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Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Muffins (No Added Sweetener!)

Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Muffins made grain-free, oil-free, dairy-free with no added sweetener! These healthy carrot banana muffins are studded with raisins and pecans for a perfectly sweet, texturally pleasing nutritious snack.

Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Muffins made with almond flour - carrot cake meets banana bread in this healthy recipe

Carrot cake, meet banana muffins…banana muffins, meet carrot cake!

What a lovely combination we’ve stumbled upon here!

I mentioned a few months ago I’ve been sweetening some of my treats using solely bananas, which is what is going on here. Look at these like healthy carrot cake cupcakes…or banana cupcakes…or healthy banana carrot muffins. 

Whatever you want to call them, they’re here for your snacking, breakfasting, desserting pleasure. 

All things considered, these muffins are grain-free, dairy-free, oil-free, contain zero added sweetener, are paleo-friendly and are absolutely delicious!

Paleo Carrot Cake Cupcakes sweetened with banana - grain-free, sugar-free, oil-free, dairy-free, and healthy

If you’d like, you can do as I did and frost the muffins using my Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. This gives the muffins a cupcake feel for a more decadent approach!

Do note, that the cream cheese frosting is sweetened with pure maple syrup, so you would need to skip the frosting to keep these refined sugar-free, or use sugar-free sweetener in the frosting.

Let’s get down to business!

Grain-Free Carrot Cake Banana Muffins made with almond flour and no added sweetener. Paleo, dairy-free, sweetened only with bananas

Ingredients for Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Muffins:

Ripe Bananas: Ripe bananas bring the majority of the sweetness to these muffins, and enable us to go all naturally sweetened, without the need for any additional sweetener! Make sure your bananas are plenty ripe (think: mostly brown) so that they provide the sweetness and moisture we need to make these beauties POP.

Eggs: Eggs hold the whole shebang together and make the muffins nice and fluffy. It may be possible to replace them with flax eggs (if you have an egg allergy), but I haven’t tested the recipe yet with an egg replacement.

Almond Flour: Superfine almond flour is what we use to keep these muffins grain-free and light and fluffy. I use Bob’s Red Mill’s almond flour. If you’re using a different brand of almond flour, you may need to add more moisture (such as coconut milk, almond milk, oil, or more banana) if the batter seems too thick. 

Baking Powder: Leavening agent! Used to make the muffins come together and hold together in that beautiful compact treat. If you don’t use baking powder, you can try replacing it with 2-3 tablespoons of tapioca flour.

Sea Salt & Cinnamon: Flavor galore! Ground cinnamon brings that enticing warmth that reminds us of our mom’s classic banana bread (or carrot cake), and sea salt brings out all the flavor of all the ingredients!

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut: Unsweetened shredded coconut adds some creamy, sweet flavor and a tiny bit of texture. If you don’t like coconut (or have an allergy), replace it with ½ cup of additional almond flour. You can also use sweetened coconut if you don’t mind the added sugar.

Carrot: You know what they say…if there’s a vegetable involved, it’s healthy 😉 In all seriousness, baked goods made with carrot are some of my favorites! Carrots are naturally sweet, add nice earthy flavor, and are so easy to incorporate into a recipe. 

Raisins: Addin little bursts of flavor and sweetness, I love raisins in my carrot cake banana muffins. They bring natural sweetness and a little textural surprise.

Pecans: Or Walnuts! I like adding chopped raw pecans or walnuts to my carrot cake adventures. If you don’t like nuts in your muffins, feel free to skip them!

Gluten-Free Paleo Carrot Banana Muffins made with almond flour and sweetened only with banana

How to Make Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Muffins:

If making the Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting, do so ahead of time (the cashews will need to soak for 12 hours, just as a heads up for planning purposes!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with muffin papers.

Add the first six ingredients (bananas through sea salt) to a blender and blend until smooth (Note: if you don’t have a blender, you can mash/mix everything together in a mixing bowl by hand or using an electric mixer).

How to make healthy carrot cake cupcakes

Stir in the remaining ingredients (shredded coconut, carrots, raisins, and pecans) until well-combined.

How to make healthy carrot cake cupcakes

Transfer the batter to the muffin pan, filling the holes ¾ of the way up.

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the tops are golden-brown.

Allow muffins to cool completely before peeling the papers off to eat them. (Note: frost them after they have cooled, if desired!)

Paleo Carrot Cake Cupcakes (or carrot cake banana muffins) - naturally sweetened, grain-free, sugar-free, oil-free, healthy cupcake recipe that is gluten-free and sweetened with banana

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Paleo Carrot Cake Cupcakes (or carrot cake banana muffins) - naturally sweetened, grain-free, sugar-free, oil-free, healthy cupcake recipe that is gluten-free and sweetened with banana

Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Paleo carrot cake banana muffins are a lovely mashup of carrot cake and banana bread. Grain-free, oil-free and sweetened only with banana!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. If making the Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting, do so ahead of time (the cashews will need to soak for 12 hours, just as a heads up for planning purposes!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with muffin papers.
  3. Add the first six ingredients (bananas through sea salt) to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients (shredded coconut, carrots, raisins, and pecans) until well-combined.
  5. Transfer the batter to the muffin pan, filling the holes ¾ of the way up. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are golden-brown.
  6. Allow muffins to cool completely before peeling the papers off to eat them. (Note: frost them after they have cooled, if desired!)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g

Grain-Free Carrot Cake Banana Muffins with no added sugar! Oil-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and healthy.

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Ellen

Monday 19th of April 2021

Should these be refrigerated afterwards? Thanks!

Julia

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Hi Ellen! I refrigerate them in a tupperware container, or freeze them in a zip lock bag :D Enjoy! xo

Astrid

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Hi!! Can the coconut replace with more carrot?

Julia

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Hi Astrid! Absolutely! Hope you enjoy xoxxo

Mary

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Please let me know - is the calorie count of 209 with or without the frosting?? I love these - great recipe - but I am trying to keep count of my calorie intake. Thank you

Julia

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Hi Mary! That is correct! xoxo

Curtis Prejean

Thursday 10th of December 2020

3 bananas = 1/5 cup ? Clarify please

Julia

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Wow, vicious typo on my end. That should read 1 1/2 cups (1.5 cups). Apologies for the confusion! xoxox

Raluca

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hi! The combinations sounds great, but is there any other flour that will work instead of almond flour?

Julia

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hi there! You can try hazelnut flour, cassava flour, or rice flour in a 1:1 substitution. Depending on how absorbent your flour is, you may need to add some liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, coconut oil, more banana, etc).

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