Lately I've been on an experimental roll with protein treats. I'm not sure how I came up with such an urge to make protein carrot cake since it's one of the last things I'd choose if presented with a selection of desserts but the thought wouldn't go away... and so the following cake was born. And the even better news is that I nailed it in the first shot. This cake is moist, the sweetness level is to my liking, the spices are just right and it feels like a cake - not one of those hockey puck "protein cakes". Oh and these are low carb, grain free, refined sugar free, and can be dairy free (with vegan protein powder).
I should mention that these aren't "protein" cakes just from the added protein powder, they get a hearty dose of protein from the whole eggs, egg whites, almond flour, AND the powder.
I've been a fan of whey protein powder for the past few years (since returning to an omnivorous diet). I'm not so much a fan of vegan brown rice based protein powders because I don't like the texture and my body doesn't respond well to it. That being said, if you're a person who does well on vegan protein powders you can give it a try in this recipe and any of the other ones I post (I've got a bunch coming up).
I have a few frosting options or you can omit it all together and just enjoy the cake as more of a muffin.
Protein Carrot Cakes
Low carb - Grain Free - Refined Sugar Free
This tasty cake is so healthy you can enjoy it for breakfast, a mid afernoon snack or dessert. You can turn the recipe into muffins, one layer of cake, or bake in ramekins for individual cakes. Frost it or not!
1/2 cup almond flour
4 tablespoons coconut flour
4 tablespoons protein powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
2 egg whites
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
Preheat oven to 325F. Stir together the dry ingredients (except pecans).
In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs/whites. Add them to the dry ingredients along with the coconut oil, carrots and pecans. Stir together until evenly mixed. Pour the batter into muffin cups (7-8), greased ramekins, or an 8x8" greased pan. I used silicone muffin cups with straight sides. Bake for 23-27 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Coconut Protein Frosting #1
This frosting is super delicious and silky smooth. It's thinner than the other frostings and also makes a great dip for fruit.
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon melted coconut butter
Blend the milk, powder, nectar and vanilla in a blender to combine.
Add the melted oil and butter. Blend again for a minute until thick and creamy.
Chill in the fridge.
Coconut Protein Frosting #2
This frosting is thick and will harden in the fridge - I like frost with this right before eating.
4 tablespoons melted coconut butter
2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons warm water
6 drops vanilla medicine flower essence, or vanilla extract to taste
Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. Use immediately.
Coconut Cashew Frosting
I've made this frosting many times.
1 cup full fat coconut milk
3/4 cup cashews
2 1/2 - 3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Blend all but the coconut oil until smooth and a high speed blender (important for the cashews to be completely broken down for proper thickening).
Add the oil and blend to incorporate.
Pour into a large shallow pan and chill in the fridge for 16 - 24 hours to thicken properly (if you want to speed up the firming, freeze for 1 hour and then put back into the fridge for at least 8 hours).
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 cup packed young coconut pulp
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup cashews
3 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon lecithin, optional
1-2 drops stevia, if needed
Blend the coconut pulp, coconut water, cashews, maple, lemon, vanilla and salt until completely smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and lecithin (if using), and blend again to incorporate.
Taste and add a few drops of stevia if you like it a bit sweeter.
Spread into a large bowl and chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours until it firms up.
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