Frosted Carrot Cake Donuts

Alright, first things first. Let’s talk about how I binge watched the entire Orange is the New Black series last weekend. Yeah I did. Two seasons. Two days. It happened. I’m not proud. But I did enjoy every second of it. That is seriously one fantastic show. Do I feel slightly disturbed while watching it? Yes. Do I keep watching anyways? Yes. For those of you who haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon, it’s a show about a women’s prison and all of the crazy shenanigans that go on inside of it. And it’s based on a true story. And it’s amazing. And I want to be Alex Vause. Because she’s a complete badass. And I wish I would have paced myself more because now I’m just really sad that it’s over and season three isn’t coming until 2015. So I’ve spent most of this week watching YouTube videos of the cast members to fill the void. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that. Oh well. I’m gonna miss you, Litchfield prison.

Also, let’s address the fact that my Instagram posts about Orange is the New Black this week have gotten a SIGNIFICANTLY higher amount of likes than my pictures of food. What the hell is that all about. Maybe I should just start a blog about Litchfield women’s prison instead. I wouldn’t hate it.

On a completely different note, I want to say a big thank you to all of you who reached out to me after my last post. The more people I talk to who have experienced thyroid disease, the more I have realized that stepping away from CrossFit really was the best choice for me. As much as it may suck. (Which is a lot right now). So thank you for sharing your experiences with me and letting me learn from you. It’s certainly a frustrating thing, but I know that making the right changes will help get me back to normal and back to being my healthiest self, which is what is most important, of course.

Okay. Enough about me, let’s talk donuts instead. I apologize for making too many donut recipes. I really do. But I can’t help it. It’s just too hard to resist throwing batter into those adorable little donut pans. These particular donuts were supposed to be muffins, actually. Until I opened the cupboard and there was the donut pan, sitting on top of the muffin pans, just begging me to use it instead. Now that’s what I call destiny.


Frosted Carrot Cake Donuts

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  • Yield: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: breakfast, dessert


  • For the donuts:
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened (not melted)
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • pinch of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease donut pan with coconut oil.
  2. For the donuts, combine almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot flour, cinnamon, baking soda, all spice, and salt.
  3. Add eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla to the dry mixture, stirring continuously until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Stir in carrots and raisins.
  5. Divide batter evenly into donut pan.
  6. Bake 12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  7. While donuts are baking, make frosting by combining all frosting ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy.
  8. When donuts are done, remove from oven, allow to cool, and dip top of each into the frosting mixture.
  9. Enjoy!

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Comments: 9

  1. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh July 11, 2014 at 8:46 am Reply

    Uh yeah, the Mr is totally going to flip over these. Carrot cake is his favorite!

  2. Janie Lynn July 11, 2014 at 9:23 am Reply

    Wow! This is impressive. I need to make donuts some time soon. And now I have a healthy paleo version to work with! Thanks SO much for posting! I love your blog. I love cooking healthy/paleo/trim healthy mama, too, so this blog is a great motivation.

    From your whole food-y!
    Janie Lynn

  3. Carolyn July 11, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply

    So, a few things…

    1) Orange is the New Black is my jam. I, too, binge-watched both seasons over the course of a single week. It’s about a thousand kinds of amazing. Who’s your fave character? I’m on Team Pennsatucky (the actress who portrays that level of white trash has an incredible talent).

    2) Just now reading about your Thyroid issues. So sorry you had to step away from Cross Fit. I went through a similar issue recently and when I gave up one thing, I took on another, less stressful thing – Pilates. Have you ever given it a try? Might be a good option that is far less direct impact on your body!

    3) Don’t EVER apologize when it comes to donuts. Like, ever.

    Carolyn (@GetItGirlBlog)

  4. Kelly July 11, 2014 at 9:50 am Reply

    These look very good! :) I love donuts and carrot cake… put them together and it just makes sense! :D
    Do you think I could try sunflower seed flour in place of almond flour?

    • Taylor July 11, 2014 at 9:51 am Reply

      I’ve never used sunflower seed flour, but I’ve heard if substitutes well!

  5. Andrea @ Pencils and Pancakes July 11, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

    I am guilty of liking all your OITNB posts …. I am also currently binge watching it. I started watching it last week and I have two episodes of season two left. Already scared for life after I finish it….. Morello is my fav!

  6. Kyla Cody July 11, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

    Oh my goodness. These sound so yummy. I really need to get me a donut pan so I can start making all of your amazing donut recipes!!

  7. Tess July 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I do the same exact thing after I binge watch a really good show! I miss everyone and then I watch some youtube videos from the cast … glad to know I’m not the only one!
    I felt a little lame. So now I can feel lame with other people.

    Also I haven’t gotten on the OITNB bandwagon yet, only because I know I won’t want to be productive and I’ll just watch the whole thing. Kind of hoping I get a cold or something so I have an excuse to lay in front of the tv all day. Yep.

  8. Jeanice Chastain July 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply

    I just made these and wow! they are really good. I think I like them better without the frosting, the coconut oil frosting was just too much for me – but my husband loved it – so either way this recipe was a winner – thanks Taylor – turning into a huge fan of yours!!!

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