Low Fat Carrot Bread

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Who knew that carrots and dried plums (a.k.a. prunes) can go so well together? I accidentally ordered four packages of carrots instead of one when grocery shopping online. I enjoy steaming my carrots so I have an easy vegetable to give my kids with their meal or eat myself for a snack. After both myself and my kids went overdose on the carrots, I decided to try to make this carrot bread with my leftover steamed carrots. The  bread was moist, sweet and filling. I considerate it ideal for a healthy breakfast or snack. It has no oil or butter which makes it super healthy. The bread is full of vegetables and fruit (has loads of pureed carrots, applesauce and diced prunes). The diced plums taste very similar to raisins so either would work. Diced plums have more fiber and less sugar so they would be a better choice. The bread is delicious warmed with some fig jam on top.

Kid Friendly Tips: Have your child help “pulse” the carrots in the food processor and stop depending on how you like the texture of your bread. Have your child help measure the ingredients and discuss what ingredients make the bread healthy and good for your body. Your child can help mix and “fold” in the diced plums. Work on food groups by having your child categorize the ingredients into the appropriate food groups. Discuss various cooking terminology such as “steam” and “bake” and discuss the various textures of the ingredients.

Carryover Book: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss (Post coming soon)

Enjoy my recipe below:

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1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of all spice
dash of nutmeg

1 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup of pulsed steamed carrot
2/3 cup of cinnamon applesauce
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of diced plums or raisins
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour through nutmeg in a bowl with a whisk.

2. In another bowl mix sugar through extract with a whisk.

3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients until moistened.

4. Fold in diced plums. Add batter to greased loaf pan (8 X 4 X 3 inch pan). Bake for about 45 minutes or until done.

5. Serve warm with fresh jam on top. Yum
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