Sunday, October 17, 2010

Coconut Carrot Bread

With the weather cooling off this weekend, I felt like baking and wanted to create a quick bread to have as an afternoon snack or in the morning with coffee. I love carrot cake, and this incorporates some of the flavors of carrot cake but in a much healthier version. It's very easy to make and the walnuts and coconut flakes give it a nice texture, but if you're not a nut person you can always omit those. I like this best served warm with a little butter.

Coconut Carrot Bread
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c. honey
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. carrots (about 3 medium), grated
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes (plus a little extra for the top)
1/2 c. walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Put the walnuts in a small skillet and toast over low heat.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the olive oil and honey together, then add the applesauce, whisking to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until well incorporated.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the dry ingredients - whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg - and whisk with another whisk or a fork until well combined.

Chop the walnuts into small pieces when they are done toasting. Add the grated carrots and cocunut flakes to the wet ingredients and stir with a spoon. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated. Fold in the walnuts.

Pour the batter into a greased 9'' loaf pan and top with some more of the coconut flakes. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out relatively clean.

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