Carrot Cake

This is one of my favorite go to recipes which can be found on Straight Up Foods by Cathy Fisher. I prefer to make muffins from this recipe rather than a cake. For convenience, I added weight measurements.

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk (I use water with success)
  • 4 oz pitted dates (14 to 16 Deglet Noor) 
  • ½ very ripe banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups rolled oats (this will be made into flour), alternatively use 200 g/7 oz oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1½ cups grated carrots (140 g/5 oz)
  • ½ cup additional raisins (90 g/3 oz)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, optional (60 g/2 oz)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Set aside silicone muffin cups, or if making a cake then prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  2. If not using purchased oat flour then make oat flour from the rolled oats by adding it to a blender. Add flour to a small bowl and mix in the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. Add non-dairy milk, pitted dates, banana, raisins, and vanilla a blender. Set aside for at least 15 minutes, for the dates to soften then blend into a smooth mixture. Pour and scrape out mixture from blender into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts. Mix to distribute.
  5. Add the flour and mix to combine.
  6. Using a spoon, scoop the batter into muffin cups or spread it evenly into pan. Bake cake for 40 to 45 minutes. Bake muffins for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Allow muffins/cake to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan or muffin cups.
  8. These are nice and moist and delicious plain however if you would like frosting, check out Cathy’s Vanilla or Lemon Frosting


  • Cathy recommends to bake as a standard loaf, decrease the milk by ½ cup, line a 9×5×3-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, and bake at 325°F for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top is medium brown. Let cool completely before serving.