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Recipe // Carrot Cake Slice

By July 20, 2014 January 6th, 2015 No Comments

carrotThis simple nut free carrot cake offers a little veg and a lot of nourishment in the form of a sweet treat. Guaranteed to delight even fussy little (and big) people.

What’s so good about it?

The carrot is obviously a good start.  I little hidden veg is a good thing.  The spelt flour is a low gluten source of fibre.  The seeds boost the protein, essential fat and mineral profile of the slice.  The rapadura or coconut sugar are mineral rich sweeteners and preferable over refined sugar.  The orange zest is a great immune booster.

 

Ingredients

1 large carrot, about 140g, grated
70 gram (½ cup) of currents, sultanas or raisins
130 gram (1 cup) of whole meal spelt flour
70 gram (½ cup) ground seeds (I grind sunflower, sesame, linseeds and pumpkin seeds)
60 gram (¼ cup) of rapadura or coconut sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp baking powder
1-2 tsp spices (whatever you like eg; cinnamon, cardamom, ginger)
120 ml (½ cup) of butter, melted (or macadamia oil)
3 eggs
Zest of one orange

 

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Line a small 20 x 30cm tin with grease proof paper.

In a mixing bowl mix the carrot, dried fruit and all dry ingredients. In a small bowl or jug beat the eggs, butter or oil and zest together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into the tin and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until firm to touch in the middle.

 

Variations

Make it nutty

If you want to add half a cup of walnut halves or pecans to this cake, feel free though obviously it wouldn’t be nut free.

 

Dairy free

Replace the butter with macadamia oil, though now not nut free.

 

Gluten free

Replace the spelt with half rice, half buckwheat flour.

 

Grain free (and gluten free)

Replace the spelt flour with 100 gram (1 cup) almond meal.

 

Don’t want to grind the seeds

Replace with almond or hazelnut meal or LSA, though now not nut free.

 

TIME SAVING TIP…

I use allot of ground seeds in my baking.  One, because my lunchbox treats need to be nut free and secondly, because seeds are so amazingly nutritious.  For example, pepitas are a rich source of zinc, a mineral that is often assists fussy eaters.  So instead of supplementing to improve their desire and palate for food, include pepitas where you can.  My kids aren’t a fan of their flavour so I grind them.  If you plan to use them this way, you can grind a small batch of one or a mixture of seeds to keep in the fridge in an airtight glass container (jar is good).

 

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