Healthy Carrot Cake Squares

Healthy Carrot Cake Squares
Healthy Carrot Cake Squares

These tasty carrot cake squares are loaded with fresh carrots and are super moist without adding fat . The pumpkin pie spice adds a wonderfully, warm, nutty, flavor. You could use cinnamon if pumpkin pie spice is not available. To make these a bit healthier there is no need for frosting, a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar is a perfect topping and cuts out unwanted calories and fat. They may not be completely 'guilt-free' but are a great alternative to other recipes that I have tried.

Helpful Hint: If you do not keep buttermilk on hand you can substitute by adding 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let the milk stand for 5 minutes and use as per recipe directions.

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Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour.
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (see substitution above)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups shredded or grated carrots
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with pan spray and line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Leave an overhang of about 1" on 2 ends and spray paper with pan spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. In another bowl, whisk or beat eggs and sugars until completely combined.
  5. Add oil, buttermilk and vanilla to the sugar/egg mixture. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly.
  7. Fold carrots into batter.
  8. Pour batter into the baking pan and smooth the top of cake.
  9. Bake about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Allow cake to cool about 10 minutes.
  11. Put confectioners sugar into a strainer and lightly tap strainer to 'dust' squares with sugar.
  12. Makes 16 cut squares.
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