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We don't need much of an excuse to throw a party at our house, but last week was Mamma H's birthday! What better reason for a day filled with family, friends, bonfires, twinkly lights and - of course - cake! As our family has a coeliac, diabetic and vegan in it, here's one of our family friendly recipes:

Carrot cake. Deliciously moist, light and as healthy as you like , perfect with a cuppa (or for a party!).

Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten Free (GF) if you want.  Use local, organic ingredients where possible.


Wet stuff

  •  1 & Β½ cups grated carrot
  • Β½ cup agave / natural low calorie fruit sugar syrup or honey if not vegan
  •  ΒΎ cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup rapeseed/sunflower oil
  • 1 &Β½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Β½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of Β½ orange & all of the zest

Dry stuff

  •  1 Tablespoon Flax seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds, or mixed seeds e.g. sunflower, pumpkin, sesame.
  •  1 & Β½ cups plain flour – or use GF
  • 1 & Β½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  •  2 teaspoon baking powder ( check if GF if needed)
  •  ΒΌ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  •  2 Tablespoons Chopped walnuts
  •  Reserve whole or half walnuts to decorate


1.    Heat oven to 350F or 180C, 175C for fan oven

2.   Prepare baking tin –  the mix fits a 2lb loaf tin nicely, make sure to grease and line as appropriate, the cake is quite delicate to turn out.

3.   Mix wet ingredients together in a jug.

4.   Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

5.   Add wet to dry, mix together well.

6.   Put cake batter into a prepared cake tin, smooth level and add walnuts to decorate

7.   Bake in oven at 350F or 180C for about 45 minutes until done – when a skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean.

8.   Cool in tin on rack.

9.   When cool transfer from tin to rack to go cold before cutting into generous pieces.

10.  Enjoy! Remember to let us know what you think by tagging us in a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #NorthernKarma or by posting a pic to our Facebook page - we'd love to hear what you think!