It finally happened!  I was able to create a delicious healthy dessert that is almost completely paleo too.  This recipe for mini healthy carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting is exactly what you have been waiting for.  

Just trust me.  This is one of the recipes that people keep asking me for over and over again.

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Do I indulge in sweets every day?  Of course not!  But I do think it’s healthy to indulge in something you really loved before you started losing weight.  Completely cutting out certain things (like desserts for me) would be disastrous.  

I just can’t cut it out completely without having the ability to have a cupcake here or a piece of chocolate there.  Again, if it’s in moderation (like once a week) it’s ok.

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

I personally love any kind of dessert that is a single serving.  It cuts out the guess work.  I also love to have lots of people to share the desserts so that I am not as tempted after that one dinner and dessert.  

I know that if I cooked 12 cupcakes, I would probably eat 6 (6 would go to my husband).  But having family over when I bake a dessert, I know that I can have other people eat those so I only have one.

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes are one of our family’s favorites. These are kid friendly and approved.

Call me crazy, but it works for me.  I just know that if I take them home, I will eat them all.  And that doesn’t fit into my Freestyle points value for the day. One of these cupcakes is 3 Freestyle points.  

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

So instead of those 2 beers you were thinking of having on Saturday, make these cupcakes.  You won’t regret it, I promise you.

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Dash of Herbs
This recipe is 3 Freestyle points per serving, 1 mini cupcake with frosting.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 24 servings
Calories 241 kcal


For the Cupcakes

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups carrots grated
  • 1/2 cup raisins chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped

For the Frosting

  • 1 package low-fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the Cupcakes:

  • Beat the eggs, honey, avocado oil, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat until the ingredients are mixed together.  
  • Add the almond flour, baking soda, spices and salt and beat for about 5 minutes. Fold in the carrots, raisins and pecans. 
  • Place the batter into 24 sprayed mini-muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick into them and they come out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack. Allow to cool completely before applying the frosting.

Make the Frosting:

  • While the cupcakes are cooling, mix together the cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl. Add in a little bit of vanilla if you would like to.
  • Add the frosting to the cooled off cupcakes and serve immediately.


This recipe is to make mini-muffins.  If you want to use a regular muffin tin, the Freestyle points are 7 per cupcake (with frosting included).
If you have an avocado allergy, substitute olive oil instead. Use the same 1/4 cup of olive oil instead.


Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 25.4gProtein: 4.2gFat: 14.8gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 63.7mgSodium: 222.3mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 21.7g
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  1. Haha. Thank you so much for pinning. These are well worth making (I’ll be making them again for Fathers Day since we are hosting it). My family loves carrot cake too.

  2. Haha – I thought I might have hooked you. These cupcakes are SO good. I know that they have some weird things in them, but they don’t taste weird at all. Just trust me…they are so good!

  3. Thank you MIssy! I loved these – they were a huge hit with my family who just couldn’t get enough (they asked for more that night). I didn’t know this either, but avocado oil and olive oil are almost like oil-cousins. You can use them together – and they taste similar to each other.

  4. I pinned this before I even read it because they looked so tasty! I’ll be making these for 4th of July for sure. My family LOVES carrot cake.

  5. Oh girlll you know you had me at cupcake! YUM! What an interesting combo, can’t wait to try!

  6. Yum! I will definitely be making these! I have never thought of using avocado oil for baking!

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