I’m so excited to share this Carrot Cake Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze as a result of it’s tremendous simple to make and completely scrumptious. Plus, it’ll make your complete kitchen odor heavenly whereas it’s baking, and who doesn’t need that? This carrot bread is ideal to serve for breakfast, a snack, or for dessert. It additionally makes an incredible reward to a good friend or neighbor and I believe it will be a success at a potluck as properly. Mainly, it doesn’t matter what the mealtime or event, you need to most likely make this bread! It’s moist, fluffy and though it makes use of much less sugar than most of the comparable recipes on the market, I believe you’ll discover it’s simply candy sufficient. Plus, the cream cheese glaze drizzled excessive is the right candy addition that makes this Carrot Cake Bread decadent sufficient for dessert!
You’d by no means guess this Carrot Cake Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze is lightened up by the style, however every slice is simply 127 energy or 5 WW Factors on the present Weight Watchers program! I additionally love that I virtually at all times have all of the components to make this recipe available in my kitchen. The prep time is minimal, so every time I get the urge to make carrot bread I can simply shred a pair carrots, stir the components collectively, pour them right into a loaf pan, and bake! To view your present WW Factors for this recipe and observe it within the WW app or web site, click on right here!
Bread or Cake?
I went forwards and backwards between whether or not to check with this as a carrot bread or a carrot cake. I used an identical recipe to what I’d use for different fast breads like zucchini bread, banana bread, or my blueberry bread, and I made it in a loaf pan, so my first response was to name it a bread. Nevertheless, I did add a cream cheese glaze and I believe it’s candy sufficient to eat for dessert, so I made a decision to simply use each and name it Carrot Cake Bread. You possibly can after all check with it whichever method makes you content!
- To Glaze or To not Glaze: For my part it’s undoubtedly price the additional 12 energy or 1 WW Level per slice so as to add the cream cheese glaze – it places this recipe excessive! Nevertheless, the carrot bread remains to be scrumptious with out it, so when you don’t have any cream cheese otherwise you’re trying to save a WW Level or just a few extra energy to can select to skip it. A slice with out glaze is 115 energy or 4 WW Factors.
- Different Sweeteners: I haven’t personally tried making this utilizing a zero-calorie sweetener rather than sugar, however I really feel assured that it will work out simply superb. Simply ensure that the sweetener you’re utilizing has a 1:1 substitution ratio with sugar in order that the sweetness stage isn’t off.
- Add-Ins: I believe walnuts or pecans could be nice on this when you’d like so as to add nuts! Raisins would even be a tasty addition. Remember the fact that both of those add-ins will after all have an effect on the vitamin data/WW factors listed when you’re monitoring both.
You’ll wish to retailer any leftovers of your Carrot Cake Bread within the fridge due to the cream cheese glaze. I wish to slice up my loaf after which put it in an hermetic container within the fridge. When you determine to skip the glaze, you may retailer the bread by inserting it on a paper towel in an hermetic container and leaving it on the counter for 4-5 days.
I really like how simply this Carrot Cake Bread comes collectively, and it’s nice to bake as soon as and eat for just a few days straight! You too can freeze it by simply wrapping the loaf or particular person slices in plastic wrap as soon as they’re fully cool and placing them in a freezer bag. You possibly can both defrost them to room temp or warmth them up within the microwave earlier than consuming.
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Carrot Cake Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze
This lighter Carrot Cake Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze is simple to make and scrumptious for breakfast, dessert, or a snack!
For the Bread:
- 1 massive egg
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons mild butter, melted (I exploit Land O’Lakes mild butter unfold with canola oil within the tub)
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon floor cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups shredded carrots
For the Glaze:
- 1 oz 1/3 much less fats cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon skim milk
Pre-heat the oven to 350 levels. Mist a 9” x 5” loaf pan with cooking spray and put aside.
In a big mixing bowl, add the egg, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir collectively till properly mixed. Add the melted butter and stir collectively.
In a separate mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and whisk till mixed. Add the dry components to the moist components and stir collectively till simply mixed right into a batter. Stir the shredded carrots into the batter till mixed.
Pour the batter into the ready loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes till a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clear.
Switch the bread within the loaf pan to a wire cooling rack and funky within the pan for 10 minutes. After the ten minutes, invert the pan to launch the bread onto the cooling rack after which flip it over in order that it’s proper facet up. Permit the bread to relaxation immediately on the rack till cool.
To make the glaze, mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl and beat along with a hand mixer. Add the ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract and the tablespoon of milk and proceed to beat collectively till clean.
As soon as the bread is cool, drizzle the glaze excessive of the loaf after which slice the loaf into 12 (3/4” thick) slices.
To view your present WW Factors for this recipe and observe it within the WW app or web site, click on right here!
Diet Data per (1 slice) serving:
127 energy, 22 g carbs, 9 g sugars, 3 g fats, 1 g saturated fats, 2 g protein, 1 g fiber, 205 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
Weight Watchers Factors Plus:
3 per (1 slice) serving (P+ calculated utilizing the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)