GF Carrot Sweet Potato Date Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cup of carrots-shredded
  • 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes-pureed
  • 1 cup of dates-mashed
  • 1 cup of hazelnuts crushed-for the base
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-coconut/regular
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar for topping-feel free to omit
  • 3 tbsp of butter melted-for base
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need a 9″ x  5″ loaf pan.

In a bowl mix together brown rice flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder/soda, salt and set aside. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, carrots, sweet potato puree, and dates. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry.  Add the 2 tbsp of chia seeds last so the mixture doesn’t become too doughy.  In loaf pan add the crushed hazelnuts and 3 tbsp of butter to the bottom and spread out evenly.  Pour the batter into the pan, feel free to sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the mixture if you’d like.  Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Benefits:

  • Carrots: Carrots are rich in many antioxidants and are high in carotenes (hence their bright orange appearance).  Carotenes may help protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce incidence of heart disease, and help maintain great vision!  They are also high in fiber, vitamins E and C, calcium and potassium.  Fun fact: Carrots contain falcarinol which is a chemical that has been shown to decrease tumors in animals.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are also high in carotenes, which have anticancer benefits.  They may help lower your total cholesterol and LDL levels.
  • Dates: Dates are high in calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, and fiber.  They may help with constipation issues due to their high level of soluble fiber.
  • Hazelnuts: Hazelnuts are a wonderful source of potassium, protein, and monounsaturated fats. They may help with lowering blood pressure. and reducing fluid retention.

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