Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins (gluten-free, oil-free)

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins…YES PLEASE!

I have been searching for a great muffin recipe lately that is not only tasty but also healthy! In my humble opinion, I think these vegan carrot cake muffins take the cake (no pun intended)!

You should have smelled my kitchen as these vegan carrot cake muffins were baking….omg! Total heaven! I had my friend over while I was baking these (who isn’t vegan) and she gave them her seal of approval! She couldn’t believe how moist they were.

Good news: these can be made in only 1-bowl which makes the baking process a whole lot easily, especially the clean up!

This recipe is: 



✔️WFPB friendly



✔️100% yummy

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

Natural Wholesome Ingredients

I love baking with healthier ingredients. I feel like in traditional baking there is always butter, sugar, eggs, dairy etc. Adding a healthier twist to modern baking by omitting oil, using low glycemic sweeteners and using flax instead of eggs is truly the way of the future! And guess what?!

They are equally as delicious as a typical unhealthy muffin.

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

The Perfect Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

These are everything you could possibly want in a muffin.



Subtly sweet 






Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

I made these muffins gluten-free by using gluten-free all purpose flour and using almond meal instead of other flours. I have only tried this recipe with the ingredients listed, so if you want to experiment with other flours, go right ahead! Mine was adapted from Minimalist Baker. 

Report back if any other flours work! Just tell me in the comments!

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

As a plant-based health coach, my recommendation would be to have one of these muffins as a snack or a little treat after dinner.

I personally like to have them as a snack between lunch and dinner to hold me over. I wouldn’t use them as a meal replacement but if you need a quicky breakfast on the go one day, take one of these vegan carrot cake muffins and a banana and you’re good to go!

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

Hosting a brunch? Going to a pot-luck? Is your kid having a bake sale? I promise wherever you go and whatever you do, these muffins will be a total hit!

Also, can we just talk about how they have banana, apples and carrots loaded into them?! So many nutrients and perfect for the picky eater.

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

Oil-Free Muffins

I like to cook and bake with as little to no oil as possible. Oil is highly refined and adds a lot of unnessary fat and calories to your food. Fun fact: I used unsweetened applesauce instead of oil in this recipe!

I also used a little almond meal to make up for the fat content lost from the oil. For a lower glycemic sweetener option, I added a bit of coconut sugar for sweetness! Healthy doesn’t have to be boring!

Share the Love

If you make these vegan carrot cake muffins, share the love! Post a picture of your muffins on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @healthygirlkitchen! Don’t forget to pin this on Pinterest to share with all of your friends as well!

Want to share the love even more? Post the recipe link so everyone has a chance to make these! 

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins (gluten-free, oil-free)

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins (gluten-free, oil-free)

Amazing, moist, subtly sweet, soft, gluten-free + oil-free vegan carrot cake muffins that can be made in 1-bowl. 
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 35 minutes
15 minutes
total time 1 hour 5 minutes

the ingredients

  • 1 flax egg *Use 1 ½ Tbsp (10 g) flaxseed meal + 4 Tbsp (60 ml) water to make the flax egg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plain almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 cup grated carrot heaping cup
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour I use the all purpose GF flour from Trader Joe's


  • Add flax egg in a large mixing bowl and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Prepare your muffin tin with liners or lightly grease them.
  • To flax egg, add mashed banana, maple syrup, applesauce and whisk to combine.
  • Then add coconut sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and whisk to combine.
  • Add almond milk and stir. 
  • Add grated carrot and stir. 
  • Add oats, almond meal, and all purpose gluten-free flour and stir.
  • Divide the batter evenly among 12 muffin tins, filling them about 3/4 of the way to the top. I only got 11 so don't worry if you don't get all 12! 
  • Bake for 32-35 minutes, or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • Let them cool for about 20 minutes or longer. 
  • Store in airtight container to keep them fresh or you can freeze them. 
  • Enjoy! 

Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion? Feel free to contribute!
Recipe Rating

join the conversation

  1. Meghan says:

    I can’t wait to make these for Easter! Although my favorite part is usually the cream cheese frosting 😬 any suggestions on a replacement for that?

    1. Yolanda Dawson says:

      yes! Frosting made out of soaked cashews?

  2. DhillonS says:

    Have you tried this with whole wheat flour?

    1. Danielle Keith says:

      I have not, but if you try it, report back!

  3. Megan Boynton says:

    I tried these with whole wheat flour and also added raisins. They were delicious!

  4. Bee says:

    Will almond flour work in place of the almond meal?

    1. Danielle Keith says:

      I haven’t tried almond meal. It’s a bit different but you could try it.