A healthy carrot cake, naturally sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup, loaded with freshly grated carrots, warming spices, topped with a honey cream cheese frosting and crunchy walnuts.
Nothing says Spring and Easter like carrot cake! Believe it or not, in the past I wasn’t a fan of carrot cake. Maybe because I only ever had the store bought versions which were full of processed sugar and oil, and no carrots in sight. But as per usual, I knew there had to be a way to healthify this all-time favourite dessert. A couple of years ago I made a carrot cake muffin recipe that was a hit! Ever since then I have fallen in love with carrot cake. So I took inspiration from my own recipe and created a carrot cake with a delicious real cream cheese frosting! I hope that you enjoy this with your family and loved ones for this Easter holiday!
I’m not exactly sure why we all seem to associate carrot cake with easter, but take a look around and you’ll see all kinds of carrot cake inspired recipes popping up everywhere. Whether it’s muffins, cookies, oatmeal and even waffles, carrot cake seems to the trend. Maybe because we all have visions of cute bunnies munching on carrots during the Easter holidays…haha!
Now don’t let the word healthier scare you off! This cake is full of cinnamon goodness, freshly grated carrots, wholesome ingredients! Smothered in a honey cream cheese frosting. Are you drooling yet?!
Some may argue that cream cheese is not “healthy” but I wanted to make this recipe close to the authentic version. I decided to cut the cream cheese frosting down with Skyr yogurt so you don’t have to feel as guilty when enjoying a slice of this heaven.
If you want to make this recipe dairy-free, then feel free to sub with vegan cream cheese and yogurt. Or better yet – a cashew based frosting. If you also want to make this recipe gluten-free, all you have to do is sub the spelt flour with my HealthNut GF flour blend.
Once your cake is baked, make sure you let it cool completely before adding your frosting. You can even bake the cake the night before and make the frosting just before you serve it. Then top it with some chopped walnuts or pecans, slice and enjoy! Happy Easter everyone!