Carrot cake… and CHEESECAKE… made into one delicious, healthier carrot cake swirl cheesecake! OH MY YES!
My dad made this cake a few weeks ago, and I devoured it in a heart beat. It was SO delicious. Two of my favorite cakes, cheesecake AND carrot cake (if you follow me on insty then this is pretty obvious) in one ultimate cake. Instantly, I was hooked but knew I had to make a healthier version because the amount of sugar in it was a little over board (over 3 cups!!!) So over the last few weeks I have been trying to recreate my dad’s Carrot Cake Swirl Cheesecake, and I think I have finally done it!
skinny carrot cake swirl cheesecake
- 1/2 c wholewheat pastry flour
- 1/2 c vanilla protein powder (can substitute with wholewheat pastry flour)
- 1/2 c almond meal
- 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/3 c grated carrots
- 1/2 c coconut palm sugar (or natural sweetener)
- 1/2c natural sweetener
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- 1 egg and 1 egg white
- 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 c extra light cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 c no fat Greek yogurt
- 2 egg whites
- 1 c natvia icing mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/4 c extra light cream cheese (room temperature)
- 3 tbsp no fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 c natvia icing mix
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 175°C. Line an 8″ spring form cake tin with baking paper. Set aside.
- Carrot cake–
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, protein powder, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk the coconut palm sugar, sweetener, applesauce, oil, eggs and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients gently mix until just combined. Gently stir the carrots. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cheesecake ingredients until smooth.
- Assembly of the cake–
- Pour half the carrot cake batter into the cake tin and spread to create and even layer.
- Dollop the cheesecake mix randomly onto the carrot cake by the tablespoon (I used about 4 tablespoons worth of cheesecake) but don’t swirl or spread it out.
- Spoon the remaining carrot cake batter over cream cheese layer and then pour the remaining cheesecake mixture over carrot cake layer (try to cover all of the carrot cake mixture).
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. If it starts to brown half way through cover with aluminum foil.
- Allows to sit in tin until it cools (I left mine in the fridge for 2-3 hours). Ensure it has entirely cooled before icing.
- Frosting– Place all the frosting ingredients into a medium bowl and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- I topped mine with some nut clusters for an extra crunch.