Grain Free Carrot Cake Muffins

By Sally Cameron on March 25, 2018

Bakery and Baking, Breakfast & Brunch, Paleo, Vegetarian

Grain free carrot cake muffins are light textured, gluten-free and dairy-free and the batter is sweetened with maple syrup, so no refined white sugar. They are a great breakfast addition or snack. They work for paleo or vegetarian followers and anyone wanting to eat healthy. No sugary frosting required.

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Single carrot cake muffin on a pewter plate with fork and coffee.

Grain Free Carrot Cake Muffins

I love carrot cake; well, more accurately, I used to. My Aunt Rose made a mean carrot cake. The more my diet evolved from what it used to be to what it is now (much healthier and gluten-free), the less I baked. When I saw Bob’s Red Mill paleo flour I decided to give it a try and created these grain-free carrot cake muffins for Easter breakfast. I usually blend my own gluten-free flour blends, but this pre-made blend made whipping up a batch of muffins easy. You’ll find it easier to.

Unbaked carrot cake muffin batter in a silver muffin pan.

Ingredient Tips and Notes

Flour and Coconut Notes

Bob’s Red Mill Paleo flour is made from almond and coconut flours, plus arrowroot starch and tapioca starch. This all-purpose flour is free of grains, gluten, dairy, and beans and the blend is very fine like regular flour. Buy it on for the best price. Get your shredded unsweetened coconut and coconut oil there too. If you’re concerned about the health benefits of coconut oil, read this post.

Baked carrot cake muffins in a silver muffin pan.


First, scrub the carrots clean. I use Eat Cleaner. They make refillable sprays or buy a bag of the Food Grade Wash to fill up a sink and wash all of your produce at once. That is efficient if you wash a lot of produce at once for juicing (like I do). To grate your carrots, use the large holes on a handheld or box grater. or food processor. You can peel the carrots or leave the peel on, either way. You get more nutrition with the peel on.


For vanilla, I’ve baked these muffins with both double vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. Whatever you choose, be sure to use real, good quality vanilla, not the fake stuff. It makes a difference.

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More Baking Ideas

If you love a good muffin, try the Santa Fe blue corn muffins from famed restaurant La Casa Sena. For another great breakfast or snack option try my gluten free banana bread.

Nutrition Facts
Grain Free Carrot Cake Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 297mg13%
Potassium 142mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3208IU64%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Grain Free Carrot Cake Muffins

Hard to believe the light textured, delicious muffins are grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, tree-nut free, and refined sugar-free, sweetened with maple syrup. They make a great breakfast addition or snack. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake, Gluten-free, grain-free, Muffins
Servings 12
Calories 195kcal


  • 2 2/3 cups Bobs Red Mill Paleo Flour Blend 12 ounces
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon or Chinese Five Spice blend
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 3/4 cups lightly packed grated carrots about 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut + extra for optional topping


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. With a little extra coconut oil or non-stick spray, grease the wells of a 12-cup light colored metal muffin pan. 
  • Add the flour blend, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg and salt to a medium bowl and whisk well to combine. To another bowl add the eggs, oil, syrup, water and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the carrots and coconut. Divide batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with extra coconut if desired. Bake muffins 23-25 minutes, until muffins are golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean with moist crumbs when inserted into the center of the muffin. Timing may vary with your ovens. For a Wolf steam oven, bake 23 minutes on a regular wire rack, level 2, on convection humid mode.
  • When muffins are done, remove pan from the oven and allow muffins to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then gently remove them to a wire rack to cool completely. Muffins will last about 4 days in an airtight container on the countertop.


For extra pretty muffins, garnish the tops with an extra sprinkle of coconut before baking. Here is the 12-cup muffin pan I use, from Amazon


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3208IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
  1. Debbie in Alaska - May 8th, 2018

    Hi Sally,
    I made these yummy muffins for my Daniel Plan group. They all enjoyed them very much!! They noticed that the recipe says tree-nut free but that the ingredients in the Paleo flour has almonds. We are thinking almonds are tree-nuts??
    Because I was making this for a group I wanted more than the 12 muffins that I understood the recipe would make. What is the capacity of each muffin cup in your pan?? I was able to make 34 mini + 12 regular size muffins from this recipe. I was also able to share some of the mini muffins with kids aged 4-9 and they too really liked them too! Thanks Sally for another great recipe!

  2. Sally Cameron - May 15th, 2018

    Hi Debbie, thanks for commenting and for highlighting that error. Will fix it right away! I need you guys to help me keep it all straight;) Almonds are tree nuts, of course! Glad they were enjoyed by your DP group. I used a standard Wilton brand silver cupcake/muffin pan with 12 wells. Nothing fancy. Hope that helps?

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