This simple nut-free carrot cake recipe 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.
The carrot is obviously a great start. A 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 is a mineral rich sweetener and preferable over refined sugar. The orange zest is a great immune booster.
1 large carrot, about 140g, grated
70 gram (½ cup) of currants, 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, mixed spice)
120 ml (½ cup) of butter, melted (or macadamia oil)
Zest of one orange
1 teaspoon of dulse flakes (optional)
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 or suitable for school lunches.
Replace the butter with macadamia oil, though now not nut free.
Grain-free (and gluten-free)
Replace the spelt flour with 100 gram (1 cup) almond meal. Now not nut free.
Don’t want to grind the seeds
Replace with almond or hazelnut meal or LSA, though now not nut free.
Replace the rapadura with 80 -100gram brown rice syrup. Replace the dried fruit with coconut.
Omit the dried fruit and zest and add 30 gram of cacao powder at stage 6 of the method.
I use a lot of ground seeds in my baking. One, because my lunchbox treats need to be nut free and secondly because seeds are very nutritious. For example, pepitas are a rich source of zinc, a mineral that 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 ( a jar is good).
In an airtight container or it can be frozen in an airtight container or bag.
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