Paleo Cranberry-Carrot Cake Donuts. (Gluten/Grain/Egg/Dairy Free)

by Brittany on November 14, 2013

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Ok, I have to be completely honest with you, when I see carrot cake, I run. I run in the opposite direction. It’s so decadent and delicious that I can’t be trusted around it!! It’s as simple as that. I made these today and I was so pleased. Yes, they are still decadent and delicious but they are healthy. They are even simple enough to whip up for breakfast during a week day!  I made sure they were both grain and egg free- as I don’t want anyone to miss out. The dried cranberries were a festive addition. Who isn’t excited cranberries this time of year?? But, if you are a traditionalist feel free to use regular raisins instead.

Check out my chesnut flour baking partners Cinnamon Swirl Butternut Squash Mini Loaves!! Tammy from The Healthy Gluten Free Life- and I have each posted a new chestnut flour recipe starting monday- running through tomorrow! If you love this flour as much we do- make sure to check out all 10 recipes!

* PS-  The Early Bird Special for the Vermont Culinary Getaway ENDS TOMORROW!!! Save your $100 while you still can!**


Cranberry- Carrot Cake Donuts



  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cup Chestnut Flour
  • 1 TBS Cinnamon
  • 3/4 Cup Palm Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Cup Grated Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries.
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan or guar gum


Option 1- Use my white chocolate recipe or melted white chocolate chips.

Option 2- Use your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. Check out my new Ebook, coming soon for a Dairy Free Coconut based Cream Cheese Frosting!!!


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine ingredients and mix thoroughly
  3. Spray donut pans and pour batter into them
  4. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes
  5. While donuts are cooling, choose your frosting option!

Recipe Notes:

  • For Sugar Free Donuts- Use xylitol or truvia in the donuts instead of palm sugar and then use my white chocolate recipe.
  • I don’t recommend trying to swap the chestnut flour out for another flour! (especially almond or coconut) they all work quite different and you could end up with some strange results.
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Mel @ a table prepared November 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm

oh wow, these look good. I need to get a donut pan! And that tea towel.


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