Pumpkin Pie Spiced Carrot Bread

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen just cooking, experimenting fall recipes (creamy butternut squash soup & pumpkin donuts) and finally getting over my fear of yeast in baking.. I woke up Saturday morning early, needed to clear my head little bit so headed straight to the kitchen for a therapeutic baking moment. I didn’t really have anything particular on my mind..I saw a bag of carrot waiting to be used. Without thinking any further, I started grating them- who knew grating carrots could be (yes, only when you are little overwhelmed).. coz’ all I did was mindlessly grate three or four carrots and not really follow any recipe, just went by instincts – the end result was the carrot bread spiced with pumpkin pie topped with coconut flakes. 

My head was clearly not on this bread so I did not have good feeling about it at all..its just another failed attempt- no big deal and I was convinced that I will end up with a ugly loaf with funky taste..but little did i know, after twenty minutes or so, my apartment smelled like a bakery with slight aroma of pumpkin pie spices.. the loaf actually turned out beautiful, grated carrot & coconut flakes made it look so pretty. The bread was extremely moist & not too sweet which I enjoyed.. 

In retrospect, spending some time in the kitchen, messing with flours & cleaning dirty spatulas gave me sanity I needed. 

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Carrot Bread

Makes one loaf

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon ground flax seed (1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water replaces 1 egg)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups carrots, grated
coconut flakes, nuts (optional)
Directions
-Preheat the oven to 350F
-In a medium bowl, mix first four ingredients
-In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients together until well combined
-Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients
-Stir grated carrots, until well combined
-Spray cooking oil in a bread pan and pour the batter
-Allow it to bake for 30-35 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean
* I sprinkled coconut flakes few minutes before the bread was done.

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