Carrot cake is my JAM.
I love everything about it. From the moist texture of the cake with a hint of spice and a crunch of walnuts to the rich and creamy icing, carrot cake is in a league of its own. I always have a piece on my birthday! My go to place for gluten-free, dairy-free carrot cake is Great Sage, a vegan restaurant in the little town of Clarksville, Maryland. It’s one of our top places to eat, and the staff there are wonderful, too! You should definitely check it out, if you haven’t been already.
Speaking of plant-based food, I recently discovered an AMAZING blueberry muffin recipe from the Forks Over Knives Cookbook, which is one of my favorite cookbooks. Since it turned out so well, I figured I would use the same base and then tinker with the other ingredients to make a carrot cake muffin version.
And that’s exactly what happened! After three attempts at combining ingredients in just the right way, I came up with a winner.
This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and can be made nut-free if you use a different type of yogurt. I opted to use my favorite dairy-free yogurt made by Forager Project, which I reviewed earlier this year in this post. You can easily make your own oat flour by grinding up gluten-free rolled oats in your food processor until they reach a fine texture. I added some spices to enhance the flavor and jazz them up a bit.
I’m happy to report that they turned out tasting great! Bill gave them two thumbs up, and they were a hit at a brunch I brought them to this weekend. They are great for breakfast with a little smear of nut butter, or you can enjoy them with one of my favorite blogger’s creamy cashew icing. I HIGHLY recommend doing that!
OPTIONAL but recommended: Top these muffins with a smear of this delicious creamy cashew icing from the Detoxinista!
Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins
These gluten-free, vegan muffins are moist, flavorful and perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert!
- 2 1/4 cups oat flour (process rolled oats in a food processor until fine)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup non-dairy plain yogurt (I used Forager Project's unsweetened plain cashewgurt)
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
- 1/3 cup walnuts (chopped)
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk, applesauce, yogurt, and vanilla and whisk them together before mixing everything in the bowl together, until just combined. Fold in the carrots, raisins, pineapple, and walnuts until just combined.
In a silicone muffin pan or regular muffin pan lined with silicone liners, use an ice cream scoop to scoop muffin mix into each slot. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Don’t over bake, or they will become dry.