1 cup finely grated carrots
1 / 2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 1 / 2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 / 2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 / 3 cup oats
1 / 2 cup chopped walnuts
1. Oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease a 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pan. Combine flour, oats and baking soda in a bowl.
Sift together. In a larger bowl, beat butter or margarine, add sugar. Then add eggs, milk and vanilla. Gradually add in carrots.
3. Add flour mixture slowly to the carrot mixture. Lastly, stir in walnuts. Spread batter in loaf pan.
4. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until golden. Test with a toothpick until it comes out clean from the bread. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, loosen around the edges with a butter knife and then remove bread from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Optional – Double the recipe and make 2 loaves. Serve one now and freeze the other. This recipe freezes well!
6. ENJOY! – Delicious and nutritious!
Years ago, a reader requested some healthy snack recipes for her children. This carrot bread is a perfect example of a healthy snack for kids as well as a great breakfast bread or afternoon tea bread.
Having 3 children of my own, I know how they can have bottomless stomachs when it comes to eating. My son, Tom, was the ultimate eating machine. He was born hungry. My first child came into this world at 9 pounds and 13 ounces. The nurses came to see who had this big baby. One of the nurses commented, “You didn’t have a baby, you had a man”. The doctor said to feed my child every 4 hours but Tom wanted to eat every 2 hours. It has been that way ever since. Mind you this son of mine had a hard time gaining weight as a teenager. He was 6’3’ and his built was slender, still is; lucky him. One time when Tom was about 12 years old, I was woken up at about 3:00 am in the middle of the night from the sound of humming. There was Tom in the kitchen eating big bowl of cereal. His reasoning was he woke up hungry and had to eat at 3:00 am. Do you know the saying, “Feed me, I’m yours”, well it is true. It is very hard for a mother not to feed a hungry child at any time, day or night.
Providing healthy snacks for my son and 2 daughters had been a challenge for me. When I was growing up the only thing I was allowed after school was a small sweet and then nothing else until our 6:00 p.m. dinner. I remember it was torture to wait those 3 hours until dinner was ready. My mother always kept celery and carrots cleaned and in the refrigerator for a ready snack all the time. I followed this practice with my own children. The only difference with mom and me is that I let my kids dip their celery and carrots in salad dressing. After dinner and after dessert, the kids were always still hungry. “You can have some fruit”, was always my answer. The simple things in life are usually the easiest answers.
Fast forward to present day and some things never change. Whenever I go to my son, Tom’s, home I bring food, whether cookies, macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, etc. I never go empty handed. But,just recently, I went to his home immediately from work and arrived to babysit my grandkids without bringing anything. My grandson, Tommy, after a hug and kiss, said, “Tima, did you bring me anything to eat!”
When I said not this time, he let out a big disappointed cry of, “Ahhhhhhh,I’m so hungry!” Like I said, some things never change, like boys and their bottomless stomachs.
The breads I make like this carrot bread, provide a great snack. Instead of candy or chips, a slice of bread is delicious and filling for a child or an adult. Bake, bake and bake some more. The house will be warm and their tummies will be full, at least until the hungry cry of, “Mom, can I have something to eat!”