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    Clean Carrot Cake Recipe: Clean Life, Happy Wife

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    Here at Amidst the Chaos, we really believe in supporting and empowering women. Especially when it comes to supporting other female entrepreneurs, such as bloggers. Since I have started blogging, I have realized just how important it is to network and build good relationships with other bloggers. I have been SO blessed to have found an amazing network of strong, passionate and amazing female bloggers. There is no comparing, no judgment, but rather a real sense of camaraderie and wanting to help spur each other on and support one another. As women who are trying to ultimately make a business and provide for their families, there’s a mutual trust that it built where we want to see each other succeed.

    So with that said, I want to do my part in supporting and showcasing some of my favorite bloggers work! And in the same way that when I work with brands, I promise to only bring you the best of the best, that will be my promise to you with these bloggers too. These are women that I have become fast friends with (some I know personally and others I only know online or through texts!). But these are blogs that I’ve grown to love and be inspired by and I want YOU to be inspired by them as well.

    So I decided to ask my friend Pam to be my first guest blogger. She blogs over at Clean Life, Happy Wife. Not only is she probably one of my most beautiful friends, inside and out, she is such an inspiration when it comes to diet/health and exercise. She is actually the one who got me started on the 8 Week Challenge. You can read more about that here.

    So without further ado, here is Pam!

    Guest Blogger Clean Life Happy WifeMy sweet little 4 year old son has inherited many traits from my side of the family, most notably is his sweet tooth! My boy loves cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate…actually it’s hard to think of a sweet treat that he doesn’t like! There is an amazing little bakery near a park that the kids and I like to visit in the summer. This is no ordinary bakery! Everything is made fresh from scratch each day! They offer some of the MOST amazingly delectable desserts you will find anywhere!

    The first time I took my son to the bakery, I told him and my daughter that they could each pick out one treat. My daughter instantly went to the brightly iced butterfly cookies and chose one for her treat. My son slowly ventured away from the kids desserts and toward the cabinet that held the more delicate sweets. He had his eye on one dessert in particular: a mini carrot cake. My son had never tried carrot cake before and I had a feeling that after one bite he may not be so interested in it anymore. I tried to direct him back towards the brightly iced cookies and sprinkle topped cupcakes.

    He gave those more “kid friendly” treats a considerable thought, but was still drawn back to that carrot cake!
    “You know this cake has a vegetable in it right?” I tried to persuade.
    “You know it’s not like a regular chocolate or vanilla cake…AND that you are going to hit little chunks of carrot in each bite?”

    He looked at me with his brown eyes wide and nodded his head “yes”.
    “Cole” I tried to reason, “you don’t even like carrots! Mommy has tried to feed them to you many times and you won’t eat them”
    “I don’t like REGULAR carrots Mommy, only carrot CAKE” he countered in an exasperated tone.
    “Well, what’s the worst that can happen? He doesn’t eat it. No big deal right?”
    So, we left the bakery with one butterfly cookie, one mini carrot cake, and one smiling little 4 year old boy.

    clean carrot cake

    The kids were each holding the paper bag with their goodie inside as we drove 5 minutes to the park. I pulled into a parking space, hopped out of the driver’s seat and opened the back van door. My son was sitting in his car seat with an empty bag and a face full of cream cheese icing. “Oh no” I thought “What a mess! Where is the rest of the cake?” I started looking on the floor by his seat and even crouched down to look under his seat. No sign of the cake.

    I asked my Son, “Where is your cake?”
    “I ate it” my son innocently replied.
    “I see that you have eaten some of it but where is the REST of the cake?” I asked
    Again he replied, “I ate it”.
    I stood there in disbelief.
    Surely he didn’t devour an entire mini carrot cake with his bare hands in the 5 minute drive to the park!
    But, by all accounts the cake was gone.

    I stared at him in astonishment.
    “Well, what did you think of it?” I asked

    He threw his hands in the air and exclaimed “I LOVE carrot cake!”
    What a kid!
    I grabbed some baby wipes for his fingers and made a mental note to register him for the upcoming pie eating contest at our local summer fair. This kid has skills! 

    Needless to say, carrot cake has made some pretty regular appearances since that day at the bakery! I tinkered with a few recipes to come up with a “clean” version of this family favourite. This recipe can be made as a cake as I did here or into little muffins/cupcakes.

    Clean Carrot Cake
    This cake is great as a dessert but is also healthy enough to have a piece (or two) for breakfast!
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    Prep Time
    20 min
    Cook Time
    30 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Prep Time
    20 min
    Cook Time
    30 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Dry
    1. 1⁄2 Cup ground pumpkin seed 1⁄4 Cup coconut flour
    2. 1 Tsp baking powder
    3. 1 Tsp cinnamon
    4. 1⁄2 Tsp nutmeg
    Wet
    1. 1⁄2 Tsp vanilla
    2. 2 Cups shredded carrots
    3. 3⁄4 Cup apple butter
    4. 3⁄4 Cup date butter
    5. 4 eggs
    6. Chopped walnuts or raisins optional
    Icing
    1. 1 Cup coconut milk (place a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Gently open the can and scrape out only the hard coconut that has risen to the top)
    2. 1 1⁄2 Cups Palm oil shortening (you will find this at a health food store)
    3. 1 Tsp vanilla
    4. 2 Tbsp coconut flour 3⁄4 Cup date butter
    5. 2 Tbsp Apple butter 1⁄2 Tsp cinnamon
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 325F.
    2. Line a round cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
    3. In one bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
    4. In a separate bowl combine all wet ingredients and mix well.
    5. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
    6. Pour the batter into your cake pan (or 3 separate cake pans if you want to layer it like I did).
    7. Bake for 30 minutes.
    8. Icing: Mix the shortening and coconut milk in a mixing machine for approx 5 minutes. Slowly add in remainder icing ingredients.
    9. Once the cake is cooled, icing it to your liking, sprinkle with nuts, and serve!
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      This cake is great as a dessert but is also healthy enough to have a piece (or two) for breakfast! I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do!

    xox Pam

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    I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are excited to try this recipe! Carrot cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts and this recipe is going to the top of the list! If I can still enjoy my desserts while eating clean, I’m in!

     

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     

     

     

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  • Reply Aubrey June 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I’m always looking for cleaner healthier recipes. I’m definitely going to make this.

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      I hope you like this! I too am always thinking how I can “clean up” my favourite recipes! Thanks for reading! xo, Pam

  • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Thank you so much for having me on here Christine! Funny enough, Cole asked me for this cake for breakfast! I guess I’ll be whipping up another batch today! 🙂 Thanks again beauty! xoxo

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:18 am

      My pleasure girl! So yummy! Love it! And you! xox

  • Reply Miss Angie June 1, 2015 at 9:43 am

    That looks so strange, but man it sounds tasty enough!

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Haha…yes, this does not have a “traditional” carrot cake look to it, but it is pretty tasty! I hope you like it! Thanks for reading! xo, Pam

  • Reply Jessica June 1, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I love carrot cake too! This looks so delish and I am so happy that you did ice the whole cake. I think it is so great that Christine like to host other bloggers and she chose you … I checked out your site and it is full of things I like! Thanks for an easy entertaining read.

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Christine is really so sweet! Love her and love her blog! I hope you enjoy some of the other recipes too!! xo, Pam

  • Reply Chelsea June 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Looks DELICIOUS, Christine!! Pinning!

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      If you love carrot cake and are looking for a healthier version, I’m sure you will love this! Thanks for reading and for pinning! xo, Pam

  • Reply suee June 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Always on the lookout for a great new carrot cake recipe as its one of our family’s favorites. Im impressed by the clean living approach that Im reading more about these days as its surely the way we should all be heading to get the most from our bodies. Thanks for the post, it was fun to read

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Yes, clean living is becoming more and more common as we learn the harmful affects that refined sugars and foods are having on us. Let me know how you like it! xox

  • Reply Heather Dean June 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! This looks delicious. Pinned! — I can’t wait to make it!

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you for pinning! I hope you like it!
      xo, Pam

  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors June 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Carrot cake is my favorite!! Never thought to add pumpkin! My birthday is this month and I always ask for carrot cake – can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      I hope you love this! A little tip: If you are grinding your own pumpkin seeds make sure to do it thoroughly! The first time I made this recipe the pumpkin seeds were a little chunky so the texture wasn’t quite right! The flavour was sooo good though! I hope you like it! 🙂 xo, Pam

  • Reply Logan Can June 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    This looks delicious! I have a huge sweet tooth and am also trying to start a clean diet. I definitely will be pinning this recipe!

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      For being completely sugar free, this recipe is pretty satisfying! Thanks for reading! I hope you love it! xo, Pam

  • Reply Rosevine Cottage Girls June 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Lol! You don’t even like carrots! 🙂 Made me laugh. This sounds amazing! Will have to try it. Love a good carrot cake!

    • Reply Pam June 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      True story! My son still will not eat carrots but asks for carrot cake for his birthday every year! His picky eating requests make no sense but I’m glad he loves this recipe because I love it too! A victory for a Mom with a picky eater: a dish we BOTH like! 🙂 Thanks for reading! xo, Pam

  • Reply Amber Starr @ Love, Laugh, Live Well June 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    This looks wonderful! I love finding modifications for making clean and healthier treats, and this one has some great substitutions!

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Awesome! Let us know how you like it Amber! xox

  • Reply Bree June 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    this looks delish!! Must try it!

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Let us know how it turns out Bree! xox

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations June 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Haha, hilarious! That’s why I never trust my kids “alone” with treats. 🙂 And yummy! I love a good carrot cake recipe, can’t wait to try this one!

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Let us know how you like it Justine! xox

  • Reply Ashleigh June 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Pinned!! I will be making this as Carrot cake is my all time fav!! And it’s clean, yay!!

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:32 am

      I hope you like it! For a clean cake it’s pretty tasty!
      Xo, Pam

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

      For a clean cake it’s pretty tasty! I’m having a piece for breakfast today!! 🙂
      Xo, Pam

  • Reply Cindy June 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Ooh! I’ll have to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

      I hope you like it! Thank you for reading! xo, Pam

  • Reply Good Enuf Mommy June 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Wow! Looks amazing and healthy too! Love it!

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Isin’t it exciting to find treats that are actually healthy? I hope you like this! xo, Pam

  • Reply Kayla June 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    This story is hilarious, and that cake looks amazing! I’m not a huge carrot cake fan, and now that I can’t eat gluten I tend to be very picky about the baked goods I buy when they tend to cost twice as much, but this story was so great it almost makes me want carrot cake anyways! And I do love cream cheese icing…:)

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised Kayla! xox

  • Reply Shauna June 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This looks yummy! I am trying to slowly get into eating cleaner, and I will definitely be marking this recipe as one to try soon!

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Awesome! Your body will thank you! xox

  • Reply Valerie June 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    YUM! This looks so delicious! Will be pinning this one for sure!

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:36 am

      This is pretty yummy for a clean cake! Thank you for reading and for pinning! xo, Pam

  • Reply Amanda June 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I LOVE Carrot Cake!!! Omg making this now. Okay maybe not, but I will soon!! Thank you (:

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Ha! Well let us know how you like it Amanda! xox

  • Reply Holly Housewife June 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I was going to start by saying yayyyy blog relationships! But I have to say Lololol because that’s what I’m doing!!! That’s the cutest story, I really think it’s a glimpse into my future!;) My son is only 10 months but he has a food obsession!
    I am 100% behind the sweet tooth team!! But my hubby is not a sweets person with the exception of carrot cake!!! So love this, I must bookmark!

    Ok now on to the ladies, blogging has been so good to me I am forever grateful for the friends and relationships I’ve already formed! Amazing :))

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Yes! I agree! The support from other bloggers is something that I wasn’t expecting when I first started blogging and I love it! (especially Christine! She’s my favourite!) I have a few recipes on my blog that I use to trick my sweets loving boy! Hopefully they will work for your son too! Thanks for reading! xo, Pam

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

      You ladies are awesome! Lots of love Holly! xox

  • Reply Jessica June 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I like the idea of cake for breakfast! Sign me up!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

      I know right?!! I’m eating a piece as I type this!! hahha Thanks so much for reading! xo, Pam

  • Reply Rianna, Bohemian Wanderlust June 2, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I love clean dessert recipes, its so nice to be able to enjoy a sweet treat without guilt!

  • Reply LiNdsay June 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for sharing!! Looks DELISH! Love that it’s clean, too!

    I used to be like the little boy – wouldn’t touch carrot cake until one day I tried a Dufflet carrot cake and oh my goodness, it was divine. Since then, LOVE carrot cake! 😉

    • Reply Pam June 2, 2015 at 7:40 am

      I love carrot cake too! It’s so yummy! They are great made into little muffins too! Such an easy and yummy treat to take on the go! Thanks for reading! xo, Pam

  • Reply Meg @ Green With Decor June 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I love carrot cake! What a bonus that this one is healthier. Pinned to make soon!

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Awesome! Thanks for pinning Meg! xox

  • Reply Jess Beer June 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    This seriously makes me wish I liked carrot cake.

    • Reply Christine June 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Give it a try! You might be surprised Jess! xox

  • Reply Charlene Asay June 18, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I love carrot cake. This looks yummy!

    • Reply Christine June 18, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Thanks! Enjoy Charlene! xox

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