My Grain Free Carrot Cakes are naturally sweetened and so simple to make. They will satisfy any craving for sweet deliciousness and nourish your body with wholesome goodness. Make these lovely grain free carrot cakes with fresh honeyed labne frosting as a healthy treat for friends and family who I know will love them as much as mine do.
Something terrible happens when you embrace a whole food diet and start creating delicious, healthy, vibrant, real food at home.
You get fussy.
Yesterday, we decided we needed a break. A day out of the house, a change of scenery. Since we began following the Gaps diet to assist in healing our gut issues, I have felt bound by the kitchen spending at least three or four hours preparing food each day.
We decided a long drive through the country to Daylesford would be the perfect way to celebrate the end of the school holidays.
Since we are nearing the end of our treatment, we began fantasising about buying ourselves a well earned treat. I had a terrible craving for carrot cake and could only imagine what home made treasures we would find inside quaint, country style cafes brimming with wholesome, delicious treats. We gave ourselves permission to choose whatever we wanted for morning tea and savour every mouthful.
Over the course of the day, we stopped at three different cafes but the illusive, old fashioned treats evaded us. Of course, there were lots of cakes, biscuits, slices and scones on offer but not many of the made in house style we were after.
We didn’t want to waste the opportunity for a treat on something half baked so to speak so, we came home without having our sweet surprise (don’t despair, we had a huge roast chicken and salad lunch and plenty of coffee and tea to keep us going).
So this is what happens when you make fabulous food at home. You get fussy. You begin to turn your nose up at processed cakes and slices and whisper things to your partner like…I can make that better at home.
I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing? What do you think?
Anyway…the craving for cake did not disappear so this morning I got back into the kitchen, happy after my reprieve and started baking. These amazing little grain free carrot cakes are the result. Just sweet enough, they are a delicious treat. Well, they are in my book…perhaps you can make them better yourself at home!
Grain Free Carrot Cakes w/ Honey Sweetened Labne Frosting
Makes 8 small cakes
3 medium sized carrots peeled and grated
1 3/4 cups of almond meal
2 1/2 teaspoons of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of currants or sultanas
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or a pinch of pure vanilla powder)
1/3 cup of macadamia oil
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 160C and line a muffin tray with 8 paper cases.
Add the grated carrots, almond meal, mixed spice, baking soda, coconut, walnuts and currants to a large bowl and combine well.
In a sperate bowl, using electric beaters (or a stand mixer with whisk attachment) beat the eggs, honey and vanilla until thick, pale and creamy. This will take 5 – 6 minutes.
Fold the egg mixture into the dry mixture along with the macadamia oil and apple cider vinegar. The mixture is quite firm.
Spoon the mixture into the eight paper cases and smooth the tops a little with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden on top and cooked through when tested with a skewer.
Allow to cool before frosting – I prefer them from the fridge so I refrigerate for a few hours prior to frosting and serving them.
How to make Honey Sweetened Labne
To make labne, simply line a sieve with muslin wrap and rest the sieve over a bowl. Place 250g of natural organic yoghurt into the muslin to drain the whey (liquid) from the yoghurt. Place in the fridge from 4-24 hours and the result will be a deliciously thick cream cheese. When ready to frost your grain free carrot cakes, stir through a teaspoon of honey (or to taste) before spooning onto the top of the cakes.
* If you like the sound of these carrot cakes, you may also like my Really Simple Banana Bread – a real winner with the kids!
How about you? Do you make better food at home than you can find in most cafes or are you still a die hard for the coffee + cake Sunday special?
Love Mamacino x
* If you are on the Gaps diet and not quite at the stage where you can tuck in to a carrot cake but are still craving a little sweetness, my friend Andrea has a very creative recipe for Apple Pie on her blog which you might like.
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