By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Quick breads are simple to make. This recipe uses fruits to sweeten it and carrots to give it a chewy texture. In addition, the carrots makes this bread an excellent source of vitamin A.

Number of servings

  1. Healthy carb
  2. Low Sodium


    1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/3 cup trans fat-free margarine, softened to room temperature
    1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, firmly packed brown sugar
    1/3 cup skim milk
    2 tablespoons unsweetened orange juice
    2 egg whites, or egg substitute equivalent to 1 egg, beaten
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon grated orange rind
    1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
    2 tablespoons golden raisins
    1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts


Heat oven to 375 F. Spray 2 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine first 6 dry ingredients. Set aside.

Using a mixer, or stirring vigorously by hand, cream margarine and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in milk, orange juice, egg, vanilla and orange rind. Stir in carrots, raisins and walnuts. Add reserved dry ingredients. Mix well.

Spoon batter into loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1/2-inch slice

  • Total carbohydrate 15 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sodium 82 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol trace
  • Protein 2 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 2 g
  • Calories 110
  • Added sugars 6 g

This recipe is one of 400 recipes collected in the "Fix-It and Enjoy-It! Healthy Cookbook" published by Good Books.

Feb. 19, 2015