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.
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.
Did you know that porridge is well known for its health benefits? This World Health Day, enjoy a nutritious bowl of Flahavan’s. Add flavour to your morning porridge with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and some goji berries to satisfy those sweet cravings.