This is a great recipe for the toaster oven. It just makes more sense to use a smaller oven when making just one cake. You won't waste energy and you won't heat up your kitchen.
Carrot cake was first made during times of war when sugar was difficult to get. The natural sweetness of the carrots took the place of sugar. Today carrot cake is loaded with sugar on top of the natural sugars in the carrots; it is quite far from being a healthy treat. Modern taste buds conditioned to expect large amounts of sugar are not likely to appreciate a carrot cake without any added sweeteners, so I do use a bit of honey in mine.
This Honey Sweetened Whole Grain Carrot Cake is great by itself served for breakfast, or topped with Honey Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting for dessert. You'll find a recipe for the frosting at the bottom of the page. This isn't your ordinary carrot cake loaded with tons of white sugar. This version truly highlights the flavor of the carrot and its natural sweetness.
Ingredients For Honey Sweetened Carrot Cake
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/4 cup of honey
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 chicken eggs
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
3 ounces of whole grain wheat flour, by weight
3 ounces of whole grain oat flour, by weight
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum free baking powder (yes, it really does make a difference)
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 tonka bean, ground (this spice can be hard to find- skip it if you don't have one)
1 1/2 cups of shredded carrots
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
Heat your toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish and set aside.
You will need your coconut oil to be in a liquid form for this recipe. That happens at 76 degrees F. If your oil is not warm enough to be liquid, heat it until it is. Be careful not to let it get hot, as it will prematurely cook the eggs in the next step.
Put the coconut oil, honey, orange juice, eggs and vanilla extract into the work bowl of your favorite food processor fitted with a multipurpose blade. Process for two minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the whole wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and tonka bean in a large bowl. Whisk to combine well. Add the shredded carrots and walnuts. Stir well.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just barely combined. Too much stirring will result in a tough carrot cake. Transfer to the greased baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, this should take about 35 to 45 minutes.
Ingredients for Honey Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup of coconut oil, at room temperature
2 tablespoons of honey
Beat all three ingredients together until well creamed. You can do this with a stand mixer, hand mixer or with a wooden spoon. I wouldn't recommend the last one unless you are using it as part of your exercise program!