Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Scones

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

My life is a series of bank forms right now. Very long, very tiny print, very tedious bank forms. We’re in the process of getting pre-approval so we can hopefully buy a condo before our lease is up this summer. I say hopefully for a few reasons:

1.  The real estate market where we live is insane. It’s a total seller’s market and if you look at Trulia’s little chart showing how things have been trending, it’s borderline laughable (more like that weird laugh/cry feeling, unless you’re selling, and then it’s the best!). There is an almost vertical line for home prices between the start of the year and now. But at least interest rates are below 5%? Please, please, please don’t go up.

2.  There are like two properties for sale under $1 million. They’re small, dark 2 bed 1 bath units in locations across the street from the fire station or in the basement. And oh—they now say “sale pending” out front.

3.  The rare gem that’s not more than $1 million and would be livable has an open house on Sunday, accepts offers on Monday morning, and sells for $100k more than asking. We visited one with a not-so-great layout, but in a highly desirable location across from one of the best schools in the state, and I could feel the death glares from the swarms of young couples with toddlers in tow. I can’t say I blame them.

4.  Aaron and I are both self-employed, and my income is, well…yeah. When I was filling out the pre-approval forms I did that laugh/cry thing again and wondered, “Should I even be including this?”. It’s um, humbling. I have zero regrets about quitting my job to change careers, but a blogger should never have to write her income next to a branding agency owner (much as I am so, so thankful and proud to be married to one).

5.  I know people say you shouldn’t spend 100% of the amount a bank is willing to lend you, but it feels like it will be a miracle if a bank will give us enough money to buy more than a parking space (also expensive).  We’ve had to pull the last three years’ of personal tax returns, six months of bank statements, retirement funds, corporate tax returns, balance sheets, P&Ls…what happened to people putting nothing down and buying giant homes? Oh, right.

And so, I made scones. Because baking is my therapy.

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

Notes: I kept seeing carrot cake everywhere last week and I really, really love carrot cake. However, what I did not need was a sugar meltdown on top of a home buying meltdown, which is where these scones came in. They’re gluten-free, low-glycemic, and loaded with shredded carrots and chopped walnuts. I know people get heated about raisins in carrot cake. I happen to enjoy them, but we were all out. If you’re not anti-raisin and you happen to have some, you could fold in half a cup along with the walnuts. And if a scone just isn’t a scone without some icing, my vote would be for a drizzle of warmed coconut butter. It’s nature’s icing. ← And that is an example of the ridiculous things I am going to tell my future possible non-fur-children when we are living four to a bedroom in a basement across from the firehouse next to one of the best schools in the state.*

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

*No. Only the “nature’s icing” part is true.


Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Scones

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Scones

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 12 scones

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

These vegan Carrot Cake Scones are gluten-free, low-glycemic, and loaded with shredded carrots and chopped walnuts.

Carrot Cake Scones (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low-Glycemic) |

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Scones



  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds, 3 tablespoons warm water)
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 12 scones

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 25 mins Total Time: 35 mins

These vegan Carrot Cake Scones are gluten-free, low-glycemic, and loaded with shredded carrots and chopped walnuts.


  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Prepare the flax egg by whisking together the freshly ground flax seeds and warm water in a small bowl. Set the mixture aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, vanilla bean powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Pour the non-dairy milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce, and prepared flax egg into the batter and mix until combined.
  • Fold in the grated carrots and walnuts.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts, form into balls, and flatten them onto your prepared baking sheet (mine were about 1 1/2 inches thick).
  • Cut each round into 6 parts for medium scones (or 4 parts for large scones, 8 parts for petite scones).
  • Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until the scones are golden brown and firm to the touch.
  • Allow the scones to cool slightly and enjoy!

Notes [2]

Feel free to fold in half a cup of raisins along with the walnuts if you’d like.

If a scone just isn’t a scone without some icing, my vote would be for a drizzle of warmed coconut butter.

Copyright © 2020 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Ack, buying a house/condo can be such a pain, but I’m glad to made scones to remedy your troubles! : )

  2. i cant even imagine the prices up there…i hope it all works out for you guys. i didnt make anything Easterish this year but now scones are calling me.

  3. These sound delicious! I’ve also been seeing a ton of carrot cake inspired recipes lately, probably on account of Easter. Thanks for sharing–may give these a try for our annual Mother’s Day brunch that we host for our moms and grandmothers!
    The Boston area housing market is ridiculous. The price that people want for what they have in this area is unbelievable. I can’t watch House Hunters because I laugh when people balk at a $250k house that’s over 2000 sq. ft., granite everything, brand new, etc. That would be more than a steal here!
    We were looking four years ago and it was such a wave of emotions. We were disappointed a few different times and one time was really shady. Our agent wasn’t happy with the way the other agent handled things (the house should have been ours, but they gave it to someone else). In the end we looked at over 40 house, starting closer to Boston and gradually making our way further out. We finally found a house in our budget, that didn’t need a ton of work, and that had good commuting location (though I ended up changing jobs because I couldn’t deal with the 3 hour round-trip commute to Boston).
    I say all this to let you know that it will be emotional, as you’ve already found out, and there will be surprises, but you’ll find the place you’re meant to be. Best of luck!

    1. Amanda says

      I was the same way with House Hunters! haha Now I don’t have cable, so it’s a non-issue. 🙂

  4. Ugh, pre-approval is the worst. I hated all of that paperwork. 😛 Fingers crossed for you that you will find the perfect place! We spent over a year looking and finally found our house when both prices and mortgage rates were super low. We joke (only half-kidding) that we’ll never buy again, because we got so lucky the first time.

    I’ve been seeing carrot cake everywhere as well. I don’t mind it one bit! My mom makes me carrot cake for my birthday every year. 🙂 I am definitely in the no raisin club. I love your line about nature’s icing!

    1. Amanda says

      That’s so awesome that you were able to buy when prices and interest rates were low. I kick myself when I look at how much the market has changed even in the last year (a 12%+ increase!), but we wouldn’t have had the down payment ready last summer, so it’s a silly thing for me to harp on. It will all work itself out in time…I hope!

  5. Ooooh, yes…buying a house in this area was oh-so fun, even when we did it a few years ago! It’s a lot of work (and tears! and nervous laughter…), but it all always works out in the end. The “fun” part is just getting there. 😉

    1. Amanda says

      It’s so much “fun”. HA! If you happened to use a good agent, let me know! We have a couple people in mind, but haven’t made a firm decision yet.

      1. We worked with Barbara Baker, who we really liked – she actually helped my husband get his first home, too. Here’s some more info. on her: I should still have her email, too, if you need that – just let me know. Good luck!

      2. Amanda says

        Thanks so much, Michelle!

  6. Emma says

    Sounds a real headache. I’ve got all that joy to come I’m sure! I haven’t had to deal with any of that house stuff yet.
    LOVE the look of this recipe. I’m totally a carrot cake girl but love this fresh take. P.S. I’m pro raisin!

    1. Amanda says

      Woo hoo! Team raisin! 😉

  7. Gosh I’m so sorry you are having such a hard time getting a house! On the upside, these scones look fabulous 🙂

  8. Kait says

    <3 <3 <3

    That's all. 🙂

  9. Katie M says

    Lovely recipe! Do you think I could use whole wheat pastry flour with good results if I’m not gluten-intolerant?

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Katie! Yes, I think whole wheat pastry flour should work well! Spelt would also be nice.

  10. Anna says

    I can’t even begin to imagine paying that much money for a house/condo! I am looking at townhouses to rent closer to where I grew up and am having a hard time accepting I will have to pay around $1500 per month! The house I currently live in we bought 13 years ago for $34K!! Our mortgage is only $445 per month. Insane right?

    Good luck Amanda, you will find the perfect home for you, I am sure of it.

    1. Amanda says

      Wow, that is insane! Your mortgage is like a car payment. I’m jealous!
      It seems like nice(ish) 2 bedrooms with about 1,000 sq. ft. start at $650k near us (plus a few hundred for HOA fees/mo). We made the mistake of looking at a very nice 3 bedroom condo last weekend…for $1.2 million! All Viking appliances, open floor plan, garage parking – we are ruined now. haha

  11. Carly M says

    Ack, the paperwork is awful! I’m currently in the process of selling a condo in Seattle and buying a house in San Diego. The market is crazy on both sides and the level of stress as both buyer and seller is huge. My only advice is take time to find an agent you really click with and trust. If you trust in their ability it’s a lot easier to give away some control, which is difficult if you’re a control freak like me, but it will make the process so much easier. Good luck!

    1. Amanda says

      Good advice! I’m a control freak too, so letting an agent do their thing will be a challenge for me.
      I can’t imagine the stress of being a seller and buyer, especially when you’re buying something long-distance. I hope everything goes well!

  12. Hahaha @ “and so I made scones”.

    (Also: “nature’s icing”).

    We were so close to going down this road in NYC (I remember the first email I received with all the attached forms and figures with way too many zeroes after them and I was like, yeah, not so much with this nonsense)…instead we opted to flit about Europe without a home or working phones or…any sort of stability. Eeek!

    Can’t wait to vicariously tag along as y’all find your new home! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Yeah, buying in NYC…I think we’d need another decade to save up a down payment for that. Actually, maybe I should look at NYC real estate to ease the sting of Boston prices? I remember when we moved back here from San Francisco, Boston felt so affordable!

      You made the right decision to go on an adventure in Europe. That’s going to be one of those life-defining things. 🙂

  13. Caitlin says

    how frustrating! buying a house/property is so stressful and being in boston just makes it a million times more difficult. i hope these scones made me feel a little more calm and relaxed. i love carrot cake, too. these look beautiful and healthy, too 😉

  14. I’ve been looking for a great low-sugar carrot cake scone or muffin, these look fantastic. And I feel you on the income thing, I have been pursuing blogging-as-job for a short while and it’s a slow start! Just got to keep at it, I keep telling myself.

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, keep at it! We’ll figure out our groove eventually. <3

  15. Shonalika says

    Oh WOW, these look amazing. I was wondering about healthier, vegan scones, and not only does your recipe satisfy both those requirements but it throws in CARROT CAKE? These are so getting made – from the sounds of it they’re exactly the right thing for help getting through stressful times:P Do you think it be possible to make these subbing the gluten-free flours for regular wholewheat?

    1. Amanda says

      Yep, whole wheat should work!

  16. robin says

    for the flax egg: is it imperative that you use freshly ground flaxseed? i have no whole flaxseed but an abundance of preground flax, would it still work if i used that?

    1. Amanda says

      Hi Robin! I find that the pre-ground flax seeds don’t gel up as well as freshly ground. That’s not to say the recipe won’t work, but I would make sure the flax “egg” has a gelatinous texture to ensure it will bind well in the finished product.

  17. Patricia B. says

    When I see people struggling with the insane house prices, I want to urge people for whom it seems English is your native language, to teach English overseas. We left over a decade ago, not quite believing life could be so much better for us, and less expensive. Take a TESOL, CELTA course, and move on. And thanks for the recipe I chose over many others. Good luck to you.

    1. What a great suggestion, Patricia! It was fun for me to re-read this post 2+ years later, after having bought a place in Boston and come out on the other side. 🙂 The housing market is still insane here. We paid 10% over ask and we’d easily pay $100k on top of that if we were to buy our place today. This market won’t last forever, but right now Boston is far from affordable (rents are crazy too). I love your suggestion about teaching English overseas because it’s a creative (and fulfilling) alternative to quite literally buying into a 30 year commitment.

      Anyway, I hope you love the scones! <3


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