This week my six-year-old told me that carrot cake is her “favorite way to eat carrots,” so of course I had to make one (I also had an abnormally large bag of carrots that needed to be used). I wanted it to be a little healthier than your typical cake, but I didn’t want to pretend I enjoyed a brick made of almonds and dates either. So this recipe was me compromising between something more like a bran muffin and a n actual cake. However, it doesn’t taste like compromise. This cake is moist and somehow fluffy at the same time, was easy to make and is downright decadent. My husband, who is typically not a carrot cake fan, loved it (he said it’s the best carrot cake he’s ever eaten). It’s gluten free and can be used with any cream cheese frosting recipe, like this one.
4 medium to large large carrots, shredded finely in a food processor
1/2 c gluten-free flour mix, cup for cup with xantham gum. I used this kind.
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
generous dash of salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix all dry ingredients except chocolate chips thoroughly in a large bowl. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl with a whisk. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a large spoonful at a time and mix by hand until combined. Add the carrots and chocolate chips and combine thoroughly. Spread the batter evenly into a greased 10-inch springform pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
I am a mom of two and wife to a martial arts school owner, full-time social media professional and avid cook and gardener. I love creating recipes and involving my kids in the process. The food we cook is usually dairy-free and gluten-free, and sometimes paleo, but we make exceptions (ahem, sourdough bread). The “hippie” part of this blog comes into play in the ingredients we use—I’m pretty vigilant about the health of my family and you could even call me “crunchy.” The “modern” part is that I am busy! You won’t catch me making my own nut milk or churning butter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’m more than happy to take the shortcuts provided by our lovely grocery stores and online shopping —especially in the midst of this global pandemic.