Carrot Cake Parfaits

Carrot Cake Parfaits

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

All the warm and spicy flavors of carrot cake with creamy frosting are captured in this unique trifle dessert. It will make a special ending to your fall and winter holiday meals.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute blend equivalent to ¼ cup granulated sugar (see Tip)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute blend equivalent to ¼ cup brown sugar (see Tip)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (4 medium)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons pureed baby food carrots
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x1½-inch round baking pan (or line with parchment paper and grease the paper); set aside. In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and nutmeg; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together applesauce, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and oil. Stir in shredded carrots. Add flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
  3. Spread batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Peel off parchment paper, if using. Cool completely on wire rack. Coarsely crumble cooled cake (the crumbles will be dense and moist).
  4. In a medium bowl, fold together dessert topping, baby food carrots and ginger just until combined.
  5. Divide half of the crumbled cake among ten 6-ounce parfait glasses or dessert dishes. Top with half of the dessert topping mixture. Top with pineapple. Top with the remaining crumbled cake and the remaining dessert topping mixture. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  • Tip: If using sugar substitutes, choose Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking to substitute for the granulated sugar and Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend to substitute for the brown sugar. Follow package directions to use product amounts equivalent to ¼ cup of each sugar. Nutrition per serving with substitute: same as below, except 182 calories, 100 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 9 g sugar. Exchanges: 0 other carbohydrate, 0 vegetable, 1 fruit.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 parfait
  • Per serving: 198 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 21 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 4,035 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 24 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 101 mg sodium; 148 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (81% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 fat, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

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