Carrot muff-a-cake

I love carrot cake. I love the typical cream cheese frosting too because it is rich, creamy, and not too sweet. However, I usually only have cream cheese once a year…homemade cheesecake on my birthday! However, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the same flavors throughout the year.

What’s the different between a muffin and a cupcake? Typically it’s the sweetness and frosting. This carrot cake is not super sweet. So, it can be used as a morning muffin or you can up the sweetness and frost it in order to go the cupcake route.

Carrot cake muffins:


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or tapioca)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Preheat oven at 350F.

Whisk together dry ingredients.

Whisk together the olive oil, eggs, vanilla, syrup. Once well combined, add the carrots, walnuts, and lemon zest.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Distribute among 12 silicon muffin liners. Bake for 18 minutes or until set. Let cool completely before frosting.

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