Chrysta 10 min. 15 min.


One of my all time favorite cakes is Carrot Cake.  WIth a few exceptions:  always with walnuts and never with raisins or pineapple.  How do you like your carrot cake?


I call this a “healthier” carrot cake recipe for a few reasons.  First, it reduces the quantity of white sugar and switches to raw sugar.  Additionally, I not only reduced the quantity of oil, but swapped to grapeseed oil, which has more nutritional benefits than vegetable or canola oil. (read about it here)  To continue a reduction in calories and fat, I reduced the amount of walnuts in the recipe. Lastly, I upped the quantity of carrots for more moisture and added sweetness, not to mention fiber.

Here’s a simple recipe that I love, and this has a little less sugar and fat then the recipe featured in my cookbook.  And, the fact that you can make it in one bowl means it really can’t get much easier!



2 C unbleached all purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp Cinnamon

2 tbsp water

1 1/3 C of raw (turbinado) sugar

1 C grapeseed oil* (or any oil you’d like)

4 large eggs

3 ½ C grated carrots

½ C of finely chopped walnuts (this helps ensure a little bit of walnut in every bit since we reduced the quantity by half)

Yield:  Recipe makes 2 9”inch rounds, 1 10-cup Bundt, about 20 cupcakes or 24 mini bundt cupcakes, or 2 loaf pans..


1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

2.  Grease and flour your baking pan of choice.  (you can use a baking spray with flour)

3.  Mix oil, water, and sugar together in one bowl.

4. With a spoon, mix in one egg at a time.

5. Sift together cinnamon, flour, salt and baking soda.  Slowly add to the egg mixture. Stir with a spoon until combined.

6. Add grated carrots.  Stir. Note:  Batter will be thick at first, but keep stirring.

7. Add walnuts, stir.

8. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  • Cupcakes/Mini Bundt Cupcakes: Bake about 18-20 mins
  • Layer Cakes:  Bake about 25-30 minutes
  • Loaf Cakes:  Bake about 45 minutes.

9.  Skip the frosting and eat warm.