Carrot Cake Quick Bread

Carrot cake in bread form? Yes, please! Keep the structure of the bread light by shredding the carrot by hand on the fine-shredding surface of a box grater (avoid using a food processor, which can result in a soggy, dense texture).

slice of Carrot Cake Quick Bread
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
55 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 ½ cup lightly packed, finely shredded carrots

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup chopped candied or glazed pecans or toasted, chopped pecans

  • 2 tablespoon quick-cooking rolled oats

  • 1 tablespoon sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of an 8x4-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl stir together first five ingredients (through baking soda). Make a well in center of flour mixture.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the next six ingredients (through vanilla). Add carrot mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in 1/2 cup of the candied pecans. Spread batter into prepared pan. For streusel, in a small bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup candied pecans, the oats, coconut, and butter. Sprinkle over batter.

  3. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cover loaf with foil the last 10 minutes of baking, if necessary, to prevent overbrowning. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

328 Calories
20g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 328
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 3g
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Folate, total 33mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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