This delicious spicy carrot bread recipe is everything you could ask for: healthy (it’s made with whole wheat flour and heart-healthy carrots), easy (one dozen ingredients is all it takes) and utterly delicious (moist, sweet and satisfying). What makes this spicy carrot bread so good? Cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar lend all-natural goodness to this amazing dessert bread.
Spicy Carrot Bread
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350F.
Butter and flour two bread pans. Set pans aside.
In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats).
In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients except the grated carrots (brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla). Mix until ingredients are well blended.
Add grated carrots to the wet ingredient mixture.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just moist.
If desired, add optional ingredients (walnuts and/or raisins).
Pour into bread pans.
Bake 45-60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the highest point of the loaf comes out without streaking (“clean”).
Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack.
Remove from pan and store in air-tight container or wrapping.
Is Carrot Bread Good for You?
Compared to many other sweet, baked treats, spicy carrot bread offers a bevy of nutritional benefits. Check out the health benefits of just three of the ingredients in this easy-to-follow recipe:
Carrots: Chock full of antioxidants and fiber, carrots are well-known for fighting cancer and promoting eye, blood and cardiovascular health. Not getting enough vitamin A or K or in your diet? This carrot bread recipe will get you up to the RDA in no time.
Cinnamon: Did you know that cinnamon is loaded with manganese and is good for your blood? Research shows that cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and has anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Oats: We all know how tasty a steaming bowl of oatmeal is, but did you know that it’s great for your body too? Studies show that that oats stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.