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Carrot Bread

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Sweet carrots are mixed with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a lovely spiced carrot bread that is then topped with a rich cream cheese glaze.
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Table of Contents
  1. CARROT BREAD INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CARROT BREAD RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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Sweet and savory carrots baked into a spiced, moist bread then topped with a velvety cream cheese glaze make this carrot bread a comforting snack that can be eaten any time of the day. It is a recipe that will bring back memories of baking in the kitchen with grandma.

If you like this carrot quick bread, try our carrot cake and our carrot cake cookies for a sweet spin on this colorful vegetable. For another delicious quick bread, try our blueberry bread.

a loaf of carrot bread sliced on a wooden tray

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CARROT BREAD INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

For the Carrot Bread

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, divided

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Vanilla extract: As called for in the recipe, you can add the vanilla extract to the cream cheese frosting, but it may tint the frosting slightly. If you prefer pure white frosting, you can leave it out.

Citrus: Add 2 teaspoons of fresh orange or lemon zest to the batter for a refreshing twist on the bread.

Mix-ins: This recipe is incredibly versatile, and you can add so many different ingredients alongside the carrots. The best choices include raisins, apples, pineapple tidbits, chocolate chips or grated zucchini.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CARROT BREAD RECIPE

For the Carrot Bread

STEP ONE: In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt, and ground ginger. Set it aside.

carrot bread process shot of ingredients in a bowl

STEP TWO: Using a stand mixer, or a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer set on medium speed, mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla just until combined.

carrot bread process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Lower the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Do not overmix the batter.

carrot bread process shot of ingredients before and after being combined in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Fold in the shredded carrots and ¾ cup of the chopped nuts, reserving the remaining ¼ cup of nuts for garnish on the top of the frosting. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and pour the batter into the pan.

PRO TIP: Lightly toast the nuts in a pan for a few minutes. This will help them stay crunchy and have a more pronounced flavor.

PRO TIP: Allow the grated carrots to drain a bit on paper towels while you assemble the other ingredients to soak up any excess moisture without drying them out.

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STEP FIVE: Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool completely in the loaf pan.

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

STEP ONE: Using a small mixing bowl blend together the cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt until it is smooth and no lumps remain.

PRO TIP: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature so you can avoid any lumps in the frosting.

carrot bread process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Slowly blend in the powdered sugar until it is thick and smooth. Set it aside.

STEP THREE: Once the bread is completely cooled, remove the bread from the loaf pan. Evenly spread the glaze over the top of the carrot bread and sprinkle the remaining ¼ chopped nuts on top.

PRO TIP: When glazing the carrot bread, you can place the cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to catch any glaze that drips.

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STEP FOUR: Slice the bread into ¾ inch slices and serve.

PRO TIP: The bread will be much easier to slice once fully cooled.

*Note: We added extra glaze when making this recipe. Your bread may not have quite the thickness ours does.

HOW TO SERVE

This carrot loaf bread is a tasty addition to your breakfast, brunch or dessert table. Serve with our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side for a refreshing drink.

I love gifting quick bread around the holidays because it is so easy to make and freeze. Wrap it up in a pretty piece of fabric and give it as a gift to friends and family.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of this carrot cake loaf covered at room temperature for up to 3 to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can also store the unglazed carrot bread in the freezer for up to 3 months. Wrap the completely cooled and unglazed carrot bread in plastic wrap, then wrap it in aluminum foil. Allow the carrot bread to come to room temperature before icing.

close up shot of a loaf of carrot bread sliced on a wooden tray

This old-fashioned carrot cake bread recipe is delicious year-round and a great way to sneak extra veggies in. This recipe produces moist bread topped with a silky cream cheese glaze that is a classic pairing.

FAQ

How do you keep carrot bread moist?

To keep your carrot bread moist, seal it in an airtight container, Ziploc bag or wrapped in foil. Keeping the bread in the fridge can also extend the shelf life.

Can you freeze carrot bread?

Quick bread freezes really well. Wrap in foil and then place in a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

How do you shred carrots for carrot bread?

You can shred carrots by hand with a cheese grater, but the easiest way is to use the grating attachment on your food processor.

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Carrot Bread

5 from 3 votes
Sweet carrots are mixed with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a lovely spiced carrot bread that is then topped with a rich cream cheese glaze.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Carrot Bread

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups carrots finely shredded
  • 1 cup nuts chopped

Glaze

  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring

Instructions
 

Carrot Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set it aside.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, and ground nutmeg. Set it aside.
  • Using a stand mixer or a medium-size mixing bowl and a handheld mixer set on medium speed, mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla just until combined.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Do not overmix the batter.
  • Fold in the shredded carrots and chopped nuts.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the bread to completely cool in the loaf pan.

Glaze

  • Using a small mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar, half and half, light corn syrup, and clear vanilla until the glaze is smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Once the bread is completely cooled, remove the bread from the loaf pan. Evenly spread the glaze over the top of the carrot bread.
  • Slice the bread into ¼ inch slices and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 5430IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Treena says

    5 stars
    Love this bread for a quick breakfast on the go and an added bonus my kids love it for dessert and I happy to give them something healthy.

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