Gluten Free Carrot and Date Cake

Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free
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Today I was going to go to uni and finish three assignments, but instead I skipped class and made a carrot cake.

I’m worried by how often this has been happening lately. Very worried. But it’s such a nice day today! If you live in Sydney you’ll agree this last week has been awesome. Goodbye winter and having to sit on my heater every five minutes while I’m getting dressed.

I am kind of sad it’s too hot to drink hot chocolate now though. I developed the perfect recipe this winter involving lots of cinnamon and homemade almond milk. Sooo good.

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I’ve been getting weirdly stressed about making blog posts lately, I don’t know if anyone noticed how late each post is going up. I just can’t decide what to make! And when I do decide, I can’t find the time to make it and photograph it and edit it in time. So stressful!

This morning though the urge to make carrot cake was stronger than the voice saying “but you already made a banana carrot layer cake” and a carrot loaf for this blog. Not to mention the best carrot cupcakes of all time.

But you can never have too many carrot cake recipes! Right? Right guys?! And besides, this one is gluten free. It’s also absolutely delicious. Super moist and fluffy and yogurty from the icing (if you go the non-vegan way). it’s the kind of cake where you cut yourself a second slice before you’ve even finished the first piece, not that I would know anything about that…
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My sister and I demolished half the cake this morning, in-between listening to all the new music I downloaded and dancing with my dog. I’m somehow not feeling too regretful about missing my morning lecture about client/lawyer retainers.

You can either top this cake like I have, with a cup of strained yogurt mixed with 2 tbsp of maple syrup, or you can use coconut yogurt or cashew cream for a vegan option. Any will be delicious! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake: Inspired by this recipe

3 eggs OR 3 tbsp chia seeds mixed with almond milk
2 very ripe bananas
15 fresh dates, seeded
6 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup potato flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon

3 medium carrots, grated finely (skin on ok)

300g yogurt, drained in a cheesecloth for at least an hour
4 tbsp maple syrup

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Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and line a 20cm round cake tin.

Either mix the chia seeds with the almond milk and set aside, or whisk up the 3 eggs. In a blender, blitz the banana, dates and oil. In a medium bowl sift together all the dry ingredients.

Fold the eggs into the dry ingredients, then fold in the banana date mix. Stir in the grated carrots and pour into the tin. Bake for about 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

Mix together the yogurt and maple syrup or honey, or 300g cashew cream with maple syrup. Top the cake once it is cool and keep in the fridge.
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35 thoughts on “Gluten Free Carrot and Date Cake

  1. Haha, no you can definitely never have too many carrot cake recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Sounds wonderful with the warm weather. It’s the exact opposite here. It just gets colder and darker. But hey! That just means carrot cake fits in way better ๐Ÿ˜€ Pinned!

  2. Hi Lillian
    What a great idea and sooo healthy with the almond meal and brown rice flour.
    I would love to hear about client lawyer retainers as I hear the retainer may be an affective and legal way to ask for a payment and not have to put the funds in the lawyer trust account!!
    Good for lawyer ??? For client as you are in affect being paid up front!!
    Back to the cake, love the icing.
    Bill

  3. Making a carrot cake is always a great reason so skip class! And, no, you can never have too many carrot cake recipes! It is one of my favorites and love that this one is gluten free! I wanna make it right now and eat the whole thing! I also love your yogurt frosting!

  4. This looks delicious; I’m sold by anything with dates and maple syrup to sweeten it up! And no worries, I find myself staying home to cook instead of going to uni classes a disturbing amount… In fact, I might stay home one day next week and make this cake!

  5. I am so happy to see you comment on people’s comments! I made this over the weekend – I’ve been GF for over 12 years now and have a deep affection for carrot cakes, the one cake that can make me forget that the cake I’m eating is actually gluten-free! Your recipe was very nice, good texture and delicious carroty flavor. Don’t skip your classes too much but I am lucky today that you did! Thanks for your lovely recipe!

    • Thanks Charlotte! I’ve never tried it, but I think it should be ok. I have a few other carrot cake recipes on the blog made with wholemeal flour as well if you want to check those ones out ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how you go with this one if you do try!

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