1-Bowl Carrot Apple Snack Cake

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Wood tray and parchment paper with slices of gluten-free vegan Carrot Apple Snack Cake

The holiday season is upon us and I’ve been dreaming of sharing an easy snack cake to have around if you happen to be hosting family or friends this time of year. You know, the kind of cake that is justifiable as a “snack” or “breakfast” because it has fruit and vegetables in it. Yes! That kind. Let’s bake, shall we?

Wood cutting board with ingredients for making Carrot Apple Snack Cake

This 1-bowl recipe starts with a flax egg for binding and mashed ripe banana for some natural sweetness and moisture. Then come tasty ingredients like brown sugar, grated carrots and apples, and cinnamon.

Bowl of Carrot Apple Snack Cake batter with grated apples and carrots on top

For dry ingredients, we went for a blend of almond meal or flour, oats, and our gluten-free flour blend, which kept the cake fluffy, tender, yet perfectly moist. Chopped walnuts add a bit of crunch and nutty flavor.

Freshly made batter for gluten-free vegan Carrot Apple Snack Cake

After a quick bake in the oven (and the painstaking minutes of letting it cool), it’s time for cake! While delicious on its own, it’s elevated with a simple cashew lemon maple frosting (recipe below)! Swoon.

Carrot Apple Snack Cake resting on a piece of parchment paper

We hope you LOVE this cake! It’s:

Packed with fruit + vegetables
Subtly spiced
Easy to make
& SO delicious

This would make the perfect cake to have on hand for gatherings or lazy days spent with loved ones this holiday season. It would also be delicious come spring! Basically, it’s perfect year round for just about any occasion.

If you’re into cake, also be sure to check out our Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake, 1-Bowl Pumpkin Cake, and Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cake!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Slices of Carrot Apple Snack Cake resting on a wood platter

1-Bowl Carrot Apple Snack Cake

Hearty, vegan carrot apple snack cake made in 1 bowl! Wholesome, simple ingredients, simple to make, tender, and perfectly sweet!
Author Minimalist Baker
Slices of Carrot Apple Snack Cake on a platter and parchment paper
4.75 from 75 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 (Slices)
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3 Days



  • 1 ½ Tbsp flaxseed meal (to make flax eggs)
  • 3 ¾ Tbsp water (to make flax eggs)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (if avoiding oil, try subbing a little nut butter or applesauce)
  • 1/3 cup mashed very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar, but it’s not as sweet and the texture may be more dense)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk (or other dairy-free milk)
  • 1 heaping cup (packed) grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely grated apple
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (or flour)
  • 1 heaping cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts (chopped // for topping)

FROSTING optional

  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked in very hot water for 30 minutes)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted // optional – helps the frosting firm up when chilled)
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk (or sub light // if avoiding coconut, sub almond or rice)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Prepare flax eggs in a large mixing bowl (by mixing water and flax seed and letting it rest for 5 minutes). Also preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish or similar size pan. 
  • To flax eggs, add olive oil, mashed banana, and maple syrup and whisk to combine. Next add brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
  • Add almond milk and stir. Then add grated carrot and apple and stir.
  • Add oats, baking soda, almond meal (or flour), and gluten-free flour blend and stir to combine (see photo). You should have a thick but pourable batter – add more almond milk to thin if needed or more gluten-free flour or almond meal to thicken.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and top with crushed walnuts. Bake for 40-45 minutes on a center rack or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When you press on the top, it shouldn’t feel too spongey, so don’t be afraid of over-baking! The GF blend just takes longer to bake than glutenous cakes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest in the pan for 15 minutes. Then gently lift out of the pan and let cool completely on a wire baking rack or flat surface. The longer it cools, the more airy and light the cake becomes.
  • OPTIONAL: While this is happening, you can make your frosting by adding soaked, drained cashews, coconut oil, coconut milk, lemon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a high-speed blender and blending on high until creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness or tartness as needed by adding more maple syrup or lemon juice, respectively. Then refrigerate to firm. Wait to frost the cake until frosting has thickened (about 2 hours), and the cake has cooled completely.
  • Store completely cooled leftovers loosely covered at room temperature up to 3 days, 5 days in the refrigerator (if frosted, it does need to be refrigerated), or in the freezer up to 1 month. Best when fresh.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without frosting.
*Recipe heavily adapted from my Carrot Apple Muffins!

Nutrition (1 of 9 servings)

Serving: 1 Slices Calories: 275 Carbohydrates: 39.8 g Protein: 4 g Fat: 12.1 g Saturated Fat: 1.4 g Sodium: 370 mg Potassium: 223 mg Fiber: 3.6 g Sugar: 17.3 g

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Francesca, unfortunately the texture wouldn’t be the same with either of those flours. Oat flour would be the better option of the two, but the cake will be more gummy. Oat flour plus potato starch might be a little better than oat flour alone. Hope that helps!

  1. Avneet says

    Could you make this into muffins, or is there anything that would cause it to burn quickly that way?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Muffins work, but we’d suggest cooking for 32-36 minutes instead. We have a similar recipe here. Hope that helps!

  2. jenny roethlisberger says

    Would it work to purée the vegetables/fruits in this recipe, as well as use oat flour instead of whole oats? To hide them so my kids won’t notice it’s healthy? 😉

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jenny, we think it will turn out more dense with those modifications, but the flavor should be fine. Let us know if you try it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mel, We haven’t tried this recipe with regular all purpose flour, but we think it would work to use it to replace the GF all purpose. Let us know how it turns out!

  3. Mariana says

    This looks amazing and want to try it! I have a nut allergy so is there something I can substitute for the almond meal?

  4. Mallory says

    I would consider this more as a dessert cake than a snack cake, but that just meant my kids were all the more thrilled to be eating it for snack. :) It was delicious! I did sub applesauce for oil. I ended up using about 1/2 large granny apple and I threw some matchstick carrots into the blender to further grind them down. This was a hit with the entire family and we will definitely make it again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Love to hear this. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Mallory!

  5. Ann says

    I made the recipe as written, using oil. This cake is just OK. I found it quite bland. It’s not a particularly good carrot cake. If I made this again, I wouldn’t bother adding the Apple. The flavour doesn’t come through the finished cake. I would just add an extra 1/2c of grated carrot. The spices need to be punched up as well. The addition of Ginger, Allspice and/or cloves would go along long way.

    I didn’t add the frosting, maybe it would have helped.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ann! This cake isn’t meant to be exactly like a traditional carrot cake, but we do have a recipe for one right here! We appreciate your honest feedback, though, thanks so much for sharing!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Manning, Another reader mentioned subbing oats for quinoa flakes. We think a lesser amount of sorghum flour could also work. Let us know if you try it!

  6. Jana says

    I made this twice already since I discovered the recipe four days ago. I decreased the sugar to 1/3 cup and it was still very sweet. I used apple sauce instead of oil. The cake was very delicious and very moist. Both of my kids as well as my friend and her son who were visiting loved it! Thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  7. Dana says

    Simple and delicious. A perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack for my gluten-sensitive kid. I made it without the frosting, which I’m sure is fab, because I was lazy. There’s not enough apple in the recipe to result in a finished product that tastes like apples but I’m sure it lends moisture and nutrients. I’ll be making some of the other recipes in the apple round-up to get my apple flavor needs met!

  8. Kimberley says

    Super moist and flavorful. I used 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar, 1/4 lakanto monkfruit baking sugar. I added 1/2 tsp vanilla powder to the icing. Was a crowd pleaser for some picky eaters.

  9. Anna Shevkina says

    I am a big fan of carrots in all forms so I couldn’t miss the recipe. Having tried quite a lot of recipes, I must say, this is IT. The one I will stick to forever. Very simple and forgiving, I mean you can sub some ingredients and it’s ok. I am not a vegan, but I love vegan food, it adds variety to everyday meals. As for this one, I used a regular egg and less sugar. Maple syrup is very expensive here in Russia so we normally use topinambur syrup which looks and tastes pretty much the same. As for gluten-free flour, I prefer green buckwheat flour. It is really great, with a neutral taste and almost white, only slightly greenish colour. We went without frosting as cashews are also very expensive here and the cake is just perfect as it is. And one more thing, I used a blender for oats as I didn’t want them to be seen in the texture) Thank you again. This is my go-to site now!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Anna. Thank you for sharing your experience and modifications! xo

  10. Megan says

    Can’t wait to try this!

    Is using raw cashew butter (from the store) an easy/appropriate sub, instead of starting with the plain cashews themselves?

    And, if I want to use regular eggs, would that be 1 or 2 large eggs?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan, that could work. We’d suggest taking a look at this recipe for guidance on proportions. We’d suggest 1 large or 2 small eggs. Let us know how it goes!

      • Megan says

        Finally made it – 1 large egg worked great. And I think my attempt to sub raw cashew butter wasn’t the greatest (I used 1/2 cup). The taste was just fine – it was the consistency that was weird. Live and learn, regular soaked cashews are, I think, the way to go with this one!

  11. Darsha says

    I made this using leftover carrot and apple pulp from a juice a made that day and my gosh, this bake turned out AMAZING!! Although it was delicious without the icing, the icing just topped it off perfectly (of course we couldn’t wait until the cake completely cooled hehe) Good one!

  12. Carina says

    Have made this recipe a couple times and it is fantastic! Love the frosting! Unfortunately, I recently found out I need to avoid cashews. Do you think we could substitute macadamias nuts instead of cashews for the frosting?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s the closest sub, yes! Let us know how it goes, Carina. So glad you enjoy this recipe!

      • Carina says

        Thanks for responding! I tried this yesterday and while the frosting didn’t turn out quite as creamy as with cashews, it was still a good flavor. The macadamia nuts were a bit more grainy in texture. I had to add a bit extra nut milk to help smooth it out. Thanks again for the substitute. This carrot cake is so delicious 😋

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Cashews are pretty magical and can be difficult to sub. Thanks for sharing your experience, Carina!

  13. Christine Wohlleben says

    This was DELICIOUS thank you! I was looking for a carrot cake type dessert without the layers and the one-bowl, one pan was perfect! I added raisins instead of walnuts, and some extra spices, and left it on the counter overnight with tea towel on top for maximum fluffiness. Thanks for the recipe and the tip!

  14. Karolina says

    I just made this cake and it is absolutely delicious! I am not a fan of gluten free flour but somehow the flavours in the batter married beautifully. I used an extra large egg instead of the flax seed egg and the consistency of the cake came out perfect. I also used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. I might add a touch more cinnamon and nutmeg next time or try substituting the olive oil for apple butter. I added a touch more lemon to the icing than called for, also turned out great. Thank you for this delicious and healthy recipe 🥰!

      • Megan P. says

        I made this for Easter, I’m not gluten conscious so I subbed mostly all purpose flour and some bread flour (I didn’t have enough all purpose on hand) 1:1. Turned out perfect!!! My husband loved it w/o frosting. I decided to try the vegan cream cheese frosting recipe a few days later to frost the rest of the cake. I do not recommend using the brand Tofutti, it smelled like Play-doh….. And tasted like it!!!! I was nervous to try another vegan cream cheese so I just made the dairy version with real cream cheese and the cake was saved!! This is a “Make Again” !!! Thanks!

  15. Deborah says

    Great cake. I used just 1/2 cup brown sugar and
    substituted apple sauce for the oil since I’m out of my milder tasting olive oil. My banana was not super ripe but I roasted it a bit first in its skin in the oven which made it softer and and sweeter. Made it without the frosting. Very moist and perfect for a snack/dessert today and breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and sharing your modifications, Deborah. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  16. Zeina says

    Hello, many thanks for this amazing recipe. I had old apples that I wasn’t sure how to use them. Your recipe gave me a great inspiration. I did some minor changes and the result was incredible. I added to the apples, two carrots and two zucchinis ( I needed to clean the fridge). I replaced the sugar with 100% pure Carob molasses, I put a much smaller quantity, as I don’t like my dessert to be too sweet. I didn’t have almond flour, instead I used coconut flour. I used olive oil. The result was incredible. I can’t thank you enough. I wish I can send you a picture.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Zeina. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  17. Janine says

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious . I would like to make this recipe using whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour. Will that change the baking time?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Janine, it might a little, but we’d suggest using a toothpick to check for doneness. Also, we’d suggest starting with slightly less flour and working your way up to the full amount, if needed for batter consistency. Let us know how it goes!

  18. Nyssa says

    Love this recipe! Very delicious. I added raisin (probably around 1/4 cup) and it turned out well. I used regular all-purpose-flour as well instead of the gluten free blend and it turned out fine. However, it tasted more like a banana bread to me! Am I the only one? haha

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nyssa, thanks so much for sharing! If the banana was extra ripe, it could taste more banana-y. If you prefer less banana taste, you can use a less ripe banana. Hope that helps!

  19. Sophia says

    Another delicious recipe! I wanted to share that I baked this recipe in a muffin tin (I realized halfway through mixing that I had misplaced my old cake pan in a move) and these make delicious cupcakes as well! I baked them at the same temperature for 20 minutes and they turned out incredibly moist while still very airy. Thank you for another great fall recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sophia. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  20. Marina says

    I made this recipe last week, following it exactly but omitting the sugar. Came out great! Used a sweeter frosting to balance.

    This time around, I used regular wheat flour and kept the sugar; omitted oil and bannana, but added half a can of pumpkin puree. Still came out great!

    A very adaptable recipe and a delicious, healthy breakfast.

  21. Juliana says

    I’ve done this a couple of times now (w/o frosting) and it’s great! I’d add some walnuts in the batter next time, since I think it’s the star of the recipe!

  22. Allie says

    This was very good!! I used two eggs instead of the flax eggs. It was moist, though I will wait for my banana to ripen next time. I threw in some raisins as well and put some of the cream cheese frosting from the other carrot cake recipe.

  23. Diane Beck says

    I absolutely love the looks of your recipes but am allergic to almonds (and most other nuts), can you recommend an alternative that will give similar results? I’m also allergic to wheat, but OK with other gluten containing flours such as spelt if there is a gf containing flour that would be worth trying?

    Many thanks,

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Diane, what about cashew flour? We think that would be the closest sub. Otherwise, spelt might work, but we’d probably start with less? Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  24. Pascale says

    I made this tonight, really easy to make. Love the one bowl recipes. Made with the icing as well but not a fan of the icing flavour. Tried adjusting it a few times but didn’t like it with the cake. Cake is delicious and fluffy!

  25. Ethan says

    Hi, would like to make this on the weekend. How much nut butter or applesauce should I use to replace the oil, as I am trying to cut back on oil? Thanks :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ethan, we haven’t tried it, so we aren’t sure on a precise measurement. But we’d suggest about the same amount as oil. Let us know how it goes!

  26. Farah says

    Hello. Instead of the gluten-free flour blend, can I use more almond flour? If yes, have you tried it and how did it turn out? Thanks!

  27. Vee Glessner says

    Ok, I totally screwed this up on my first attempt, but the flavor is SO GOOD I will be making it again. I used all purpose flour instead of gf and mistakenly thought my cake was done WAY too early. By the time I realized my mistake and put it back in it was mostly cooled and the damage was done. I got a very dense, chewy cake but the flavor is amazing. Next time I will bake it properly – do the full time, even if not gluten free – and I trust that the texture will work itself out better. I used applesauce instead of oil and subbed half the brown sugar for stevia. This drops the calories to something I don’t feel guilty about eating for breakfast OR (who am I kidding, AND) dessert with some “light” cream cheese frosting (I am not vegan). Fruits and veggies, oats, and some flour… Relatively healthy and delicious perfection! Can’t wait to make this again and do it justice.

  28. Swati JAIN says

    I do not like the raw oats texture in the cake. Can I replace it with something? Further can I use all purpose flour as I am not gluten free? Do I need to take care of something?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Swati, we think it might work to blend the rolled oats into oat flour, but we haven’t tried it. We also haven’t tried this recipe with regular all purpose, but we think it would work to use it to replace the GF all purpose. Let us know how it turns out!

  29. Carolina says

    for the frosting, if i don’t have full fat coconut milk, can i use unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Carolina, we haven’t tried that, but it might work! Let us know if you give it a try!

  30. Sophie Wilson says

    So delicious!!! Super healthy asleep :”)
    Left out maple syrup
    Used cocnut sugar
    Made for a friend’s birthday, went down a treat! Used a circle tin

  31. Nicole says

    This is the healthiest cake I’ve ever had yet so yummy nonetheless! Magical. I only had a spring form cake pan (not sure on dimensions but biggish) and it took about an hour to bake. I wanted to use up the whole banana so I had an extra couple tbs or so, used sunflower oil instead of olive, and added about 1/4 tsp ground ginger, a splash of vanilla and 1/4 cup golden raisins. I used oat milk in the icing and added extra lemon juice and maple syrup. It turned out really well, thanks so much for the recipe!

  32. Margaretha says

    This recipe is sooo good and wholesome and just right for adding nutrients to help our immune systems during this difficult virus time…..and of course to indulge in from time to time for that bit of sweetness!! I am busy making your curry potato soup at the moment. Thank you so much for your delicious recipes!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you are enjoying our recipes, Margaretha! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  33. Julija says

    I made the snack cake yesterday and it is already all gone! Turned out great, however I made a few modifications to the recipe. Because of the covid-19 situation I was unable to restock on flaxseed (a miniature horror, if you ask me), beginning my alternations by using chia eggs instead of flax eggs. Secondly, I completely omitted sugar as well as maple syrup and only added 2 tbs of coconut syrup as my sweetener. I did not make a gluten free version, thus I used spelt flour (only 1/2 cup). Despite using less flour I still had to add a bit more almond milk to make the batter thinner. Love your recipes and your work!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Julija! So glad you were able to modify based on what you had available!

  34. Angelica says

    Can I sub ground dates in place of the maple syrup and sugar in this recipe, and if so would it be the same amount? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Angelica, we haven’t tried that, but it might work. We’d recommend subbing 1:1. Let us know if you try it!

  35. Kristina says

    Now during quarantine I finally have time to rate all your amazing recipes (so sorry I didn’t rate before!). Your blog became a very important part of our daily cooking. We are cooking recipes from the blog at least once a week, so thanks in general for all the amazing work!! This cake turned out so delicious. I used two real eggs instead of flax egg and spelt flour instead of gluten free flour and it turned out well.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Leslie, we haven’t tried that, but a few other readers have done so with success. Let us know if you try it!

  36. Andrea says

    Delicious! I recently started baking gluten free and hadn’t had good results until I made this cake. I’m super happy with this recipe and I’m excited to try more things using your gluten free flour blend.

  37. Amanda B. says

    Stress-baked this during COVID-19 and it was delicious! I didn’t have any ripe bananas, so I subbed applesauce, and also subbed half of the olive oil with applesauce. I also didn’t have any plant milk and was too lazy to make some, so I just used water. I think next time I will reduce the brown sugar a little bit. Loved the walnuts on top! Perfect afternoon snack, and loved the simple ingredients.

  38. Jasmina says

    This recipe is amazing!!
    So full of flavors, and even my friends that are used to “classic white sugar dessert” loved it!
    I had to make it two times in one week :D
    First time, I used spelt flour instead of gluten-free blend.
    Second time, I even used coconut flour instead of almond (didn’t have almond! In this case I used 1/4 of the measure, added 0.5 more flax egg, a bit more apple and milk), and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar (but added 2 add’l spoons of maple syrup).
    Worked great both times!
    And the cashew topping is an absolute must!!

  39. Sandra Y. says

    So good. So good. So gooooood! Love all your recipes, videos and your dedication to put such great content for us. Super fan!

  40. Lindsay says

    I used two regular eggs instead of the flax eggs and used all purpose flour instead of gluten free flour and it turned out great! Not too sweet so its perfect for breakfast or as a snack. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  41. Allison Smith says

    I have made this cake four times now, the first two times, I was a good girl and didn’t “tweak” the recipe. First of all I put canned crushed pineapple that has been DRAINED of its juice, I have made the flax egg with the linseed and some of the pineapple juice, I added 30 grams of desiccated coconut exchange for the same amount of flour and have used (this time) wholemeal spelt flour (Previously I used white spelt flour) I also reduced the sugar content to 100 grams. The cake cooks so beautifully, when you remove it from the oven it looks like it has come out of a cookbook. I hope you don’t mind me changing your recipe, it is a great one to have when you want to make a cake that is on the “healthy side”

  42. Elizabeth says

    Delicious! I am constantly looking for tasty, health-conscious quick breads for my breakfast on the go. This fits the bill! I substituted flax eggs for 2 real eggs and reduced the amount of brown sugar to make it more wholesome for breakfast. Also, I didn’t have almond flour so I used homemade oat flour instead. It turned out wonderfully! Thank you MB!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Elizabeth. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  43. Chris McClellan says

    Dana, I LOVE your recipes and this one is a new favorite! I made some alternations based on what I had in the house (subbed real eggs and organic wheat flour, left out the frosting but added raisins and dried cranberries)…moist delicious and great any time of day. My man took it on a boys weekend bike trip, and everyone loved it for breakfast and as a snack!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So kind! Thanks, Chris! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful! Thanks!

    • Adrienne says

      Delicious!!I omitted the banana because I didn’t have any, I also used 3 eggs. Baked for 22 minutes. I appreciate not using pineapple!!Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  44. Melissa says

    I made this last night, and my kids ate it while still warm, with the frosting. Both loved it, and so did I! I felt I added too much lemon in the frosting, as I wanted to not overpower the taste of the cake. Day 2 I had it again, and it was still so good! I enjoyed the frosting today more than yesterday, as I added a bit more maple syrup. Thanks again for a tasty treat that I feel good about eating (two types of fruit and a veggie in here, and cashew frosting, win!)

  45. Connie Mussett says

    It pains me when people change a recipe and then rate it down when they’re not happy with the result. This is a beautiful recipe as it is. Follow the recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It will affect the texture, so you may need to adjust the dry ingredients. We’d suggest adding more maple syrup vs banana. Let us know how it goes!

  46. Spencer says

    These were SO amazing! We subbed almond milk for coconut in the icing and it was delicious. Also used 1 1/4 whole wheat flour and only 1/4 cup almond flour which worked out well. Lastly we only used 1/4 cup sugar and it was a perfect amount! Such a great recipe and definitely going to be making in the fall. We will be posting our review on @sundaybanter on Instagram!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ross, we’d say try coconut whipped cream, coconut butter, or something more similar to this instead. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, not sure that all almond flour would work while keeping this vegan. However, if you’re able to sub eggs for the flax eggs I’d say almond flour could work.

  47. Helen Rooney says

    Hey, I’m making these for a friend but they hate banana – anything I could use as a substitute?? Can you taste the banana in the final product?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Helen, we don’t find the banana flavor to be noticeable, but you could try subbing pumpkin puree or applesauce! We haven’t tried it though. If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes!

  48. Shelaki says

    Great recipe! Since I am cutting back on fats, I substituted oat flour for the almond meal and also replaced half the oil with applesauce. All worked out well.
    I also made a simple glaze with the juice of a lemon and equal part organic sugar, which was perfect!

  49. JI CHANG says

    This turned out delicious and also tastes healthy! I added some cardamom to the mix. Please keep posting these clean, delicious vegan recipes. I love your cake recipes!

  50. Christina says

    I´m too excited about the result. The Cup Messurement is still confusing, but it smells so good – hope it tastes the same. Greetings from Germany

  51. Paris says

    Hello! I am a college student living abroad, and I do not own an 8×8 pan. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to adapt this recipe to bake in either a loaf pan, 13×9 pan, or into muffin molds? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Paris, we would recommend using a muffin tin and baking at 375 for 32-36 minutes as we do in this recipe. Hope that helps!

  52. Nora says

    I made this and it was to die for. The frosting was nice but honestly the cake stands on its own, too. Also I left half of each recipe (carrot cake and frosting) unbaked and froze them, I’m going to defrost and bake/frost at the end of the month for a friend’s party. I will let you know how that turns out.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad you enjoyed it, Nora! Thanks for the lovely review! We are excited to hear how it turns out for your friend’s party!

      • Nora says

        FYI I froze the batter in a loaf pan for about a month, took it out a day beforehand and baked it, it was just as delicious! The frosting also froze well and there was no discernible difference from the unfrozen quality.

  53. Sharon says

    Cake and frosting turned out great. I subbed applesauce for oil, used coconut sugar and Lankanto sugar free syrup, and used spelt flour and almond flour. The cake was only slightly sweet, but I am accustomed to that. I have had a few flops with subbing sugar with sugar free, and subbing for white flour in recipes so was very happy this worked. Your recipe and directions were right on. Thanks!

  54. Phoebe says

    This is more than 10 ingredients, eg not minimalist. I’m on this website because ingredients overwhelm me and I turn to the easy solution. Please honor your about /motto section.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Phoebe, our recipes fall under one or more of the following criteria, but not necessarily all: 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less. If you are looking only for our recipes with 10 ingredients or less, you can find them here. Hope that helps!

  55. Dana says

    I’m thinking of making this cake for my daughter’s bunny-themed first birthday. Do you think it would work to double the recipe and make two rounds to stack or should I stick to your other carrot cake recipe? Is the frosting too drippy for a tier cake? This one looks so delicious, but it seems like it might be a bit heavy to stack. Thoughts?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dana, we think the other carrot cake would work better for a stack as you are correct that this one is a little more dense. Hope that helps!

  56. Susan says

    After initially seeing this snack cake a few months ago, I’ve made it many times for my household and friends. It is quite a few ingredients, but I have them almost memorized at this point. As I have one in the oven now, I thought it was time to comment. “I just love it.” It’s quick, one bowl, healthy and delicious. Something I haven’t seen anywhere else.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Susan. We are so glad you are enjoying this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jay, we haven’t tried that, but think it will work! If you give it a try, we would love to hear how to turns out for you.

  57. Yumyumz says

    Love this recipe! Only problem is I’ve noticed the frosting turning a pinkish color in certain spots. Any idea what that could be from? Maybe the walnuts?

  58. Sarah Goffin says

    Hi, I was wondering what I could use as a substitute for the gluten free oats. I did some research and discovered that gluten free oats contain the protein avenin, it is an essential part of oats (as gliadin is with wheat). Oats will never be gluten (ie avenin) free [even if they are described as gluten (i.e. gliadin) free]. 1:5 (20%) of people with Coeliac disease react to pure uncontaminated oats i.e. they react to oat avenin. This discovery worried me, what would you suggest?

  59. Margie says

    Hi Dana this will be the third time I have baked your Spiced Apple Breakfast Cake and it has been a delicious success each time!!! BUT I think you should re name it All Day Apple Spice Cake cos it’s so good!!!!?

  60. Izzy says

    Great recipe! We were snowed in in Seattle last night and all my housemates had to cancel their Friday night plans so I baked this cake to share while we watched movies. It tasted amazing but I had some texture difficulties on my end:

    1) I didn’t have an 8×8 pan, so I used a deep pie pan. The cake was starting to burn around the edges and it passed the toothpick test after about 25 minutes, so I took it out and let it sit until cool. The center of the cake hadn’t actually cooked, so it was very gooey in the middle, but most of the cake was a great texture, perfectly moist. I’m going to try a lower temperature next time.

    2) I couldn’t get the cashew icing to the creamy/glaze texture pictured. I soaked the cashews for 30 minutes in super hot water, but I think I might try soaking them longer next time.

    Also, I subbed whole wheat flower for almond meal and it was fantastic. I also added more like 2/3 c. banana with great results.

  61. Lindsay S. says

    I make your Carrot Apple muffins all the time and love them! They are a bit sweet for a healthy snack for us though, so could i leave out the sugar all together or will that affect the texture too much? I think the fruit & maple make it plenty sweet but don’t want a gummy or un-cake-like texture. Thanks!

  62. Neiicy Bennett says

    I made the recipe and it was AWESOME and fluffy and moist. And I used part oil part applesauce to cut down on how much oil I used. My battery was a little thick so I added water and it came out just fine ! Finally I did a recipe right lol

  63. Sara Wall says

    I used ripe pears instead of the banana and completely eliminated the brown sugar. I did add 1c in stead of 2/3c oatmeal to compensate for the reduced dry ingredients and it turned out great!

  64. Carolyn says

    First time baking with an egg replacement. I decided to try this recipe with a chia seed egg. I also used rice flour instead of GF flour and the almond meal, and dark brown sugar. I have a convection oven and it tends to bake more quickly so I pulled it out after 30 min. I think the rice flour made it too sweet and I wasn’t crazy about the texture, not sure if this was from the chia egg? I do love the that its packed with fruit and veg, if I made it again I would try with a different flour combination.

  65. Tee says

    This was so easy to do. I am doing it every other week. First I made it per instructions. Received a big thumbs up from hubby. I made it with carrots and coconut because I didn’t have enough apple, still awesome. A recipe you can’t go wrong with.

  66. Davilyn Eversz says

    Well, I am a experienced cook….it took me about 30 minutes prep time. I did not make the icing, these are to be used as breakfast muffins.
    I used 1/2c tahini instead of the 1/4c oil called for. 1/3c each of coconut flour, brown rice flour, AP, Einkorn. Cashew milk was used as the non-dairy milk but I had to use about 1-1/4c to get the mix to a proper consistency. Used apple pie spice in place of cinnamon – 1 tsp. Omitted banana. Used coconut sugar and syrup. Used Cosmic, yellow and lunar carrots. Fuji apple.
    As muffins, cooked 30 minutes@350 in my Breville oven. Came out very moist.
    I think next time I would add canned organic pineapple and instead of all cashew milk, 1/2 cashew and 1/2 pineapple juice.
    They were a little bland, good, but looking for more punch in the taste so I think the pineapple might add that. I did add 1/4c each diced pecans, walnuts and pepitas.
    Thank you for the recipe, it is a keeper.

      • Allison Smith says

        I have made mind with pineapple and I drain a can of crushed pineapple, and add that to the batter, I also use the pineapple juice to make the flax egg (and the left over juice I drank it – yum), I also substituted about 30 grams of the flour with some coconut.

  67. Katie says

    Delicious! Trying to cut back on oil so substituted with unsweetened applesauce, so moist and not too sweet, my boyfriend and I fought over the last piece!

  68. Sarah says

    This is one of the best things I think Ive ever made! Thank you! I seriously love this recipe and feel so good about eating the ingredients. I use coconut sugar and didn’t find it too dense, and I like it without the frosting. The 2nd time I made it, I subbed grated zucchini for apple, and this worked quite nicely. Thank you so much for your beautiful recipes. I love everything I try from your site!

  69. Jenifer says

    I’m looking at making this for my family but my sister is allergic to cashews. What else could I use in place of this for the icing?

  70. Sam says

    I made this for dessert on Christmas! I used applesauce instead of banana and i passed on the Icing. It’s SO good! We ate it again for breakfast the next day ??

    Also, just got your Everyday Cookbook for Christmas and can’t wait to dig in!

  71. Carol says

    It’s yummy. I made it without the frosting for my kids for breakfast. I substituted honey for brown sugar and added a couple tablespoons of shredded coconut and dried cranberries. I also used pear puree in place of oil. I ground the oats to a course texture and used in place of gf flour a 1/3 cup whole wheat, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1/3 cup all purpose, &1/4 cup coconut flour.

  72. Lennie says

    This is such an amazing recipe! I followed the instructions to a tee and the texture, taste and flavour were perfect to my liking. It was my first time to try a frosting that’s dairy-free and oh wow it’s so yummy. I highly recommend making the frosting which was so easy to whip up anyway. Well done Dana! Thank you for all your great recipes.

  73. Jennifer Blose says

    This is maybe the best recipe you’ve ever done and thats saying something since I love all your stuff! The frosting is so perfect!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’d say the oats are probably the main source of fiber. So try subbing that out for almond flour or more GF blend!

  74. Shalyn Eakin says

    I just made this and the only substitute I used was raw cane sugar for the brown sugar. I thought the cake was delicious! The frosting was OK and tasted good with the cake. I haven’t found a vegan frosting that I love, but this is the best I’ve had so far! Very yummy so thanks for sharing :)!!!

  75. Margie says

    Wow this turned out great!!! It’s so lovely and moist, not too sweet and I want to eat it all day long!!! And it’s gluten free!!! Thank you Dana for sharing your wonderfully healthy recipes…..

  76. Maria Theresa Stadtmueller says

    Made this today, only sub was all-purpose since I didn’t have gluten-free flour (and don’t have a gluten problem anyway). WONDERFUL! Very dense and moist, delicious, easy! Great with the cashew frosting. Definitely a keeper!

  77. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    Even though I have only heard of snack cakes recently, I wish I enjoyed them more throughout my life! My mother did allow us to treat ourselves with a slice of coffee cake in the afternoon or early in the morning as a mid-day snack, but I always found a way to sneak into the kitchen and slice myself a few extra pieces! I guess that’s the main problem with cakes and I–what should be a snack or a dessert turns into a meal because the slices that are indicated as a serving size are just so small! But anyways, I’m sure that anything with more richness, aroma, and comfort will allow myself to moderate my portions, LOL! Since your recipe includes carrots and apples, I can be sure that I’m incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet and feel more satiated from the extra fiber!

  78. Brenna Bruce says

    Mine turned out very strange… used coconut sugar, and like the recipe warned, it was very dense. Was so perplexed by how doughy it was… had to bake it for like an hour and a half because it was inedible. Turned out very dense and doughy (maybe I put too much fruit?). My rec- do not use coconut sugar, as that was the only thing I did differently. Flavors were perfect though!

  79. Indra says

    Followed the recipe and it’s very tasty. It’s a bit more denser than I usually like my carrot cake. The frosting is very good. First time I’ve made that as well.

  80. Becky says

    This was more like a bread than a cake. Sadly it was dry and heavy and in my opinion, not nearly carrotty enough! The cashew cream cheese icing was good tho!

  81. Caren says

    Hi Dana! Well you did it again!! The best gluten free carrot cake ever. I used 2 small eggs and reduced the almond milk a little. I have celiac so I had to use gluten free oats and found that they didn’t cook enough so next time I think I may blend them up for a few seconds. I absolutely love your recipes!! Can’t thank you enough!! Caren

  82. Jennifer says

    Wow! We are new to vegan cooking/ baking and made this for a party the other night. It was SUPER easy and delicious. The “frosting” I made is off a bit. Even people who eat vegan regularly loved it but thought the frosting was off. I will try again as I am brand new. But the cake is super moist and just all around yummy. Stuck the leftovers in the fridge and had for breakfast the next day! Wow!!

  83. Anna says

    I made this last night and it was delicious. I love the added apple which makes it extra moist. And I love the one bowl. I followed the directions exactly as is with flax meal egg and all. I probably could have cooked it to 45 mins instead of 40 mins but my boyfriend says its delicious the way it is. I make a lot of almond milk so I have lots of almond meal to use so loved having that in the recipe. I even made the cashew icing and I say that because organic cashews are expensive so I indulged (the icing reminds me of your raw cheesecake recipes, I have made the snickers one which was rich and wonderful). I thought the icing was good and my bf thought it was great. I think for the next time I will add some walnuts or pecans and perhaps a bit more cinnamon. great recipe!

  84. Evelyn says

    Just made this using tahini instead of olive oil and it turned out delicious! Also added a little but of ginger and nutmeg. Thank you for the recipe!

  85. cb says

    made these and replaced the oil for a tbsp of almond butter, also used spelt flour instead of the blend. Turned out really great.

    Thank you for this recipe.

  86. Dani says

    I made this using normal wheat flour. The cake was very dense. I also finely grated the Apple and the carrot. Next time I would definitely use the large grater attachment and try to find a gluten free blend out replace more almond flour for flour.

  87. Lizzzj says

    My bf HATES carrots but doesn’t mind carrot cake and he loved the flavor of this one! The cashew cream frosting was so good too- I may have eaten some with a spoon. The only thing is that the texture of mine came out dense and a little gooey. I followed recipe as is and used King Arthur gluten free all purpose flour. Any idea how I can make it more airy and fluffy?

  88. Jeff says

    I have a couple of questions. Would coconut oil work in place of olive oil? I’m thinking of using white whole wheat and whole wheat pastry flour instead of the gluten free flour. Would that work? Thanks.

  89. Fran says

    This recipe looks great for breaktime at work. Only thing may not be opened to substitutions as I used Yogurt instead of the milk and an egg instead of the banana. It came out a bit dry and I also see all the oatmeal flakes throughout the cake. Its still ok to eat but your looks soo juicy!
    I topped it with yogurt just so its not so dry.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I’ve not tried those substitutions and can speculate that’s where the texture went dry. Glad you still enjoyed the flavor!

  90. JohnB says

    Great recipe, thank you! I added raisins, fresh grated ginger, and one egg plus the flax egg that is already part of the recipe. Frosting was excellent! We added a couple of soaked dates to that and got a very creamy and smooth result from the Vitamix. Will make this one again!

  91. Nima says

    Amazing recipe! I made this for lunch as our friend with lots of intolerances was visiting us. I made a few changes to adapt to the ingredients I had. I used self-raising gluten free flour, white sugar instead of brown, oat milk instead of almond milk and walnuts instead of cashews as he is allergic to the last ones.
    Everyone loved it even for being a gluten free cake! Only the frosting didn’t come up with the right texture because of he walnuts I imagine, but the flavour was good so we put it on top anyway to add a bit more mosture to the cake.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Nima! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers. xoxo!

  92. stephanie drisdelle says

    I made this into muffins and they are THE BEST carrot/apple muffins I have ever made! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Stephanie! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers. xoxo!

  93. Petra says

    Hi Dana
    I would really like to make this healthy and obviously delicious cake for my baby girl’s 1st birthday:)) But I would like to replace walnuts with almonds. Should that work also?
    Thank you very much for your answer. All the best, Petra

  94. Becky says

    This is dreamy. I used spelt flour instead of the gf blend and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and it turned out perfect. This is the first time I have tried making a frosting from cashews and it is delicious! I LOVE sweet recipes that aren’t sugar filled. I can’t stop eating this.

  95. Ernalee Shannon says

    Hi, love your recipes! Here’s my question:
    With the Carrot Apple Snack Cake recipe it calls for rolled oats. Are these to be used as flakes
    not ground up to make flour?

    Thanks so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing! If you made it and loved it, would you mind leaving a rating next time? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. xo!

  96. Yael says

    This cake looks really but I am wondering exactly what about this do you consider minimal. The cake has 15 ingredients and the topping six more. Not exactly minimal in my mind. Maybe you’re thinking about just one bowl?

    It does look quite good though.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It’s a 1 bowl recipe. All of our recipes are either 1 bowl, 10 ingredients, or 30 minutes or less.

    • Roseanna says

      When you read the recipe it seems like there’s loads to do but I made this last night and it really is just chuck it in a bowl and bake. I would say it is minimal as most of the ingredients, most people will already have yknow? Give it a try it’s really tasty!

      • Roseanna says

        I used plain flour, added some dried fruit I had lurking around, added mixed seeds, used chia seeds & water instead of flaxseed (not vegan but didn’t have any eggs either!) , didn’t use any maple syrup & used sunflower oil instead of olive. It came out delish! Only reason I didn’t leave 5* was because I felt the banana took away from the carrot & apple. I had mine with a bit of biscoff spread & almond butter and it was divine

  97. Laura says

    Hi Dana! I live in Buenos Aires, and I don’t have many of the ingredients listed here.
    Can I replace:
    The maple syrup for more sugar?
    The gluten free flour for normal flour?

    Thanks!!! :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Laura! You can replace the maple syrup with honey (if not vegan) or agave nectar.
      And you can replace the gluten free flour with spelt or unbleached all purpose.

      Good luck!

  98. Sara Cook says

    Can I omit the almond flour? What would I use instead? I want to make this for lunch boxes but school needs to be nut free.

  99. Gillian says

    My little 21-month old daughter is allergic to all treenuts, pumpkin seeds and coconut. Do you have another frosting you could suggest? Thini instead of cashews? And what about the coconut to firm it up – whatelse can do that?
    I’m going to make this tonight. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Regina says

      I have used rolled milet in recipes in the past, don’t know if you can get it in your local health shop, and I don’t know if it would work here.

          • louize says

            yes, thank you, I can certainly find quinoa flakes here… I will go shopping tomorrow!
            And thanks Dana for the fantastic recipes – you have me constantly running to the kitchen to try new things – and this is from someone who could go a month or more without cooking before!