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Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf

Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf

This Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf is a delightful and wholesome treat that combines the earthy sweetness of carrots with the hearty goodness of oats. Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert, this loaf is both delicious and nutritious, offering a satisfying balance of flavors and textures.

Preparation Phase & Tools to Use

Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary tools for a seamless baking process. You will need an 8×4 inch loaf pan, parchment paper, a blender or food processor, a small mixing bowl, a spatula, and a whisk. Proper preparation of your tools enhances the overall baking experience and ensures perfect results.

Ingredients List

For the Carrot Cake Loaf:

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 medium carrot, finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

For the Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar

Step-by-Step Instructions for Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf

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Preheat and Prep:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Line a loaf pan measuring 8×4 inches with parchment paper. This prevents the loaf from sticking and makes for easy cleanup.

Prepare the Bread Mixture:

  1. Blend the ingredients:
  • To a blender or food processor, add the bananas, eggs, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  • Pulse until the mixture is mostly smooth.
  1. Incorporate the carrot and walnuts:
  • Stir in the finely shredded carrot and chopped walnuts with a spatula until evenly distributed.

Bake the Loaf:

  1. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf; it should come out clean.
  3. Allow the bread to set in the pan for 20 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Prepare the Frosting:

  1. Combine frosting ingredients:
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla yogurt, and powdered sugar until smooth.

Frost and Garnish:

  1. Spread the frosting over the cooled loaf.
  2. Top with some crushed walnuts for added texture and flavor.

Common Mistakes to Avoid & How to Perfect the Recipe

Avoid Overmixing:

Overmixing the batter can lead to a dense and heavy loaf. Blend just until the ingredients are combined for a light and fluffy texture.

Proper Cooling:

Allow the loaf to cool completely before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting and sliding off.

Tips, Notes, Storing, and Reheating

Extra Flavor:

For an extra burst of flavor, add a teaspoon of nutmeg or ginger to the batter.

Storing:

Store any leftover loaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Reheating:

To reheat, simply microwave slices for a few seconds or warm them in the oven at a low temperature.

FAQs about Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf

Can I use different nuts?

Yes, feel free to substitute walnuts with pecans, almonds, or your favorite nuts.

Can I make this loaf gluten-free?

Ensure that you use certified gluten-free oats to make this recipe gluten-free.

Can I prepare this in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the batter in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.

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Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf

Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Cake Loaf


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  • Author: Loretta N. Butler
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

Indulge in a healthy twist on a classic treat with this oatmeal carrot cake loaf. Moist, flavorful, and lightly sweetened with bananas and maple syrup, this loaf is packed with wholesome ingredients.


Ingredients


Instructions

Preheat and Prep:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Line a loaf pan measuring 8×4 inches with parchment paper. This prevents the loaf from sticking and makes for easy cleanup.

Prepare the Bread Mixture:

  1. Blend the ingredients:

  • To a blender or food processor, add the bananas, eggs, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  • Pulse until the mixture is mostly smooth.

  1. Incorporate the carrot and walnuts:

  • Stir in the finely shredded carrot and chopped walnuts with a spatula until evenly distributed.
Incorporate the carrot and walnuts

Bake the Loaf:

  1. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf; it should come out clean.
  3. Allow the bread to set in the pan for 20 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Prepare the Frosting:

  1. Combine frosting ingredients:

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla yogurt, and powdered sugar until smooth.
Combine frosting

Frost and Garnish:

  1. Spread the frosting over the cooled loaf.

  2. Top with some crushed walnuts for added texture and flavor.

A kitchen scene showing the cooled loaf being frosted with the cream cheese mixture and topped with crushed walnuts.

Notes

  • Ensure the bananas are ripe for optimal sweetness and moisture.
  • Finely shredding the carrot helps it blend seamlessly into the loaf.
  • Let the loaf cool completely before adding the frosting to prevent it from melting.
  • The frosting can be adjusted to taste by adding more or less powdered sugar.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 246 kcal
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 124mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0.004g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg