This Costco Carrot Cake Recipe is the perfect option when you’re looking for a healthy recipe.
It’s made with zucchini and other fruits to give it vitamins and nutrients that your body will feel good about.
Not only does it taste amazing, but it also looks great too! Plus, this moist carrot cake manages to be both gluten-free and vegan despite being versatile in how many people you can make this for.
How to make Costco Carrot Cake Recipe
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 eggs,
- ½ cup buttermilk or plain low-fat yogurt n/a Carrots, shredded (about 2 pounds), n/a Vanilla extract.
1. preheat the oven to 350-degrees F or 175-degrees C and grease an 8″x4″ loaf pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir in cinnamon and nutmeg in another bowl.
4. Add eggs one at a time and mix until just combined.
5. Add half of the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar; mix until combined.
6. Now add half of the buttermilk (or plain low-fat yogurt) and mix until combined, then add the remaining flour mixture and mix until combined.
7. Add vanilla extract and carrots, mixing only until all ingredients are incorporated.
8. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9. Let the cake cool completely before removing it from the pan.
10. Slice and serve with a nice cup of tea or coffee.
Nutrition facts of Costco Carrot Cake Recipe
Why it’s good for you?
I love knowing that this Costco Carrot Cake Recipe is both vegan and gluten-free, which means you can substitute the almond milk for your favorite non-dairy milk option.
Amazing 6 Healthy Nutrition of Costco Carrot Cake Recipe
This Costco Carrot Cake recipe contains 6.6g of protein per slice, which is a fantastic way to get your body’s necessary protein throughout the day. And this recipe gives an amazing anti-aging effect on the skin, keeping it firm and supple.
2. Vitamin K
Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and building strong bones & teeth. Most people think of green leafy vegetables as the primary food source of vitamin K, but carrots have a pretty good amount!
3. Anti-Aging Benefits
Carrots contain beta-carotene, which appears to have anti-aging effects on the skin, and this recipe has 1/2 cup of carrots in it, so the benefits of antioxidants will be higher!
Not all fiber is created equal, and although this Costco Carrot Cake recipe contains very little (1/4 cup), it is still considered a good source of dietary fiber.
The most well-known benefit of carrots is the high levels of vitamin K, which is a great way to get calcium into your diet! If you’re looking for more information on the benefits of carrots, check out my other post!
6. Heart Health
Carrots are full of many different health benefits, especially when it comes to heart health.
Carrots contain a lot of vitamin A and beta carotene, both of which reduce your risk for heart disease by protecting arteries from damage.
Can I Freeze It?
As with any recipe, you can freeze any Costco Carrot Cake Recipe that you don’t consume promptly – make sure to wrap it as tightly as possible and then try to finish it within 3 months to retain the best taste and quality.
How Long Will It Keep?
Any Costco Carrot Cake Recipe should be consumed within 1-2 days of baking for best results. If stored properly in an air-tight container in the fridge, it will last for 5 days.
Is It Healthy?
Unfortunately, this Costco Carrot Cake Recipe does not contain any whole grains and is also made with refined white sugar, which is a major no-no for entire grains and healthy eating.
Costco has great products high in fiber and packed with vitamins, but their products are not always healthy.
If you have time to make this yourself, I would prefer to use whole grain flour and substitute the white sugar with something like Demerara or Rapadura, which is unrefined brown sugar.
Is It Gluten-Free?
This Costco Carrot Cake Recipe is gluten-free, but it is not certified gluten-free. If you’re looking for a variation of this recipe containing whole grains, check out these Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Bites!
Is It Vegan?
This Costco Carrot Cake Recipe is also made with a vegan shortening. If you want to make it completely vegan, substitute the butter with Earth Balance or another vegan butter substitute.
Is It Low Fat?
This Costco Carrot Cake Recipe is not low in fat, as it contains 8g of fat per slice. Check out this Healthy Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe for a much healthier option, which has no butter or refined white sugar!
I feel that the Costco Carrot Cake Recipe is a good basic carrot cake recipe, but it could use some more flavor. Also, I wish it was a little sweeter.
For those of you who have made this already? Do you have any other flavor tweaks to make this a better cake? Let me know by leaving me a comment!