Protein Carrot Cake with Frosting

8 Pieces249 cals

Beat your unhealthy carrot cake cravings with a Protein Carrot Cake! This healthy alternative is easy to make, just as good as the real thing, and packed with diet friendly macros!

To fully incorporate the carrots and get the best flavor in this recipe you’re going to need either a food processor or really powerful blender. If you don’t have either, here’s a link to my preferred food processor.

Add right into your food processor or blender 2 large whole eggs, 3 large egg whites, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple, 3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla milk substitute, 2 cups of peeled and chopped carrots, 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 6 whole pitted dates, 3 scoops of a vanilla protein powder, 1/4 cup of your choice sweetener, 4 tablespoons of coconut flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Diet tip? Make sure your crushed pineapple is in 100% pineapple juice (no added sugar).

Process or blend all of those protein carrot cake ingredients together until smooth. This should take around 1-2 minutes in your processor or blender.

Take out 2 cake pans, coat them with some non-stick cooking spray, and evenly distribute your mix into your pans. I used some 9” pans today.

Pro tip? Before the oven you could add in some extra or bigger pieces of carrots, chocolate chips, nuts, and so on.

Put your protein carrot cake into the oven on 350F/176C for around 25-30 minutes. Keep in mind that this time can change depending on the size pan(s) you’re using. You can easily check if your cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the center of it and if it comes out clean, it’s done!

Remove your cakes from the oven and let them cool.

Protein Frosting

Every good carrot cake needs a good frosting so here’s one of my favorite protein frosting recipes!

Add into a bowl 1 container of a vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of your choice sweetener, 10 tablespoons of fat free cream cheese, and 2 scoops of a vanilla protein powder.

Mix those ingredients together until you have your desired protein frosting consistency. I like using a hand mixer to do this.

You can thicken up your frosting even more by either putting it into the fridge for a bit or by adding 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to it!

Once your protein carrot cake has cooled completely, top it with your protein frosting and anything else you want. I went with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut, walnuts, and some carrot slices today. Let us know what you top yours with in the comments below!

Don’t like the protein frosting recipe here? Try one of our other Protein Frosting Recipes!

Protein Carrot Cake Recipe

Protein Carrot Cake with Frosting

Reach your diet goals with a healthy homemade carrot cake! This Protein Carrot Cake recipe is just as good as the unhealthy alternative.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carot cake, healthy carrot cake, protein carrot cake
Servings: 8 Pieces
Calories: 249kcal
Cost: $4.70

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Carrot Cake

  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 6 Ounces Milk Substitute - or Milk
  • ½ Cup Pineapple - Crushed
  • 2 Cups Carrots
  • 6 Dates - Whole Pitted
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1 ½ Cups Rolled Oats
  • 3 Scoops Protein Powder - Vanilla
  • ¼ Cup Sweetener
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Shredded Coconut - Unsweetened
  • Walnuts - or Any Other Nut

Protein Frosting

  • 5.3 Ounces Greek Yogurt - Fat Free Vanilla
  • 10 Tablespoons Cream Cheese - Fat Free
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweetener
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Scoops Protein Powder - Vanilla


  • Peel and chop up your Carrots
  • Add all of your Carrot Cake ingredients into a blender or food processor
  • Blend or process everything together for around 1-2 minutes
  • Take out 2 cake pans and coat them with some non-stick cooking spray
  • Evenly distribute that mix into your pans
  • Bake them on 350F/176C for 25-30 minutes
  • Mix all of your Protein Frosting ingredients together until your frosting thickens up
  • Coat your cakes once they cool and stack them on top of each other
  • Evenly distribute your Shredded Coconut, Walnuts, and a couple slices of a Carrot on top



Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 1998
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 2527mg
  • Carbs: 221g
  • Fiber: 35g
  • Sugar: 101g
  • Protein: 211g
Calories in each Piece (if you make 8 pieces):
  • Calories: 249
  • Fat: 3.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 315.8mg
  • Carbs: 27.6g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Sugar: 12.6g
  • Protein: 26.3g


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.6g | Protein: 26.3g | Fat: 3.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Sodium: 315.8mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 12.6g


  1. Theresa on December 30, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Can I sub almond flour for coconut flour?

    • Derek Howes on January 16, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Yes, definitely. The almond flour will give it a bit more moisture too.

  2. Matthew Lucas on June 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Just discovered this. Is there a reason you use oats instead of extra flour? Is it a texture thing?

    • Derek Howes on February 25, 2022 at 8:44 am

      Hi Matthew! Coconut flour tends to absorb more moisture which can dry out recipes. This is why I typically use a mix in bigger recipes.

  3. Milica on May 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Hi!Can I mix everything with a hand mixer instead of a food processor?Afraid it won’t mix very well(dont own blender)

  4. Jodi on September 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

    How long is the shelf life on this cake with the frosting?

    • Derek Howes on September 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

      I would say no longer than 5-7 days!

  5. Ruth on February 26, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Hi Derek, can I substitute de pineapple? Let me know what I could use instead 🙂 thanks!

    • Derek Howes on March 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Hi Ruth! Add in a tablespoon or two of honey (or brown rice syrup)! 🙂

      • Alessandra on September 20, 2022 at 1:21 pm

        Hi Derek ! Can I substitute the dates ?

      • Derek Howes on October 27, 2022 at 11:08 am

        Any dried fruit should work unless you’re trying to lower the sugar?

    • AnneMarie on November 15, 2022 at 8:49 pm

      Would applesauce work instead of pineapple ?

      • Derek Howes on January 12, 2023 at 1:38 pm

        I think so

  6. Carlotta on November 23, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Now that was a beautiful cake!
    Just couldn’t stand proteinpowder (and the typical protein-powder-tasting recepies) at the moment and this looked nice so my friend and I gave it a try.
    The result: a super pretty cake, lovely taste, good texture. It survived about 3 days, had it for breakfast and felt pretty decadent eating cake in the morning =)

    Best comment on the cake:
    my boyfriend (clean eater, but highly sceptical when it comes to protein-baking):
    “holy shit! this actually tastes like cake! I mean it looks like a cake. it smells like a cake. It tastes like… ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? YOU CAN’T FEED ME CAKE! MY DIET’S GOING TO HELL RIGHT NOW!”

  7. Angie on November 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Fabulous cake! I love how versatile the recipe is, also. Just made half the recipe the first time to make sure I liked it. I have made many protein cakes, but none have come out as well as this one!

  8. Rachel on September 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    This cake is awesome! I would use parchment paper in the future, though, as the cake wanted to stick to the pan.

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