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Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze

Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze

This is an Easter Bunny approved Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze. A lovely moist carrot loaf made fragrant with warm spices, and a bit indulgent with a smooth maple glaze.

Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with maple glaze being poured over the top

I’m not sure why carrot cake always come to mind when I think about Spring time baking. My mom’s birthday falls quite close to Easter and decided that because we would be having birthday cake for her that we didn’t need a carrot cake, too.  Carrot loaf seemed more appropriate as we could enjoy a slice at breakfast and pretend it’s not cake.

I’m really happy how this turned out, it’s lovely and moist with a nice light crumb. The spices are warming and comforting, filling the house with amazing aroma while it bakes. The maple glaze tops it off with a smooth finish that compliments the loaf perfectly. That said, this loaf is delicious on its own if you’re looking to keep things a little less indulgent.

Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze garnished with pecans and fresh pink currant blossoms

Tips for a Perfect Carrot Spice Loaf:

• I’ve tested this recipe with both coconut oil, and a liquid neutral oil (e.g. avocado oil.) Both work really well. The coconut lends a somewhat denser feel which is nice for a loaf, but my favorite is made with liquid oil.

• This loaf can be made with or without additions like raisins, currents, or chopped nuts. Use whatever you love most!

• Alterations such as reducing the sugar or oil will have an effect on the loaf. These ingredients are critical for a nice crumb and moist texture.

• A dark maple syrup is best for the glaze. While darker maple syrups are often considered to be a lower grade, they actually have the most color and flavor! Even though they are the premium grades, I much prefer them! So does your wallet 😉

• The glaze can be made with vegan butter for a slightly fuller flavor. The coconut oil option is delicious, too. Use whatever you have on hand or prefer, you can’t go wrong with either!

Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze with 2 slices cut and garnished with pink currant blossoms

If you make this Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze, please let me know in the comments below and feel free to give it a rating! Also, I love connecting on Instagram where you can tag me in your creations using my recipes.  Thanks for reading along and I hope you love this recipe!

Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze with 2 slices cut

Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze

Easter Bunny approved Vegan Carrot Spice Loaf with Maple Glaze. A lovely moist carrot loaf made fragrant with warm spices, and a bit indulgent with a smooth maple glaze.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maple Glaze, Vegan Carrot Cake, Vegan Carrot Loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 9 (1 – 9 x 5″ loaf)
Calories: 459kcal
Author: Bronwyn

Ingredients

For the Carrot Spice Loaf

  • ½ cup coconut oil (refined if you don’t want coconut flavor)
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ¾ cups raisins (optional) (or chopped walnuts or pecans)

For the Maple Glaze:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (refined if you don’t want coconut flavor)
  • ½ cup dark maple syrup
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Turn off the heat and whisk in the plant milk, vinegar and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift in the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk until well blended. Pour in the liquid ingredients, and combine with a large spoon just until the dry ingredients are barely wet. Add in the carrots and raisins or nuts (if using). Fold in just until combined being careful not to over-mix.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60-75 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean or with only a few cooked crumbs. Let the loaf cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan and placing on a cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.

For the Glaze:

  • Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat taking care not to let it get hot. Remove from heat and whisk in the maple syrup and confectioner’s sugar until no lumps remain. Pour over the cooled loaf. 

Nutrition Info:

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 4810IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Notes:

*Instead of coconut oil, a neutral vegetable oil (e.g. canola, avocado, sunflower, etc) can be used in the loaf  and a vegan butter can be used in the glaze. If using vegan butter, no need to melt it, just beat it and then slowly add the confectioner’s sugar and maple syrup.
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Jodileigh

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

I would really love to make this recipe, do you have any recommendations to using a sugar substitute?

Crumbs & Caramel

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Hi Jodileigh! Thanks for your interest in the loaf! I haven't experimented with sugar substitutes in this recipe - sugar is important not only for sweetness but also for structure/tender crumb. Check out this article on using alternative sweeters to help guide you on making a decision on the type of sweetener you're curious about using: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/can_you_bake_a_delicious_cake_without_sugar If you make any modifications, I'd love to hear how it turns out! Thanks again, ~ Bronwyn

Darshana

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Hi Bronwyn...Can I replace plant based milk with regular milk for this carrot cake??

Crumbs & Caramel

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Hi Darshana! I don't use dairy products so I haven't tested this recipe with cow's milk. That said, it's the liquid we're after so it should work. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope you love the loaf! :) ~Bronwyn

Ayisha

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

I want to try this with sugar substitutes. Swerve for the glaze and monk fruit for the loaf. Also I want to try almond flower instead of regular flower. Praying it turns out well! This looks delicious!!!

Crumbs & Caramel

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Hi Ayisha! So happy this loaf interests you! While I think it would be great with a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour (with xanthan gum as an ingredient), I'd be a little worried about the texture if you do 1:1 with plain almond flour for the all-purpose wheat based flour - I suspect it will be dry and crumbly.The gluten in the flour helps bind, and the sugar also helps with moisture and texture. That said, I haven't tested the loaf with the modifications you're wondering about, so if you do try it, I'd love to hear how it turns out! ~Bronwyn :)

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