This healthy carrot apple and sultana loaf has no added sugar, and it's also low in fat. However, it's very delicious due to the natural sweetness of the fruit and carrots. This healthy carrot cake recipe has a lovely moist texture, making this a yummy treat at any time of the day.
This healthy carrot loaf cake is made with wholemeal flour, which is higher in fibre. Fibre will help to keep you full, and is good for your digestion. A diet high in fibre has also been shown to help reduce heart disease and a number of other serious diseases (see here for NHS advice about fibre).
What you'll love about the recipe
- No added sugar. There's no sugar at all in this healthy carrot loaf cake recipe. The cake is sweetened entirely with carrots, apples and sultanas.
- Low fat. The only fat in the recipe is from the egg yolk. Yet you'd never know as the texture of this low fat carrot cake is very moist.
- This healthy carrot loaf is also low in calories. A generous slice has just 121 calories so you can treat yourself to a healthy snack, even at breakfast time! (You might also like this courgette and apple cake recipe with 99 calories!)
- Nutrient-dense. The carrots, apples, wholemeal flour and egg contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.
- Quick and easy to make in one bowl.
- Apples. Any kind of dessert apples will work well in this healthy carrot, apple and sultana loaf cake. There's no need to peel the apples - leaving the peel on will help to retain the nutrients. If you are going to use a food processor to make your cake, just core and roughly chop the apples. If you plan on mixing the cake by hand, then grate the apples
- Carrot - as with the apples, don't peel them, and either roughly chop or grate them
- Sultanas: dried fruit will add extra natural sweetness to your healthy carrot and apple loaf, so there is no added refined sugar. If you don't have sultanas, then either raisins, chopped prunes or dates are also a delicious addition
- Cinnamon. Spices are a great way of adding natural sweetness to baking, and cinnamon complements the flavour of apple perfectly. If you don't have cinnamon, you could use mixed spice instead. Or experiment with other sweet spices such as allspice, nutmeg or ground cardamom
- Wholemeal flour adds a lovely nutty flavour to this healthy carrot loaf cake. It is also naturally higher in nutrients than white flour, including B vitamins which are important for energy
- Egg and milk will add structure and moistness. You can use non dairy milk if you prefer. If you are making the cake by hand rather than in a food processor, beat the egg first to make mixing easier
- Baking powder helps the cake to rise. Measure the baking powder carefully, as too much can add an unpleasant metallic flavour to your baking
Optional ingredients and variations
If you like, you could also add a handful of chopped walnuts to this recipe
If you want to make a gluten free version of this healthy carrot cake, use gluten free flour. In the UK you can buy brown gluten free flour which has some fibre added. Otherwise, use 100g of gluten free flour, plus 25 g of a healthy wholegrain such as gluten free oats, buckwheat or ground flaxseed.
How to make healthy carrot apple loaf cake
This healthy carrot, apple and sultana loaf recipe is incredibly easy, as you simply need to mix all of the ingredients together.
If you have a food processor, add the apples and carrot first and blitz until finely chopped. Then add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, egg and milk. Stir the sultanas into the mixture by hand at the end so that they remain whole.
If you want to make the carrot loaf cake by hand, use grated apple and carrot, and stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
This quantity of mixture will fill a 1lb loaf tin which is approximately 7x3 inches. I find it is best to put some buttered greaseproof or baking paper in the bottom of the tin, so that the cake is easier to remove.
If you want to make a larger carrot and apple cake, then double the ingredients and use a 9 inch round tin. You'll need to cook the larger cake for an extra 20 minutes until firm to the touch.
Storing healthy carrot cake
This delicious moist cake will store well for a few days in an air-tight container. If you want to store it for longer, freeze it. Wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.
Frequently asked questions
That depends on the carrot cake! Like many other cakes, carrot cake can be high in saturated fat and sugar. And if there's frosting on the cake, this is likely to increase the fat and sugar even more. This healthy carrot apple and sultana loaf cake is naturally sweetened with fruit, and there's no added sugar. It's also very low in fat.
This healthy carrot loaf cake recipe is low and fat and sugar, which reduces the number of calories in the cake. There are just 121 calories in a slice. Different carrot cake recipes can vary hugely in calories, so if you are concerned, make sure you check on the packaging or recipe.
Other healthy low sugar cakes
This fat free fruit cake and gluten free tea loaf are both delicious. Or if you want a richer, more traditional fruit cake, you might like to try this no added sugar fruit cake recipe. For a seasonal spring time treat, how about this almond and rhubarb cake which is sweetened with just a little honey?
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Carrot, Apple and Sultana Loaf
- 150 g grated apple approx 2 apples
- 75 g grated carrot approx 1 carrot
- 125 g plain wholemeal flour
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoon milk
- 80 g sultanas
- Line a 7x3 inch loaf tin with buttered greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan).
- If you have a food processor, you can just add roughly cut chunks of the cored apples and carrots to the bowl, and blitz until it looks as though they’ve been grated. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and egg, and whizz briefly. Then add around 3 tablespoon milk until you have a softish texture. Finally, stir in the sultanas by hand (otherwise they will become chopped and disappear into the mixture)
- If you are making the loaf by hand, just add the grated apple, carrot and sultanas to a bowl, along with the dry ingredients. Beat the egg and add to the mixture with the milk and mix to a soft consistency.
- Spoon into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 mins. Allow to cool, then remove from the tin and peel off the baking paper.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.