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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!

Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

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

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12


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.
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Looking for additional Easter food ideas or other spring activities? Stay tuned all week, and check out the following posts:

Easter Egg Chicks

Easter Egg Chicks

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

Strawberry Sunshine Jello Salad

Strawberry Sunshine Jell-O Salad

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  1. I was trying to leave a message about the poppy seed recipe but did not see the comment section so I thought i leave it on the carrot cake.. These are such scrumptious recipes! my fav! is the poppy seed recipe.. Hugs Maria

    1. Thanks, Maria! I’m sorry that the comment field didn’t appear on the other post. That’s strange. 🙁 So glad that you stopped by, though. These are two of my favorite recipes as well!