Easter just doesnâ€™t seem like Easter without certain comfort foods. And while it might be wise to skip out on some of the more fattening Easter dishes, we think itâ€™s just fine to indulge in a few favorites. Plus, itâ€™s easy to make healthy versions of your favorite holiday recipes. We adapted this fabulous carrot cake recipe from EatingWell. Itâ€™s got about 40% less calories and 50% less fat than normal carrot cake recipes!
Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe
- 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
- 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated carrots (about 4-6 medium)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (NeufchÃ¢tel), softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut chips or flaked coconut, toasted (optional)
- To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350Â°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Drain pineapple in a sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the solids. Save the drained pineapple and 1/4 cup of the juice.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and the 1/4 cup pineapple juice in a large bowl until blended. Stir in pineapple, carrots and 1/4 cup coconut. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Stir in the nuts. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
- Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean (about 40 to 45 minutes). Let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Beat cream cheese, confectionersâ€™ sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Per serving: 342 calories; 17 g fat ( 5 g sat , 7 g mono ); 56 mg cholesterol; 43 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein;3 g fiber; 349 mg sodium; 150 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (40% daily value), Fiber (12%
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