Healthy Oatmeal Snack Cake Full of Sweet Carrots and Cozy Spices

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Snack Cake
Amys healthy baking

This healthy snack cake has all of the same irresistible components as traditional carrot cake--cozy spices, sweet carrots, and a comforting texture--but it's much easier to make! (And it's secretly healthy enough for breakfast, too!) Leftovers will keep for at least one week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

My favorite part of carrot cake isn’t actually the carrots… And it’s definitely not the frosting! (I’m actually not a big frosting fan in general, surprisingly enough!) Instead, my favorite part is the spices! You’ll need cinnamon (I’m currently obsessed with this one!) and nutmeg. The nutmeg makes a big difference and creates an added depth and richness, so don’t skip it!


Carrot Cake Oatmeal Snack Cake Recipe


Ingredients


➮1 ½ cups (150g) instant oats (gluten-free, if necessary)
➮1 ¼ cups (150g) whole wheat
➮1 ½ tsp baking powder
➮½ tsp baking soda
➮2 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
➮¾ tsp ground nutmeg
➮¼ tsp salt
➮½ tbsp (7g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
➮2 large egg whites, room temperature
➮2 tsp vanilla extract
➮¾ cup (180g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
➮6 tbsp (90mL) pure maple syrup
➮½ cup (120mL) non-fat milk
➮2 cups (180g) freshly grated carrots (peeled first!)

Method


Preheat the oven to 350°F, and coat a 9”-square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg whites, and vanilla. Add in Greek yogurt, stirring until no large lumps of yogurt remain. Stir in the maple syrup. Alternate between adding the oat mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the oat mixture, and stirring just until incorporated. (For best results, add the oat mixture in 3 equal parts.) Gently stir in the carrots.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350°F for 24-28 minutes or until the center feels firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan before slicing and serving.
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