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Lightened Up Carrot Cake

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Lightened Up Carrot Cake simply dusted with powdered sugar with less oil and sugar for a delicious and healthy spring treat.  We love it just dusted with powdered sugar, but you can also dress it up with a simple glaze.  I think it is perfect for a spring brunch when you don’t want a heavy dessert.  I adjusted the flour to be half whole wheat half all-purpose, cut 2/3 of the sugar and replaced half of the oil with applesauce. 

Healthy Carrot Cake - photo

Lightened Up Carrot Cake Adaptations & Tips

  • For those who have allergies it is dairy free and can be made with gluten flour. 
  • This recipe can also be made in a 13×9 or 2 8 inch rounds.
  • Add a glaze instead of just dusted sugar (I would recommend if you are making 2 8 inch rounds).  I recommend these:
Healthy Carrot Cake - photo

Lightened Up Carrot Cake

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings:12 people
Course:Brunch, Dessert
Keyword:brunch, carrots, desserts, easter, easy dessert, Easy Recipe, Gluten Free, healthy, healthy treat, Kid Friendly


  • 2 ½ cups flour 1 cup all purpose, 1 ½ Whole Wheat OR 2 1/2 cups 1-1 Gluten Free Blend
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup apple sauce


  • Preheat Oven to 350 and prepare pan (1 13x9, 2 8 inch rounds or bundt pan)
  • Whisk together dry ingredients (flour – salt)
  • Shred Carrots in food processor (I pulse to make sure I don’t puree) and add to bowl with flour and dry ingredients
  • In the food processor process sugars and eggs (about 20 sec)
  • With the machine still running add oil until emulsified (20 sec)
  • Stir wet ingredients (processed from food processor) into dry ingredients
  • Fold in walnuts if using
  • Bake for 35 – 45 for a bundt cake or 30-35 mins for 13x9 or 20-25 minutes for 8 inch layers
  • Let cool (1-2 hours) before icing
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