Dairy Free Carrot Cake Banana Bread

This Carrot Cake Banana Bread is dairy-free, moist, fluffy, refined sugar free, and puts a nice twist on traditional banana bread! 

Close up up dairy free carrot cake banana bread with healthy cream cheese frosting and cinnamon dusting

It’s official! You can have cake for breakfast!

I know there are literally thousands of banana recipes on the internet, so that’s why I wanted to create something different and unique.

Then it hit me since spring will be here soon, I should totally cross carrot cake and banana bread and see what I come up with. 

Hand holding dairy free carrot cake banana bread

Let’s just say it is absolutely delicious! Moist and flavorful like carrot cake but you still get the sweetness from the bananas.

I added a healthy-ish frosting, but you could definitely leave it off and just have the bread by itself. 


I’ve been known to pair all kinds of ingredients with bananas so be sure to read until the end for more recipes!

Don’t forget to read 7 Ways to Step Up Your Banana Bread!

Overhead shot of healthy dairy free carrot cake banana bread loaf

Ingredients for Carrot Cake Banana Bread 

Applesauce – by using applesauce, it lets us cut back on traditional bread ingredients like butter and oil. 

Bananas – make sure these are ripe and spotty! The riper they are means more natural sweetness! 

Maple syrup – syrup is one of those items that there can be tons of hidden ingredients, which is why I never buy the fake stuff! (You can read about the 15 Foods I Never Buy From The Grocery Store in this article.)

Always check the labels and look for organic pure maple syrup. I really like the kind from Trader Joe’s or this brand on Amazon.

Oats – make sure these are quick-cooking and not steel-cut!

Spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt 

White Whole Wheat Flour 

Egg

Carrots – these need to be grated and the excess moisture needs to be wrung out.  I used my ninja kitchen to grate them, place them in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the liquid.

Close up of dairy free carrot cake banana bread with bite taken out of it

Ingredients for the Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Vegan Butter
  • Vegan Cream cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Dairy Free Milk (Optional)

The dairy free and vegan cream cheese frosting is totally optional, but it is oh so delicious!

If you are not dairy free or vegan, you can also try my classic healthy cream cheese frosting.

I put it on so many of my baked goods like this Gluten Free Banana Cake, Paleo Carrot Cake, Gluten Free + Vegan Gingerbread Muffins, and Healthy Pumpkin Bars.

Slices taken out of dairy free carrot cake banana bread loaf

Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract

How To Make Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting:

Using an electric beater, beat all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

Can You Make Carrot Cake Banana Bread Vegan? 

We haven’t tested a vegan version of this recipe, but you can substitute a flax egg for the bread ingredients and leave off the frosting and it would be vegan friendly.

If you decide to make the bread this way, please tag me on Instagram and tell me how it is! 

Two slices of dairy free carrot cake banana bread on a white plate

Do You Store Carrot Cake Banana Bread like Regular Banana Bread? 

Yep! Once it cools place it in an airtight container and you can keep it in your refrigerator for up to 7 days!

I don’t reccommend storing it on the counter.

Instructions for Freezing 

If you plan to freeze the loaf, don’t frost it. Wait to add the frosting the next time you serve it after it has been thawed.

Place the cooled bread into a freezer-friendly container or reusable bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 

You can freeze the bread in slices or in a full loaf.

It’s also a good idea to wrap it in saran wrap or aluminum foil before putting it in a container to freeze.

Tips for Making

  • When you add your flour and grated carrots be careful to not overmix! 
  • Use a toothpick at the end to make sure the bread is fully cooked
  • If you decide to make mini loaves, decrease the cooking time. 

For more Hello Spoonful recipes, you can find me on Instagram! Anytime you make something from HS, tag me!

I love sharing your creations on my stories! 

More of My Favorite Bread Recipes: 

Is carrot cake better the next day?

This carrot cake banana bread is even better on the second day!

The spices in this cake will infuse it with even more flavor the next day and the natural sweetness and moisture of the bananas settle into the bread even more.

What can I use instead of cinnamon in carrot cake?

You can swap out cinnamon for nutmeg, pumpkin pie seasoning, allspice, or ginger.

Are carrot cake and spice cake the same thing?

Carrot cake is essentially a spice cake with the additions of shredded carrots giving it a slightly sweeter taste and a more delicate and tender interior.

This version adds in banana for more natural sweetness and moisture.

Dairy Free Carrot Cake Banana Bread

This Carrot Cake Banana Bread is dairy-free, moist, fluffy, and puts a nice twist on traditional banana bread!
4.69 from 97 votes

Ingredients
  

FOR THE BREAD:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed (~1 cup)
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup grated carrots ~2 medium, grated and excess moisture removed

DAIRY FREE FROSTING:

  • 1/3 Cup Dairy Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Dairy Free Butter
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Dairy Free Milk (Optional!) Add this if your frosting is too thick

MY CLASSIC FROSTING:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your carrots. These need to be grated and the excess moisture needs to be wrung out.  I used my ninja ktichen to grate them, place them in a cheese cloth and squeeze out the liquid.
  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF and lightly grease a 9 x 5 bread pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your egg, applesauce, bananas, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk/combine until smooth. Stir in the oats, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Spoon in the flour and gently fold it in until just combined.
  • Stir in the shredded carrots. Don’t overmix! 🙂
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake another 10-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the bread is baking, prepare your frosting by adding the ingredients to a small bowl and beating with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to spread on the bread.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once the bread is cool, spread the frosting on top. Store the bread in a covered container in the fridge for up to 7 days, or freeze it (unfrosted) for up to 3 months.
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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Any doubters should try this one! It is really worth it. I made it for some people who shy away from “healthy eating” because they think it’s trendy or unnecessary if you don’t have an alergy. They asked what the ingredients were and were surprised there wasn’t more flour and was made without any type of refined sugar AND then they asked for the recipe! It’s really good. I served mine chilled from the fridge and the frosting was yummy! Making another loaf today to share with someone else. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    This is *delicious* and we don’t even have the icing on yet. However, the loaves are pretty flat, which was a surprise. Used 9×5 loaf pans, as directed, but I might try smaller pans next time. I made a quadruple batch … and hubby has already had 3 pieces, warm with butter 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I made this the other day my kids absolutely love it! The fact that there is no sugar in the recipe and substitute maple syrup makes it so healthy and delicious. This will be my go to recipe from now on!

  4. 5 stars
    I rarely comment but I have to tell you that this carrot cake is FANTASTIC,! My go to carrot cake recipe, for 40+years, is from the the ‘Silver Palate’ cookbook and is always amazing, but this is a close second to the “real thing” and healthier to boot! Thanks so much for this great recipe~

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