Cranberry carrot cake with a healthy twist

Adrian loves a good carrot cake and I know the kids love muffins and breads to munch on during our day trips over the school holidays these next couple of weeks. So, when I bought a bag of carrots for $5 (I had so many carrot recipe ideas - from carrot juices with apple and ginger, to muffins) and then I whipped up this delicious baby! (With the help of Mietta and Zali of course.)

Dani's cranberry carrot cake

Epic carrot cake

I typically use whatever ingredients I have in the pantry and mix dry ingredients with the wet and then experiment as I go along. Our family cooking experiences are always happy and fun – the girls LOVE it - and I’ll recap it here with the important ingredients and instructions so you can recreate it in your own home.

I choose ingredients that pack a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits (not just yummy flavours) and cranberries are one of my faves. Did you know that, in the past 5 years, there have been lots of studies that have identified a number of reasons that help explain the anti-cancer properties of these colourful little berries? The cancer-preventative benefits are now understood to stretch to breast cancer, colon, cancer, lung cancer AND prostate cancer.

Then there’s the carrots. Beta carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in your liver, is known for a number of great benefits – including better vision, better skin (anti-ageing qualities) and cancer prevention.

We had such a ball sharing this recipe over on Periscope. (Do you have it yet? It is LOTS of fun!) See for yourself - if you have Twitter, then YOU HAVE to join us over on Periscope as we broadcast live.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of grated carrots

1 juice of an orange*

Handful of dried cranberries*

1/2 cup of honey (or you can use raw sugar, rice malt syrup etc...)

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

2 eggs lightly whisked

I love making my own buttermilk (yoghurt and milk) so I made 1/4 cup

How to make a carrot cake by Dani Stevens

Method

At this point, I mix all the wet ingredients together and let them have a little fun while they absorb each other’s flavours ;-) then I have a separate bowl for the dry ingredients.

1 1/2 cups Wholemeal flour  (you can use whatever flour you prefer eg: gluten free, spelt etc...)

1/2 cup crushed walnuts

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

The girls helped me line a 20cm round tin and we went and had a play while it was cooking for 30-45 minutes.

Toppings

I use a really thick natural Greek yoghurt with some grated orange rind, then sweeten with a little honey and serve beside it, or heat up some orange juice with honey and drizzle on the top. Yum!

I also then store pieces and freeze them for on-the-go snacks!

Storing healthy frozen foods

SO much fun over the weekend - from surfing to bike riding and exploring our amazing new neighbourhood. This was pretty cool – it looks like the kids are running to the edge of the earth!

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