Healthy, Moist, Simple And Easy Carrot Cake

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Healthy, dairy free carrot cake

Healthy, dairy free carrot cake

I am not sure how many started off trying to eat healthy at the start of every new year but along the way, it somehow didn’t carry through. If you had carried through well last year, I am really happy for you. I’m sure you will keep up with that. But if not, you still have this year to try, like me……*grin*. In general, I do keep to a healthy diet and healthy living. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy all the so-called unhealthy food. Of course I do, with great excitement……*big grin*…..but only on special occasions. There’s always room for improvement, right?

It’s really not worth to fall sick. I think too many people live life too carelessly. We can spend a lot of money on unwise living but when sickness catches up, we may not even have enough money to spend on the doctors and the treatment. At the moment, I have 2 dear friends who are suffering from cancer. It’s really so heart-breaking. But there’s hope in cancer. It’s not the end of the world. If my best friend can recover completely from aggressive lymphatic cancer and my hubby’s uncle from 3rd stage colon cancer, I want to believe that these 2 friends of mine will recover. It requires drastic diet and lifestyle changes.

It’s cheaper to eat healthy! I think we can all encourage each other to eat healthy and live healthy. And as mothers, we have a great responsibility to prepare healthy food for our family and chase everyone out for exercise regularly…..*grin*. As I always say, home cooked food is still the best, no matter how simple it is, because we know what we put in and the quality of ingredients used. Even desserts can be made much healthier at home.

I have here a very healthy, simple and easy carrot to share with you. It’s very moist and delicious. Besides, it’s dairy free….olive oil instead of butter! I made it to bring along to my friend’s year end party last week end. But I had improved on it to make it even better by using wholemeal spelt flour and also using dried figs. I made it early in the morning for my family to take to work.

For those staying in UK, you can get spelt flour or wholemeal spelt flour at Sainsbury. As for dried figs, it’s available in every supermarket.

Dried figs

Dried figs

Figs are very good for health, particularly beneficial to those who is of Blood Group O, according to Dr Peter Adamo. They are not only good in baking but very good as a snack too. I love the fresh ones too. They are just SO good!

If you want to know more about what food is beneficial for you or what food to avoid, you can check out more at Dr Peter D’Adamo’s website. The best is to buy his 3 books to read in order to understand better, how our body work and why different food has different effect on different people. Remember the saying, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Read to find out more. His 3 books are:
Eat Right For Your Type
Cook Right For Your Type
Live Right For Your Type

Here’s my fabulous, dairy free carrot cake recipe, adapted from bbc website at

Ingredients A
3 eggs
175g unrefined sugar
175g olive oil

Whisk egg, oil and sugar

Whisk egg, oil and sugar

Put all Ingredients A into a mixing ball. Whisk it up.

Ingredients B
100g dried figs (chopped)
grated zest of 1 orange
175g wholemeal spelt flour
1t baking powder
1t baking soda
1t cinnamon (optional)

Add zest, figs and flour to egg mixture

Add zest, figs and flour to egg mixture

All all Ingredients B to the egg mixture. Mix well.

Ingredients C
2 big carrots (grated)

Add grated carrots to flour mixture

Add grated carrots to flour mixture

Add the grated carrots to the mixture above. Mix well.

Ready to go into the oven

Ready to go into the oven

Pour into a baking tin lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven of 180 degrees Celsius for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. I used a deeper tin, so it takes longer. If you use a bigger and shallow tin, it will take much shorter time to bake.

Moist, healthy and delicious carrot cake!

Moist, healthy and delicious carrot cake!

Mmmm…my carrot cake fresh from the oven. I couldn’t wait for it to cool down, as usual…..*grin*. It tasted really good I must say.

Have you been baking lately? If not, why not get a go at this one. It’s really simple and easy. If you think grating carrots is difficult, just get a processor. It takes less than a minute to do the job…*smile*. The processor not only cut down your food preparation time but it makes cooking and baking more fun.

I do hope that you have lots of fun cooking and baking this year. Keep Learning Keep Smiling! Remember, home cooked food is still the best!

Other cakes using oil (dairy free) that you may be interested are:
Super Easy No Dairy Chocolate banana Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Nectarine Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake

Quote of the day……

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

- Buddha

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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somewhere in singapore  on January 5th, 2012

i’m fast today!!! hehe…

I can only look at the picture but not a bite of the cake… lol

cikmanggis  on January 5th, 2012

happy new year Mary:)bagusnya jika dapat amalkan gaya hidup sihat ..makan makanan yang sihat:)Thanks for sharing

TasteHongKong  on January 5th, 2012

I had recently adapted your homemade salted salmon and made a clay pot dish, a healthy yet yummy dish. Eating healthier is always a good investment to our health : )!

busygran  on January 5th, 2012

I’m one for healthy eating especially after being diagnosed with a fatty liver! This recipe is one I must try! Thanks for sharing! All good wishes for the New Year Mary!

Belinda @zomppa  on January 5th, 2012

Looks so perfectly moist - what a great way to sneak good stuff in!

Priya  on January 5th, 2012

Carrot cake looks super moist and marvellous.

divya  on January 5th, 2012

wow… looks so mouthwatering…ur clicks r so amazing !

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on January 5th, 2012

I love carrot cake and always baked the healthy version quite similar to yours but without the dried fig. Would love to try your healthy recipe next time.
Happy Baking!

Rachana  on January 5th, 2012

That cake looks so moist and delicious.

Katerina  on January 5th, 2012

This cake is the perfect way to sneak carrot and figs into my son’s diet! Looks very moist and tasty!

Dulee An ;)  on January 5th, 2012

Hi Mary-Go-Round!

Hahaha! After what Stripy told me, reading this post made me laugh. Want to know something? I actually dislike carrot cake. It’s too healthy. Lol. I like your version though as it has figs in it - love figs! And cinnamon! All joking aside though, I really hope your friends recover from the cancer. You’re right, it’s so very important to try to eat healthy and exercise regularly. We’ve been eating a lotta salad lately and making carrot juice. Not to mention, your turkey soup also. Very healthy dinners I think. Do take care! Hope your jet lag is starting to wear off. Hugs!

Drick  on January 5th, 2012

hello friend, a most enjoyable read and best wishes and prayers to you, your family and your friends… may God bless all during this coming year…
I want you to know I have not forgotten you only floundered in keeping up with everyone, regrettably, my cherished friends like you I have neglected… one of my goals is to do better - after I finished this latest cookbook!!!
lovely cake, carrot cake is one of the best I think and most people over do it, glad to see no icing… this is a healthy version…

Angie's Recipes  on January 6th, 2012

I love that you added the figs to the carrot cake. A very special and delicious combination.

teresa  on January 6th, 2012

oh i just love carrot cake, this looks delicious!

Reeni  on January 6th, 2012

So deliciously moist - I love that you used olive oil! And figs too, they add such great flavor. Happy New Year!

Simply Life  on January 8th, 2012

I’ve never made carrot cake before but this just might be the inspiration I needed!

lena  on January 8th, 2012

i have also been telling myself eat more healthy, probably less meat, less frying..yeah, true along the way..sometimes we just indulge overselves with fatty food, fattening desserts..and one leads to two and three..haha..but i hope i do get back on track. I love your idea using figs here, it think it complements well with the carrot cake.

Asmita  on January 8th, 2012

Carrots and figs, how yummy is that. The cake looks moist and so flavorful.

Ananda Rajashekar  on January 9th, 2012

All goodness here, fig olive oil and carrots and cake looks fantastic. Thanks for the alarm for healthy diet, we have to conscious to stay fit in fast life and I hop your friend win the big war of cancer, it requires lot of strength, i have few friends fighting, so send them my positive energy!

Juliana  on January 9th, 2012

This carrot cake looks delicious, like the idea of figs in it…great as a snack.
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Mary :-)

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