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Carrot Kugel

carrot kugel souffle gluten-free recipe

Carrot Kugel –who would have thought of that? Well, the fabulous Lisa Stafford, that’s who. Lisa recently posted her recipe for Carrot Souffle in the forums and here’s what she had to say about it:

“I made this dish Tuesday night and had some with our meat and salad. I warmed some up in the toaster oven for lunch on Wednesday. Before I put it away, I tried it cold. Oh my goodness! I like it cold much better. It reminds me of the sweet potato pie I used to eat when I lived in Georgia, and of the Pumpkin Pie my mother made when I was growing up…”

Thanks Lisa! I have adapted your Carrot Souffle to be this Passover’s Carrot Kugel.

Carrot Kugel

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  1. Cook carrots in a steamer until soft, about 20 minutes
  2. Blend carrots, agave, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange rind, eggs and almond flour until smooth in vitamix
  3. Place mixture in a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour, until browned around the edges and done in the center
  5. Serve warm out of the oven, or allow to cool, then refrigerate overnight and serve cold

I want to give a major shout out to Lisa. She is an active member of the forums and one of those people who just makes your day better for no reason whatsoever. Thanks again Lisa, you are amazing and I am so glad to have “met” you here!

In Passover news (rapidly approaching), I have a couple of Passover roundups from 2008 and 2009 for you all to check out; these posts feature full menus including Matzo Ball Soup, entrees, desserts and more –all Kosher for Pesach.

Stephanie Stiavetti from the gluten-free food blog Wasabimon recently featured me in her Food Blogger Spotlight series. Thanks Stephanie! She has many interesting interviews with other food bloggers as well so you may wish to head on over and take a look!


posted on March 19, 2010, 44 comments

  1. ~M

    Chag Sameach! This looks great. About how many carrots or pounds thereof did it take to yield 5-6 cups chopped?

  2. Cindi

    This looks and sounds quite yummy … so I just changed the Pesach menu! My kids like the sound of it as well. Question: can this be frozen ahead? I have the same question for the Spinach Cake and Matzoh balls??

  3. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    This looks great. May have to give this a go in place of my usual Sweet Potato variety (http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2008/12/12/the-mighty-and-mysterious-kugel/)

  4. Emily

    MMmmm I bet it is tasty!! Happy Passover! (do people say that? I have no idea!)

  5. This looks amazing. I love carrot pie, so it must be delicious. Thanks for all that creativity.

  6. Janet (Pantry Bites) @ pantrybites.com

    Another vegetable based recipe that is high protein and full of goodness. Thanks for that.

  7. gfe--gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I love that your recipe is almost flourless. I’m imagining how great this tastes! I love the way it looks, too. So orange and pretty. I recently bought 5 lbs of carrots and hadn’t figured out all the ways to use them yet. Problem solved now, so thanks to both you and Lisa!

    Shirley

  8. Diane J.

    Thanks Elana (& Lisa for the inspiration), it looks so very good. Now I know what to do with the carrot pulp I end up with after juicing; will have to add in some liquids. Can’t wait to finish my juice detox & try it.

  9. It looks and sounds very yummy! Happy Pesach!

  10. Lesley Carol Prince

    I will try this kugel. I have a favourite recipe for potato and carrot kugel that I’ll adapt so that is G.F. and will post it after a trial run. I love the recipes on this site. Thank you!

  11. Joan

    I just wish there was a way to veganize kugel. :(

  12. monika

    re. vegan version. i wonder what elana thinks of using ground flax seed instead of eggs. have never had kugel, so can’t say more than that. do love my flax seed in place of eggs for muffins.

  13. This looks really good! I have all the ingredients so I could make this soon. The only modification I would make is to eliminate the agave because I can’t have anything sweet except for stevia.

  14. Karen@Cook4Seasons @ cook4seasons.com

    Oh yes. I think I will use half sweet potato and half carrot pulp from juicing. Looks like another scrumptious winner!

  15. Cassi @ cassifriz.com

    hm, i’m one of those people who doesn’t like their orange veggies- but i think i’d actually eat carrots like this! thanks so much. i’m loving the simple desserts and so are the kids. we had a birthday party saturday, and i was able to make food that all my fasting friends, and also non fasting friends could enjoy. except for the frozen custard. ;) totally worth the splurge. we’re a desserts once a month family (except for coconut milk w/ cocoa powder and maple syrup in the blender for an after-bedtime treat) and love to have ones that involve real food. I’m always sending my friends to this site! thanks so much!

  16. Hi Elana,

    All your recipes look so yummy! How do you get ideas for recipes? Do you just use whatever is in your pantry or do you get recipes off grocery labels, etc?

  17. Anna

    This was great! I used about 5 large carrots (all I had), and substituted maple syrup for agave, and everyone loved it – even the kids!

  18. charlotte

    I tried this recipe and my husband and I both agreed that this tastes like a crustless pumpkin pie. I used Xylitol instead of agave, and used 1/8th of a tsp. of pumpkin pie spice instead of the nutmeg (I didn’t have any nutmeg). I left out the orange rind because I didn’t have any oranges either. Looking forward to eating it chilled. Maybe I can convince my son to try it next time around.

  19. Kathy - My Online Meals @ myonlinemeals.com

    I have all the ingredients I need to make carrot kugel. Love the sound of it! I will definitely be trying this today. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Jessica

    I wonder if I can substitute almond meal for almond flour? Its all I have!

    • Lesley Carol Prince

      Well, I believe meal is coarser than flour, ergo, the kugel could be weighed down by almond meal and the baked result would definitely be coarse in texture, less ‘airy’, as in cornbread made with cornmeal. Help us out here, all the G.F. cooks in cyber-land.

  21. Elana Daley @ conceptsintraining.com

    I’m so excited. I’ll be making this with locally grown organic carrots. We are bringing it for the first night of passover as dessert! My only concern is the reference to the vita mix and your most recent post on copy rights to recipes. I have an old (30+ yr) waring blender. It has one speed and I’ve had it since college, bought it at a thrift store for $6. I hope this makes little or no difference in the texture. I’ll let you know.

    Happy Passover to everyone.
    Elana

  22. Elana Daley @ conceptsintraining.com

    It was a hit!!! I ran out of time to make it at home so I made it a bit differently.
    I shredded the carrots in the food processor, placed in a bowl and covered. Once we arrived I steamed the shredded carrots. Mixed the eggs, almond flour, agave, and spices in a separate bowl. Then mixed in the steamed carrots with a big spoon (slightly undercooked). Folded it into the stone baking dish (I doubled the recipe) and then baked it for 1.5 hours at 350.
    It had a pumpkin flavor and everyone raved about it. When I shared the printed copy and photo of your receipe, everyone wanted your web address and a copy.
    Since I bought so many carrots, I’ll be making it again tonight for our family.
    It’s delicious, nutritious, and was served as dessert. Yummy.
    I’ll be following your menu for tonight as we’ll be home the 3 of us for 2nd night.
    Thank you!!! Hag Sameach!
    Elana

  23. Happy Pesach! That looks good. I think I’m going to have to make it this week.

  24. Stephanie

    Elana-
    I love your cookbook and recipes I get via email from your blog! I have shared your cookbook with just about everyone I know.

    Yesterday I made your fig newtons in the cookbook and they turned out great. When I shared them with some friends and told them the ingredients, one friend shared the following article about agave nectar with me:

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/beware-of-the-agave-nectar-health-food-fraud.aspx

    for some reason i couldn’t open the article but i did a search and found this one that may be the same.
    http://www.dinapharm.com/store/news_story.php?id=28442

    What is your opinion? Do you think this information has any truth to it?

    Thanks
    Stephanie

    • Elana Daley @ conceptsintraining.com

      I read the same article and a friend also sent it to me via facebook. In the most recent rendition of the recipe, I substituted pure molasses for the agave and it turned out divine. If you are concerned about the agave, try molasses. It may not work for all recipes but it worked well with this one.
      Elana

  25. Shanna

    I love this served with a bit of whipping cream drizzled over the top. Great dish!

  26. Amanda Stuckey @ amandakstuckey.com

    I can’t wait to try this! I just have to say, I recently went completely grain-free (I’ve been vaguely gluten-free for the past couple years.) I just got your cookbook and some almond flour today, and I tried your snickerdoodles–my lord, you’ve made a convert out of me. They look like cookies, they taste like cookies, and they’re just plain yummy…and this is coming from an avid baker/college student. You really have something great going on here with the almond flour. And I’m pretty excited about it!

  27. Lynn

    An ingenious way to sneak orange root veggies past my kids, who won’t touch them. I love this recipe! Thank you for posting it. I wonder if you could make the recipe with beets? I think I’ll give it a whirl.

  28. That looks great, it’s that time of year again. I’m thinking my son will really like these! Thanks!

  29. I LOVE kugel! And this seems like a super healthy alternative to the traditional stuff. Thanks for the idea!!

  30. Sarah

    I don’t have a Vitamix. Would pureeing in a blend work?

  31. Cristy Vanwart

    OH my hubby loves! loves! loves! carrot souffle- ( so do all the other members of our family- even my 1 year old!) and this is an awesome version- MUCH less “teeth curlingly sweet” than most recipes you find for it- I did add my own spin on it- just because that’s how I roll:-) I added 2T finely chopped crystalized ginger and 1 tsp ground corriander- I cut the nutmeg back by 1/2- it is very good as well- corriander, ginger and carrots marry very well together! We will be eating this tonight for passover- can’t wait! (I will probably eat it for breakfast tomorrow am too) YUM! Thanks so much for sharing this great new kugel recipe it’s a keeper for sure! Cristy

  32. Cristina Leivas

    My daughter currently can’t have almonds, dairy, and oils. Wonder if this recipe can be substituted with coconut, brown rice, or another flour instead of almond? Can you suggest another flour to use for now? Thank you….love your recipes!

  33. Deborah

    Wow – this was heavenly! Thank you!!

  34. Christine

    I just made this today, and it tastes amazing. I can’t wait to try it again with sweet potatoes. I used 1/4 cup of gluten free flour because I didn’t have almond flour and it came out fine. I also don’t have a vitamix, and my puny little blender did nothing, so I beat the steamed carrots with a potato masher. It ended up slightly chunkier than I would prefer, but a little more beating would have helped with that. Just some added info for anyone who might want it. :)

  35. Rica

    I decided to make this b/c I had carrots that needed to be used up. Instead of the sweetener you recommend, I used Lauren at Healthy Indulgences.net homemade Truvia recipe, which is 1/8 tsp. pure stevia and 1/4 C. Erythritol. It was a bit sweet for my tastes, but then 3 days later I brought in the rest to work, and everyone loved them! They said it tasted like pumpkin pie! Someone even told me it was the best thing they had ever eaten. ….well, I might just need to make these again sometime. Thanks for the recipe Elana and keep up the good work!

  36. Suzi Fisher

    I just made this in preparation for my Passover Seder. I took a tiny taste and it is delicious. I doubled the recipe because I am having a large crowd. Love having options for my Gluten Free guests. Most of these recipes can be easily adapted to Passover restrictions. I am so glad I will not have to eat any potato starch this year! Thanks!

  37. Andi Straus

    I made this a few days ago for the Seder and am only sorry I didn’t double the recipe because I would have LOVED to try it cold for breakfast the next day but it was all gone. I don’t have a Vita Mix so used a stick blender which worked fine. It doesn’t come out crumbly as it appears in the picture accompanying the recipe, or at least it didn’t when I made it. I reduced the nutmeg a bit, not crazy about it since it seems to overpower everything else.

    Anyway, thanks Elana for another great recipe! Everyone agreed I need to bring it again next year and next time more of it.

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