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This Healthier Carrot Cake Recipe is Perfect For Spring

Written By: Amanda Oliver

Amanda Oliver has more than a decade of experience in commerce and media, specifically in product testing and service journalism in the lifestyle, health and wellness, and outdoor space. Amanda is currently the Executive Editor of Commerce at Field & Stream. She is also an RYT-200 yoga teacher and NASM CPT personal trainer.

This Healthier Carrot Cake Recipe is Perfect For Spring | MyFitnessPal
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Love carrot cake? We do, too. Enjoying a slice on special occasions (or just after a particularly stressful day) is well worth it. But if you’re looking for a healthier way to enjoy your cake—on the regular or irregular—we’ve got the healthier carrot cake recipe you’ve been looking for. 

Cardiologist and MyFitnessPal scientific advisory board member Danielle Belardo, MD, developed a high-fiber, sugar-free carrot cake recipe that’s the real deal. It’s a delicious yet nutritious way to satisfy your next carrot cake craving.

What makes this a healthier carrot cake recipe?

It doesn’t use any white flour

Dr. Belardo’s carrot cake subs out white flour for heartier whole wheat flour and almond flour. Whole wheat flour is a whole grain, which can reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and help with weight management. Almond flour, on the other hand, is made of ground almonds, which are high in antioxidants and have been linked to decreased risk of heart disease and improved gut microbiome.

It’s sugar-free

Unlike most carrot cake recipes—and most cake recipes in general—this one doesn’t have any white sugar. Rather, it gets its sweetness from maple syrup. Maple syrup has higher levels of antioxidants than refined sugar and a lower glycemic index, which can reduce spikes in blood sugar.

It’s full of healthy fats

Desserts are often high in fat. But instead of butter and dairy products, this cake calls for healthier fat sources, including cashews and unsweetened almond milk. Consuming nuts has a bunch of health benefits, including improved heart health, reduced risk of diabetes, and lower cholesterol.

It contains fruits and veggies

It wouldn’t be carrot cake without, well, carrots. But this version also includes unsweetened applesauce and raisins for added fiber. The carrots are a good source of beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A, while the applesauce is full of phytochemicals that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases. And raisins—if you choose to add them—can improve digestion and help balance your gut microbiome.

Not sure carrot cake is for you? Try these other dessert recipes: 

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Written By: Amanda Oliver

Amanda Oliver has more than a decade of experience in commerce and media, specifically in product testing and service journalism in the lifestyle, health and wellness, and outdoor space. Amanda is currently the Executive Editor of Commerce at Field & Stream. She is also an RYT-200 yoga teacher and NASM CPT personal trainer.

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