Ha! Don’t you love just the idea of carrot cake? Why not replace some of the other moisture for a cake (like oil or eggs or milk) with some nice wet produce? Why not indeed. Anytime you can make something yummy that has produce in it, that’s a plus. And carrot cake is even socially acceptable. You don’t have to lie about what those little orange bits are in the cake. This recipe is a favorite of our Step-Mother and she made it for Little Sis on one of their first evenings getting to know each other – what Little Sis fondly refers to as their ‘first date.’ Here’s to first dates, healthier cakes and parents who are wise enough to bring fabulous new people into their children’s lives.
So Step-Mo, also being very generous and wanting to look out for everyone, wanted Mr. Bigg Sis to be able to eat carrot cake as well, so we went GF and the results were truly delicious.
Step-Mo’s GF Carrot Cake
(based on Fran’s Carrot Cake)
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil. (I recommend avocado)
3 eggs (or flax eggs if you prefer)
1.5 – 2 cups sugar depending on how sweet your tribe is accustomed to
1 tsp salt
1 cup GF flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Baking Mix)
1 cup oat flour (you can pulverize oats in the blender to make the flour)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated carrots
2 cups flaked coconut (We used sweetened)
1 15 oz. can chopped pineapple – drained
1 cup chopped nuts (we used pecans)
Pre-heat oven to 350
Cream the wet ingredients together
Blend the flour, spices, salt and baking soda
Combine the two mixtures.
Then add carrots, coconut, pineapple and nuts
Grease and flour a bundt panBake 1 hour at 350 – until toothpick comes out clean
We dusted with just a touch of powdered sugar for looks. The original recipe (from a personal friend) suggested cream cheese icing but this is a sweet cake – I don’t think it needs icing. And it is very moist.
We enjoyed this and most of all because it was prepared for and shared with people we love. It’s been a terrific year and we thank you for visiting us here at the pantry. If you are looking for some encouragement and guidance in improving your nutrition and health in the New Year, check out our e-book, Baby Steps to Better Health. Also great to share with a friend or loved one.
We wish you all a very happy and safe celebration of all that you’ve experienced, learned and loved this year with high hopes for a healthier New Year marked by peace and love.