Do you love carrot cake? Do you like to add grated carrots in your muffins? Adding carrots to your recipes is a good way to include more vitamins in your family's diet, without them even noticing! Baking cakes and muffins are also a fun activity that you can do with your kids - it teaches them how to follow instructions and then you all get to enjoy the yummy results.
Keep reading for 3 easy recipes that you can make with your kids, this weekend...
Ingredients: 2/3 cup of vegetable oil, 3/4 cup of raw sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup self-raising flour, 1 and 1/2 cups grated carrot, 3 tablespoons of sultanas and 1 teaspoon of mixed spice. Optional: 1/2 cup crushed walnuts. Icing: 1/2 tub of Philadelphia light cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of icing sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Mix together oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and mix after each one. Add flour, mix again, then add sultanas, spice and carrot. Pour mixture into a round cake tin and bake for 40 minutes. For the icing, mix the ingredients and smooth over the cake when it has cooled. The icing is so good, you will want to use all of it!
2/ "On the Go" Muffins
Ingredients: 2 and 1/4 cups of plain flour, 3 eggs, 2 cups grated carrot, 1 cup grated apple, 1 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of caster sugar, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup chopped dates, 2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons mixed spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence and 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut to decorate.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spray a 12 hole muffin tin with oil. Sift the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir in sugars, carrot, apple, coconut and dates. Make a well in the centre of the ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the 3 eggs, oil and vanilla essence and pour into the well and use a large metal spoon to combine. Spoon mixture into muffin tin holes and top with extra coconut. Bake for 25 minutes.
Ingredients: 3 medium carrots, 1 cup oats, 1 cup unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup dates, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger and desiccated coconut to roll them in.
Firstly, chop up the carrots and then add them in the food processor to blitz on their own. When grated, add the other ingredients and blitz until chopped and combined. Remove the blade and scoop out tablespoon-sized balls and roll them in your hands. Roll in desiccated coconut and set aside. Repeat for all the balls and store in an airtight container.
Carrots are so good for you - why don't you use up the carrots in your fridge and make one of these carrot recipes today? They are sure to disappear so fast, you will have to make more tomorrow!