Perfect Carrot Cake with Chocolate Chips: A Gluten-Free Dessert With Low Sugar

It’s almost spring, and to me, that means carrot cake. My six-year-old told me that carrot cake is her “favorite way to eat carrots,” which, is totally valid. I wanted it to be a little healthier than your typical cake, but I didn’t want to pretend I enjoyed a brick made of almonds and dates either. So this recipe was me compromising between something more like a bran muffin and an actual cake. However, it doesn’t taste like compromise. This cake is moist and somehow fluffy at the same time, was easy to make and is downright decadent. My husband, who is typically not a carrot cake fan, loved it (he said it’s the best carrot cake he’s ever eaten). It’s gluten free and can be used with any cream cheese frosting recipe, like this one.

Wet ingredients:

  • 4 medium to large large carrots, shredded finely in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick grass fed butter, melted

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 c gluten-free flour mix, cup for cup with xantham gum. I used this kind.
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • generous dash of salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients except chocolate chips thoroughly in a large bowl. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl with a whisk. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a large spoonful at a time and mix by hand until combined. Add the carrots and chocolate chips and combine thoroughly. Spread the batter evenly into a greased 10-inch springform pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Gluten-free scones with cinnamon and brown sugar filling

It’s rare that I come up with a recipe in the pastry or bread category that comes out perfect the first time. Now, this is a pretty basic scone recipe, but I altered the ratios of butter, cream and yogurt and played with the spices and extracts for a flavor I knew I’d love. These scones came out perfect… biscuit-y without being too crumbly, the perfect dryness of a scone with enough moisture to hold it together. The cinnamon sugar mixture leaked out and formed crunchy, crispy, chewy little sugar morsels and the tops of the scones had just the right amount of crunch. These were incredibly easy to make and when paired with a slice of bacon and a cup of coffee — total heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend (add a teaspoon of xantham gum if yours doesn’t have it). I used this kind and added xantham gum.
  • 1/4 cup coarse granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. butter extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk grass fed yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs

For the cinnamon brown sugar filling:

  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 more tablespoons butter for drizzling the top
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for dusting the top

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl that will fit in your fridge (click here for one I love), mix together the dry ingredients. Chop the butter into tablespoon-sized pieces and cut it in with a pastry cutter or a fork, only until it is partially mixed and you can see large bits of butter. Add the eggs, cream, yogurt, lemon juice and extracts and mix just until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.

When you are ready to bake them, mix up the rest of the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

Dust your countertop with gluten free flour and dump the dough out on top of it. Dust a little bit of flour on top of that, and knead it with the palm of your hands, just a few times, until it stays together. Press it down into a rectangle about an inch thick. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on it, and then fold it in half, making sure the cinnamon filling is in the middle. Press it down to about an inch thickness again. Brush melted butter over the top and sprinkle about two tablespoons of granulated sugar on top. Cut into triangles, however large or small you’d like. I cut mine pretty thin to make about 13 smallish scones. Place them on a baking sheet (lightly greased or sprayed) and bake at 400 degrees for about ten minutes.

Coconut milk tapioca pudding (with fruit purée)

It’s been a wild week here in Texas—some were without power, some lost water to their homes, some are still boiling water before they drink it. We were fortunate to have no major issues, other than being cold and having limited access to groceries. We had enough food in the house to make it, but the usual things I would have purchased in the middle of the week were unavailable, so I found myself digging deep into the cabinets for recipe ideas. Tapioca is one of those things I always plan to make but rarely do, so when I saw that I had some I went to work. This recipe has fruit, and you can sub it for any type or omit it completely. You can also add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg if you like.

Ingredients :

  • 1/3 cup tapioca pearls (I used this kind)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon grassfed gelatin plus four tablespoons water
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peaches
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Two eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

Add the tapioca, water and coconut milk to a sauce pan. Let the pearls soak for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, set the fruit (defrosted) in a bowl with the sugar and let them sit for a few minutes. Beat your egg whites until they are stiff. Then, add four tablespoons of water to your gelatin and stir it up a bit to dissolve. Let it bloom for five minutes.

Purée the fruit mixture, either with an immersion blender or a regular blender. Set aside.

Once the 30 minutes is up, turn your burner to medium heat and start whisking the tapioca mixture. Before it gets hot, add the egg yolks and whisk them in. Add the gelatin and whisk it really well so no gelatin pieces remain. You’ll bring the mixture to a simmer, while constantly whisking. Don’t let it fully boil or it will scald. This process takes about ten minutes. Add the butter and stir until it melts.

Turn the heat off and add the puréed fruit, folding it in to combine. Add the vanilla, and allow the mixture to cool about ten minutes.

Add about 1/3 cup of it to the egg white and stir to temper them (so they don’t cook when you add them to the pudding). Fold this mixture into the pan and whisk until completely combined. Serve and enjoy!

Gluten free carrot cake with chocolate chips

This week my six-year-old told me that carrot cake is her “favorite way to eat carrots,” so of course I had to make one (I also had an abnormally large bag of carrots that needed to be used). I wanted it to be a little healthier than your typical cake, but I didn’t want to pretend I enjoyed a brick made of almonds and dates either. So this recipe was me compromising between something more like a bran muffin and a n actual cake. However, it doesn’t taste like compromise. This cake is moist and somehow fluffy at the same time, was easy to make and is downright decadent. My husband, who is typically not a carrot cake fan, loved it (he said it’s the best carrot cake he’s ever eaten). It’s gluten free and can be used with any cream cheese frosting recipe, like this one.

Wet ingredients:

  • 4 medium to large large carrots, shredded finely in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick grass fed butter, melted

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 c gluten-free flour mix, cup for cup with xantham gum. I used this kind.
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • generous dash of salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients except chocolate chips thoroughly in a large bowl. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl with a whisk. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a large spoonful at a time and mix by hand until combined. Add the carrots and chocolate chips and combine thoroughly. Spread the batter evenly into a greased 10-inch springform pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.