Healthy Carrot and Oat Cake

Easy to make, full of flavour and nutritious ingredients, this stunning cake is great with tea or serve as a dessert. I add Sri Lankan cashew nuts and herbs.

3 cups grated fresh carrot
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups ground oats
1 cup honey
1 cup yogurt
2 eggs
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 chopped cashew nuts
1/2 cup mix seeds and nuts (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, crushed almonds)
1/2 cup sultanas and dry cranberries
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
Heat the oven to 180*
In a bowl mix together the yogurt, honey, eggs and oil
In a separate bowl mix together the carrots, oats, cashew nuts, dry fruits, herbs and baking ingredients
Combine both mixtures togethers
Bake in a lined cake tin (22 x 6 cm) for 30 minutes in a hot oven, 180*
Then reduce the heat to 170* and bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes

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Passion Fruit Cake

Passion fruits are available throughout the year in Sri Lanka – we like to use them for juice cordial, and jam is quite popular too. I use fresh passion fruits for this cake recipe.


4 passion fruit, halved
150g butter, room temperature
250g castor sugar
250g flour
4 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut (or desiccated)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbs milk

Icing mixture

Mix together 150g soft butter, 200g icing sugar and passion fruit syrup

To make passion fruit syrup, scoop the passion fruit into a saucepan, add 50g castor sugar and cook on a low flame until it thickens, strain out the seeds and let it cool down. Make sure not to overcook.


Heat the oven to 180*. Line a round cake tin with butter. Mix the butter, sugar and eggs together then add the vanilla, lemon and milk. Mix the flour, baking powder and coconut together. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture, making sure it is lump-free. Add half of the passion fruit syrup and mix roughly. Transfer the cake mixture to the baking tray and bake for about 35-40 minutes. If a wooden skewer comes out clean then it’s cooked. Remove from cake tin and let it cool down. Cut the cake in half, spread with the icing and decorate as you wish.

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