Carrot Cake Bread (Healthy, Low Calorie)

Carrot Cake Bread will give you all the flavor of a slice of carrot cake but is low fat and low calorie. You can have a slice for breakfast without feeling guilty.

OMG! This bread is fantastic. Tastes like cake but it is low calorie - Carrot Cake Bread - Low Fat

Is it carrot cake or carrot bread? How about a little of both. The flavors of carrot cake but in a loaf with a lot fewer calories

I love cake. In fact I love to bake cakes. I love to decorate cakes, and I especially love to eat cake. Let’s face it, cake is full of calories. It is not really “doable” for most days when you are trying to lose weight. So I have been trying different ways to get cake flavor without the cake or frosting. So I turned one of my all time favorite Carrot Cake with Pineapple from Ina Garten into Carrot Cake Bread. I got rid of the frosting, added more spices and made it into a no knead bread.

This carrot cake bread is quick and easy. You don’t need a mixer! You don’t need butter or oil. Yes that is right this is made with only 2% Fage Greek Yogurt. Can I get a hallelujah! This is a healthy treat filled with vegetables and fruit. You don’t have to feel guilty feeding this to your little tike or yourself!

One trick I like to use in my baking is cinnamon. I always at least double the cinnamon in a recipe and sometimes triple it. How is that a trick? I find that cinnamon tricks my taste buds into thinking something is sweeter than it is. Thus, I am able to use a little less sugar. I have absolutely come to love cinnamon in not only sweet dishes but savory too.

Cinnamon holds a very sweet spot in my heart. When my daughter was very little, we use to sprinkle cinnamon on fruit that she was not that fond of. She would then gobble up the fruit. You have to love something that helps your little one happily eat healthy food. I think it also helped to develop her taste buds for spices. She likes a wide variety of different cuisines and flavors and I’ve seen some studies which seem to show the same results.

Time to return from memory lane and back to the carrot cake bread. Did I mention how moist this bread is? The secret to a great carrot cake or carrot cake bread is pineapple. Pineapple not only provides flavor but also moistness. It helps to provide a tender loaf and gives a little punch of flavor. I also am not shy about seeing the carrot. When I first started using a small box grater so you really could not see the carrot and I eventually switched to a larger grate. I love to see the carrot and I love that it provides another layer of texture. Luckily seeing carrot doesn’t deter my daughter from eating it. You can choose to use your big box grater or a smaller grater.

As I mentioned above, there is no butter or oil in this recipe. I use 2% Fage Greek Yogurt and egg substitute. Sometimes the lack of fat can really effect the texture of baked goods but this loaf is very forgiving. You can easily get away with it. I did not try non fat Greek yogurt because you need a little fat for baked goods to work. This one has just enough to make it delectable.

I also cut calories but using a small amount of glaze. You may want to double the glaze if you like more. I was thinking more of the total calories but I can appreciate having more glaze. It is quite delicious. How can you go wrong with confectioners sugar and pineapple juice? This dish would be great to freeze and have when company pops over. You can make it a dessert, a breakfast, a brunch or even for tea. Are you running to the kitchen yet?

 OMG! This bread is fantastic. Tastes like cake but it is low calorie - Carrot Cake Bread - Low Fat

Pineapple, carrot and walnuts in a moist, tender slice of heaven.

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OMG! This bread is fantastic. Tastes like cake but it is low calorie - Carrot Cake Bread - Low Fat

Carrot Cake Bread

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 102 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose unbleached flour, 150 grams
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour 90 grams, I used King Arthur
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar 90 grams
  • 2 tbsp Domino Light Sugar/Stevia mix 20 grams
  • 1 cup grated carrots about 2
  • 1/4 cup chopped canned pineapple in its own juice juice reserved
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cup 2% Fage Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute or equivalent to 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp fennel pollen optional
  • Dash of nutmeg

Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp pineapple juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, fennel pollen and nutmeg. Reserve 2 tbsp. of flour mixture.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt, egg substitute and vanilla.
  5. In a small bowl, toss together carrots, pineapple and walnuts with the reserved 2 tbsp. flour mixture.
  6. Fold the yogurt mixture into flour mixture. Stir to combine completely.
  7. Fold carrot mixture into the batter until just combined.
  8. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  10. Set pan on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Take loaf out of pan and place loaf directly onto wire rack.
  12. Place a piece of wax paper under the wire rack so that it covers the bottom entirely. This is to catch any glaze that drips off the loaf.
  13. For Glaze: In a small bowl, mix together confectioners sugar and pineapple juice.
  14. Lightly spoon glaze over the bread and allow to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 4  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

 

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Comments

  1. What a great idea! We love sweet breads, and yours looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week, Happy Halloween and come back soon.
  2. Love it! I made it this morning in preparation for Hurricane Sandy... who am I kidding, it's not gonna last. Better make another.
    • Fooddonelight says
      Thanks Helen. I am so glad you liked it. It is really special to me when I hear someone likes one of my recipes
  3. My hubs loves carrot cake, so I'm pinning this!
  4. Looks great. Yum.
  5. This recipe looks delish! I want to make it but I don't want to use any type of sugar substitute. How much granulated sugar do you think I would need to use instead of the stevia mix you have listed? Thanks!
  6. This wonderful bread is our Spotlight of the Week! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)
  7. When I saw this recipe, I had to go read your About Me page, because I could tell we have a ton in common. And then I saw your comment about cinnamon and laughed cuz that is sooo me! My mantra to hubby and kids: You can NEVER put in too much cinnamon! Thanks very much for sharing, it looks delicious!
  8. Wonderful looking loaf!:) I've never tried carrot bread before but it's definitely on my to-do-list
  9. I just love a lovely Fall Bread and your Carrot Cake Bread looks delicious! Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  10. This looks wonderful. I love carrot cakes, so I know I would love this. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.
  11. This sounds so yummy! I'd love to give your recipe a try using some of our home grown carrots from the garden. Thanks for joining us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We're thrilled you chose to party with us and hope you'll join us again next week :o) xo, Meredith @www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com
  12. Sounds yummy -- love carrot cake and 18 carbs is great! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday!
  13. That looks yummy, thanks for linking up at Miss Information
  14. What a great idea! This looks wonderful! :) Thanks you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)
  15. This looks greats! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week!
  16. I saw this featured at Simply Sweet Home. Well deserved feature! I soooo want to make this and am pinning now. I'd love to have you join my Pin Me Linky Party! Diana Diana Rambles Bento Blog Network Link Rink
  17. Wow, love this, I've been saying to myself I have to try a carrot cake/bread soon but kept postponing. I am so glad I found a good recipe for this:) Thank you for sharing it.
  18. I love cinnamon too !! As you said in order to eat less sugar, I also never add any extra icing on my cakes !! I often bake bread at home, they often 'dry and hard ' the next day. I have to steam it before I eat them -- seldom eat toast. Does this carrot cake bread has that problem ? Is there any good bread recipe for me ? Thanks.
    • Fooddonelight says
      Hi Rebecca, I don't find that most of my breads get hard but I keep them sealed in a zip lock bag. As long as they are put in something air tight they should not get hard. The other thing you can do is freeze them in slices and they will defrost very quickly and test just like they had been cooked.
  19. Thanks for the reply as it did not go to my inbox until today I popped to your website and found your reply.Thanks. I will try your recipe, hope this recipe to keep !! Will tell you the result when I bake it.
  20. Katie Drewœ says
    How many calories are cut if I don't use glaze.
  21. Dellicious!!!
  22. Hey My hubby is allergic to pineapple.., could I leave it out or is there anything else I can use
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Tracy, The pineapple really adds moisture. How about mango instead? Let me know if that works for you, Christie
  23. Charlotte Moore says
    YUM!! I love carrots and pineapple together. Too bad... I am doing a low carb food plan right now.

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