Sweet Tooth = Satisfied
Carrots for dessert? We’ve made it easy to indulge your sweet tooth with our healthy and nutrient dense carrot cake! Filled with all natural ingredients and rich in flavor, this dessert recipe is bursting with nutritional goodness. The icing, made from Icelandic Provisions vanilla Skyr, replaces the traditional frosting, keeps it creamy and boosts nutrition. Your family and friends will love this recipe & it’s nutritional value, too!
Carrots are often claimed to be the perfect health food, making them an ideal ingredient for a dessert recipe. Flavorful and highly nutritious, carrots are rich in the carotenoid beta-carotene and Vitamin A. The high levels of beta-carotene act as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism and helps slow down the aging of cells. Antioxidants and Vitamin A also protect us from cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and eyes disease. Consuming carrots and other foods high in beta carotene can help maintain our skin and eye health. You can clearly “see” why our Carrot Cake recipe is a healthy dessert you can enjoy guilt-free!
The addition of flaxseed also has a boost of nutrient density. Flaxseed adds Alpha Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 fatty acids to this recipe. Including flaxseed as a part of a well balanced diet has been shown to lower risk of cariovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, atherosclerosis, and more! Flaxseed also adds heart healthy fiber to this delicious recipe and it’s easy to incorporate them into other desserts as well!
Coconut oil is another nutrient booster we added to this delicious sweet treat. Coconut oil is a good source of naturally saturated fats which can increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL) in your body. Increasing the HDL cholesterol in your body is important in lowering the risk of heart disease.
Not only does maple syrup add a delicious flavor to this recipe, but it acts as a healthier alternative to cane sugar. Oxidative stress and damage on the body can cause many different diseases and cancers. A diet rich in antioxidants is important in the fight against oxidative activity. Recent research has shown that sweeteners have antioxidant activity in different levels. Maple syrup shows higher antioxidant activity than regular refined cane sugar.
Finally, we topped off this delicious recipe with a creamy skyr icing. Skyr is an Icelandic dairy product and is often compared to Greek yogurt. However, there are key differences between Greek yogurt and Icelandic Provisions Skyr. Traditional yogurt cultures can provide a sour, bitter taste whereas skyr cultures give a rich and creamy flavor. Skyr is also thicker than most greek and traditional yogurts. Plus, on average skyr contains more protein and less sugar than traditional yogurts. It’s no surprise that we love to use Icelandic Provisions Skyr in so many recipes and this one is no exception! Find out more information of Icelandic Provisions on their website.
Looking for more delicious treats? If the sweet flavor of our carrot cake has you craving more goodies, try making some of our other favorite dessert recipes below.
Carrot Cake with Vanilla Skyr
- 6 ounces maple syrup
- 1 1/4 cups coconut oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 flax eggs, see note
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour or all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 3 (5.3) ounce container vanilla Icelandic Provisions skyr
Preheat oven to 375° F. Cover a baking pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a large bowl, add the maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Mix on a low setting with either a stand mixer or hand mixer until creamy. Add the eggs (one at a time) and flax eggs. Beat mixture together until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, and continue to mix until well combined. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and mix until well combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, beating on a medium speed until there are no lumps and everything is well combined. Fold in the grated carrots, and pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven, cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack or a plate and cool completely. You could put the cake in the refrigerator to cool quickly before frosting.
Place Icelandic Provisions vanilla Skyr into a small bowl, and beat with a hand mixer until creamy. Frost the cake with the creamy Skyr, and serve.
1 Flax Eggs = 1 tablespoons flax seeds + 3 tablespoons water stirred in a small bowl.
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 310 calories, Fat: 18 grams, Saturated fat: 15 grams, Carbohydrates: 35 grams, Sugar: 20 grams, Sodium: 160 milligrams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 5 grams, Cholesterol: 25 milligrams
Disclosure: Triad to Wellness is a nutrition communications consultant for Icelandic Provisions. We were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.