Another Mary Flahavan signature recipe – carrot cake with a healthy twist!
Serves 16|Takes 30
100g Flahavan’s Oat Bran or Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets
125g vegetable oil
1 tsp baking powder
200g grated carrot
50g chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
125g icing sugar
50g cream cheese
100g Flahavan’s Jumbo Oats
2 tbsp. sunflower oil
Orange rind to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180°C
If using porridge oats instead of oat bran blitz in a food processor for approx. 1 minute until they are a finer texture.
Add all the cake ingredients to the food processor and blend well.
Pour the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin lined with parchment paper.
Bake in the oven for 1-11/4 hours. Allow to cool on wire rack.
For the Jumbo oats topping:
Heat the oil and honey in a small saucepan, add the jumbo oats and mix well.
Spread on to a baking tray, lined with parchment and bake at 150°C for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown.
For the icing:
Blend the butter, icing sugar and cream cheese in a food processor or mixer until smooth.
Spread the icing over the cooled cake, sprinkle with some of the toasted jumbo oats and decorate with orange rind as desired.
- Mix the oats with the apple juice in a deep bowl.
- Microwave for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally until the juice is absorbed. Add more juice if necessary.
- Leave to stand for 1 minute.
- Stir and serve topped with sliced apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Oatmeal bars (or just oats in general) are great for boosting your energy and giving you a much-needed top up of fibre, known to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And apart from being full of health-benefits, added with flavours of cinnamon and vanilla, these oatmeal bars make a tasty snack to eat on the go anywhere.
- 2 sticks (226g) unsalted room temp butter
- 2 x 2/3 cups of white sugar
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp grounded cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 tsp baking powder
- 1 big jar black cherry preserve
- Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF / 175ºC.
- Grease a baking pan (I used a 20 x 20 cm / 8 x 8 in) with butter and leave to the side.
- Cream the butter and sugar together really well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
- Spread the preserves over it in an even layer.
- Crumble the remaining mixture, with your hands, over the raspberry preserves.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
- Cool completely before cutting.
If you can’t get hold of any Black Cherry preserve then it’s just as easy to make your own – if not easier as you don’t need to leave the house! All you need is pitted black cherries, sugar and lemon. Glaze the cherries with sugar and leave for a couple of hours then simmer on a low heat for 1 hour.