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Now that winters have almost begun, all of us love to eat warm and oven-baked recipes. Carrots, ginger, pumpkin all are in the season. If you are tired of your regular gajar ka halwa and want to try something new with carrots, read on.
2 cups wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon of ginger powder/grated ginger/ginger paste
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups unsweetened applesauce
3 cups finely grated carrots
Preheat the oven to 175-degree centigrade.
Grease a baking pan.
Sprinkle the pan with a bit of flour and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger powder, and salt.
In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs together.
Stir in the oil, sugar, vanilla, applesauce and grated carrots into the eggs.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir until just mixed, and pour the batter into the pan.
Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, until a thin knife inserted in the center of the cake, comes out clean.
When done, allow the cake to sit in the pan for at least 15 minutes.
You can store the leftover cake in an airtight container.
Health Benefits/Nutritional Value
Wheat Flour: Wheat is one of the most popular cereal in the world. It is good source of protein, folate, choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It improves metabolism, protects against childhood asthma, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduces bile acid secretion. It is used in many forms like wheat flakes, wheat flour, etc.
Oats: Rich in fiber and protein, thus helpful to reduce weight. Oats also contain minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants hence helps to detoxify the body. It boosts metabolism, and aids digestion.
Nutmeg: It helps to regulate sleep. Nutmeg helps to relieve stress and fatigue. Detoxifies liver and kidney treats bad breath.
Ginger: Ginger Reduces pain and inflammation. Being warm in nature it soothes pain and stimulates blood circulation. Ginger relieves gastric problems like gas, acidity and stomach cramps. It also soothes sore throat.
Salt: Salt not only enhances the taste of your food it has much nutritional value. It restores the electrolytes in our body, it aids digestion and solves many other gastric problems.
Eggs: Eggs are a very rich source of protein and vitamins, they are also a rich source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Eggs increase the good cholesterol in our body and protect us from heart related diseases. They are also a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Vegetable Oil: The health benefits of vegetable oils are dependent on what oil you are using. But most of the vegetable oils are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are required by our body for healthy functioning.
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is less purified than regular white sugar thus it contains more essential nutrients compared to white sugar. Brown sugar is a good source of dietary potassium, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin B.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract contains a huge number of antioxidants, these antioxidants protect your body from the harmful damage of free radicles and toxins. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature and might also help to lower the cholesterol.
Apple: Apple contains Vitamin A, C, E and K in high quantity. It is a rich source of potassium. Apple boosts metabolism, is a healthy source of caffeine and prevents from diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer. It also helps to reduce cholesterol, prevents from heart-related diseases.
Carrots: The best part of carrots is that it contains very few calories and is a rich source of dietary fiber. This is why it is considered one of the best food for weight watchers. It prevents the skin from aging, infections, heart diseases and it also protects gums and teeth from the cavity.
If using ginger paste or grated ginger instead of ginger powder, don’t mix it in dry ingredients, mix it with the wet ingredients.
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