carrie’s grain-free carrot cupcakes
Moist and rich with the flavor of carrots, honey, coconut and cream cheese, Carrie’s grain-free cupcakes are a real food treat that you (and your kids) will love. Like most grain-free baked goods, these muffins call for almond and coconut flours as well as coconut oil which are increasingly available at health food stores; however, you can also find them online (see sources). For more simple, wholesome and healthy organic recipes, be sure to check out Carrie’s book: Deliciously Organic.
Grain-free Carrot Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- 1 pound carrots (scraped and grated)
- 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 cup honey (divided)
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt (room temperature)
- 3/4 pound mascarapone or cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream (whipped until soft peaks form)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with muffin liners.
- Place almond and coconut flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer. Using the beater attachment, combine the ingredients on low for about 20 seconds. Add grated carrots and beat on low for about 30 seconds until incorporated.
- Pour eggs and 3/4 cup honey in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process for 20 seconds. Add melted coconut oil and yogurt and process for an additional 20 seconds until smooth. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and beat on low until combined. Spoon batter into muffin cups making each about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until edges are just golden brown. Cool completely.
- Whisk mascarapone or cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup honey and vanilla in the bowl of a standing mixer until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in whipped cream. Frost cooled cupcakes with frosting. These are best served the day they are made.