Sugar-Free Carrot Cake Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team Published August 22, 2020

We’re serving the best carrot cake for your next celebration. We have our Pumpkin Carrot Cake Recipe and Copycat Trader Joe’s Carrot Cake Mason Jars Recipe but our sugar-free take on the classic carrot cake is a show-stealer. This recipe serves moist, tender, and naturally sweetened cake slathered with nutty cream cheese frosting. It’s packed with fruits and nuts and has no sugar! What more can we ask for?

This healthy dessert recipe will be your staple dessert for Easter or any other special occasions, giving you a sweet treat in just an hour! It’s definitely a must-try, with earthy, homey, and cozy flavors bursting in every bite of our cake. Don’t forget our silky and light cream cheese frosting that perfectly wraps up our cake to complete.

We can mix and match healthy substitutes for baking a cake but we got it right in this recipe! Our shredded coconut gives our cake 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. Lastly, we’re using honey as a natural sweetener just to add to the sweetness of our nuts, fruits, and vegetable. We’re going all out with healthy alternatives in this recipe so be the judge and put the delicious flavor of our healthy carrot cake to the test!

How To Make Sugar-Free Carrot Cake

The best healthy carrot cake that takes just an hour to prepare! Enjoy a sugar-free dessert with this nutty, woody, and spicy-sweet carrot cake slathered in naturally sweetened cream cheese frosting topped with more nuts.

For Carrot Cake:

  • ½ cup pineapple (drained then crushed)
  • 1⅔ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1¾ cups carrots (finely grated)
  • 1½ cups coconut (shredded)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup walnuts or pecan nuts (chopped)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅔ 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 9×2 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.

How To Make Sugar-Free Carrot Cake

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The best healthy carrot cake that takes just an hour to prepare! Enjoy a sugar-free dessert with this nutty, woody, and spicy-sweet carrot cake slathered in naturally sweetened cream cheese frosting topped with more nuts.

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

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 ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 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

Instructions

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.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 43mg
  • Calories: 325kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 51mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 229mg
  • Protein: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 315mg
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Vitamin A: 3431IU
  • Vitamin C: 5mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What flavors go well with carrot cake?

The usual flavors that are added to a carrot cake batter are sweet fruits like raisins and pineapple, which we used in our recipe. Nuts also go perfectly with the flavor of carrot cake! You can add a nut of your choice in your buttercream, browned butter, or cream cheese filling or frosting. 

How do I bake dessert without using sugar?

There are many sugar alternatives that you can use to cut down on sugar and still enjoy tempting desserts. You can make cakes with ground almonds and grated vegetables and use their natural sweetness. Honey and maple syrup are natural sugars that you can also use. Then there are sweeteners made in laboratories and sugar alcohols in fruits and vegetables like Xylitol and Erythritol.

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Conclusion

This healthy carrot cake is the perfect go-to dessert for celebrations. For a delicious and filling cake, it’s actually quick and easy to make! You can definitely try different flavors to combine in this famous dessert but we’re going for the classic nutty, creamy and sugar free one that’s a real winner.

Whip up this unique vegetable cake that we’ve been making for ages. This tasty and diet-friendly cake is the perfect sub to your favorite chocolate cake! Make it a regular at celebrations and impress the whole crowd!

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