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!

 

Ingredients:

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..

Directions:

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.