I love to give and receive food gifts, especially for no reason. I made these to take as a 'thanks for caring' gift, and I kept the loaf for me to freeze!
I love anything that freezes well, especially right now. With my ever growing belly it is getting very difficult to navigate in the kitchen like I used too. But I still really love it. I hope I don't get too tired to have to give up cooking for a bit, I will be so devastated :(
The smell that was coming from the oven when these were baking was incredible.
I used a honey that my mum gave me. We bought it at the markets, and it is so dark and rich, tastes just like maple syrup. I love it drizzled on greek yoghurt with raspberries and almonds, one of my favourite snacks, or brekkies.
makes 1 loaf and 6 muffins
3 medium carrots grated
3 cups flour, I used half wholemeal, half plain
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons mixed sweet spice
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup, or a dark rich honey, I used honey
1 cup dates, roughly chopped
zest of 1 lime
100 grams mixed nuts roughly chopped, I used toasted pistachios and almonds.
Icing for the 6 muffins
125 grams cream cheese
1/4 cup icing sugar
juice of 1 lime
topping toasted almonds
NB: The loaf didn't make it to the freezer! We ate the whole thing, was actually better the next day toasted lightly, with a little thick yoghurt, cream cheese or ricotta and honey on the side.