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Yummy-Nummy Carrot Pineapple Snack Cake

Someone bought way too many carrots (yeah that would be me. For some reason I kept thinking we were out and no, we were not…..) so something had to be done. An easy carrot cake sounded good, nothing too fussy or frosting. I flipped through my vintage copy of Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 1968 Edition and found a recipe to veganize on page 130. I cut the fat in half, just enough for good texture, but not drowning in it as before and upgraded the flour. My Mom would have been proud I am still finding ways to use her choice in (now vintage) cookbooks 😉 I have found it often easier to adapt well-tested recipes than to use modern ones, and doing simple swaps. And hey, maybe if I ever get bored I can read the sections on being a better homemaker 😉 (Like that will ever happen!)


Carrot Pineapple Snack Cake


  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 Tbsp cool water
  • 1 cup carrot, peeled and finely shredded
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple, mostly drained
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°, lightly oil an 8×8″ glass baking dish.

Whisk flour through salt in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk water and flaxseed together, let rest for 5 minutes. Stir flaxseed into a small bowl with oil, banana, carrots, pineapple and vanilla.

Add to dry, beat for 2 minutes with a hand mixer, pour into prepared dish. Bake for 35 minutes, check with a toothpick, continue baking until done, between 35 and 55 minutes. Let cool before cutting, store covered.

Makes 1 cake, about 9 servings.


5 thoughts on “Yummy-Nummy Carrot Pineapple Snack Cake

  1. My mom recently gave me her old Better Homes and Garden cookbook. The spine is gone and the cover a mess, but looking through it reminds me of “helping” my mom make pie crust and peeling apples. The photos! I’m sure there are some solid recipes in there, perfect for adapting just as you’ve done here. Wonderful.

  2. I like that you called it a snack cake, makes it seem less like a dessert and more like a muffin or something sorta healthy 😉

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