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healthy carrot cake

With this healthy carrot cake recipe, now you can keep up your clean eating lifestyle and still eat your cake, too!

Alright, peeps.  We’ve hit carrot cake gold up in here.

Clean. Healthy. Carrot. Cake. Gold.

Yep, and it’s amaaaaazing.

Now, to be honest, I’m not a huge cake person.

Sure, I’ll enjoy a cheesecake now and again, a birthday cake…maybe.

But I don’t tend to eat much cake.

Instead, I prefer sweet breads, pudding, these chocolate peanut butter cups, and little coconut bites for my sweets.

Out of all the cakes, though, carrot cake is my fave.

There’s something about the earthy, naturally sweet flavors of the carrots mixed with the warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves that I find really delicious and almost comforting.  It’s like a combo of Winter flavors with Spring produce.

And, now that I think about it, it reminds me of being a kid again.

Alas, being a kid and eating cake is A LOT different than being an adult and eating cake.

Cue the collective [adult] sigh.

As a kid, you don’t really care about calories or sugar or even gaining weight.  You don’t look at cake as something evil or harmful.

As a kid, cake is cake, ya know?

As an adult, however, there’s a lot more baggage when we have cake.  There’s the guilt, pleasure, flavors, textures, weight loss goals, macros, and all the in-between.

Yep, I think “baggage” pretty much sums this up nicely.

That’s why I love love LOVE this healthy carrot cake recipe.

Now, you can enjoy the cake as if you were a kid, maintain your healthy lifestyle, and not feel guilty that you’re not making a good choice.

This carrot cake recipe includes no refined sugars, no refined flours, no processed ingredients.  Just pure and whole goodness in carrot cake form.

This, my friends, is one good choice.

Is Carrot Cake Healthy?

If you’ve ever wondered, “Is carrot cake healthy?” and “Are carrots really in carrot cake?” the answer to both is a resounding yes! (if you follow this recipe, that is).

This easy, healthy carrot cake recipe contains no refined sugars, no refined flours, and no processed ingredients.  Now you can enjoy pure and whole goodness in carrot cake form. Plus, it’s a sneaky way for you to eat your veggies!

This, my friends, is one good choice.

How to Make Healthy Carrot Cake Gluten Free

While this healthy carrot cake recipe calls for whole-wheat pastry flour, you can easily make switch this with a gluten-free alternative, such as arrowroot flour, almond flour, or tapioca flour to make a gluten-free carrot cake. Your guests will never taste the difference!

Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe

Now you can stay on your clean lifestyle and still have your healthy carrot cake recipe, too!
Categories Cake, Clean, Dessert, Healthy
Difficulty Easy
Keyword carrot cake recipe healthy, healthy carrot cake, healthy carrot cake recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 229 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


For The Carrot Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups carrots about 3 medium, grated
  • 1/2 cup raisins

For The Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a 9×13 baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, greek yogurt, and almond milk.
  4. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just incorporated,
  5. Fold in the carrots and raisins.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely to room temperature before frosting.
  8. To prepare the frosting, stir together the greek yogurt, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Spread on top of the cooled cake.
  9. Let the frosting set for 1-2 hours before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 229Calories from Fat 77
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.6g: 13%
Saturated Fat 4.3g: 22%
Cholesterol 37.4mg: 12%
Sodium 285.6mg: 12%
Carbohydrates 33.7g: 11%
Fiber 2.9g: 12%
Sugar 18.9g: 21%
Protein 6.5g: 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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