Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

Spring is finally here and so are all things carrot cake. In case you didn’t know, carrot cake is one of my all time favorite cakes. What happens when you want the taste of carrot cake, without the time to make an entire cake? Carrot Cake Muffins! These light yet wholesome Carrot Cake Muffins are simple to make, perfectly sweet and oh so satisfying with the bites of sweet carrot and plump raisin. With Easter just around the corner, a batch of these gluten-free muffins are sure to hit the sweet spot!

Get your carrot cake fix with this healthy and delicious Carrot Cake Muffins recipe. These muffins are the perfect spring recipe for brunch or a snack on the go!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins, recipe, snack, breakfast

Who doesn’t love fresh muffins right out of the oven, smelling incredible, your mouth watering and you just can’t wait to sink your teeth in them. I thought so! Although, I’ve already shared a carrot cake muffin recipe on the blog before, I decided to update things and add a new spin with this gluten free version.

One thing I absolutely love about muffins is that they’re versatile. Choose your favorite mix-ins like dried fruit, veggies, nuts, whatever your heart desires. Traditional carrot cake calls for walnuts. My recipe uses pecans, feel free to use the walnuts or omit them altogether if you prefer a nut free version.

Take a look at the key ingredients in this muffin recipe:

  • Coconut oil and applesauce keep the muffins tender and moist
  • Carrots, raisins and applesauce keep them naturally sweet
  • Whole grain teff/oat flour blend and carrots for a healthy dose of fiber
  • Coconut oil and pecans provide a boost of healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids

Let’s talk frosting!

These muffins taste amazing plain but when you add frosting to a muffin, it almost becomes a dessert. And everyone loves dessert. I went with a salted caramel cream cheese frosting. The combination of the sweet cream cheese caramel frosting and the spiciness from the carrot cake was just delicious. I wasn’t sure the frosting was going to make it to the muffins; I wanted to eat it by the spoonful!

Have I convinced you to try these carrot cake muffins yet? Grab a bowl and make these for a quick and satisfying breakfast, snack or your next brunch. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins, recipe, snack, breakfast

Carrot Cake Muffins-the great flavor of Carrot Cake in a muffin!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins, recipe, snack, breakfast

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 9 muffins
  • 1½ cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Jessica's Natural Foods)
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sweetener (I used Swerve)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup shredded carrots(squeezed of any liquid), reserve 1 tablespoon for the topping
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans plus 2 TBS for topping(optional)
  • Salted Caramel Frosting:
  • 3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ scoop Quest Nutrition Salted Caramel protein powder
  • 3 TBS unsweetened cashew milk
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sweetener, stir to combine.
  2. Add in applesauce, oil and vanilla.
  3. Stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Fold in shredded carrots, pecans and raisins.
  5. Grease muffin tins or line with paper liners, then fill with batter to ⅔ full.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 minutes.
  7. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Make your frosting, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  9. Spread over cooled muffins.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and carrot shreds.

For additional muffin recipe ideas and inspiration, try these:

Grain Free Bananas Bread Muffins

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Do you like carrot cake? Are there any recipes you’d like to see here on the blog in the coming months? Leave a comment below and let me know!

3 Responses to Gluten Free Carrot Cake Muffins

  1. Carrot Cake is pretty awesome (especially with GOLDEN raisins – my fave), and your recipe takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness. That frosting addition, the healthier ingredient choices – as always, your recipe delivers times 100000000. I’d like to see some recipes involving some citrus, if possible, to really celebrate spring & summer 🙂 Happy Wednesday!! XO

  2. Carrot cake (no raisins) is a favorite of mine! I love that you updated the recipe to put a new spin on it. It sure sounds delish, esp that frosting! I could probably eat a bowl of it. In terms of recipes…hmm….maybe some more recipes baking/cooking with the air fryer? I’ve not yet gotten courageous enough to prepare recipes with the air fryer, just tend to cook up veggies or meat individually.

    • Hi Jo! You could easily leave out the raisins and maybe add some crushed pineapple instead. I also love carrot cake with some crushed pineapple- so yummy! Thank you for your feedback. I’m definitely looking at sharing more recipes with the air fryer. In fact, I may be posting a new one next Wednesday.

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