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Cinnamon Streusel Vegan Carrot Cake

The best gluten free vegan carrot cake made with cinnamon streusel and sweet glaze for a perfect morning snack.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, gluten free carrot cake, gluten free coffee cake, vegan, vegan carrot cake, vegan coffee cake
Servings: 10 servings


Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp organic brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil or vegan butter, melted

Carrot Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
  • 1/4 tsp ginger ground
  • 3/4 cup almond milk or plant based milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots tightly packed
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon ground


  • 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare a 9 inch pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the streusel ingredients using a fork. Chill until ready to use.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry cake ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Add in the remaining wet ingredients and stir until no dry spots remain. Fold in walnuts. Pour half of the mixture into the prepared pan.
  • In another bowl, stir together the cinnamon swirl ingredients and sprinkle over the cake batter in the pan. Top with remaining batter, dropping in dollops and then carefully smoothing over the cinnamon swirl.
  • Sprinkle the chilled streusel over the cake and bake for 35-45 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center. Let cool.
  • Stir together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the coffee cake and serve!


The cake is best if stored lightly covered at room temperature for 2 days or in the covered in the refrigerator for 5 days.
Gluten free all purpose flour can be replaced with: all purpose flour or whole wheat flour.
Cake can be topped with fresh fruit if desired.