Taddaaaaa here is, finally, the promised clean eating carrot cake recipe. Sorry for the delay, but the recipe needed a bit of adjusting and more tasting. What a hard life it is! I think this is it though, the cake is perfect. I love the texture, the sweetness, the shape, the no refined sugar and no dairy bit….basically I love it all!
People often think that clean eating means no sugar whatsoever. Well I follow a sugar- free lifestyle (I hate the word diet) which means lifestyle free of refined sugars including junk food, processed food, white flours, bread, white pasta and white rice. I still make loads of sweet cakes, treats, snacks, I am sure you have noticed, but instead of the usual white or brown sugar I opt in for sweeteners such as fruit and veg, maple syrup or honey and date syrup. Fruit and veggies are the best because they are naturally sweet and full of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, iron and other valuable nutrients. My top favourites are bananas, apples, dates, raisins, dried apricots but also carrots, sweet potatoes and beetroot. Beetroot in particular adds not only density but also amazing colour.
Clean eating carrot cake recipe
Back to this delicious clean eating carrot cake recipe. I used wholemeal spelt flour, which I realised typing this recipe it is my all-time favourite flour. I often hear spelt flour is a faddy health food, but not for me. I love the slightly nutty taste and I never get bloated after eating it.
- 1 heaped cup grated carrot (the sweeter the better)
- 200 gr spelt flour
- ⅔ cup Provamel Soya yogurt (you can use any white yogurt, I just love Provamel)
- 3 flaxseed eggs (3 tbsp flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water, let it sit for 10 mins)
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 grated apple
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raisins
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup or any other sweetener you have
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees and grease your cake tin.
- Start by mixing the flour with the baking powder.
- Next add cinnamon, nutmeg, sunflower seeds and raisins and set aside
- In another bowl mix the yogurt, flaxseed eggs, melted coconut oil and date syrup
- Mix both bowls together and add grated carrot and apple.
- Combine well and pour into a prepared cake tin
- Pop in the oven and bake for around 40 minutes.
- The cake is cooked when you insert a skewer and it comes out clean
Yum, just lovely. When serving I like to top each slice with some cute carrot shapes and extra raisins. This would make a fantastic packed lunch treat. I gave Sofia a slice the other day and she loved it. Plus there are no nuts so this is another great bonus.