will have difficulty spreading it out.
  • Cover the cake when chilling to avoid absorbing the smell from the fridge. 
  • Give a chocolatey touch to your cake by mixing ½ cup of sugar free baking cocoa to the cake frosting. 
  • After cutting the cream cheese into cubes leave them at room temperature for an hour or until fully soft.

Got a few more batters left? Make mini versions of this dessert by turning those extra batters into fun size cakes by simply following our delightful carrot cupcakes recipe. Your healthy dessert will surely be the topic of the table once it is served.

How To Make Sugar Free Carrot Cake

This healthy sugar-free dessert takes only an hour to prepare. Enjoy this nutty, woody, spicy-sweet, no sugar carrot cake slathered in naturally sweetened cream cheese frosting topped with more nuts.

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 55 mins


For Carrot Cake:

  • ½ cup pineapple, drained then crushed
  • 1⅔ cups whole wheat flour
  • tsp baking soda
  • cups carrots, finely grated
  • cups coconut, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • cup walnuts , or pecan nuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cup honey

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, preferably organic
  • ½ cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract


Carrot Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.

  2. Line a 9x2-inch round cake pan using foil then grease.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.

  4. In another bowl, add in the eggs, coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla extract then whisk to combine.

  5. Pour in the wet mixture over the dry mixture and stir to combine. When mixing, be careful not to over mix.

  6. Add in the carrots, chopped nuts, and pineapple then stir to combine.

  7. Pour the overall mixture in your pan. Bake it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Check if your cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

  8. Once your cake is done baking, remove it from the pan and allow it cool on a rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form.

  2. In a separate bowl, add in the cream cheese, honey, and vanilla extract then beat until smooth and creamy.

  3. Add in the whipped cream to your cream cheese mixture then beat on high speed until combined. The cream should be slightly thickened.

  4. Spread your cream cheese frosting over your cooled cake.

  5. Cover your carrot cake and chill until the frosting becomes firm. Enjoy your sugar-free carrot cake at room temperature or served chilled.


Commonly Asked Questions

What flavors go well with carrot cake?

Nutty and fruity flavors are usually added to the carrot cake batter using sweet fruits like raisins and pineapple, which we used in our recipe. Nuts also give our carrot cake greater texture! You can also add nuts of your choice in your buttercream, browned butter, or cream cheese filling or frosting.

How do I bake dessert without using sugar?

You can make sugar free desserts with ground almonds and grated vegetables and use their natural sweetness. Honey and maple syrup are natural sugars that you can also use. You can also use fruit juice concentrates or syrup just like how we did in these diabetic recipes: sugar free apple pie and berry cobbler recipe. Else, you can also try sugar alcohols derived from fruits and vegetables like Xylitol and Erythritol.


This sugar free carrot cake with classic nutty, creamy flavors is the perfect healthy go-to dessert that’s easy to make. It’s a diet-friendly cake that can be the perfect sub to your favorite chocolate cake!

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