Vegan Carrot Cake

This Vegan Carrot Cake is scrumptiously moist, rich, spiced, sweet and studded with plump, juicy raisins. Just 10 ingredients, no sugar and no flour, you’re pretty much sorted with the ingredient checklist.

slice of carrot cake next to cake studded with raisins and carrots and topped with white frosting

This cake was actually a happy accident- I accidentally forgot to add sugar and it tasted insanely good!  I had my boyfriend’s family over for dinner and they’re not really big fans of vegan food or healthy eating in general so of course for me it’s always rather nerve-racking since 99% of my diet is reliant on the above two categories!

round carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and pistachioswith slice being taken using silver cake slice

As a lover and doer of dinner party hosting, it’s the norm for me to cook up a dessert for anyone that comes over for a meal and on this day it just happened to be my experimental carrot cake to which I actually forgot to add sugar.

slice og healthy vegan carrot cake with raisins and carrot shreds and white frosting on wooden board

To my astonishment, they lapped it up and each morsel was polished off that evening. Some even said they preferred it without the iced topping, so I guess the frosting wasn’t even necessary. Phew!

This cake is so moist and flavoursome as it is, but if you fancy a frosted topping then go for it. I used the frosting recipe from my cinnamon bun breakfast cake and topped the entire thing with crushed pistachios which worked well.

Questions about Vegan Carrot Cake

How to make vegan carrot cake? To make overnight oats, there are just two basic ingredients required: oats and milk. When the oats and milk are combined and left in the fridge overnight, they create a wonderfully creamy, in-tact porridge, without the gooey texture of heated oatmeal. The addition of flavours such as matcha, vanilla, cinnamon etc can be added along with the milk to diversify the taste.

Is vegan carrot cake healthy? Compared to many cakes, this carrot cake is relatively healthy as it contains no refined grains, no added sugar, is low in fat and has a higher fibre content due to the addition of oats. However, vegan or not, many carrot cakes can be quite energy-dense and high in fat and sugar.

Is carrot cake gluten-free? Carrot cake is typically not gluten-free if using a traditional what flour recipe. However, substituting the wheat flour with ingredients such as oats or almond flour can make it a gluten-free cake.

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Serving size:

Serves 8


  • 1 large apple grated
  • 2 medium carrots grated
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g walnuts
  • 50g oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200ml soya milk + 1 tsp lemon juice/vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Combine carrots, apple, raisins, walnuts and milk and mix well.
  3. Fold in the remaining ingredients to form a sticky, lumpy batter.
  4. Scoop into a cake tin lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove and allow to cool before frosting.

Made this Recipe?

If you had a go at this Vegan Carrot Cake please feel free to give me a shout on Instagram at @food_flaneur  – would love to see your pics!

If you like cake…

You should definitely give these recipes a try:

Apples and Pears Cake

Banana Cream Pie Cake

Cake Crumb Swiss Roll

Vegan Apple Berry Crumble

Banana Custard Bread

Big Thanks to…

Recipes of Holly for my food inspo. You can find her recipe here: https://recipesofholly.com/vegan-carrot-cake/.

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