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

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

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!

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


  • 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 (optional) *they give better shape
  • Frosting
  • 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!


For Sugar Free Donuts- Use xylitol or truvia in the donuts instead of palm sugar and then use my white chocolate recipe.

Brittany Angell

3 comments | Leave your own

  1. mary ballerin

    I don’t have chestnut flour yet, not wanting to go shopping right before Thanksgiving … is there a substitute that would work? I have some almond flour, have coconut flour, and gluten-free baking mix ATM. TY

  2. Brenda Noyes

    I made these tonight so I could have them for breakfast tomorrow. I only had 1 Cup of Chestnut Flour so I used 1 Cup of Chestnut Flour and 1/4 Cup of Almond Flour. They were absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!
    Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  3. Emily Limaye

    What donut pan do you use and how many does the recipe make? (there seems to be a lot of variation in donut pan sizes.)

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