January 22, 2017

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Today I'm sharing a lightened up and totally delicious carrot cake bread recipe with you.  This time of the year is great, we can all get a fresh start and eat healthy.  I cannot give up bread, so I have to find ways to lighten it up.   Adding wheat flour and greek yogurt are great ways to make bread healthier.  That is exactly what I did with this recipe, plus I loaded it with shredded carrots and was able to add less oil than most recipes.  

Wheat bread is so hearty and filling and by adding fresh orange zest, it really brightens the flavor.  I added orange zest to both the bread and the icing in this recipe and I highly recommend not skipping that.

This bread is soft and moist and the flavor will remind you of carrot cake, but instead you are eating a much healthier slice of bread.

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Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Bread
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
pinch of ground cloves
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. canola oil
3/4 c. non-fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
grated zest of 1/2 an orange
1 large egg
1 large egg white
3/4 c. grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.  In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, yogurt, vanilla, orange zest, egg and egg white and mix until smooth.  Add the dry ingredients and the grated carrots to the wet ingredients and stir together until just combined.  Pour batter into a 9x5-inch loaf pan that has been greased and lined with parchment paper.  Bake in a preheated oven for about 47-48 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely and then top with Orange Cream Cheese Icing.

Orange Cream Cheese Icing
2 oz. 1/3 less fat or fat free cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. powdered sugar
grated zest of 1/2 an orange
fresh orange juice

Mix together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange zest until combined.  Stir in enough orange juice to reach desired icing consistency.  Drizzle over cooled bread.


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