Sugar-Free Vegan Carrot Cake with Whole Wheat Flour

Sugar-free carrot cake with dates
Sugar-free carrot cake with dates. Carrot cake photo by Alexandra Grablewski / Getty images
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: one cake

Vegan carrot cake is always a hit, and it's easy to make as the carrots provide enough moisture that you don't need to worry about using and egg replacer as a binder. This vegan carrot cake recipe with whole wheat flour uses dates and orange juice for a bit of sweetness so it is refined sugar-free. Pineapple juice concentrate also works well in this sugar-free carrot cake recipe.

Using whole wheat flour in this vegan cake does make it a bit heavier, but carrot cake isn't usually a very light cake anyways. Recipe courtesy of Beverly Lynn Bennett of

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups dates, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated or shredded in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

How to Make It

First in a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

Next, combine the water, dates, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Bring  this mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, and allow to gently simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.

Next, place the shredded or grated carrots in a bowl and pour the hot water, date and raisin mixture over them, and allow to cool completely.

This step allows the carrots to soften up a bit. Next, add the chopped walnuts and 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate to the carrot mixture and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine.

Pour your carrot batter into a lightly greased cake pan.

Bake your sugar-free whole wheat carrot cake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

After allowing to cool, frost your vegan carrot cake with a sugar-free vegan frosting. A cream cheese frosting is traditional for carrot cake. Try this classic vegan cream cheese frosting recipe or this orange vegan cream cheese frosting recipe or, for something a little bit different, try this raw vegan coconut butter and agave nectar frosting recipe. Enjoy!

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