WIAW: Carrot Cake All Day
Usually, carrot cake would not be an appropriate food to eat all day long (unless you’re trying to bulk up for the winter).
I’m not, despite what you might think if you’ve ever seen me take down a pint of froyo.
When your “cake” is made of oats, egg whites, real carrots, and Greek yogurt though, you can eat it whenever you d@mn well please!
I found this amazing recipe on the blog With Peanut Butter on Top. I knew immediately from the blog’s name that I would like everything this chick makes.
On Sunday evening, I whipped this baby up. It was so good, I ended up eating it on Monday for breakfast, a snack, and dessert. Usually, I would feel pretty bad about eating “dessert” all day long, but this recipe is so clean and only 133 calories a slice. Can you believe it??
My family (who I was visiting in Tucson earlier this week) certainly couldn’t. My mom was right there with me eating it all day, and my dad gave it a “not bad.” That’s a huge compliment coming from a man who eats donuts for breakfast and says my healthy recipes taste like cardboard.
It’s gluten-free, sugar-free, low-cal, and low-carb. I’ve renamed it “BLD” Carrot Cake, as in, you can eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“BLD” Carrot Cake
2 C. Ground Oats
1 C. Grated Carrots
1/2 C. Unsweetened Applesauce
5 Egg Whites
1/2 C. Stevia (or any type of sugar substitute)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 C. Greek Yogurt
1/2 C. Cottage Cheese
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 T. Stevia (0r sugar)
1. Set oven to 350.
2. Combine all wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another. Then mix together.
3. Pour into a circular baking pan, coated with cooking spray.
4. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Make topping. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
6. After cake cools, spread with topping and diced walnuts (optional).
7. Enjoy (at any time of the day)!
Total Calories: 133 per slice, serves 8
But carrot cake wasn’t the only traditionally sugar-laced substance I indulged in recently. When I returned from Tucson last night, I had another sweet treat awaiting me…
My absolute favorite Stevia-sweetened soda, Zevia!!
I have been drinking Zevia for quite some time and was so excited when they said I could be one of their “Certified Smart People.”
Basically, it just means that they have acknowledged that I’m a person who makes smart lifestyle choices, like drinking soda that’s not packed full of harmful chemicals. It’s pretty easy to be a smart person :)
Zevia tastes so similar to regular soda but it’s so much better for you. No added sugar, no disgusting chemicals.
If you’re trying to kick a nasty Diet Coke habit and looking for a calorie-free alternative, I highly recommend Zevia.
Not only do they have a traditional Cola flavor, they also have Orange, Grape, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Strawberry, Lemon-Lime, Grapefruit Citrus, Mountain Zevia (like Mt. Dew), Dr. Zevia (like Dr. Pepper), and a caffeine-free Cola. What more could you ask for?!
If you’re a parent, it’s also a great option for kids. In case you live under a rock, childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. Did you know 12 million children in the U.S. are obese? Watch this video for more info.
You can find Zevia at Whole Foods, Target, Safeway, etc. Or just check for a location near you here.