Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Non-Dairy Carob Frosting

This easy, chocolatey, sugar-free frosting recipe contains no artificial sweeteners, no agave, no powdered sugar, no oil, no shortening, and no butter. It’s made with all plant-based ingredients (vegan!) and it’s gluten free!

Luscious sugar-free carob frosting in a white bowl with some pulled out on a knife and a towel beside.

A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I had a sugar-free cake recipe. Most of the recipes here on my website are sugar-free, so this question was a logical one. If you don’t eat sugar, what kind of cake do you serve at a birthday party?

Many people have told me that they use my Fruit Pizza recipe for sugar-free birthdays. I also love the idea of fruit cakes. Both of these are delicious and healthy birthday cake options. But what if a fruit cake just won’t fly with your 13-year-old nephew whose favorite food is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and fried doughnuts?

What if you just need a regular birthday cake – the kind with gooey chocolate frosting that you lick off your fingers? Is it possible to make delicious cake and frosting that are sugar-free?

A quick look on the internet will provide you with several sugar-free cake and sugar-free frosting recipes, but most of them are sweetened with zero-calorie sweeteners and artificial sweeteners. Not something I want in my kitchen or my body.

Also, those sugar-free frosting recipes usually call for Earth Balance or some other fake butter or coconut oil. What if you want a sugar-free and oil-free frosting?

I gotcha covered. 🙂

After a bit of delicious experimenting, I came up with a birthday cake and frosting recipe that is not only sugar-free, but also gluten-free and oil-free.

What I Love About This Sugar-Free Frosting

Luscious sugar-free carob frosting on three messy spoons.

I love that this chocolate-like frosting is made with whole-food ingredients. This delicious frosting recipe contains NO sugar, NO sugar substitutes, NO agave, NO dairy, NO eggs, NO oil, NO butter.

And even though it tastes so similar to chocolate, it’s made from carob – a much healthier alternative to chocolate. (Carob does not contain theobromine like chocolate does. Theobromine can cause insomnia and fatigue.)


My sugar-free, oil-free, dairy-free frosting is made with wholesome, whole-food ingredients.

How to Serve This Sugar-Free Carob Frosting

Frosting a cake with sugar-free carob frosting.

This sugar-free frosting alternative is yummers on cake and cupcakes, but we’ve also been known to eat it on toast, fresh fruit, waffles, and bread. (It makes a great dip for apples!)

Is This Sugar-Free Frosting Healthy?

Sweetened with whole-food, all-natural dates, this sugar-free frosting recipe is healthy and not-fattening. Dates are a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, and other important nutrients that help keep your blood sugar levels stable and help with weight loss.

Most sugar-free frosting recipes you see on the internet are made with low-calorie sweeteners, zero-calorie sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, alternative sweeteners, or other sweeteners that are not healthy. Some studies show that low-calorie and zero-calorie sweeteners promote weight gain and contribute to other health problems.

And we use carob in this recipe instead of chocolate. Carob is much healthier than chocolate as it does not contain theobromine, a component of chocolate that can be addictive and can cause insomnia and fatigue, or methylxanthines (also in chocolate), a cellular toxin.

It is also a great source of B vitamins niacin, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and calcium.

(Here are some more delicious recipes using carob).

How to Store this Sugar-Free Frosting

Luscious sugar-free carob frosting in a white bowl with three spoons.

This sugar-free frosting will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this sugar-free frosting taste like regular frosting?

No, it tastes better! It’s richer and, oh, so much more flavorful! It’s luscious!

Can I freeze this sugar free frosting?

Yes, it’s very freezer-friendly.

How many days in advanced can I make this sugar free frosting?

Can be made ahead of time and kept in freezer until ready to use.

Do you have a recipe for a sugar free cake to put this luscious sugar free frosting on?

Sure do! It’s a fun to make and fun to eat sugar-free, oil-free, vegan cake recipe. You’re going to love it.

How much frosting does this recipe make?

One batch of frosting is enough to frost a 2-layer 6-inch cake or 18 cupcakes.

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Non-Dairy Carob Frosting

Luscious sugar-free carob frosting swirled in a white bowl with a towel on the side.

We eat far too much sugar. But there really is no good reason for this if we have delicious and healthful alternatives.

This sugar-free, dairy-free, oil-free frosting is the perfect sub for regular sugar-laden frosting.

Lusciously rich and sweet, we think it’s the best healthy sugar-free frosting ever.

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Cake

Looking for a sugar free cake recipe to put this luscious sugar free frosting on? You’re gonna love this one.

Sugar-free carob waffle cake with birthday candles.

Luscious sugar-free carob frosting in a white bowl with some pulled out on a knife and a towel beside.

Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, Carob Frosting

This easy, sugar-free, chocolate-like frosting contains no artificial sweeteners, no agave, no powdered sugar, no oil, no shortening, and no butter. It’s made with all plant-based ingredients (vegan!) and it’s gluten free!
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Dessert, Dip, Sweet Treats
YIELD 2.25 cups
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  • Place carob powder and water in saucepan, heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a low bowl.
  • Add dates, cover, and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for 4 minutes or until dates are soft.
  • When dates are soft, transfer mixture to blender. Add coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla, salt, and coffee sub (if using). Blend until smooth.
  • If a thinner frosting is desired, add additional coconut milk until desired consistency is reached.
  • Store in refrigerator.


Freezes well.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful alternative to the normal sugary frosting we’re used to using.
    It would be great on bars and cupcakes and even for a sandwich spread. Thank you Jennifer for sharing this recipe.

    1. Hi De,
      You are welcome!

      You could use Dandy Blend, and it would be good, but it won’t be quite the same. The Teeccino definitely have a unique, luscious flavor.

      I hope you enjoy!

5 from 2 votes

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