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Healthier Carrot Cake

Healthier Carrot Cake

You donít have to use refined sweeteners to get a quintessential carrot cake that is moist and euphoria-producing. Healthy and scrumptious, this recipe is a total keeper.

This recipe makes 3 8-inch layers or one 9-inch by 13-inch pan.

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cup peeled, grated carrots (3 or 4 large carrots)
3/4 cup crushed, unsweetened pineapple (fresh or canned in it’s own juice)
3/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup agave nectar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottoms of cake pan or pans with parchment paper.

2. Toast the walnuts in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, then allow to cool. Chop the nuts coarsely with a knife or in a food processor.

3. Peel and grate the carrots to a medium grate. Drain the canned pineapple (reserve the juice for another use). Combine the chopped nuts, grated carrots, pineapple, and raisins, and set aside.

4. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda into a bowl.

5. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to cream the butter and agave nectar together until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating the first egg before adding the second. Add vanilla extract.

6. On the lowest speed, stir in the dry ingredients. Fold the carrot mixture in by hand with a rubber or silicone spatula.

7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on pan size. The cake is done when it bounces back when touched lightly in the center.

8. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Make sure it is completely cool before frosting.

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Adapted from a recipe found on Debra Lynn Daddís Sweet Savvy site.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:08PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Carrot cake is delightful, especially with a good icing. There is a lot of flavour in a well made carrot cake.

4:30PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

yum

12:58AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

This looks really good.

7:46AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Sounds great - thanks for posting.

12:52AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

The recipe sounds good. Thanks.

7:24AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Thank you

7:23AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Thank you

5:11AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:21AM PST on Feb 15, 2010

thanks

6:38AM PST on Feb 2, 2010

Noted

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