Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Carrot Cake Slice
Well, here we are in December already. How did that happen?? Luckily Christmas is my favourite time of the year so I have no problem being on a count down to Christmas (23 days). School and kindy are winding down, there are cards to write, presents to buy and lots of functions to attend.
A few weekends ago we took the kids into Southbank to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Symphonic Santa concert. It was hosted by Jay from Play School and featured lots of children's songs, Christmas carols and of course Santa. We got into early and took a picnic lunch, the boys had a play and the show itself was great.
In addition to the sandwiches and fruit for our picnic I wanted to take something special for morning tea. The kids all have swimming on a Saturday morning and even with an early lunch I knew they would be starving. I had some carrots to use up but I was after something more portable and quicker to cook than a cake. A quick search on Natural New Age Mum and I found this Carrot Cake Slice. All the best bits of a carrot cake but quicker, easier and healthier.
This slice is perfect for all those take-a-plate occasions that pop up in the holidays. It is sweet, moist, lightly spiced and completely delicious. The entire tray disappeared in 24 hours.
This is a Thermomix recipe but you could easily make it a food processor, it will just take a little longer to process in each step. Or simply grate the carrots and mix with the other ingredients.
With the rice malt syrup and sultanas we found it sweet enough but if you are new to a low-sugar way of eating you might want to experiment with the sweetness.
Carrot Cake Slice
Slightly Adapted from Natural New Age Mum
150g (1 cup) carrot
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup tapioca/arrowroot flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 ts mixed spice
1/4 cup rice malt syrup (or honey, maple syrup etc)
1/4 cup dried fruit (I used sultanas and craisins)
Preheat the oven to 180ºc. Lightly grease a slice tray with baking paper and set aside.
Peel and roughly chop the carrots, add them to the Thermomix bowl and process for 4 secs/speed 5.
Scrape down the sides and add in all the other ingredients except the dried fruit. Process for 5 secs/speed 5. Scrape down again, add the sultanas and mix for 5 sec/speed 4/reverse.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and golden.
Cool in the tray for 10 minutes before turning out oton a wire rack. Slice into squares to serve.