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  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (not regular whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 9 tablespoons real maple syrup (Grade B or dark amber)
  • 5 tablespoons nondairy milk vanilla almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk beverage
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or other mild oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) peeled, finely shredded carrots, packed
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium orange (optional)

Carrot Walnut Chocolate-Chip Cake

Fran Costigan | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 8 people
  • Calories per serving: 188

Light and spiced just right, no one will guess this carrot cake is made with healthy whole-wheat pastry flour, sweetened with maple syrup, and contains a mere 2 tablespoons of oil. It’s so tasty, no one will miss the traditional heavy frosting. Dust with powdered sugar for a pretty presentation.

  1. Position rack in oven middle and preheat to 350°. Oil bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper circle. Do not oil paper.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk lightly to aerate ingredients.
  3. In a second medium bowl, whisk maple syrup, milk, oil, vinegar, and vanilla until thoroughly blended. Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Stir in grated carrots, walnuts, chocolate chips, and orange zest, if using.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake 25–35 minutes or until top is golden brown, sides have pulled away from pan, and tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife around inside edge, and invert cake onto rack. Carefully peel off parchment paper. Invert again, and allow cake to cool completely before slicing and serving.

PER SERVING: 188 cal, 9g fat (4g mono, 3g poly, 2g sat), 0mg chol, 3g protein, 27g carb, 2g fiber, 292mg sodium 

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