I had the most decadent Easter weekend for a long time: the COVID-19 lockdown had me and I decided to treat myself to the biggest chocolate egg I could find. It ended up being a whooping 545g milk chocolate eggs with 3,117 calories and 268g of sugar. Ooops!
Although I ate my egg over 2 days and shared it with my husband and son, my body couldn’t handle that much sugar. If I may indulge with sugar once in a while, this was definitely over my sugar threshold and it made me feel sick. I got the message, and made a big decision: I committed to giving up sugar and all sweeteners for the next 30 days.
But I love baking, and giving up baking during the lockdown is not an option. Baking has this relaxing effect on me, that cooking don’t quite have.
My solution: bake all types of loaf (carrot, broccoli, courgette …) minus the sweeteners, and see how it turns out. They look like cake, so it feels does like baking.
This carrot & walnut loaf was my first attempt. Because carrots are sweet by nature, it was a safe bet. I added lots of spices to make up for the potential lack of sweetness. The result: everyone enjoyed it and is ready for the next one.
It’s very quick to prepare once all ingredients are ready.
Carrot & Walnut Cake Loaf (GF, Paleo, Vegetarian)
- a 20-cm loaf pan
- parchment paper
- an electric whisk
- a large bowl
- a kitchen scale
- 4 eggs lightly beaten
- 150 g coconut oil melted
- 150 g ground almond
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- 50 g walnuts coarsly chopped
- 300 g carrots grated and sliced
- Pre-heat oven to 190C, line a 20-cm loaf pan with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and the coconut oil
- Add the almond flour, baking powder, spices and salt, and whisk
- Add the carrots and walnuts, and mix with a spoon until homegeneuous batter
- Pour the batter in the loaf pan
- Bake for 65-70 minutes until the center is cooked (check with toothpick)
- Transfer to a wire rack by pulling the sides of the parchment paper up and placing it gently
- Let it cool for at least one hour, it will be easier to slice