Carrot Cake - AHE style

Carrot cake was always a favourite of mine, but as I reduced the sugar and oil in my diet, I moved away from it. This is a version adapted from Chef AJ, that works for our SOS-free (no added Sugar, Oil or Salt) lifestyle and is just as moist, sweet and tasty as I remember.

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Carrot Cake / Squares

adapted from Chef AJ’s The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss

  • 1¾ cups loosely packed shredded carrots
  • 1¾ cups grated apple (2 medium sized apples)
  • ½ cup raisins or dried currants
  • 1/3 cup pineapple, crushed or small chunks
  • 2 ripe banana 
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup of oat flour (or any flour you like)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
  • Optional: walnut halves for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl add the grated carrots, apple, raisins and pineapple. Mix well.

In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, purée the bananas.

Add the rolled oats, applesauce, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, apple cider vinegar and vanilla powder (if using). Pulse to mix well, but don’t over blend it.

Add this mixture to the bowl with carrots, etc. and mix well.

Pour the mixture into an 8” x 8” baking dish or a spring form pan.

Bake for 40-50 minutes until top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Sweet Potato Frosting

    • 2 cups cooked sweet potato
    • ½ cup date paste (made from 1 cup dates and 1 cup water on high in blender for 1 minute)
    • 1 tablespoon crushed pineapple
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

    NOTE: If you want the frosting to be lighter in colour, peel the sweet potato.