I know carrot isn’t typically high on a persons “favorite” cake list but I have always adored it. Chocolate or vanilla would probably be first choices, but carrot would definitely come next. It’s sweet and rich but also a little savory because of the cinnamon and other spices that would normally be included. I used to make a recipe for carrot cake that was SO. Damn. Delicious. I used to make it at least every few months but last year when I started to change my diet around, I realized that adding two FULL cups of sugar into a cake (not to mention another couple of cups used in the frosting) probably wasn’t the best option for me. Also, when you consider I would eat at least 1 HUGE slice of it a day whenever I baked it… probably not the optimal of choices. This Fall I will definitely be making and enjoying a few pieces! I still crave it all of the time though and think about it often.
Last week while my family and I were out to dinner, I walked by the dessert cart at the restaurant and low & behold there was a HUGE slice of carrot cake. This thing was massive and it was calling my name. I think it had to be at least 8 inches tall, similar to the serving size you would see at Cheesecake Factory. Unfortunately, nobody else in my family wanted to share with me and I knew I couldn’t finish the whole thing by myself. Sad. I left the restaurant thinking about that slice of heaven and woke up the next morning still thinking about it. I figured since I wouldn’t have time to come up and make a full cake that day, I would go ahead and settle for some waffles… carrot cake waffles of course! These completely hit the spot and satisfied every carrot cake craving I was having. Best part? I kept everything in these on the healthy side so there is no question I can fit them in my macros & eat them every day if I wanted to!
Beautiful aren’t they? They taste just as good as they look… except the only thing not shown that I added to my stack was Golden Grahams cereal! I LOVE cereal on my waffles, pancakes, and oats. Hell, I love cereal anytime actually. Gives the perfect little crunch and extra burst of sweetness and you only need a small handful of them. I just crush them up slightly in my hands and then sprinkle on top. SO good!!!! Here is the basic recipe for these as shown though! Hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as I did!
Carrot Cake Waffles
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||5 minutes|
|Total time||10 minutes|
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 heaped tablespoon 0% Plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 30 drops Vanilla Cream Sweet Leaf Stevia
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Muscle Egg (egg whites)
- 1 Medium carrot (grated)
- 1 tablespoon Walden Farms Caramel Dip (** TOPPING **)
- 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese (** TOPPING **)
- 1 tablespoon water (** TOPPING **)
- 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce (** TOPPING **)
- 2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts (** OPTIONAL TOPPING **)
- 1/4 cup Golden Grahams cereal (** OPTIONAL TOPPING **)
- 1 tablespoon 0% Plain Greek yogurt
|Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium sized bowl (flours, baking powder, baking soda, egg whites, stevia, almond milk, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, extract) and mix until well combine and smooth.|
|Add in grated carrot and stir.|
|Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturers instructions and grease with non stick spray.|
|Mix topping ingredients until smooth and desired consistency is achieved (caramel dip, creak cheese, greek yogurt, water).|
|Cook waffles according to waffle iron instructions.|
|Top with applesauce and caramel cream cheese topping,. Add nuts, cereal, and/or fat free whipped cream if desired.|
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: calories- 288, protein- 29, carbs- 43, fat- 5 (without any additional toppings)
Emily @ It Comes Naturally BlogMay 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Mmm – I love adding cereal too. I really like to have something crunchy. I might just have to buy some Cinnamon Grahams purely for additions! xx
Hillary watersJune 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm
I’m glad you put the macros on this recipe!! Which brings me to a point which confuses the HELL out of me with me being new to iifym. I have looked all over the internet and also asked my “coach” which I can never find information on nor can she explain. Can you please tell me, or give me a site that will explain how I get the macros for foods like this one? Do I need to add every ingredient in my recipes to MFP or is there a diff way to figure out macros for a lot if different ingredients in foods?
corinaJune 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm
Hi Hillary! #1 if your coach can’t explain macros or how to calculate things, then it might be time for a new coach lol! And #2 I’m not sure how everyone else does it, but when I make a recipe myself for the blog, I input the ingredients into MFP to get the most accurate macros. Most recipes should include nutritional info though… not sure if you meant for things you make or food in general.