Thursday, 11 August 2016

HEALTHY CARROT AND ORANGE CAKE

I love baking, but recently I have been on a bit of a health kick and have been trying to eat a lot healthier. I have been trying to eat healthily over the last couple of weeks and I have definitely noticed a difference, but I still have a sweet tooth and I do still crave cakes every now and again. Therefore, I was trying to think of a recipe that I could make that wouldn't be as bad for me as some other cakes. Therefore, I adapted a carrot cake that I use to make all the time and changed it slightly so that it has lower amounts of fat in it. I'm not saying that this will help you lose weight at all, but if you are on a diet and still want to eat cake, then this is perfect as it is slightly more healthier.


Serves: approximately 15 | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time:  25-35 minutes

You will need ...

175g Light Brown Soft Sugar
200g Self-Raising Flour
2 Large Eggs
120ml Sunflower Oil
Grated zest of 2 Oranges
200g Carrots (Peeled and Grated)
1tbsp Caster Sugar (To Sprinkle on top of the cakes)

Method ...

Preheat the oven to 170C and line a deep baking tray with baking parchment.

Begin by cracking two eggs into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar and oil into the bowl and whisk together for 2-3 minutes. Then sieve the self-raising flour into the bowl. Gently fold the flour into the mixture (in a figure of eight motion).

Grate 200g of carrots (quite coarsely) and finely zest 2 large oranges. Add the zest of the 2 oranges and the grated carrot into the mixing bowl. Fold the carrot and orange into the cake mixture until evenly dispersed.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until it is well risen and feels firm and springy to the touch when lightly pressed. When it looks like the cake is cooked, place a skewer or knife into the centre of the cake; if it comes out clean then you know the cake is cooked (if it doesn't come out clean, leave it in the oven for a bit longer).

Leave the cake to cool in the tin, and then take out and place on a cooling rack to fully cool down. Once the cake has cooled, cut it into 15 squares and then sprinkle some caster sugar on top.

 

I absolutely love this recipe and I don't make it that often but this is a great choice for anyone who is looking to lose a small amount of weight as there is not as much fat in it. If you are interested in try to eat healthily and learning more about nutrition, there is a website that gives interesting information on how to eat healthily; including links to other websites with activities for kids and what there diet should include as well. If you are interested then the website is dietspotlight.com.

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