Dessert: Be smart and you can treat yourself without breaking the rules! 150 calories and under. This healthyrecipe is featured in the dessert section of the new 5:2 Starter's Guide to The 2-Day Diet. The book provides a selection of over 100 tasty recipes to help you meet the daily 500 calorie allotment for the 2 days of intermittent fasting, as required by the 5:2 Diet.
3 medium carrots
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sunflower oil
1 2/3 cup self-rising flour
A pinch of baking powder
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. fat-free milk
For the creamy topping:
2/3 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
5 oz. Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese
Zest of 1 orange and juice to sweeten
1 tsp. honey
How to Make It
Heat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8 x 12 pan with parchment paper. Grate the carrots into a bowl.
Using a hand-held mixer, beat together the sugar and eggs until light and creamy. Beat in the oil. Then, with a large metal spoon, fold in the flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the carrots and milk.
Pour the mixture into the pan, and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
In a serving bowl, mix together the yogurt, cream cheese, orange zest and juice, and honey. Cut the cake into 30 even squares, and serve with a spoonful of the creamy topping.
Smart tip: These yummy cake squares can be frozen, so you can defrost just a couple each week for a sweet fast-day treat.
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