Have you started thinking about your Easter brunch menu yet? Well, may I suggest that you serve this Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread? Cloaked in a Cream Cheese Glaze, it looks and sounds decadent…but it’s actually pretty healthy!
Chock full of good-for-you ingredients like carrots, applesauce, pecans, raisins, and whole wheat, this tasty loaf of bread is a satisfying way to start your morning…even if it’s not a holiday. Thanks to the pureed fruit, the Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread is very moist, even without too much butter or oil!
I originally developed this recipe a few years ago when I was writing a Madison Eagle cooking column about delicious breakfast options. I have continued to make it each spring because it’s a great change from regular banana bread or blueberry muffins.
Wrapped tightly, this bread freezes well, so feel free to make it in advance. I would just suggest that you wait to add the Cream Cheese Glaze until just before serving. It’s a bit sticky, so it would probably get messy if you tried to wrap the loaf in plastic after drizzling with glaze.
Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread
- ¾ c. grated carrot (approximately 1 carrot)
- 1/3 c. canola oil
- ¼ c. applesauce
- ¼ c. pureed carrot baby food (if you do not have baby food, you can substitute with additional applesauce instead)
- 1 egg
- ½ t. vanilla
- ½ c. sugar
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- ¾ c. all purpose flour
- ¾ c. whole wheat flour
- ½ t. baking soda
- 1/8 t. baking powder
- ½ t. salt
- ¾ t. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ c. chopped pecans
- ½ c. golden raisins
- For the cream cheese glaze:
- 1 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 T. milk
- 2 T. powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine grated carrots, oil, applesauce, pureed carrots, egg, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
- Beat sugars into the mix until creamed.
- Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended. Stir in nuts and raisins.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, or until bread is brown and springs back when gently pressed in the middle.
- Remove bread from pan and cool on a wire rack.
- Just before serving, make the glaze by whisking together cream cheese, milk, and powdered sugar in a small bowl.
- Drizzle the glaze over top.
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