This healthy carrot cake recipe is made with coconut oil, significantly less sugar, and goes great with macadamia nut frosting.
A few days ago, I told my hunny I would not try to make another carrot cake for his birthday. The first one I made for him, was huge, dense, moist, but dense, it took days to make our way through ½ of the leftovers and we ended up giving the rest to our dog. BUT, I couldn’t resist trying to make another, better, healthier and with less sugar. This one comes out, light, moist, and moderately sweet, so you can eat an entire piece and feel good.
Recipe for Healthy Carrot Cake:
Yield: This recipe makes approx. one 9 x 12 by 2 inch cake, 15 servings or so.
Ingredients for the cake:
- 2 cups organic white flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnmon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 4 eggs beaten well
- 1 ¼ cup organic coconut oil (liquid, if you melt it make sure it cools before adding)
- 1 ¼ cup brown cane sugar (to taste)/
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups grated carrots
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Oil glass baking pan with coconut oil
- Mix the dry ingredients well in medium bowl.
- In large bowl, add the beaten eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, and sugar.
- Gently mix in the grated carrots.
- Add, little by little, the dry ingredients to the wet.
- Lastly, add to oiled baking pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until the cake springs back when you poke with a finger or when toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Macadamia Nut Maple Syrup frosting
Yield: approx: 1 ½ cups
Ingredients for the frosting:
- 2 ½ cups macadamia nuts
- up to ¼ cup maple syrup
- 4 drops of liquid, alcohol free stevia
- 2 tablespoons + water
- Add mac nuts, add ½ maple syrup (2 tablespoons) and water to a good blender and blend on high .
- Next, taste for sweetness, add a few drops of stevia (not too many as it can enhance the flavor of maple syrup but too much can make it taste almost bitter).
- Add more maple syrup to taste.
This slight variation will allow you to feed a few more people. It is 1.5 times the recipe above. I also use maple syrup instead of sugar and add cinnamon and a bit more oil to give the cake more moisture.
Ingredients for the cake:
- 3 cups organic white flour
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 6 eggs beaten well
- 2 3/4 cups organic coconut oil (liquid, if you melt it make sure it cools before adding)
- ⅔ cups maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4.5 cups grated carrots
2 thoughts on “Healthy Carrot Cake with macadamia nut frosting”
this was super delicious! i substituted cashews for macadamia nuts and it still was great. i love how there’s more carrots than flour, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell cuz it turned out fluffy and awesome. thanks for the simple, vegetable-y and yummy recipe!