Low-Fat Carrot Cake

Low-Fat Carrot Cake

Low-Fat Carrot Cake
Cake – with frosting – on a diet?!? Oh, yeah! This slimmed-down version of an old favorite is a perfect accompaniment with coffee after a meal or as a snack.
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Makes:
1 loaf

Ingredients
1/4 c. oil
3/4 c. applesauce
1/2 c. skim milk
1 1/4 c. sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
6 egg whites
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. raisins
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple with juice
Frosting:
1 c. low-fat cottage cheese
1 tbsp. low fat yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (8 oz.) pkg. of light cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar

Methods/steps
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a rectangular cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. In one bowl beat together oil, applesauce, milk, sugar and egg whites; in another bowl sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Combine both sets of ingredients and beat, mixing in vanilla. Add carrots, walnuts, raisins and pineapple, mixing well after each addition. Bake for one hour or until done. Cool and remove from pan. In a blender or food processor, puree cottage cheese, yogurt and vanilla. Add cream cheese and blend until creamy. Slowly mix in powdered sugar. Frost cake when cooled.

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