The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Recipe // Simply Delicious

gluten-free carrot cake

If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free carrot cake recipe, this is the bomb! I think it’s better than my wheat flour recipe!!! It’s moist, not overly sweet, and super easy to make. We’re talking about a ONE-BOWL recipe. (That’s my kind of baking).

This gluten-free carrot cake is made with almond flour, a little gluten-free all-purpose flour, and lightly sweetened with coconut sugar which is a great lower glycemic sugar option than white processed sugar. Make it vegan by using flax egg and dairy-free yogurt. The 3-ingredient cream cheese frosting can be made vegan and is sweetened with maple syrup.

Make this cake for a holiday treat, family gatherings (your family will LOVE it), brunch, or a side kick to a hot cup of coffee! Yum!

Here are a few tips and preferences:

  • For the vegan cream cheese, I find Kite Hill to be a good brand. It’s made from almond milk and has clean ingredients
gluten-free carrot cake nutmeg
  • If you’ve never tried FRESH GRATED NUTMEG, you’ve got to try it. Just grating the nut-like spice will send you into aroma heaven, and the flavor is amazing. A few of these whole nutmegs will last a long time in your spice pantry.
  • I absolutely love my nut chopper. It’s quick, easy to clean, and chops nuts to the perfect consistency.
  • Make sure to not under-bake. Leave in for the full 60 minutes if needed. This is a very moist cake so depending on your oven it may need up to an hour. It does firm up a lot once cooled and once you leave it in the fridge.
  • Because this uses cream cheese, make sure to store it in a container in the fridge to keep the frosting from spoiling, and who doesn’t like a chilled piece of cake with frosting.

If you want more information on flax eggs, this is a good article that gives a nutritional analysis and compares them to chicken eggs.

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or any neutral vegetable oil
  • flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax 5 tbsp water mixed in a bowl)
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots (use a food processor or hand grater)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz dairy-free cream cheese (regular cream cheese can be used if you’re good with dairy)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Garnish

  • cinnamon
  • chopped pecans

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Make the flax eggs by combining ground flax with water. Mix and let it set for 3 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the wet ingredients to your bowl. Whisk.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Fold in the carrots and pour them into a loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool completely for a few hours. Use the parchment to gently lift the carrot cake onto a platter. Spread the frosting on top. Sprinkle on cinnamon and pecans.
  8. Slice and enjoy! Store in the fridge.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Add all frosting ingredients into a bowl and whip until smooth and combined.

The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Recipe // Simply Delicious

gluten-free carrot cake

If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free carrot cake recipe, this is the bomb! It’s moist, not overly sweet, and super easy to make.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time50 min
  • Total Time1 hr
  • Yield8 slices
  • Serving Size1 slice
  • Course
    • Dessert

Ingredients

Cake

    • 1/4 cup applesauce
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/4 cup avocado oil or any neutral vegetable oil
    • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax 5 tbsp water mixed in a bowl)
    • 1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 3/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
    • 1 cup coconut sugar
    • 2 cups finely shredded carrots (use a food processor or hand grater)
    • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/8 tsp cloves
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • pinch of salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

    • 8 oz dairy-free cream cheese (regular cream cheese can be used if you’re good with dairy)
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 tsp vanilla

Garnish

    • Cinnamon
    • Chopped pecans

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.

 
2

Make the flax eggs by combining ground flax with water. Mix and let it set for 3 minutes.

3

In a large mixing bowl, add all of the wet ingredients to your bowl. Whisk.

4

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

5

Fold in the carrots and pour them into a loaf pan.

6

Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

7

Let it cool completely for a few hours. Use the parchment to gently lift the carrot cake onto a platter.

8

Spread the frosting on top. Sprinkle on cinnamon and pecans.

9

Slice and enjoy! Store in the fridge.

Frosting Instructions

10

Add all frosting ingredients into a bowl and whip until smooth and combined.

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Simple Meal Planning Tips – How To Take the Stress Out of Dinnertime

meal planning frustration

Take the stress out of dinnertime by having a PLAN. Meal planning will not only save your sanity but it will also:

  • Save You Money
  • Improve Nutrition
  • Save You Time
  • Reduce Stress
  • Make Dinnertime Enjoyable For The Whole Family

You know the story, it’s around 5:00 p.m., and a sense of panic, even anxiety wells up inside of you as dinnertime approaches because you realize you have no idea what you are going to fix for dinner.

You look in the refrigerator, the freezer, the pantry, and then you look in the refrigerator AGAIN, (just in case you missed something the first time). “What do I fix for dinner?” Nothing is coming to you.

Even worse, is when you have to stop at the grocery store on the way home from work. You are tired, hungry and just want to get home. You end up aimlessly wandering the isles of the store in a paralyzed state of overwhelm hoping something will pop out at you.

Not a great state of mind to be in for nutritious meal planning! This is usually when you grab the highly processed, sugar, and fat-laden foods because it is something quick and easy. Can anyone relate?

Can your mood affect the energy of your food?

It is my belief that thoughts and emotions have energy, and energy affects everything around us. So if you are in a stressed state while preparing food, could that affect the food you are preparing? I believe it can.

meal planning calendar

Here are some meal planning tips that work for me

 

1-Get some kind of meal planning form

This clipboard calendar is one of my favorite ways to plan my menus. It is SIMPLE, attractive in my kitchen, and works great to clip to my fridge or bulletin board so the whole family can see.

The magnetic clip shown in the photo above is one of my favorites. I use them all over the house to hang things. They work really well for my menu calendar.

There are several ways to make a menu plan out there. It can be as simple as a calendar, phone app, or an online program.

If you prefer something simple like a clipboard calendar, or one-page forms (like I do), these printable forms are great. You can print them as needed.

meal planning calendarI like to display the menu in the kitchen where everyone can see it. This way you can easily delegate food preparation to someone else if needed.

meal planning

2-Decide how detailed you want to get with your meal planning

No matter how detailed you get with your planning, I recommend being somewhat flexible! Life can get a little crazy and you want to be able to switch things around a little if necessary. For example: Let’s say you have a meal planned that will take an hour to prepare and ***** hits the fan and there is NO WAY you have time or energy to cook.

Just switch to an easy meal you have groceries for and make that meal another day, NO BIG DEAL! I do it all the time.

The idea is to plan and buy groceries for the week/2 week and you can switch things around as needed.

I offer 3 different printable menu planning forms in my shop.

  •  Weekly menu
  •  2-week menu
  • detailed daily menu planner

 

WEEKLY MEAL PLANNER

If you are following a strict diet or want to plan all three meals and even snacks, this weekly meal planning form works great.

2 WEEK MENU PLANNER

This 2-week menu planner includes a shopping list that comes in handy when it comes time to go shopping. As you assign meals you can easily jot down the ingredients you need to buy.

3-Gather your recipe resources

Get out your recipe books, and magazine recipe clippings, and check your Pinterest boards for some great ideas.

It is funny how you can get in a rut and eat the same things over and over and forget about certain foods.

Don’t be afraid to try some new things. Maybe incorporate a new recipe each week. Some people have certain nights of the week for certain types of foods. Like ” TACO TUESDAYS” or we have “FREE FOR ALL FRIDAYS”. Whatever works for you and your family. Just find something that works and go with it.

Whenever I see a recipe in a magazine that I want to try, I rip it out of the magazine and put it on a magnetic clip in my kitchen where I can see it. If it’s a keeper recipe, then I save it, if not, it goes in the trash.

When I schedule a meal, I like to list the reference of where the recipe is located: Pinterest board, Book name, page, or clipped magazine, etc. 

4-Assign meals to fit your schedule


Don’t plan on fixing a big, labor-intensive meal on the nights you have a lot going on. You can even delegate and have someone else prepare the meal. My husband and daughter are more than willing to prepare dinner if I have already decided what to fix.

5-Create a meal planning shopping list

Once you have a week or two weeks planned out, go through your menu and write down the items you will need to buy at the store.

This will save you so much time and money because you are not making repeated trips to the store. Repeated trips to the store, mean extra gas money and unnecessary items that you may be tempted to buy that you don’t really need.

One of my dear friends showed me this technique she uses to keep her shopping list organized. IT’S A SIMPLE, GAME-CHANGING and a little QUIRKY THING, that works like a charm.

  1. Fold a piece of paper in quarters.
  2. Write down the places you shop frequently.
  3. As you plan your meals and when you think of items you need, you simply put them on the store list and you’re set. 

 Next time you go to that store you know what you need to get! 

Or you can use the printable forms that I have recommended above.

6-Clip coupons 

Keep coupons that are needed for the trip to the grocery store all in the same place.

Now, this step is optional for the coupon queens out there. I used to be, but not so much anymore. I do a lot of my shopping at Costco where they don’t take coupons. So if you do use coupons, cut them out and place them in an envelope ready to go.

My menu planner set includes a printable that you can print out on envelopes that have a place for the items needed and a place to hold your coupons. 

7-Keep your grocery list accessible

I like to keep my grocery list either on my fridge or on my magnetic chalkboard.  Another thing I find very helpful is to keep a pencil on my fridge. 

Simply glue a tiny magnet dot towards the top of the pencil so you have access to something to write with when you think of an item that needs to go on the list.

meal planning frustration

8-Be flexible

If something comes up, or for some reason, the meal you have scheduled just doesn’t sound good that night, fix something else on your menu.

Find a time during the week that works for you to sit down and plan your menu. I find Sunday evenings are a good time for me to sit down, look at my week ahead of a do a little menu planning.

Now that it is just my husband and me, we sit down together and plan out the menu. That way he has some say in what we’re eating and what he will be preparing. (Yes, my husband has agreed to help prepare some of the meals). I should have incorporated that a long time ago.

The benefits of meal planning

Oh, you are going to love the peace and assurance when 5:00 p.m. rolls around and you already know what you are fixing for dinner! Yahoo!

I will admit, I have fallen off the wagon a little and need to get back in the groove. So tomorrow, it’s menu planning time! I am ready for some structure in my life again and I hope you are too.

Happy Planning!

Have fun sewing!

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