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Sweet Treats without the Calories- Skinny Carrot Loaf

Often thought of as the healthy option, carrot cake is actually packed full of calories. It is one of my favourite cakes but I wanted to be able to tuck into a slice without feeling guilty. I made a few changes here and there, and now bring you my Skinny Carrot Loaf.

 

This cake has the same taste as your classic carrot cake but with a fraction of the calories. In fact one slice is only around 170kcal if you cut your loaf into 12 slices. Very little sugar is used in this recipe. Instead natural ingredients are used to sweeten the cake and give it its great taste. This recipe is very simple and you can have cake in under an hour.

 

Ingredients

  • 170g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g sultanas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp apple puree or unsweetened apple sauce
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 140g grated carrot (around two medium carrots)

Icing-

  • 250g Quark (skimmed milk soft cheese)
  • 20g caster sugar
  • Add cinnamon to taste.

 

Pre heat oven to 180C and line a standard loaf tin.

Mix together the flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, bicarb, salt and sultanas (At this point you could also add 40g of crushed Walnuts, but this will push the calories count up slightly if that is a concern).

In a separate bowl, whisk up the eggs and then slowly incorporate the honey, apple puree and oil until well combined.

Combine both the dry and wet ingredients together a bit at a time, then mix in the grated carrot.

Pour into the loaf tin and place in the centre of the oven for around 45 minutes. When a skewer comes out clean then the loaf is ready. Leave to cool before applying the icing.

To make the icing just combine Quark with the sugar and cinnamon can be added to alter the taste. In fact this icing can be altered to your taste. For a slightly sweeter flavour add more sugar, but remember this will up the calorie content. Similarly with the cinnamon add a sprinkle at a time until you achieve you desired taste. Alternatively if the flavour of Quark is not for you, you can use low fat cream cheese but again this will up the calorie count.

 

Happy Baking– now you can enjoy a slice of cake without the guilt! Remember to share with us on Twitter and Facebook your baking results.

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