Makes 30 squares | Ready in 45 mins, plus cooling  


Dessert: Be smart and you can treat yourself without breaking the rules! 150 calories and under. This healthy recipe 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.


How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8 x 12 pan with parchment paper. Grate the carrots into a bowl.

Step 2

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. 

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


Chef's Notes

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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