No Grains! Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour (grain-free, dairy-free + paleo)

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleoA nutrient-dense paleo carrot cake recipe that’s rich in protein. Grain-free and dairy-free… made with cricket flour!

That wasn’t a typo, I meant to write cricket flour.

Before you go thinking I’m totally loopy crazy, hear me out… a lot of cultures eat bugs. With a naturally sourced nutrient profile of B12, iron, calcium and 9 essential amino acids, perhaps we’re the ones missing out. Insect protein is 100% natural protein that’s chemical free, pesticide free and antibiotic free.

And if you’re really not even remotely interested in hearing what I have to say about cricket flour, that’s okay. What I love about Healthful Pursuit is that I’m always trying new things, introducing you to products and avenues that may be of interest to you. You don’t have to like everything I put out there!

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

If you’re like, “bring on the bugs!”, Next Millennium Farms; the leader in producing sustainable proteins, has put together a sweet discount for our community so that you can try this stuff for yourself.

Get 20% off all Next Millennium Farms products when you use the code HEALTHFUL at checkout. Valid for US and Canadian purchases. Expires March 31.

Save on Cricket Flour

Here’s the thing: by the year 2050, the world’s population will soar beyond 9 billion people, putting a fatal strain on resources. Next Millennium Farms carefully crafts their products as a response to that near-approaching reality while reducing our carbon footprint as a joined society. Next Millennium Farms utilizes a complete, entire chain organic protein farming process, as well as non organic protein process. They produce insect protein specifically and exclusively for human consumption. It is unique, innovative and extremely nutritious.

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

Some extra things you should know…

  • The cricket flour I used in today’s recipe is from Next Millennium Farms.
  • People with seafood or nut allergies might also have sensitivities to insects.
  • All cricket flours are not created equal.  The feed input is what controls the gluten in a cricket. If you are allergic/sensitive to gluten, crickets that have been fed a gluten-free feed is important to you.
  • Next Millennium Farms’ gluten-free feed formula consists of corn, soybeans, flax meal, oats, peas, alfalfa and seaweed. Their feed is under 20ppm of gluten and their last test was “null” meaning there was no gluten in the final product at all.

Get 20% off all Next Millennium Farms products when you use the code HEALTHFUL at checkout. Valid for US and Canadian purchases. Expires March 31.

I have to admit… I was nervous to try cricket flour. I don’t like bugs, and the thought of chowing down on crickets didn’t sit well with me. So, I made cake. You know, mask the crickets with something sweet? A great strategy to encourage me to appreciate this flour for all that it is.

Note on maple syrup used in this recipe: my thing is whole food based, low carb, sugar-free recipes. But there’s maple syrup in this recipe, so what the heck? I made this cake recipe knowing full-well that I’d be enjoying it during my carb-up evenings. Every couple of days, after training at the gym, I eat carbs to reset my hormones and boost muscle building. More details coming to the Healthful Pursuit YouTube Channel in the coming weeks. Of all the sweeteners out there; aside from dextrose, I feel best using maple syrup over fructose sweeteners like honey, coconut nectar and agave. So, that’s why this recipe has maple syrup in it.

Okay, let’s get down to cake eating…

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

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No Grains! Classic Carrot Cake
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free
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Serves: 8
 
A nutrient-dense paleo carrot cake recipe that’s rich in protein. Grain-free and dairy-free… made with cricket flour!
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted tallow, coconut oil or leaf lard
  • 1 ½ cups shredded carrots, drained
  • ½ cup chopped raw walnuts
White Maple Cream Icing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment at the bottom. Oil the sides with tallow and set aside.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a large bowl. Combine.
  3. Meanwhile, add wet ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine. The oils you’ll be using are highly saturated, so they will harden with the eggs if the eggs were cold. No worries, just whisk and all is good.
  4. Transfer wet ingredient to dry and stir until combined. Mixture will be quite heavy, a bit thicker than muffin batter.
  5. Stir in shredded carrots and chopped walnuts. Transfer cake batter to prepared cake pan. Transfer to preheated oven and bake for 33-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from oven, slide knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the edges. Allow to cool in the cake pan for 30 minutes before carefully turning over onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 1 hour, at least!
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Add all ingredients to your high-powered blender or stand mixer. Blend/mix on high until combined. Transfer to the fridge until ready to use.
  8. Add frosting to cake, using a spatula to distribute.
  9. Serve, transfer to a sealed cake container and place in the fridge for up to 1 day. Or cut in wedges and freeze for weekend snacks!
Notes
To make double layered cake, double the Dry Ingredients and Wet Ingredients. Frosting will spread over a double layered cake, no problem.


Cricket Flour: I don’t know how to make this recipe without cricket flour. Perhaps if you don’t want to try crickets you could keep this one in the back of your mind for one day that you do, or share it with a friend you want to surprise... this flour is supposed to be stored in the freezer and it likes to clump up. Use a potato masher to break up the clumps if needed.

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This is what cricket flour looks like with all of your dry ingredients. As I mentioned in the notes of the recipe, the flour clumps up when frozen, so best to break it up with a potato masher.

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

Add your wet ingredients to dry. There’s little spots in the mixture, the saturated fats from the tallow.

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

Stir around, then add your carrots and walnuts.

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

While your cake is baking, it’s time to make the icing! I prepared this recipe before I realized how sensitive I was to coconut. So, there’s coconut milk in this recipe. The cake is delicious without the frosting, if you’re sensitive to coconut, too.

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

I used the thick cream of full-fat coconut milk for this dairy-free frosting. To do this, I chill the can overnight, then drain the liquid. See all that? You don’t want to use it for frosting!

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

You could whip the frosting in your blender, too. It works great.

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

Once the cake has been removed from the pan and cooled, you’re ready to frost it!

Classic Carrot Cake made with… cricket flour #grainfree #dairy-free #paleo

I’m dying to know… think you’ll give this cricket flour thing a try? Have you heard of critter eating before? Please, do your research about it if you’re curious. I have, and was amazed at how powerful this stuff is. Nutrient-dense, good for the environment, I like it!

Get 20% off all Next Millennium Farms products when you use the code HEALTHFUL at checkout. Valid for US and Canadian purchases. Expires March 31.

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  1. I made this before a biking/camping extravaganza weekend – and I have to say ‘Jiminy Cricket Carrot Cake’ was a hit! And… everybody tried it – even the squimish ones!! I absolutely love the flavor and texture and can’t wait for another cricket flour recipe. Thanks Leanne!

    • Mwahaha! I love that everyone loved it. Thanks for coming back and sharing your experience/thoughts on my recipe. Heck yeah!

  2. As always…You rock!! I believe this is the future of protein. There is a company that makes protein bars with “bugs” as well. Love it!! Totally going to order some!! I love that this coupon code can be used by us Canadians this time!!!
    LOVE!!!!

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