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!