Fruit-Sweetened Carrot Cake Loaf

Fruit-sweetened carrot cake loaf, just in time for Easter. This loaf is incredibly moist and naturally sweetened with dates and applesauce. Have it for breakfast, snacks or dessert!

Yes, I’m a little last-minute sharing an Easter recipe, but on my defense, these cookie dough mousse cups were meant as an Easter recipe as well.

Are you doing anything exciting for the long Easter weekend? Shaun and I are in Calgary to visit family and I’m so excited for a second weekend away (after visiting Nelson last weekend). We’re there for 4 days, spending time with family, exploring the city and hopefully stopping in Banff on the way back for a little hike. We haven’t been there since last summer when we drove across Canada and I’m so happy to be going back. Banff was definitely the highlight of our trip last summer, so it should be fun.

I won’t be cooking much this weekend, but I did bring a carrot cake loaf with us. I’ve been testing it all week, which means we have a lot of it in the fridge. I suppose I could share a little.

The best part about this carrot cake loaf? It’s healthy enough for breakfast or a snack, yet sweet enough for dessert.

Unlike my favorite banana bread, this carrot cake loaf is sweetened with dates, applesauce (and pineapple if you’d like), which makes it sweeter. It’s insanely moist thanks to all the fruits and a touch of oil. I love it best when served with sunflower seed butter for a little boost of protein and extra flavor. It’s the best combination, trust me! Plus, this way, you’re combining carbs and protein for a healthier breakfast or snack.

For a real treat, you could serve it as a cake with cream cheese frosting or maybe some coconut whipped cream or nice cream. Whichever way you decide to go, it will be delicious.

Watch How to Make the Recipe:

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Fruit-Sweetened Carot Cake Loaf
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Fruit-Sweetened Carot Cake Loaf

This carrot cake loaf is sweetened with dates and applesauce and is made high in fiber thanks to whole wheat flour. Healthy enough for breakfast and a snack, yet sweet enough for dessert. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup applesauce (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • Pinch of clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Walnuts and raisins (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan using butter or oil.
  • In a food processor, add dates, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Don’t worry if you have small pieces of dates. Add the grated carrots and pulse a few times. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Transfer the date mixture to the bowl as well as the eggs. Stir it all together until combined.
  • Transfer to the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Wait 10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Add raisins and walnuts if desired. I haven’t tried it as I prefer it as is, but add your quantity of choice.
The loaf was a little overly moist using spelt flour, but I still loved it. If you love extra moist (almost lightly undercooked) desserts, you can try it using spelt. Whole wheat flour resulted in a dryer, but still very moist loaf. I used whole wheat bread flour.
I haven’t tried it, but melted coconut oil or a light tasting oil should work too.
I use a spoon and level method for measuring flour.

If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!

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