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Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread

A healthier carrot bread filled with a cream cheese ribbon – healthy enough for breakfast but enough like carrot cake to feel like a treat!

Carrot bread that tastes like dessert but is healthy enough for breakfast.  That’s what we have happening here today.  And I’m very happy about this.

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread - A healthier carrot bread filled with a cream cheese ribbon - healthy enough for breakfast but enough like carrot cake to feel like a treat!

Because I made at least 4 versions of this bread before finally deciding that I had a winner.  The kids kept saying every version was “blog-able”, but they were so very wrong.  They were all edible, I’ll give them that, but that’s about it.  Definitely not good enough to share.  

Evidently kids aren’t the best food critics.  It has cream cheese icing?  It has nuts?  It’s bread, that I can eat?  Blog-able.  That’s pretty much the way their critiques usually go.  I can eat it – I’m in.

Don’t worry though, this version is more then just edible.  It’s fantastic.

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread - A healthier carrot bread filled with a cream cheese ribbon - healthy enough for breakfast but enough like carrot cake to feel like a treat!

Cream cheese filled carrot bread.  Because why make plain old carrot bread when you can fill it with cheesecake and basically have dessert for breakfast?

Everyone loves dessert for breakfast.

Especially when said “dessert” is actually quite healthy.  This bread has no oil, no butter, and very little sugar.  The recipe makes two loaves, so there is 1/3 cup of sugar in each loaf of bread, which isn’t much as far as quick breads go.  

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread - A healthier carrot bread filled with a cream cheese ribbon - healthy enough for breakfast but enough like carrot cake to feel like a treat!

There are 4 ounces of cream cheese in each loaf, (because we’re pretending this is dessert here and what’s carrot cake without cream cheese?) but to be perfectly honest the bread is great by itself so you could easily skip the cream cheese filling and make the bread plain if you like (bonus to doing this – half the sugar is in the cream cheese filling).

But then you can’t pretend you’re having dessert for breakfast.  And everyone loves dessert for breakfast.  Just ask my kids.  It’s blog-able.

How do you make carrot bread from scratch?

Carrot bread is super easy to make from scratch, the same as any quick bread. Mix together the dry ingredients, and the wet ingredients, and then combine the two and bake it in loaf pans. Easy and delicious and it’s the perfect breakfast or snack.

How to make Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread:

  • Make sure not to over-mix the batter. Quick breads do best with mixing the wet and dry ingredients just until they’re combined. Over mixing will result in dense bread.
  • The Greek yogurt can be replaced with regular plain yogurt, or sour cream.
  • You can use just all purpose flour instead of part whole wheat flour if you like.

Here are some more great quick bread recipes for you:

Yield: two 8x4" loaves

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Bread

A healthier carrot bread filled with a cream cheese ribbon - healthy enough for breakfast but enough like carrot cake to feel like a treat!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 8 ounces (227g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the carrot bread:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated carrots (about 3 medium)
  • 1 can (14 fl.oz., 398 mL) crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray two 8x4 inch loaf pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and flour with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined.
  5. In another bowl whisk together the grated carrots, pineapple (with juice), brown sugar, yogurt and egg.
  6. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter will be quite thick.
  7. Spread a little more then a quarter of the batter in the bottom of each of the two prepared loaf pans.
  8. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture on top of the bread batter in each pan.
  9. Cover the cream cheese mixture with the remaining batter, half into each pan. It is thick batter so put small spoonfuls all over the cream cheese and then spread it out as well as you can - it’s okay if some of the cream cheese filling is still showing.
  10. Bake the loaves for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with only a few crumbs.
  11. Let the bread cool in the pans for 15 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing it.

Notes

I blended the can of pineapple briefly to make the pineapple pieces in the bread very small, but it’s not necessary if you don’t mind small bits of pineapple throughout the bread.

Source: Adapted from my Carrot Pear Mini Loaves.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

2 slices

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3.7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 41.6gFiber: 3.2gSugar: 16.4gProtein: 12.4g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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