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Mini Carrot Cakes (GF, DF, Paleo & No Processed Sugar )

Mini Carrot Cakes

These delicious carrot cupcakes are moist and full of flavour. Made with almond flour, they’re gluten-free, paleo, have no processed sugar and have dairy-free options so everyone can enjoy them. The almond flour and carrots give moisture and nutrition. I think ¼ cup of honey gives enough sweetness as the carrots are naturally sweet and I prefer to reduce the sweetness. Leave out the sultanas to reduce the sugar content. For dairy-free cupcakes, you can substitute light olive oil or coconut oil instead of the butter and leave off the icing or perhaps try a dairy-free icing eg. coconut-based. These cupcakes are nice enough without any icing but it makes them a little fancier.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 ½ cups organic carrots, grated (2 large carrots approx)
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup organic raisins/sultanas (optional)

Wet ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup melted butter (or light olive oil/coconut oil for dairy-free)
  • ¼- ½ cup honey, maple syrup or equivalent amount of stevia (add more as desired)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping:

  • ½ cup of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of organic natural or greek yoghurt
  • Stevia, as desired
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C (or 350 F) and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In large bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until you have a batter then evenly distribute the mixture among the 12 cupcake holes.
  5. Bake on the middle rack and bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.

Icing:

  1. Combine all ingredients and beat or whisk until light and fluffy.
  2. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Store in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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