4 words – Healthy desserts are yummy!! I’m making a conscious effort to really kick up healthy eating by going to the source of the problem… desserts.
I was flipping through some weight watchers recipe books and came across a recipe for carrot cake. Carrot cake is one of my favorite types of cakes… other favs are red velvet with cream cheese frosting, german chocolate, chocolate with peanut butter frosting, vanilla with buttercream… ok I have A LOT of favs!
This recipe comes from the Weight Watchers “What to Eat Now” book. I always deviate from recipes to make my own twist to them but this one I stuck with the ingredients to make sure I stay with the 5 point value. Click here for the book on ebay.
1 serving is 5 points; 171 calories, 3 g total fat, 33 g carbs, 18 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein, 62 mg calcium. Recipe makes 12 servings.
- 1 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp five spice powder (I used pumpkin spice instead)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 – 8oz can crushed pineapple, drained, 1/4 cup juice reserved
- 2 carrots shredded
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 4 oz fat free cream cheese
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
Directions: Sift flour, baking powder, five-spice powder/pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix sugar, egg, egg white, oil and ginger. Combine four mixture with sugar mixture.
Mix in crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, raisins and carrots.
Pour mixture into an 8 in X 8 in square greased pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and put directly in freezer. This locks in the moisture!
To make frosting: Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and milk.
Frost and enjoy!! Cut cake into 12 squares. Each square is 5 points plus. I must say, this recipe is very tasty. I didn’t have huge expectations for this and Weight Watchers proved me very wrong. I was skeptical about the 8×8 pan size, thinking it would be small portions but it’s actually a perfect portion of thick and rich cake!
Do you have any yummy weight watchers recipes to share?