Grain-Free Carrot Spice Bread


It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve made something like this and it’ll probably be a while before it happens again. Don’t get me wrong, the bread is truly rad, but I don’t like having this kind of stuff around very often. It’s definitely a once in a while or special occasion treat.

I was prompted to make this the other day as a way to de-stress and take some downtime for myself. I was also in dire need to stand for a while. I had been at the coffee shop studying and sitting for 2-3 hours and all my body wanted to do afterward is stand and move. I figured, why not make some carrot bread? It seemed like a logical and tasty solution.

The bread came out moist, flavorful and subtly sweet, just the way I like it. It also made the whole house smell comfy and cozy because of the warm spices, so I got the added bonus of aromatherapy. It was just what I needed.


  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
  • 4 pastured eggs, beaten
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter or coconut oil. I used this loaf pan, which is a medium size.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and place in preheated oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes or so, and then carefully remove and place on cooling rack. Let loaf cool for 10-15 minutes more before slicing.
  4. Enjoy with a nice pat of butter spread on top.

Yields: 1 loaf



15 thoughts on “Grain-Free Carrot Spice Bread

  1. Craving4More May 23, 2013 / 9:27 am

    OMG! This is a dream!!! My two very favorite non-savory items are pumpkin and carrot spiced anything!! Thanks for posting this…I think this is my new request for “birthday cake.” 🙂

    • paleoinpdx May 23, 2013 / 9:29 am

      Awesome! That sounds like a virtual high-five right there! The bread would be great as a “birthday cake!” You could even drizzle some coconut butter on top as icing 😉

  2. Naz (@CinnamonEats) May 23, 2013 / 11:55 am

    Mmmmm I’m liking the sound of this! Maybe I’ll make this while my parents are here 🙂

  3. Britta May 23, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    This sounds and looks awesome! I am feeling a baking day tomorrow so this might just be what I will be baking 🙂 YUM

    • paleoinpdx May 24, 2013 / 9:48 am

      Have fun with your baking day and I hope you enjoy the bread!

  4. My Delicious Life May 24, 2013 / 7:18 am

    These sound delicious! I am always looking for a nut-free baked good option!

    • paleoinpdx May 24, 2013 / 9:48 am

      I always prefer nut-free baked goods too. I don’t like to bake with almond flour since it essentially oxidizes the oils.

  5. Alisa May 24, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    I’m with you on having sweet treats around only once in awhile. Since going “mostly” paleo and giving up ice cream and the like, I don’t mind when the hubby buys it since I don’t want it anymore. However, when I know it’s “paleo” approved, it’s hard to resist. I made really tasty fresh raspberry muffins a couple of weekends ago…oh boy, I ate WAY too many. Next time, I’ll be baking and freezing most of them.

    Happy wedding planning, getting close for you!

    • paleoinpdx May 24, 2013 / 9:29 pm

      Yep, exactly…it’s very hard to resist and I can’t stop at one or even two! It’s better when I have other people to share it with, so this doesn’t happen.

      Thanks for the wedding wishes! Things are coming along well. One thing I still needed, but took care of today was my bouquet. I got a smaller bridesmaid size one and it’s going to be gorgeous!

  6. grokgrub March 16, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    2013! This looks so tasty I’m sure you’ve made it since!

    • paleoinpdx March 17, 2015 / 8:22 am

      Yep, a throwback to 2013! Oddly enough, I haven’t made this recipe since. It’s really, REALLY delicious, but I very rarely make stuff like this. It’s too dangerous and addictive! I’m better off if I have people to share it with.

      • grokgrub March 17, 2015 / 9:49 am

        True dat!

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