The carrot cake recipe that opened my eyes

In my very first blog post I told you about the magic meeting with Green Kitchen Stories, one I’ll never regret and always remember.. I’m still totally in love by the way! But I was browsing around trying to find the perfect carrot cake, which is actually much more difficult than you would think. People always claim that they have made a healthier cake when they have made carrot cake, but just because the word carrot is present does not mean that it is a healthy cake. Most recipes on carrot cake still holds tons of brown sugar, refined flour, butter or oil and maybe 2 carrots, and that is in my opinion not a very impressive cake recipe in health terms.
But over at GKS they know their shit (sorry but thats just the best word for it) and they have made an actual healthy carrot cake, which at the same time is the absolute best carrot cake I have ever made and tasted. It has a deep spicy and aromatic taste. It is very moist from all the carrot, banana and dates, which also is the ingredients providing the sweet flavour. It is made out of wholegrain flour and only a a tiny bit of vegetable oil. And it has a chunky and rich texture from the coconut and walnuts. I’m just saying, this doesn’t really get better!!

Obviously I have made this cake a dozen times, and when my grandpa’s birthday was up the other day, I had an excuse to treat him and myself with some carrot-love.. He too loves these cakes, and he even says that they are really good for the digestion as well, nice, that’s yet another thumb in the air!
Normally I’m really fond of cream cheese frosting, and I think it is almost as important as adding carrot to the batter. But I have been playing around with some greek yoghurt and found that it is a really delicious light alternative, and that is why I wanted to share it with you, now that we already are on the healthy cake track.
It will be perfect for christmas as well since it holds spices as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. And who wouldn’t like to have a healthy alternative for a christmas cake. So please do me the honour of trying this lovely recipe, you won’t regret…or maybe you will ;)

Super healthy carrot cupcakes (adapted from Green Kitchen Stories)
Makes 12 muffins or 1 cake
3 eggs
2 bananas
15 fresh dates, pitted
4 tbsp sunflower oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cardamom
4 carrots, medium size, grated
½ cup coconut flakes
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Yoghurt & lemon frosting
1 cup greek yoghurt (2% or 10%)
2-3 Tbsp Honey, agave or a fruit syrup
Zest and juice from 1/2-1 lemon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 °F/175 °C .
2. Blend banana and soft dates into a creamy mousse. Add eggs, spices, oil and baking soda and mix together. Then add the grated carrots, coconut flakes and walnut. And at last the flour and makes sure everything is well combined.
3. Divide the batter into 12 muffin tins and place them i the oven for 25 minutes. (If you make it in a cake pan, it should be baked for 40 min).
4. Meanwhile, mix all of the ingredients for the frosting, and adjust taste with sweetener  of your choice and lemon.
5. When done, set a side to cool before removing them from the tins.

Serve with yoghurt frosting, enjoy!

  1. Hi Josephine, I just discovered your blog and I think it’s so beautiful! The recipes are amazing and the photos are really inspiring! I’m now following your lovely blog :)
    I particularly like this recipe because I love carrot cake, and this is such a healthy version that I have to try it!

    Keep up the good work girl :)
    xoxo

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene11-15-2012

      Hi Márcia. What a wonderful comment, I am very glad that you have found a tasty love story and that you like it, yay! Hopefully you’ll love some of the coming christmas posts, they’ll sure be healthy and delicious as well :)
      All the best from Josephine

  2. AnneAnne11-18-2012

    Hej Josephine,
    de ser virkelig gode ud, de skal prøves! Når du bruger cup mål, hvad svarer de så ca til?

  3. Sabine KjærSabine Kjær11-19-2012

    Hej Josephine!
    Jeg synes at din blog er for lækker, og jeg synes at din mad er virkelig inspirerende. Når jeg engang selv er færdig med gymnasiet, så kunne jeg godt tænke mig at læse ernæring og sundhed. Egentlig mest fordi jeg synes, at det er vildt spændende – men hvad byder uddannelsen på og hvad er fremtidsmulighederne?
    Desuden så kunne jeg godt tænke mig at vide om hvorvidt kagerne skal køle af, før jeg putter frosting på? Har tænkt mig at bruge dem til min klasse på onsdag – de bliver garanteret vilde med dem!
    Endnu engang, – fed blok!
    Hilsen fra nordjylland

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene11-19-2012

      Hej Sabine. Ja, det er en rigtig spændende uddannelsen, som er enormt alsidig, men som også kræver en kreativ drivkraft når det kommer til at ‘skabe’ eller finde sit drømmejob bagefter. jeg vil anbefale dig at læse lidt om uddannelsen på viauc.dk, da der er flere forskellige linier at vælge imellem. Mht opskriften, så skal kagerne være helt afkølede inden cremen kommes på, og hvis det er en version med græsk yoghurt og ikke fløde ost, kan det være en fordel at det bliver sat på bordet så man selv doserer, da det er en lille smule mere flydende i det. Jeg vil derfor anbefale dig at lave en fløde ost version hvis de skal medbringes i skole med glasur på :)
      De bedste hilsner fra Josephine

  4. Sabine KjærSabine Kjær11-30-2012

    Hej Josephine!
    Kagerne var en stor succes og mine kammerater blev helt chokerede da jeg fortalte, at der ikke var tilsat sukker. Har du måske flere opskrifter til julesmåkager og alle de ting som jo kommer. Jeg gad godt gå gennem december måned i år, uden at fylde min krop med vildt meget sukker :-)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene11-30-2012

      Dejligt at de blev en success! Der skal nok komme nogle gode juleopskrifter her i løbet af december måned, og indtil da er der jo chokolade bønnekagen, baked oatmeal og nogle flere dejlige og sunde kage opskrifter som også er skønne i december!

      • Sabine KjærSabine Kjær12-03-2012

        Hvor fedt,- skal helt klart lave den bagte havregrød dér (:

  5. Stephanie RoseStephanie Rose12-02-2012

    Hi Josephine! I was wondering if I could use dried dates here since I can’t find them fresh around me?

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene12-03-2012

      Oh yes, those I have used are dried as well, I just make sure to buy the kind that are very soft. Or else you can always soak the dates in water before using them :)
      All the best from Josephine

  6. CholeChole12-15-2012

    I’m wondering if this could be made with a “grain free” flour? almond flour maybe? have you tried it?

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene12-15-2012

      Hi Chole. I haven’t tried making it with an alternative flour, but I would assume that it would be very heavy. It is already a pretty dense cake, so I actually wouldn’t suggest changing the flour in this specific recipe. But the clementine cake would be a great alternative, since it is only made with almond flour :)
      All the best from Josephine

  7. Tine la CourTine la Cour01-05-2013

    Uhm! Blev så fristet at jeg straks kastede mig over opskriften og bagningen. Undervejs gik det dog op for mig at jeg ingen gulerødder havde.. og heller ingen valnødder. Rev i stedet et stort æble i og brugte hakkede mandler. Har lige taget første portion ud af ovnen og har allerede spist den første og det lover godt! Tror de er endnu bedre når de er kølet af.

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene01-07-2013

      Mums, det lyder som en lækker variation, dejligt at du kunne bruge opskriften :)

  8. HeleneHelene03-15-2013

    I just made these and, wow, they turned out so delicious! I used dried dates, which worked out perfectly. I’m definitely making these again soon :)

  9. LærkeLærke04-01-2013

    Sikke en lækker opskrift! Ved du, hvor mange kalorier der er i hver muffin?

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene04-01-2013

      Hej Lærke. Jeg mener at kunne huske der er lige omkring 200 kcal pr muffin, men jeg er ikke helt sikker.

  10. LærkeLærke04-01-2013

    Mange tak :-)

  11. AnnaAnna11-22-2013

    Hej Josephine, de ser bare så lækre ud, at jeg måtte lave dem her i sidste weekend. Jeg havde dog det problem, at da de havde fået de 25 minutter i ovnen, var de stadig ubagte indeni. Jeg gav dem ca 50 minutter i alt, og så blev de altså også rigtig gode!
    Jeg tilføjede lidt ekstra smagsgivere som citronskal + lidt mere af krydderierne og rosiner (hvilket smagte super godt i).
    Det er en lækker opskrift, jeg har fortolket lidt og lagt på min blog – selvfølgelig med henvisning til din blog ;-)
    Du kan jo kigge forbi, hvis du har lyst? anna-mad.blogspot.dk
    Knus Anna

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