Recipe

Sugar-free carrot cakes with date cream cheese frosting

These delicious little carrot cakes make the perfect lunchbox addition. The kids won't even know they're sugar-free!

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Makes 6
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Ingredients

Carrot cakes
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (185g) powdered stevia
  • 1/4 cup (85g) rice malt syrup
  • 2/3 cup (140g) virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup (340g) firmly packed coarsely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped pecans, roasted
  • 1 2/3 cup (250g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Date cream cheese frosting
  • 125 gram dried pitted dates, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoon boiling water
  • 250 gram cream cheese, softened
  • 125 gram butter, softened

Method

Sugar-free carrot cakes with date cream cheese frosting
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 6-hole (3/4-cup) texas muffin pan well.
  • 2
    Place sultanas in a small heatproof bowl, pour over the boiling water; stand 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, whisk eggs, stevia, syrup, oil and extract in a small bowl with an electric mixer about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in carrot, sultanas and soaking liquid, then pecans and sifted dry ingredients. Divide mixture evenly into muffin pan holes.
  • 4
    Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make frosting: process dates and the boiling water until almost smooth, scraping down the side of the bowl. Add cream cheese and butter; process, scraping down the side of the bowl, until frosting is light and fluffy. Spread frosting over cakes.

Notes

You will need about 2 1/2 medium carrots to make 2 cups grated carrot.