Fat free carrot and almond cake: my favourite!

Fat free carrot and almond cake: my favourite!

By 13/03/2014

Carrot cake hasn't originated in Italy, in fact it is an English cake which was revived in Britain due to the rationing during the Second World War.

This moist, wholesome and rustic cake is just one of those you could make over and over again and never get bored with. In my version I have added an Italian touch by using almond flour and made it healthier by not using any butter or oil. Did it work?

Yes it did! The natural oil of the almonds, the aromatic citrus flavour of orange and lemon plus a touch of vanilla extract have given this cake a perfumed and fragrant flavour, which reminds me of the beautiful flavours and smells of the Sicilian cuisine. I could not ask for more out of an homemade cake.

I have used dark cane sugar I had in the cupboard which has an interesting moist texture and a strong flavour and smell of molasses but if you don't have that you can use any brown sugar instead.

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Almond flowers -Photo courtesy girasicilia.it

Italians love almonds and I am one of them too. They are useful in "times of crisis" when you get those naughty cravings and you could devour anything in sight. A handful would keep them at bay and keep you happy too.

In the south of Italy many cakes and biscuits are baked using almonds as they grow nicely in sunny Mediterranean countries. Carrots and almonds are a great combination. This is a cake I will make again, definitely.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes

Instructions

Wash, clean and grate the carrots. Put them in a bowl with the juice and zest of the orange and with the lemon zest

Carrot and Almond Cake Fat Free

Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and ground almonds. Stir well.

Carrot and Almond Cake Fat Free

Add the flour and stir well. You need to reach a creamy and runny mixture

Carrot and Almond Cake Fat Free

Pour it in a well greased baking tin and cook at 170C for 40 minutes

Carrot and Almond Cake Fat Free

Check with a toothpick if the cake is ready. Leave it in the oven for a little longer if the cake is still very wet inside.

Serve with icing on top or with just a little dust of icing sugar.

Carrot and Almond Cake Fat Free

Carrot and Almond Cake Fat Free

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10 Responses to Fat free carrot and almond cake: my favourite!

  1. Catherine

    Dear Alida, One of my favorites. The fact that it is fat-free is good for the warm weather to come. This way the pounds won’t build. lol
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    This is the healthiest carrot cake I have ever seen and it looks so moist and delicious!

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie!

  3. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    Oh how I adore Carrot Cake. I love the notion of using the almond flour and no butter and oil. Carrot Cake always makes me feel guiltless but now it really could be!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Alida. It looks scrumptious!!!

    • Alida

      Thank you Louise!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dearest Alida, This is the most beautiful Carrot cake that I have ever seen. It looks so moist, and you can see the carrots. Now a days the recipes seem to process the carrots so small you cant even taste them. I love the fact that you used no oil or butter, The almonds and the citrus must make this cake so flavorful. My family loves raisins in the carrot cake, I wonder if that can be added as well? Fabulous recipe and your photos are perfect!! Thank you for sharing your recipe..Blessings for a wonderful weekend…Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Oh Dottie you always make me feel so good! Your comments are always so kind and lovely. I think raisins would go very well with this cake. I didn’t put them in as some of my friends I had over are fussy about them. But they surely add and extra tasty bite to this cake. X

  5. gloria

    This carrot cake look really amazing and moist and delicious!! xxx

  6. la cucina di Molly

    Quanto mi piace questa torta di carote, perfetta per la colazione! Buona domenica, ciao!

  7. Alida

    Carrot cake is always very popular! Your cat knows whats’ good!! X

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