Carrot cake is one of those sneaky little desserts that make you believe you’re being virtuous (it’s got carrots!) but really, it’s a calorie bomb. One generous slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting has around 650 calories. Carrots or no carrots, that’s not a good deal for your figure (unless you have a few extra hours to spend at the gym). But that doesn’t mean you have to write it off. With a few easy substitutions, you can make a delicious carrot cake that is actually good for you.
At 342 calories per slice, EatingWell’s healthy carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting comes in at nearly half the calories of a traditional version. Here’s how we made carrot cake healthy: