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Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake (gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

4.14 from 52 votes

Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars

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This Christmas, I got everything I wanted and so much more. I was with my family and got to cook plenty of goodies. The gifts under the tree were just a bonus… I hope your holiday was fabulous! This cake came out of it… I went on a bit of a Bon Appetit rampage with paleo-fying some delish cookies and this carrot-walnut loaf cake into my own version. It was such a hit, I couldn’t keep it from you… so I give you this Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake to enjoy!

Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars

I put my guests to work, grating carrots, and measuring dry ingredients – I had a little factory going. It’s always fun to bake with the ones you love and then enjoy the result. Whipping coconut cream can be done while the cake is resting. Simply grab a refrigerated can of coconut cream (one of the best brands here) and add a little drop of vanilla extract, and WHIP it in a cold bowl until thick. You can also store it like that in the fridge and it stays really well.

Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars

You will love this moist and fluffy crumb, the coconut oil and vanilla give it this magical taste… while the spices will warm you up and fill you with that winter warmth in your tummy. The chopped walnuts add such a great crunch on top.

I’m gearing up for a Whole 30 in January, so I figured I’d use up my remaining flour in a REAL DELISH way before I part ways with desserts for quite some time. Though as my husband said, “at least we’re eating veggies too!”.

Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars

Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars

Paleo Carrot Walnut Cake (gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

4.14 from 52 votes
Spiced and a little sweet, this fluffy carrot cake is the perfect winter treat. Top it off with a little whipped cream for the grand finale! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 10 slices



  • Pre-heat oven to 350f degrees, line and lightly grease an 8-inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
  • In one bowl, add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, spices, salt, and chopped walnuts) and mix.
  • In an electric mixer bowl, whisk the eggs and coconut sugar on high for a few minutes until thick and foamy. Lastly, add the vanilla and coconut oil, and switch to the paddle attachment if you have it.
  • Add the dry ingredients slowly with the mixer still going to make the batter.
  • Lastly, mix in the shredded carrots.
  • To the lined loaf pan, pour in the batter and swipe the spatula across the top so it's even and flat. Add a bit of chopped walnuts down the middle.
  • Bake for 65-70 minutes until the center is cooked (check with a toothpick). Transfer to a wire rack to dry by pulling the sides of the parchment paper up and placing it gently.
  • Serve with some whipped coconut cream!


All-Purpose Paleo Flour recipe here (I used the seed flour since there are walnuts, but either will work!)
Diet: American
Course: Dessert


Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars


-Alison Marras
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  1. Wow, no way this is gluten free!! This loaf cake is definitely happening this weekend, thanks so much for the recipe!!

  2. Yeah its raelly declious ,,,, looking yummy .
    Am so happy to read this .
    Its my dinner of the day .
    Thank you so much

  3. I’m confused. The recipe calls for 3/4 cup coconut oil, but apart from oiling the cake tin, nowhere in the recipe does it say where to add the remainder to the recipe. My cake turned out dry and crumbly and I’m guessing I was supposed to add the coconut oil at some point to the recipe. I definitely was unable to pour the batter in to my cake tin. 

    • Sorry about the confusion, Anita! The coconut oil should be added with the wet ingredients before mixing in the carrots. I just updated that!

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