Healthy Carrot Cake can be made health-ier! Get the proportions right for a carrot cake that even kids will like.
• 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
• 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon allspice
• 4 eggs, room temperature
• 1/2 cup canola oil
• 3 cups shredded carrots
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 9x13 pyrex dish with cooking spray.
Add brown sugar and butter to mixing bowl. Beat until well combined.
Meanwhile, whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl, preferable with a spout. Set aside.
Add one egg at a time to the sugar and butter mixture. Beat for 4-5 minutes. Next add the oil and beat well.
Sprinkle in the dry ingredients - not too fast but not too slow. Mix just until it's together. Let it sit while you shred the carrots. It's good for the whole wheat flour to soften a bit. Finally, add the carrots and pour into pyrex dish. Last, sprinkle walnuts over the top.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
No one will know this delicious and healthy carrot cake is bursting with whole wheat flour!
Whole Grain flours contain fiber, which provides many, many benefits. Fiber reduces cholesterol, keeps you full and lowers the amount of food you eat, prevents cancer, prevents stroke, prevents diabetes, helps asthma, and promotes healthier teeth. Whole grains provide vitamins and nutrients: several B vitamins, iron, magnesium and selenium. These are vital to your body for metabolism, building bones, using energy, building immunity, transporting oxygen, and making red blood cells.
Carrots contain fiber, also. They are very high in Vitamin A which is needed for eye, tissue, and skin health. It also helps grow bones and prevents cataracts and some cancers.
Cinnamon has many benefits in controlling blood sugar levels and actually lowers cholesterol. It may prevent Alzheimer's disease and help control multiple sclerosis
Allspice contains antioxidants and helps prevents some cancers.
Eggs are a health powerhouse. They are full of protein and vitamins. An egg's nutrition assists our body functions from immune system, metabolism, reproduction, nervous system, blood health, etc., etc., etc.
Canola oil contains vitamins E and K which helps your nervous system, muscles, and blood health. It has no cholesterol.
Walnuts lower cholesterol, contain the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and may help us deal with stress.
Salt is essential to our health. It aids our nervous system and regulates water in our bodies.
Sugar isn't all bad. It's a carbohydrate which is our body's main source of energy and pretty much our brain's only source of energy. Keep your intake of sugar moderate and you can enjoy desserts without gaining weight.
Information from the American Heart Association
You can't just substitute whole wheat flour in baking and have it turn out. Have you had as many failures as I have?
I had no idea you could make cakes with whole grains and have them taste as good as regular cakes!
I highly, highly recommend this cookbook. So glad I found it for my family. This changes dessert forever!
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