Recipe: Carrot Apple Ginger Loaf

Recipe: Carrot Apple Ginger Loaf

This autumn colored loaf is loaded with all the necessary nutrients you need to start the year off right.

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Carrot Apple Ginger Loaf
Recipe type: Snack
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup unrefined coconut oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup raw sugar or sucanat, or ½ cup local honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup coarsely grated carrots
  • 1 cup coarsely grated apple
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat them with a hand mixer.
  3. Add the coconut oil, applesauce, sugar/sucanet/local honey and vanilla extract; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  5. Add the dry ingredient mixture into the liquid mixture, gently folding with a spatula until just combined. (*see notes below)
  6. Divide the batter equally between two greased, flour-dusted 5x9-inch loaf pans.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
Notes
*For a gluten-free version, use 4 eggs instead of 3 and 2½ cups of gluten-free baking mix, rather than the 3 cups of all-purpose flour. If you are using a gluten-free baking mix, you will want to thoroughly mix the wet and dry ingredients together and let it rest for about 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

 

To help you enjoy making semi guilt-free desserts, here is a laundry-list justification!

  • Free range local eggs are a wonderful source of zinc and vitamin A, which are necessary for adrenal gland health, sulfur, which is necessary for detoxing, and nourishing Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial
  • Local honey is said to do wonders for environmental allergies
  • Cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Nutmeg relieves anxiety and insomnia
  • Clove is anti-inflammatory
  • Ginger aids digestion
  • Carrots are rich in antioxidants
  • Apples contain lots of detoxifying fiber

Want to add something special?

The bread itself is moist and delicious, but if you’d like go for it, here are the ingredients for a wonderful Cream Cheese Glaze:

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Cream Cheese Glaze
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. To make the glaze, add the softened butter and cream cheese to a bowl and begin mixing.
  2. Be careful as you begin to add the milk- you may want to shield yourself from splattering with a tea towel.
  3. Ad the vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour the glaze over the whole loaf of bread, or spread on thick slices to serve.

 

 

 

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Comments (4)

  • Lianne November 20, 2013 - 7:13 pm Reply

    Yummy, Sierra!! I’m super impressed with your baking skills! Gonna have to try this one! And thanks for adding the gluten-free notes; that’s great!

  • Sierra November 20, 2013 - 10:16 pm Reply

    Oh why thank you! Let me know how the gluten free version turns out 🙂

  • Tania February 11, 2016 - 3:52 pm Reply

    You’ve omitted the step of adding the grated carrots, apples and ginger to the mixture. Despite this omission, I am still going to bake this up for my family’s delight.

    • UKadmin April 5, 2016 - 11:42 pm Reply

      Good catch Tania! Thanks for letting us know!

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