This healthy makeover is super moist, fresh, with soft nooks and crannies and just the right amount of sweetness. With a few healthy swaps in almond flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil, you’ll be quite surprised how our fave (and best) carrot cake recipe compares to the traditional version.
Carrots = Nature’s Candy
Carrots have to be the alltime, signature vegetable for Spring. I swear you can grate up a carrot and throw it into anything to add a touch of sweetness (and fiber). From spaghetti sauce to chocolate brownies, if you want to add moisture and sweetness, the good ol’ root vegetable has your back.
I think we all know by now that carrots are great for eyesight – high in Vitamin A, but I often hesitate throwing out specific numbers. Why? As a nutrition and wellness coach, I swear all the nutrition factoids in the world don’t really get US to change the way we eat.
It really comes down to:
- Easy to make/do/prep
- Making you look & feel good
How does our carrot cake compare?
Curious, we wanted to see how our carrot cake (made healthy) compares to the No. 1 carrot cake recipe in Google Search by Tammy Elliot and over 4,600+ ★★★★ four star reviews. While cinnamon and vanilla are not key contributors to overall macronutrient and calorie results, we focused on comparing:
Cake by the pound!
3 Helpful tips to making this cake BOMB!
- Read the whole recipe (and steps).
- Refrigerate the damn cake (and frosting) before you put it together. (We’ve tried to rush it and failed. Trust us!)
- The coconut oil in the frosting helps solidify the ingredients. Don’t skip this.
Carrot Cake with Honey Goat Cheese Yogurt Frosting
Carrot Cake INGREDIENTS
½ cup yogurt
¼ cup coconut oil
¾ cup coconut sugar
3 cups almond flour
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups carrots, grated
¾ cup currants (or raisins)
¾ cup walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted
⅓ cup walnuts, finely chopped and toasted (save for garnish)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9” round cake pans with coconut oil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the yogurt, coconut oil, and coconut sugar with a hand-mixer. Add the eggs (one-by-one), beating well between each egg.
- In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Use a fork to stir ingredients and break up any lumps.
- Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in parts, beating the mixture on low until everything is well combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and continue to blend.
- Fold in the carrots, currants, and walnuts. Divide the batter into both pans and smooth to an even finish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Use a butter knife to test the center. Prepare the frosting while the cake is baking.
- Remove and set aside on a rack to cool for 20 minutes. Using a knife, run the blade around the edges of the pan to release the cake, then invert them carefully back on a rack to cool completely before frosting, at least 1 hour.
Honey Goat Cheese Yogurt Frosting
1 ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
11 ounces goat cheese
½ cup honey, melted
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a large bowl, beat the yogurt and goat cheese together. Slowly add the melted honey and continue to beat on medium. Then add the coconut oil and lemon juice.
- Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Once the cake and the frosting have been refrigerated, put everything together. Add frosting between the layers, then slowly frost the outside. Begin by adding a drop of frosting to the center of the cake (see photos) and spread out from the center all the way until you rich the edge. Cover up your mistakes with the extra toasted walnuts.
Yields one 9” ROUND CAKE
p.s. – If a double layer round cake is too crazy, simply bake it in a rectangle dish, then frost like a brownie (or sheet cake)!
Leave a comment below and let us know if you like it as much as we do. If you want to see one of the top carrot cake recipes (and the one we compared ours to), see full ingredients here.
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