26 Paleo Carrot Cake Recipes [Includes AIP and Primal Recipes]
Good carrot cakes are hard to find no matter what diet you’re on! So, we’ve compiled a list of amazingly delicious Paleo carrot cake recipes for you.
Of course, they are all gluten-free and grain-free, and we’ve even split the cake cake recipes into Paleo, Primal (contains dairy), and AIP-friendly (AIP stands for Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, and you can find out more about it here).
Table of Contents – AIP, Primal, and Paleo Carrot Cake Recipes
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These primal carrot cake recipes all contain dairy ingredients (most notably cream cheese to make that deliciously creamy frosting we all love on carrot cakes). If you don’t do dairy (and there are some good reasons to avoid dairy), then you’ll want to avoid these recipes.
If a recipe only contains butter or ghee, then we’ve kept that in the Paleo or AIP recipes section. The reason for this is because, for most people small amounts of ghee (especially cultured ghee) is fine. Cultured ghee doesn’t contain very much lactose or casein, which are the parts of dairy that are often problematic for people. For pretty much all recipes, you can use ghee instead of butter, and because that substitution is so easy to make, we classify most recipes that contain butter as Paleo still. If you want to make your own ghee, then follow these simple steps here.
– She Cooks He Cleans
Ingredients: walnut oil or coconut oil, honey, coconut palm sugar, eggs, almond flour, baking soda, kosher salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, unsweetened coconut, carrots, raisins or dates, walnuts, cream cheese, butter, maple syrup.
– Grass Fed Girl
Ingredients: almond meal/flour, baking soda, honey, molasses, coconut oil, carrots, walnuts, cream cheese, maple syrup, lemon juice, butter.
– The Healthy Foodie
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Ingredients: carrots, pineapple, ginger, lemon zest, applesauce, coconut milk, eggs, coconut flour, almond flour, arrowroot flour, walnuts, dried apricots, raisins, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, ground clove, ground allspice, nutmeg, cream cheese, coconut butter, honey, vanilla extract, coconut flakes.
– Primal Palate
Ingredients: carrots, maple syrup, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, eggs, dates, vanilla extract, coconut oil, cream cheese frosting, walnuts.
These carrot cake recipes are made with healthy Paleo ingredients, but as with any desserts, we recommend you try not to eat too much of them! Even natural sugar is still sugar, and it’s best to not have too much.
As explained below, we’ve included recipes that contain butter as an ingredient in this Paleo carrot cake recipes section rather than the Primal section because you can easily substitute ghee for butter in all these recipes, and ghee removes most of the problematic aspects of dairy (i.e., the lactose and casein).
– Mangia Blog
Ingredients: butter, coconut sugar, coconut milk, eggs, coconut milk yogurt, carrots, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, coconut butter, maple syrup, warm water, vanilla extract, salt.
– Mummy Made It
Ingredients: eggs, unsweetened applesauce, dates, boiling water, bicarbonate of soda, vanilla extract, milk, carrot, coconut flour, almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, nuts (optional).
– What Runs Lori
Ingredients: carrots, pumpkin flesh, almond meal, unsweetened shredded coconut, protein powder, honey, raisins, chia seeds, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt.
– Simply Living Healthy
Ingredients: almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, coconut oil or butter, maple syrup, carrots, walnuts, raisins.
– Civilized Caveman Cooking
Ingredients: mini carrots, almonds, shredded coconut, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut oil, eggs.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: almond flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, medjool dates, bananas, eggs, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, carrots, walnuts (optional).
– Wholefood Simply
Ingredients: carrots, orange, honey or maple syrup, coconut flour, butter, eggs, bicarb soda, chinese 5 spice, salt, desiccated coconut.
– Paleo Newbie
Ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, full fat coconut milk, eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, raisins, carrots, palm shortening, honey, coconut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, walnuts (optional).
– Cavewoman Café
Ingredients: almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ground ginger, eggs, honey, olive oil, carrots, raisins, pecans.
– Sweet Freedom
Ingredients: almond pulp, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger, carrot, honey, coconut oil, water, vanilla extract, egg yolks, egg whites.
– Real Food Forager
Ingredients: eggs, ghee, honey, dates, vanilla, carrots, pecan butter, coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.
– Edible Harmony
Ingredients: almond flour, eggs, dates, coconut oil, baking soda, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, walnuts, pineapple, carrots, unsweetened coconut, salt.
– Forest and Fauna
Ingredients: carrot, walnuts, medjool dates, apple, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, Chinese five spice, raisins.
– Gimme Some Oven
Ingredients: carrots, dates, walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, salt, raisins, cashews, coconut oil, water, honey, vanilla extract, lemon juice.
– Paleo Newbie
Ingredients: almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, eggs, bananas, almond butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, carrot, walnuts.
Ingredients: carrots, walnuts, pecans, dates, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, maple syrup, shredded coconut.
– Multiply Delicious
Ingredients: dates, eggs, coconut milk, vanilla extract, coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, shredded carrots.
Ingredients: carrots, sunflower seed butter, eggs, coconut flour, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, salt, walnuts, raisins, coconut cream concentrate or homemade coconut butter, almonds, carrots zest.
– Elana’s Pantry
Ingredients: coconut flour, sea salt, baking soda, ground cinnamon, eggs, coconut oil, honey, carrots, currants.
It can definitely be tough when you first start the Paleo autoimmune protocol to not eat so many desserts and baked goods that you’re used to eating. So, we’ve put together this section so that you can enjoy delicious carrot cake recipes still even on AIP.
– Heartbeet Kitchen
Ingredients: tigernut flour, arrowroot starch or tapioca starch, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, lemon juice, full fat coconut milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, carrots, golden raisins, gelatin eggs, unsweetened toasted coconut flakes.
– Eat Heal Thrive
Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt, coconut or palm oil, honey, applesauce, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, finely grated carrots, gelatin.
– Sweet Potatoes & Social Change
Ingredients: avocado, maple syrup, coconut oil, pineapple juice, coconut flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, sea salt, ginger, cinnamon, finely shredded carrots, raisins, palm shortening, coconut butter, coconut cream, maple syrup, gelatin, shredded unsweetened coconut.