This Vegan Carrot Bread is moist and fluffy, subtly spiced and covered in a rich cream cheese frosting. It comes together in one bowl and the recipe is easily customisable. It’s gluten-free and refined sugar free too! Perfect for dessert or an indulgent breakfast or brunch.
How sweet is this carrot bread?
This is definitely a sweet bread recipe – it’s similar to a Carrot Cake. To make it less sweet, you can halve the amount of maple syrup and omit the frosting, or omit the maple syrup all together if you want to make a more savoury bread.
How do you grate carrots for this carrot bread?
Use a box grater to grate the carrots.
How to make this Vegan Carrot Bread
Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe including measurements and full instructions.
- Mix together all the ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.
Tip: Use a food processor to grind up the walnuts until they form a fine powder.
- Transfer the batter into a one-pound loaf tin.
Tip: Make sure to line the loaf tin with greased baking paper – this will make removing the bread from the tin so much easier!
- Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
- Transfer to a cooling rack to cool down before applying the frosting.
- Use a knife (or palette knife for frosting) to spread the frosting over the top of the loaf.
How to decorate this Vegan Carrot Bread
I decided to decorate this carrot bread with chopped walnuts, but you can use whatever you like: chopped pecan nuts, chopped pistachios or coconut flakes all work well!
Substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- You can use any type of oil: coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil.
- You can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk etc.
- You can use any type of liquid sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
- You can replace the ground walnuts with ground almonds (almond meal).
- For a nut-free version: replace the ground walnuts with ground sunflower seeds or use 30g (1/4 cup) coconut flour instead of 150g (1 1/4 cup) ground walnuts and omit the frosting.
- You can replace the raisins with any other dried fruit such as dried cranberries or chopped dates, or dried mango, dried pineapple or dried papaya for a tropical vibe.
- You can add a couple of tablespoons of desiccated coconut to the batter.
- You can use plain flour, wholemeal (whole wheat) flour or spelt flour instead of the gluten-free flour if you’re not gluten-free.
- To make it less sweet, you can halve the amount of maple syrup and omit the frosting.
- To make a more savoury bread, omit the maple syrup and the frosting.
How long does this Vegan Carrot Bread keep for?
This Carrot Bread definitely tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days.
More vegan sweet bread recipes:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Zucchini Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Orange Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Bread
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Vegan Carrot Bread (Gluten-Free)
For the bread:
- 60 g (1/4 cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
- 200 ml (4/5 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice *
- 8 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice (or sub a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves)
- Pinch salt
- 100 g (3.5 oz) carrot , peeled and grated (one medium-sized carrot)
- 50 g (1/3 cup) raisins or sultanas (or sub finely chopped dried mango or papaya)
- 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground walnuts **
- 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
For the frosting:
To decorate (optional):
- Walnuts , roughly chopped
For the bread:
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
- Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, ginger, mixed spice, salt, grated carrot, raisins and ground walnuts
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
- Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
- Transfer mixture into a loaf tin lined with greased baking paper (I used a one-pound loaf tin)
- Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until risen and golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean
- Once out the oven, transfer the loaf from the baking tin onto a wired rack to leave it to cool completely before applying the frosting
For the frosting:
- Drain the soaked cashews and add to a food processor or blender with the maple syrup and lemon juice
- Whizz until completely smooth, adding some plant-based milk or water to thin out if necessary
To frost and decorate:
- Use a knife (or palette knife) to spread frosting over the top of the loaf
- Decorate with chopped walnuts, if desired
- Tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days
- This is definitely a sweet recipe – it’s similar to a Carrot Cake. To make it less sweet, you can halve the amount of maple syrup and omit the frosting, or omit the maple syrup all together if you want to make a more savoury bread.
- If you’d prefer not to use this cashew-based vegan cream cheese frosting, you can use a coconut cream-based cream cheese frosting instead, or a normal cashew buttercream.
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