Healthier Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

by 247tasty


Two of my favourites in one dessert! This Carrot cake banana bread with a heavenly cinnamon cream cheese frosting is a cross between moist carrot cake and banana cake. Top it all off with chopped pecans or walnuts for that extra bite.


Dry Ingredients:

1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c. quick oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat flour)

Wet ingredients:

1 large egg
2 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (¾ c. mashed banana)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/3 c. almond or coconut milk
1 heaping c. shredded carrots (about 2 large carrots)
1/3 c. chopped pecans or walnuts, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
2 tbsp melted and cooled coconut oil (any oil or melted butter/vegan butter will work)

Optional add-ins:

1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 c. raisins


1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (reduced fat if you’d like)

How to make Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees F. Using nonstick cooking spray, grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan.

Step 2: Place the whole wheat pastry flour, quick oats, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Combine the mashed banana, coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl until well blended and creamy. Then, add the applesauce and almond milk. Next, fold in the carrots.

Step 4: To the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and mix well until just combined. Make sure not to OVERMIX. Next, carefully fold in the melted coconut and 1/4 c. chopped walnuts or pecans followed by the raisins and coconut (if using).

Step 5: Into the prepared loaf pan, pour the batter. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 40 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

Step 6: Take the pan off the oven when done and place it on a wire rack. Let the bread cool for about 15 minutes before removing it from the pan to cool completely.

Step 7: Meanwhile, make the cinnamon cream cheese frosting. On medium speed, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon for a couple of minutes until smooth. Over the cooled cake, spread the frosting and sprinkle with 2 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans.

Step 8: Slice the bread into 10 to 12 pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Servings: 12 slices, Serving size: 1 slice
Calories: 210kcal, Fat: 7.5g, Saturated fat: 3.7g, Carbohydrates: 33.2g, Fiber: 4.6g, Sugar: 14.9g, Protein: 4.3g

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