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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