For those of you who’ve asked… Here is the recipe of the healthy cake we made for Chase’s first birthday.
2 ½ cups thinly sliced carrots
2 ½ cups apple juice concentrate (I only used 2 tablespoons because even the health food store ones have more grams of sugar than I would like)
1 ½ cups raisins (you can get healthy, organic ones from the health food store too and they are just as yummy)
Vegetable cooking spray
2 cups whole-wheat flour
½ cup wheat germ
2 tablespoon low-sodium baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce (confession; i forgot to add this! It would be so much more moist with it, don’t forget :))
01. Combine carrots with the 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the juice concentrate in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
02. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add the raisins and process until finely chopped. Let mixture cool.
04. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add ¼ cups juice concentrate, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 4 egg whites, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well mixed. Fold in the carrot puree and applesauce. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. (confession; I even forgot the applesauce!! It still turned out good, but would be more moist with it. So don’t forget the part!)
05. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool briefly in the pans, then turn our onto wire racks to cool completely.
I was impressed with how yummy this was. You should try it out!
The “frosting” we used was a natural whip cream with 2grams of sugar. So he did get a tiny bit of sweetness!! To me it was very bland, but to him… he LOVED it :)