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Carrot Cake Recipe

Looking for an easy Carrot Cake recipe? Learn how to make Carrot Cake using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by vmcmillen

Makes 10 servings



A little healthier than the usual

Recipe Ingredients for Carrot Cake

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
4 ounces unsalted butter, heated until just melted
1/2 cup dried dates, seeded and finely chopped into a paste
3 ripe bananas (1 1/4 cups), mashed well
1 1/2 cups grated carrots (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (Greek)
2 eggs, lightly whisked
6 ounces fat free cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup (or to taste)

Recipe Directions for Carrot Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9x5x3 / 8-cup loaf pan (or 8x8 cake pan) and line it with parchment paper.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the walnuts and set aside.

  3. Stir the dates into the melted butter, breaking up the dates a bit.

  4. In a separate bowl combine the bananas and carrots. Stir in the date-butter mixture, breaking up any date clumps as you go. Whisk in the yogurt and the eggs. Add the flour mixture and stir until everything just comes together. Spoon into the prepared pan. Bake for about 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean in the center of the cake - it'll be less if you are using a standard cake pan. Remove from oven and let cool.

  5. While the cake is baking whip together the cream cheese and agave nectar. Taste. If you like your frosting sweeter adjust to your liking. When the cake has completely cooled frost the top of the cake with an offset spatula.

  6. Makes one carrot cake.

Categories

Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 151.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
388
Calories from Fat
201
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
22.3g
34%
Saturated Fat
10.3g
52%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
81mg
27%
Sodium
291mg
12%
Potassium
490mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates
41.2g
14%
Dietary Fiber
5.3g
21%
Sugars
15.4g
Protein
8.6g
Vitamin A 67% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 12% Iron 9%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • High in vitamin A
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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