Gluten-Free No Bake Carrot Cake

Published on Aug 14, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

14 reviews

Prep Time: 20 plus chill time minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Serves: 10 - 12
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The very BEST Gluten-Free No-Bake Carrot Cake that will melt in your mouth. This heavenly dessert is made with raw carrots and two layers. This no-bake carrot cake is perfect for everything from breakfast to snacks and especially to desserts.

The best part? This gluten-free recipe is insanely delicious and healthy-ish too. Low carb version included, please see below.

slice of no bake carrot cake, gluten free.

This two-layer gluten-free carrot cake is delicious, and the recipe is super easy to make. The base is made with raw carrots, nuts, coconut and oat flour, fresh lemon juice, butter, ginger, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup or honey.

this gluten free dessert is all about fresh carrots

The carrot cake base layer is good enough to eat, just as is. The flavour of fresh carrots combined with nuts is super tasty.
And even better, all you have to do is mix the ingredients and spread the dough in the pan. The carrot cake base is now ready.

gluten free no bake carrot cake



For the next layer, a fluffy, creamy cheesecake topping made with light cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, a couple of spoons of butter, and confectioners sugar. The top layer is smooth and creamy, not stiff and cheesy.

The sweetness of the creamy topping is up to you. You can use as little or as much sweetener as you desire. When the carrot cake base is combined with this creamy cheesecake topping, it makes a luscious no-bake carrot cake.

If you feel like baking today, and are looking for carrot cake or carrot cake muffins check out our best gluten-free carrot cake and muffin recipes.

Quick and easy recipe steps for no-bake carrot cake 

Grate the carrots using a micro planer. The carrots should be super fine.


grated carrots


Pour hot butter over carrots and give it a stir. Then add the remaining base ingredients and combine.


raw carrot cake dough


Spread the dough into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper


no cook carrot cake base, gluten free


Prepare the cheesecake topping using an electric mixer. By using a high-speed mixer, the cheesecake topping will become light and fluffy.


cheesecake topping


Spread the topping over the carrot cake and sprinkle with walnuts


gluten free no bake carrot cake


Chill for several hours or overnight, then slice. Enjoy!


sliced no bake gluten free carrot cake

Convert no-bake carrot cake to low carb recipe

This gluten-free carrot cake recipe is easy to convert to low carb and makes it acceptable for the keto diet. One cup of grated carrots has less than 8 grams of net carbs, and since this recipe makes 10 to we bars, it translates to about 1 net carb per serving.

For the base, replace maple syrup with an equal amount of monk sugar or xylitol. Both have zero net carbs. If you replace the maple syrup, add 2 extra tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of water.

For the creamy cheesecake topping, again, you can use either sweetener as a replacement. Both the monk sugar or xylitol are 1:1 ratio. Monk sugar and xylitol are excellent to use in desserts because they have no after taste. They are my favourite sugar substitutes in keto dessert recipes.

Coconut flour is one of the more nutritious flours. Although this flour is high in carbs, it is also super high in fiber, thus making this a low-carb flour. For example, a quarter cup of coconut flour has only 6 grams of net carbs.

Oat flour is also high in carbs and fiber. Again, fiber negates carbs making oat flour lower in carbs. One teaspoon of oat flour has only 1 gram of net carbs.


no cook gluten-free dessert

Carrots, conventional vs organic, is there a difference?

And while there might not be additional nutrients in organic carrots, they are higher in antioxidants. Food rich in antioxidants helps lower oxidative stress in your system, which, left unchecked, can lead to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. However, often organic means fewer pesticides, not pesticide-free.

What has me excited about this no-bake carrot cake recipe is that carrots are currently in season. Fresh carrots are flavourful, sweet and add deliciousness to this gluten-free carrot recipe. 

And with that in mind, everyone can find 2o minutes to make this tasty, healthy-ish carrot dessert recipe. I especially love this no-bake carrot cake during hot summer days because you don’t have to turn the oven on, and the dessert is served chilled. YUM!

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absolutely, what a great idea. Just don’t add too many, thank you Vicki

Vicki W

Can you add raisins and coconut to this recipe? If yes how much of each one?


such an easy summer carrot cake recipe, my kids love it!


wonderfull, thank you for sharing Shanna


I made this carrot cake three times already, it is like eating cookie dough. My family loves it so much, thank you Kristina!


Thank you Sandra, I am thrilled you enjoyed it


the best carrot cake EVER!!!

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