This Healthy Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake Loaf is ready in an hour and made with 100% whole wheat flour, shredded carrots, walnuts, chocolate chips, and yummy warm spices. You won’t find a more delicious carrot bread on the internet.
We Love Carrot Cake!
Carrot cake oh carrot cake, oh how I love the carrot cake.
If I had a choice, I’d choose carrot cake every time over any other kind of cake. I love the moistness (hate this word), the spicy flavor combination, and the cream cheese frosting.
I’m sure you’re like WTF Lee, this recipe doesn’t have frosting. I know I know, I had to make the executive decision to ditch the frosting when we added chocolate chips. It had to be one or the other.
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Carrot Bread Made Healthier
This carrot cake bread tastes like a combination of chocolate chip banana bread and carrot cake. I guess you could call it banana carrot bread (with chocolate chips, of course)?! And good news for you, we took some steps to make it better-for-you!
Sweetener: We used mashed banana and maple syrup for the sweetener. The shredded carrots and chocolate chips help out, too. If you’re not a big fan of banana, feel free to applesauce or another mashed fruit.
Fat: Instead of using a full 1/4 cup of coconut oil (which is what we would normally do), we subbed out some for nonfat Greek yogurt to lighten things up. I love using Greek in bread because it gives the recipe a hint of tang and a ton of moistness without the fat.
How have I already used the word moist more than once in this post?
Flour: We’re big fans of white whole wheat flour because it’s lighter than normal whole wheat flour and perfect for healthy baking! We do NOT recommend subbing out a grain-free flour as it would change the composition of the entire recipe.
How to grate carrots
If you are wondering how to shred a carrot (mysterious, right?), we used…a cheese grater.
I’m totally that weirdo that owns multiple cheese grater because #1 we love cheese and #2, we shred a lot of veggies. Here’s a good one if you’re in the market.
Pro tip: If you really want the carrots to stick out, we recommend using a larger grate. However, if you want to try and hide the carrots in your bread for the kiddos, you can use a smaller grate size.
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Healthy Carrot Bread Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a standard-size loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Start with the wet ingredients. In a medium/large size mixing bowl, mash a banana until there are minimal to no lumps, then add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl (except for the coconut oil). Mix well.
- In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Once combined, add the melted coconut oil to the batter and mix again.
- Transfer batter into bread pan and then sprinkle on some additional chocolate chips on top.
- Bake at 350ºF for 38-42 minutes.
- Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from bread pan.