Grain Free Toasted Coconut Carrot Cake Loaf
I can’t even begin to tell you – though I will try – how excited I am about this recipe. First of all, I got it right on the first try. If you know about recipe testing paleo baked goods, you know this is a HUGE feat! I have an old carrot cake recipe on my site (from my indulgent days) that was my all time favorite. It is packed with sugar and vegetable oil and all the refined thing – so I knew making it over would be tough! I took the basic outline of the recipe and made all my healthy swaps while changing amounts of things until it came to a batter consistency I was happy with. Then I popped it in the oven and crossed all my limbs. And what do ya know – PERFECTION!!! And it got my mom’s seal of approval – which is tough to get with grain free baked goods! Something about all the shredded carrot and pineapple made this a moist cake without being too moist and doughy.
Now disclaimer – I did put a powdered sugar icing on top because it just needed a sweet topping in my opinion, but you can leave it off or use something like Simple Mills vanilla frosting or any other swap you like. I think a little powdered sugar never hurt anyone but if you are more strict with you diet (or just plain don’t want it in the house) YOU DO YOU!
The first time I made this cake matt and I devoured the whole thing in 3 days… that’s what happens when you leave a fork in the pan!!
After you have made this recipe and have some leftover Carrots, we suggest you make some of these recipes:
Cherry Tomato & Carrot Soup (Whole30)
Vanilla Bean Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
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Grain Free Toasted Coconut Carrot Cake Loaf
- 2 cups peeled and finely grated carrots
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted at room temp
- 1/3 cup almond milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- 3/4 cup arrowroot flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- Topping: (optional)
- ½ cup toasted coconut
- ½ cup organic powdered sugar
- 3–4 tablespoons almond milk or coconut milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together carrots, eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond milk + lemon juice, toasted coconut and pineapple.
- In another bowl, whisk together almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
- Stir flour mixture into carrot mixture until well combined.
- Grease loaf pan and add parchment paper to the pan as well. Pour batter into lined pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean.
- In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and almond or coconut milk and stir to combine until an icing forms. Spread icing over cake and top with remaining toasted coconut.
Is there any substitute I can do for eggs? Looks amazing!!
I haven’t tried it without eggs so I am not sure!
Hey Kelsey! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I was wondering-is the crushed pineapple a noticeable taste or texture in this recipe?
Hey Kelsey! I can’t wait to make this. I was wondering, is the crushed pineapple a noticeable taste and texture in this carrot cake?
It doesn’t have a big pineapple flavor if you don’t like pineapple! Just adds to the moisture and texture!
YUM! I couldn’t wait to try this cake/bread. It has all of the ingredients that I love and this is my first time baking without the traditional ingredients of white flour and granulated sugar. It turned out wonderfully!. Very tasty and moist. I doubled the recipe so I could give one to a neighbor and try it for myself.
Looks delish!! Do you think you could substitute some of the coconut sugar with date paste? I know it is not as sweet, though. Thank you
I don’t think the consistency would be the same!
What can I substitute for the arrowroot flour?
No substitution for that! It is on amazon, thrive market and at many grocery stores like whole foods and kroger!
I was skeptical on this recipe. Looked too “healthy.” But I made it for a birthday party for a healthy group of folks. Put it in a bundt pan and added chopped pecans. Delicious!
Delicious! I cut back on the sugar (I used 1/3 cup, but also made the glaze) and it was still sweet enough for me. I would also agree there isn’t a noticeable pineapple flavor, but I think it adds overall sweetness, which is why I tried using less sugar. Thanks for the great recipe, Kelsey!
So glad you liked it Monica!
This loaf is absolutely delicious! It is moist and flavorful! It is the perfect Easter dessert option!
We love hearing this, enjoy!
Kelsey. this is so good! My husband, who typically hates all tht paleo treats I make him try, loves this! I obviously didn’t tell him what is in it, but he loves traditional carrot cake, and I was worried he wouldn’t like this, but he loves it! And so do I, and my kids! This is a winner!!!
AHHHH!! Soo good when you can convince the non-believe!!
This was my first time making (and eating) carrot cake and this recipe did not disappoint! Sooo delicious!
So wonderful! Enjoy
This made a wonderful Easter dessert! I usually hesitate trying a recipe for the first time at a holiday gathering but my whole family was pleasantly surprised by this! It was a touch soggy/sank a little in the middle after baking but maybe that has something to do with the fact that I used tapioca flour instead of actual arrowroot-Either way it was quite tasty!
Wow, wow, wow we love hearing these stories! Thank you!
I made this dessert for Easter this year after seeing Kelsey make it on IG stories and it was a huge hit! We used the Simple Mills vanilla frosting and I love that the cake isn’t too sweet so the frosting is a nice sweet kick! Everyone loved this cake and my MIL even took a piece to go which is a huge compliment!!
Amazing!! We love when a MIL loves a baked good!