Best Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe with Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Best Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe with Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Add Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe to Your Menu

If you have never made my healthy Carrot Cake recipe with easy Cream Cheese Frosting from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook, then stop what you are doing and put it on your menu! I am a huge carrot cake fan and my moist Carrot Cake Bars are a must when looking for a mouth-watering dessert. Don’t be intimidated to whip up this classic sweet treat and if you ever wondered how to make cream cheese icing, look no further! I just included this recipe on my WBRZ Noon Show Cooking segment for Holly’s Holiday Countdown because I was craving carrot cake! Also, for a real treat top the Carrot Cake with my Spiced Walnuts–talk about sugar and spice and everything nice!

Carrot Cake Bars with easy Cream Cheese Frosting from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis

One of my favorite carrot cake recipes; moist and luscious with a divine easy cream cheese frosting.

Makes 24-30 bars

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)Preheat oven 350°F.

1. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.  In large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, oil, orange juice, and vanilla.   Stir in carrot and pecans.
3. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Add to carrot mixture; stirring just until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan. 
4..Bake 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and ice with Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe).

How to Make Cream Cheese Icing

How to make cream cheese icing on carrot cake. Nothing beats and easy cream cheese icing that even a healthier version.  I reduced the butter and cream cheese but kept it indulgent.

4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice

1.  In mixing bowl, beat together all ingredients until creamy.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 145, Calories from Fat 29%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 63mg, Carbohydrates 24g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 18g, Protein 2g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Terrific Tip: Use pre-shredded bagged carrots as step saver.  I think sometimes the shredded carrots are what keeps people from making a carrot cake so this is an easy fix.  Or, I also buy baby carrots since they are already filled and shred them in my food processor–couldn’t be easier!

Carrots are Rich in Carotenoid Antioxidants


This healthy carrot cake recipe is from my arthritis cookbook, Eating Well to Fight Arthritis, for a reason. Carrots are rich in the antioxidant – Vitamin A, also known as Carotenoids – the carrot’s namesake!

The Carotenoid antioxidants, are naturally occurring pigments that are mostly responsible for the color red, yellow, and orange in fruits and vegetables. These powerful antioxidants are found to have anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, and immune boosting properties.  You have a good-for-you healthy carrot cake, one of my very favorite desserts.


Where Did Carrot Cake Bars Come From?

It is believed that the history of what we know of as the healthy carrot cake recipe came from Medieval times and looked more like a carrot pudding. It is unsure how exactly carrot pudding turned into cake but we do know that during the middle ages sugar was expensive and hard to come by so carrots were used as a sweetener in cakes and baked goods. Today we combine Carrot Cake Bars with this easy Cream Cheese Frosting and it couldn’t be sweeter!

Mini Spatula is Most Used Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Mini Serving SpatulaMini Serving Spatula

This Mini Spatula has been one of my most LOVED unique kitchen gadgets that I just had to buy it for stocking stuffers. It is the perfect size to get bar cookies like my Carrot Cake Bars with easy Cream Cheese Frosting that one of my favorite Christmas party recipes! I even used the mini spatula on my TV segments for the Carrot Cake Bars and the Blonde Brownies-yes, my healthy holiday recipes!

I bought this mini spatula for all my kids one year and I think anyone I know because it is such a useful bar cookie spatula. Perfect simple stocking stuffer.





carrot cake bars and how to make easy cream cheese frosting

Get All The Recipes Featured on WBRZ Noon Show For Easy Christmas Recipes

The holidays are hectic and I was craving my Carrot Cake Bars with Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. So, when deciding my recipes for my Holly’s Healthy Holidays cooking segment, my healthy carrot cake recipe topped the list!  Wow, was it moist and so good. All the recipes for my first Friday segment are from my Arthritis cookbook which means they are really just anti inflammatory recipes.  I also featured my favorite avocado nutritious dip, Guacamame and probably the most popular recipe on my healthy food blog, Spiced Walnuts.  They might be arthritis diet recipes but truly, they are just my healthy easy recipes.  In case you missed the segment, now you have all these delicious holiday party recipes to make at your own home.

Top My Easy Carrot Cake Recipe with Spiced Walnuts For the Ultimate Combination

Since I had Spiced Walnuts and my healthy Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting made I thought why not combine them together? WOW!! The spicy sweet walnuts on top the creamy cream cheese icing made an unbeatable combination and one I will from now on be doing.  Separately or together, these are two recipes to put on your to-make list.


Let Me Help You With Your Christmas Shopping List for the Cook!

Top 12 Favorite Kitchen GiftsTop 12 Favorite Kitchen GiftHave you started making you holiday to-do list but it has you wondering what to give for a gift? Look no further than my Christmas wish list of favorite and 12 top unique kitchen gadgets! Someone emailed me and said they had most of these kitchen items in their kitchen so they knew I was a practical cook! Loved it!!!

So, from an inexpensive mini spatula perfect for bar cookies to my pricey coffee maker which truly makes the best coffee, I have done the research for you. Also, I LOVE the silicon bakeware and kitchen tools. Once you use them, you will understand why. Have a wonderful holiday and I hope I have helped. One last thing- get an autographed cookbook directly from my site with DISCOUNT CODE HOLIDAY for 25% OFF!


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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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