Healthy Recipes

Healthy Carrot Cake

Why is it so good:

This is an easy and healthy carrot cake recipe that is totally delicious for the entire family, especially when it’s served warm out of the oven ….

If you need a simple, healthy alternative to store bought cakes that are often high in sugar, trans fats, and preservatives — this will hit the spot. With carrots, almonds, and dates this cake is high in antioxidants, fibre, and protein.

If you are trying to lose weight you can omit the dates/sultanas to reduce the natural sugar content.

I love to make them in miniature cake tins, freezing a couple for emergency afternoon teas! They taste delicious served with real butter and my turmeric milk latte’. Whilst the cooking time is longer the preparation is quick and easy, and only takes around 10 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 1 loaf (12 serves) or 3 miniature loaves

5oo g (8 ¾ oz) grated carrot (around 6 medium sized carrots)

3 cups almond meal

3 free range eggs

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp natural vanilla extract

2 T coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup natural maple syrup or raw honey

2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

4 large dates, pitted & chopped (or 1/2 cup natural sultanas) optional

1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C – fan forced.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except for the pumpkin seeds, into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix well with clean hands until mixture is combined.
  4. Spoon cake mix into a lined loaf tin & sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds.
  5. Bake for 60-90 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Cool in tin before removing and slicing.

NOTES

This healthy carrot cake recipe is delicious on its own, but it’s also nice to add natural Greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt when serving to add a dose of probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei — that may help increase the good bacteria in your gut.

You can also boost the protein content by replacing 2 T of almond meal with a good quality plain or vanilla protein powder.

Keeps well in the fridge for around 2-3 days, freeze for up to 3 months.

Optional

Vanilla Cream Frosting

1 cup organic butter, softened

¼ – ½ cup raw honey or natural maple syrup (according to taste)

2 tsp natural vanilla extract

Method

Using a hand mixer or standing mixer, beat on low speed until combined.

Increase speed and whip for about 1 minute. 

You can use this frosting on all sorts of cake and muffin recipes. Yum!

Serve warm with my Turmeric Milk recipe for the ultimate anti-inflammatory boost.

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