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Cake! Now That I Have Your Attention, Here Are 4 Reasons Why Carrots Are Good For You

This my friends, is carrot cake. It's not just any carrot cake, it's a 'healthy' carrot cake. My friend and I made this the other night out of coconut flour, eggs, honey, raisins, carrots, cinnamon, and some other stuff. The recipe is in my last blog post.

It just so happens that carrots are loaded with health benefits. This root vegetable contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  1. Carrots are rich in carotenes and vitamin A. Beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A in the body, and vitamin A is needed for vision. Beta-carotene, and flavonoid compounds found in carrots have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are protective against the damage free radicals and inflammation can cause. This damage can lead to heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and aging.
  2. Carrots are rich in vitamin C, which is another antioxidant. It is also important for collagen production, and it can enhance absorption of iron!
  3. They contain B complex vitamins, which are important for energy production and metabolism in the body. That means you need to B vitamins to make energy from the food you eat.
  4. Carrots also contain a variety of important minerals including copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Copper is involved in the production of red blood cells, calcium is important for bone health, potassium is important for blood pressure regulation and for nerve and muscle impulse transmission, and phosphorus is important for bone health, and energy production. 

I've been writing these things for awhile now, do you notice how whole, real foods contain all the nutrients your body needs to function? Coincidence? I think not. What do you think?

Making Good On Promises - Pistachio Carrot Cake Recipe

It is SUPER important to me to make good on promises I make. Frankly, I don't make promises I can't keep.  That said, as promised, here's a recipe for a delicious, and healthier carrot cake. Do remember that a treat is a treat is a treat, so even "healthy" treats should be treated as treats. Should I say treat a few more times? ;)

CARROT CAKE or CARROT MUFFINS (MUFFINS PICTURED):

2 sticks of butter, melted

9 eggs

3 large carrots (makes 3 cups grated)

5 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/5 coconut milk

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Mix wet ingredients together

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ADD:

1 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup pistachios

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Bake at 400 degrees:

Muffins - 20 minutes

Cake - 45-50 minutes

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FROSTING:

8 oz cream cheese (heat in microwave for 20-25 seconds to soften)

1 tablespoon of grated ginger (fresh)

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest from (size of a small lemon)

1 tablespoon honey

Mix until desired sweetness - add more honey or other ingredients if desired

 

Why pistachios you ask? It's kinda cool to mix things up a bit, don't you think?

Enjoy!

 

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This recipe yields a dozen muffins and 2 loaves (frosting is a perfect amount to cover all)