Grain-Free Carrot Cake and Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts Review and GIVEAWAY!

When making the switch to the real food lifestyle, some people may think they have to give up their “sweet tooth.” 

Kate Tietje, of Modern Alternative Mama, is here to prove that assumption wrong with Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts

From chocolate chip cookies to vanilla bean cheesecake to gelato and eclairs, Kate shows the real food lifestyle is not one of denial–but of delectable desserts.

A few months back, I had the opportunity of testing recipes for Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts.

And let me tell you, if you check out Treat Yourself, you are in for a treat!  

Besides desserts made with all natural, whole-food ingredients (no nasty additives here!), Treat Yourself offers several grain-free and allergy-free options, which is very important to my family right now.  


Kate starts Treat Yourself with some basics about desserts and gives some helpful information regarding real food sweeteners (like honey and maple syrup) before delving into 32 recipes, ranging from cakes and frostings to cookies and brownies to even ice cream and frozen treats.
Many of the recipes are compatible with the GAPS diet. In fact, 23 out of the 32 recipes are grain-free!
Treat Yourself sells for just $7.95
Want to try out one of the recipes yourself? 
Check out this super moist–and delicious carrot cake! Best part? It’s grain-free, so I can serve it to my daughter!
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 egg*
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 c. milk (or coconut milk)

*I have *not* yet tried this with an egg substitute. Unfortunately, using flax meal and water did NOT work as an egg sub in this recipe.

Stir all dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and continue mixing until smooth. Pour into a 7″ baking pan or a 6-cup cupcake pan. Bake at 350 for 20 min.

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