Gluten-Free Carrot Muffins/Cake

Today is my baby’s 3rd birthday. Wow, where have the last 3 years gone. He was born 3 years ago, early in the morning, just before the doctor had to leave for a weekend-long conference (phew!). He was also born on his due date, which I understand is a very odd thing to happen. He is a busy little boy, and definitely entering his 3rd year, as everything we say is met with a cute little “Why?”. Well, it’s cute the first few times it is asked, and we have found that the easiest way to end the “Why” line of questioning is to just answer “Because we love you”. :)

So, to celebrate the joy that this little sweetheart has brought into our lives, we’re having Carrot muffins. These gluten-free carrot muffins are actually made using a recipe that will make an 8-inch square pan of cake as well. Whether you make the muffins or the cake, it is nearly a MUST to top it off with your favorite cream cheese icing, delicious! You can’t even tell they are GF! :)




  1. TerryLynnL says

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Nicholas!! How time flies!
    I guess it was just over 3 years ago that I was out there then. Seems like a life time ago though.

    Hope he had a great Bday!

  2. Jeanine says

    Betty – Thanks, he is cute, isn't he?? :) He's a little photo copy of his Daddy, that's for sure!

    Iris – cream cheese frosting = more time jogging. lol

    Cookie – Thank you very much, we're pretty fond of him (most of the time) too. 😉

    TL – yep, just over 3 years! Wow, time flies, eh? Feels like a lifetime already. So…when are ya coming again?? :)

    Rose & Thorn – I hope you enjoy the muffins, I know I did. 😉

  3. Susan says

    these are wonderful muffins – my kids just eat them up. I also use pureed fresh spinach, apple, ginger along with the carrot enough to make 1 1/2 cups (I use the pulp leftover from juicing). It adds some extra green nutrition for my kids. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Mel says

    I have a suggestion for these, I hope that’s okay! My baker friend makes an incredible (so I’m told) carrot cake and she uses carrot baby food to add some extra carrot oomph while keeping it SUPER moist. I’ve always been intrigued by it but she’s never made me a GF version. I might just have to try it. J

    ust thought I’d share!

  5. Jeanine says

    Hi Mel,
    I’ve never thought of using pureed carrots in this cake, but I bet it would work fantastically. And I’m sure you’re right, I’d use it in place of the yogurt, which would make it dairy free. I’ll have to think of this the next time I make this cake (it is my husbands favorite cake, so it is quite often). :) Great suggestion! Thanks!

  6. Noel and Ali says

    These were great! Thank you so much! I substituted coconut oil, and for the brown sugar, half raw honey/half agave syrup. Then it seemed too liquidy, so I was crazy and added about 1/2 cup of milled flaxseed. But somehow-it worked! Thank you so much!

  7. Jeanine says

    Noel and Ali, so glad that you got this recipe to work for you! The excess liquid is probably due to using a liquid sweetener instead of the sugar. Good job on fixing that up with the ground flaxseed, which I'm sure works well (and makes it healthier) in this recipe.

  8. Anonymous says

    thank you so much. i made this into a loaf but it stuck a little so its more like chunky squares. I haven't had carrot cake in like a year since going gluten free. it was divine. i added walnuts, raisins and some unsweetened coconut for added texture. thank you so much!

  9. Robin says

    Delicious!! I doubled the recipe and it was just right for a 9×13 pan. A batch of cream cheese frosting was the icing on the cake, and it was served for company last evening. No one even knew it was gluten free. This is a new favorite at our house. Thanks!

  10. says

    Hi Jeanine,
    Just wanted to tell you that I tried this recipe (and raved about it and your site on my blog). I’ve been using your recipes a lot lately and thought it would only be courteous to thank you:) That’s it. Merry Christmas, too.
    PS. I am so looking forward to the monkey bread that I am trying for the first time. (Just popped it in the freezer). Thanks again.

  11. Bidy says

    My son was born on his due date too!

    This recipe looks great. I wanted to mention that I have had a lot of luck substituting apple sauce instead of yogurt in a couple of your recipes so far, this one would probably work too.

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