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Carrot-Walnut Bread
© Jim Franco

Carrot-Walnut Bread

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: MAKES ONE 9-BY-5-INCH LOAF; 8 SERVINGS
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

  1. Vegetable oil cooking spray
  2. 3 medium carrots (7 ounces), thickly sliced
  3. 1/2 cup walnut halves
  4. 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1 cup sugar
  11. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  12. 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the carrots and boil over moderately high heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash the carrots with a potato masher. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a pie plate, toast the walnuts for about 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
  3. Sift the flour with the baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale yellow. Whisk in the oil and buttermilk. Stir in the carrots and walnuts, then stir in the flour mixture until blended.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until risen and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool completely.
Make Ahead The loaf can be wrapped in plastic and stored for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Notes One Serving 312 calories, 13.2 gm total fat, 1.4 gm saturated fat, 46 gm carb.