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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Healthier Carrot Cake


I admit that I made this in a rush, because my husband was leaving for work so it wasn't completely cooled and I left it in the pan and frosted. But it tasted so good warm!!! But wasn't as pretty as if you would have taken the time to let it cool, take it out of the pan and then frost it. But I'll leave that all up to you. To me this is just a way to get it in your mouth quicker! LOL.
Okay on to the recipe.

Ingredients:
3/4 Agave nectar
1/2 coconut oil
1/2 unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups White Wheat flour
1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
5 medium carrots, shredded (about 2-3 cups)
1 cup chopped walnuts (1/4 reserved)

Cream cheese frosting
1-80z. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
milk of choice ( I eye ball this)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 inch pan. Or use something equivalent.
Mix the agave, coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs until well blended.
Stir in dry ingredients. Mix until well blended.
Stir in carrots and walnuts.
Pour into pan.
Bake for 40-45 mins.

Frosting
Beat cream cheese and about 1 1/2 TBS of milk and your vanilla on low speed until smooth.
Gradually beat in powdered sugar, until smooth and spreadable. Add more milk if necessary.
Spread over warm cake.
Sprinkle remaining walnuts over top.
Mmmmm!!!

To make this even healthier, I may not frost it next time. It was so good I may just sprinkle a little powdered sugar over the top and call it done.

Let me know what you think.
Enjoy!!

5 comments:

  1. YUM! I haven't tried agave nectar yet. I try to use organic sugars and/or honey. :D

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  2. Yummy!! I could come over right now and have a piece with you - LOL! I will have to give it a try - since my son won't like it, that would mean more for me and hubby! :)

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  3. Looks wonderful!! Love your cooking blog!

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  4. Hi there,
    I stumbled onto your blog and my hubby is going to be so happy I did. Yummmo!!! Hope you don't mind if I follow your blog because I know my family would love if I did :-)
    I'm adding you now.

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  5. This looks divine!

    God bless-
    Amanda

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