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 (8 servings)
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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 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups dates (chopped)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup carrot (grated or shredded in a food processor)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)

How to Make It

  1. First in a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine.
  2. Pour your carrot batter into a lightly greased cake pan.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 260
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 230 mg
Carbohydrates 51 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)