Walnut Carrot Cupcakes

When I think of Easter dinner, I think of carrot cake! Carrot cake is one of those desserts that can be enjoyed all year. I love the combination of carrots and spice, plus we always add a handful of chopped nuts for even more flavor! This version is, of course, gluten free. We used a simple, coconut oil frosting on ours but cream cheese is wonderful if you can tolerate dairy. Makes about 24 regular cupcakes

walnut carrot cupcake

1/4 cup ghee, butter, or palm shortening (coconut oil can be used too)
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 tsp baking powder
2 cups gluten free flour blend (*see alternate)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup almond milk (or coconut, cashew, rice, soy, etc)
1 cup carrots, finely shredded
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Coconut Cream Frosting * see below*

In a mixing bowl, cream together ghee, butter or shortening, applesauce, honey and coconut sugar. until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time until smooth. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Slowly add in flour and milk, alternating and beat until just combined. Fold in carrots and walnuts. Using an ice cream scoop, spoon batter into lined cupcake tins. Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

 

Coconut Cream Frosting

1 can coconut milk, chilled for at least two hours
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1-3 tsp arrowroot starch
In a mixing bowl using the whisk attachment, whip together coconut milk, honey, vanilla and 1 tsp arrowroot starch. Mix for several minutes or until completely smooth and whipped, adding more arrowroot starch (1/2 tsp at a time) if necessary to thicken. Spread frosting over cooled cupcakes or pipe using a pastry bag if desired. Store cupcakes in fridge or coconut frosting will melt. It will still taste great but it may not be as pretty!

*You can use traditional wheat flour in place of gluten free. Alternatively, you can use this Paleo Flour Blend for a grain free version. If using the Paleo blend, you may need to adjust your liquid amounts just slightly as coconut flour is very absorbent.

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