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Healthy Carrot Cake Bread

Servings 10 thick slices


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt whole milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple crushed - drained of juice
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots about 3 large carrots

Topping - optional

  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-9" loaf pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix white whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pecans. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, yogurt, brown sugar, and vanilla. Fold in pineapple and carrots.
  • Add flour mixture to the carrot mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  • Mix the topping ingredients - pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon - and evenly sprinkle on top
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until loaf is brown and toothpick inserted into the center is clean. (I used an 8 1/2" pan and it took exactly 55 minutes.)
  • UPDATE (3/31/19): These make 12 perfect sized muffins too! Grease muffin tins and bake for 28-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


Other Thoughts:
  • Rather than chopping pecans, you can buy the pecan pieces.
  • Buy the crushed pineapple that is in its own juice. This minimizes the added sugar.
  • If your bread lasts more than 48 hours on the counter, store in the fridge to extend it's life.
  • You can also freeze it for 3-4 months.
Athletes: Enjoy a large slice with a cup of greek yogurt for a balanced breakfast. Or, eat a slice post workout to start replenishing those glycogen stores.
Healthy Eating: Get your fruits and veggies while eating some delicious bread! I mean - this right here is what dreams are made of.
Kids: Again, I cannot stress the importance of getting kids in the kitchen to help make foods like this bread. Then, sharing in the delicious final product. Plus, this got at least 2 thumbs up from my kid who isn't sure he likes many foods right now.