carrot cake muffins with cashew frosting gluten-free

Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting (gluten-free)

These Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting are incredibly flavourful and perfectly sweet and chewy. Gluten-free, oil-free, dairy-free, egg-free, these healthy vegan muffins make a great easy-to-make treat for the fall season and Halloween.

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These tasty Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting are:

  • oil-free
  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • toddler-friendly
  • chewy
  • and healthy.

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carrot cake muffins with cashew frosting in hand

HOW TO MAKE CARROT CAKE MUFFINS WITH CASHEW FROSTING?

Please note this is just an overview of the recipe. Scroll down to the end of the page to see the full printable recipe.

To make the Carrot Cake Muffins, you will need the following ingredients:

  • carrots
  • baking powder
  • oats
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • ginger
  • soy milk
  • peanut butter
  • rice flour.

carrot cake mix in white mixing bowl with pumpkins

As for the cashew frosting, here is my 4 Ingredients Cashew Frosting (sugar-free) recipe. It takes less than 5 minutes to make!

RECIPE IN VIDEO (1 MIN)

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CAN YOU FREEZE CARROT CAKE MUFFINS WITH CASHEW FROSTING?

You sure can. Of course, it would be much better freshly baked, but these Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting are freezer-friendly. To freeze, wait for the muffins to cool down completely and store the muffins in a closed container. Freeze without the cashew frosting.

carrot muffins on green tea towel and pumpkins

WHAT GOES WELL WITH CARROT CAKE MUFFINS?

This 4 Ingredients Cashew Frosting (sugar-free) recipe, similar to a cream cheese frosting, is my best recommendation to go with these vegan Carrot Cake Muffins. You could also make the muffins without the cashew frosting, they would still taste great!

If it is in season, you could also make homemade applesauce to serve on the side of your Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting. I love my sister’s applesauce recipe with maple syrup; it is a quick simple guide which is perfect if you have never made applesauce before. 

Looking for a cozy drink to comfort yourself through the cold seasons and serve on side of your muffins? Try The Best Masala Chai (spiced milk tea | dairy-free); I promised you won’t be disappointed!!

carrot cake muffins with cashew frosting and pumpkins

SUBSTITUTIONS

To make this recipe free from refined sugar, you can use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.

You can substitute soy milk with any other plant milk.

You can also substitute peanut butter for any other nut butter.

Rice flour can be substituted with cornstarch or potato starch.

Finally, you can substitute the carrots with applesauce or mashed bananas.

I sincerely hope you will love and savour this recipe, 

Marlene

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Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting (gluten-free)

These Carrot Cake Muffins with Cashew Frosting are incredibly flavourful and perfectly sweet and chewy. Gluten-free, oil-free, dairy-free, egg-free, these healthy vegan muffins make a great easy-to-make treat for the fall season and Halloween.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: carrot cake muffins, gluten-free muffins, oil-free, vegan muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 muffins
Author: Marlene Mamia (TheDorkyFrench)

Equipment

  • silicone muffin pan
  • Whisk
  • High speed blender or food processor
  • Tablespoon

Ingredients

In the blender

  • 50 g oats
  • 200 g carrots - soaked and drained*
  • 20 g peanut butter - or any nut butter
  • 1/3 thumb ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric - optional**
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 150 ml soy milk - or any other plant milk

In the mixing bowl

  • 50 g oats - (yes, more oats!)
  • 60 g rice flour - or cornstarch/ potato starch
  • 60 g brown sugar - or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the cashew frosting

Instructions

  • *Soak the carrots for minimum 4 hours or overnight.
  • Watch the one minute recipe video to see all instruction steps.
  • Preheat the oven to 180.C (536.F).
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all the "In the blender" ingredients. Blend until smooth.
    carrot blend in blender with pumpkins
  • In a mixing bowl, add all the "In mixing bowl" ingredients. Mix with a whisk.
    cake mix in mixing bowl with pumpkins
  • Pour the blender mixture in the mixing bowl, and mix well with the whisk.
    orange cake mix in white mixing bowl with pumpkins
  • Use a tablespoon to divide the muffin dough into the 6 cups of a muffin tin***.
    pumpkin muffins before baking
  • Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, until the muffins are slightly brown on the edges.
    carrot cake muffins after baking
  • While the muffins are baking, make the 4 Ingredients Cashew Frosting (sugar-free).
    cashew frosting in white bowl
  • Let the muffins cool down for at least 5 minutes, then dip the upper part of each Carrot Cake Muffin in the cashew frosting.
    4 ingredients cashew frosting and carrot cake muffins
  • Serve warm preferably, or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
    carrot cake muffins with cashew frosting

Video

Notes

**The purpose of the turmeric for this recipe is to enhance the orange colour of the Carrot Cake Muffins. It should not affect the final taste if you make sure not to use more than 1/4 tsp of turmeric.
***This silicone muffin tin is the one I use as it is non-stick and super easy to unmold. As an alternative, you can use paper muffin cups in a traditional muffin tin.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin

 

Please note that all nutrition facts and information found on this website are for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor nor registered nutritionist, so please refer to a professional for medical advice.

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