The first time my mom offered me a slice of carrot cake, I thought it was a secret ploy to get me to eat more vegetables. At that age, only seven or eight years old, the only cake (and frosting!) flavors I knew were chocolate and vanilla… So carrot cake sounded awfully suspicious!
I scraped off a small amount of the white frosting first. Thinking it was vanilla, I eagerly slid the fork into my mouth… And immediately felt confused. It tasted like the stuff Mom spread on my bagels, only much sweeter—but I decided that was just fine with me!
Mom looked over, and upon noticing the missing frosting from half of the slice, asked me, “What do you think of the cake?” I furrowed my brow, cut off an itty bitty mouse-sized piece, more like a generous crumb than a bite, and raised it to my lips.
Sweet… Cinnamon… Tender cake… I didn’t notice any carrot flavor in that first bite—probably because it was so small that it lacked any vegetable bits!—so I cautiously cut another bite. And another. And another.
With an empty plate, I finally looked up at Mom. “It’s okay… But I still like chocolate more!”
Since then, my taste buds have evolved quite a bit… And I now love carrot cake as much as chocolate. (And that’s definitely saying something, seeing as I wrote this cookbook called Healthier Chocolate Treats!) So I’m really excited to share this Ultimate Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe with you today!
This classic carrot cake is supremely tender, full of cozy spices, and finished with cream cheese frosting. Yum! So… Let’s keep it a secret that it contains no refined flour or sugar and just 185 calories in each big slice!
You can watch the episode below where I show you how to make this healthy carrot cake, and you can get my recipe directly beneath the video. And remember to subscribe to my TV show here, so you’ll be the first to know when a new episode airs each week!
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