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Chocolate Chip Carrot & Orange Loaf (gluten free)

This is a great way to get veg into your diet. You can't taste the carrot but it makes the cake very moist and Moorish. With date nectar to add natural sweetness and the goodness of oats you can enjoy this cake knowing it's doing you some good.

Use gluten free oats if you are intolerant.
Course: Dessert, sweet treat
Keyword: carrot cake, chocolate cake, gluten free, healthy

Equipment

  • Loaf tin

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups oat flour make your own blending oats in your food processor until you get a fine flour.
  • 1 chia egg 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp orange juice or water. Mix & leave for 10-15 minutes to set.
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 100 ml date/agave/maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plant milk
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder or use cocoa
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF

    Method

    Grate the carrot and leave to one side. In a large bowl add the chia egg, peanut butter, date/agave/maple syrup, milk, vanilla, orange, apple cider and mix together. Now, add the salt, cacao, oat flour and baking soda and mix again. Add the carrot and chocolate chips and mix for one last time. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and pour in the cake mix, spread evenly. Put in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 35-40 minutes. Stick a cocktail stick into the centre of the cake to make sure it's cooked. If it comes out with cake mix on it leave in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove the loaf from the tin and leave to cool fully on a wire rack. Enjoy as it is or decorate with chocolate spread (Sweet Freedom choc pot spread) and chopped nuts like I did. Delicious!

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Notes

TIP: If you don't have orange extract use the zest from one orange. If you want to be extra healthy add chopped nuts or fruit instead of chocolate chips.