Quinoa Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese/ Vanilla Frosting

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Since my toddler is still on his elimination diet from having leaky gut syndrome (i.e., eliminated eggs, dairy, wheat and sugar), I had to get creative with making this carrot cake for our Easter/ Logan’s first birthday celebration dinner tonight.  I’m glad to report that it was a huge hit and success with everyone!!!  The general consensus was that it was very moist, soft and you couldn’t tell it was quinoa! Yay me! 😀

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake Ingredients: 

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 1⁄3 cups water

1⁄3 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk

4 flaxseed eggs (mix 4 tbsp of Nutracleanse or ground flaxseeds with 10 tbsp water, let sit for 5 min)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3⁄4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup xylitol (more if like it sweeter)

1 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1⁄2 tsp  baking powder

1⁄2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp powdered ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp clove

1⁄2 tsp sea salt

2 cups grated organic carrots

1 cup raisins (no added sugar)

Frosting Ingredients:

Vegan Version:

4 scoops vegan vanilla flavoured protein powder  (I use Vega or Leanfit- see below for photos)

Pinch of Cinnamon

Start with 1/2 cup water or unsweetened almond/coconut milk (may need more)

Cream Cheese Version (Dairy)

50 g (1 block) cream cheese (you can use full fat or reduced fat)

pinch of Cinnamon

1/4 cup xylitol (more if you want sweeter)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings (Optional)

Crushed up walnuts

Raisins

I use this for making my vegan flax egg
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Xylitol is amazing! Read the benefits!
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Directions:

Carrot Cake:

Put all ingredients in a blender except for the carrots and raisins and blend until all mixed well.

Hand mix in the grated carrots and raisins.

Pour into coconut oil greased round cake pan.

Bake at 375 Degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes (may need longer time depending on your oven).

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Frosting:

Vegan Frosting:

 Mix ingredients until it is a thick, frosting consistency

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Cream Cheese Frosting:

Blend the cream cheese, xylitol and cinnamon together. Stir in the walnuts and raisins. Using a spatula, spread on the cake. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon, for presentation.

ENJOY!!! 🙂

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Health Benefits

Carrots: Chock full of Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. Click here for more benefits

Quinoa: This isn’t called a superfood for nothing! Quinoa provides. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Read more about it here

Raisins: Stimulates sexuality (betcha that caught your attention!) 😉 Raisins contain an amino acid in raisins called arginine helps to arouse the libido. Read more about raisins here

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