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

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

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Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars
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Paleo Carrot Walnut Cake (gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

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 Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 slices


  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • cup paleo all-purpose flour nut or seed version below
  • tsp baking powder
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch kosher salt
  • ½ cup walnuts coarsely chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut or maple sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces carrots coarsely grated (approx. 2 cups)


  • 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!)


Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake via Food by Mars


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  • […] Recipe: Food by Mars | Paleo Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake […]ReplyCancel

  • AnitaJuly 20, 2019 - 1:25 pm

    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. ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJuly 30, 2019 - 5:01 pm

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

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  • Harriet carmineFebruary 17, 2020 - 2:02 am

    Is there  anyway to omit the sugar all together?ReplyCancel

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  • Toni DashNovember 12, 2020 - 4:16 pm

    I loved it! Such a guilt-free treat!! Taste so good and amazing! ReplyCancel

  • Shadi HasanzadenematiNovember 12, 2020 - 4:18 pm

    Love how easy this recipe is. It’s perfect for our family!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle SimpsonNovember 12, 2020 - 4:43 pm

    Yum! This had great flavors, loved the walnuts too! Great for a snackReplyCancel

  • DanniiNovember 12, 2020 - 4:49 pm

    Carrots and walnuts are such a delicious combination. This loaf cake looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleNovember 12, 2020 - 9:57 pm

    Yum! I love the spices and walnuts in this recipe. And your pictures are so pretty!ReplyCancel

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