Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf

 A flavorful carrot-nut bread filled with a layer of cream cheese swirl. Grab a slice to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee!

Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf - the perfect quick bread recipe!

Nutty, creamy and packed with veggies. Today, I am bringing you a fresh Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl loaf and a sweet surprise for a blogger friend.

SURPRISE! Today, you are invited to a virtual baby shower in honor of Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling who is expecting a beautiful baby girl! Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to check out all of the fun recipes created by bloggers to celebrate the impending arrival of Cathy’s sweet baby girl. Congratulations Cathy!


The perfect treat to share for the virtual baby shower is this Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf that is included in the new Quick Bread Love eCookbook by Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough. If you haven’t purchased this book yet, you definitely need to check it out. I was really excited when I heard that Stephanie was releasing an eCookbook because all of her recipes are relatively easy yet impressive. The book includes 31 new and original recipes, with several gluten free options. I’ve already baked two loaves of this carrot-nut loaf and an additional loaf of the lemon crumb loaf recipe that is also included in the book.

Baking vegetables into bread is the perfect way to justify eating your veggies and enjoy a little treat. Carrot-nut cream cheese swirl loaf is the perfect quick bread because it isn’t too sweet. And of course, the cream cheese swirl is the best part.  I love baking the bread the night before I plan to serve it. It is perfect served with a cup of tea for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf - the perfect quick bread recipe! Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf - the perfect quick bread recipe! Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf - the perfect quick bread recipe!

Make sure to stop by and check out all of the other fun recipes created by some of your favorite bloggers!


Lemon Raspberry Cookie Sandwiches by Life Love and Sugar
Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake by Your Homebased Mom
Lemon Yogurt Cake by Yummy Healthy Easy
Orange-Raspberry Mini Toaster Strudels by Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Orange Dream Monkey Bread by Wine and Glue
Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs by Or So She Says
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake by Beyond Frosting
Strawberries and Cream Cheese Ball Bites by Five Heart Home
Pig Pickin’ Cake by Sugar Dish Me
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Skillet Cookie by Lemons for Lulu
Creamy Shrimp Dip by Mostly Homemade Mom
Salted Butterscotch Coffee Cake by Julie’s Eats and Treats
Strawberry Cake by The NY Melrose Family
Frozen Chocolate S’mores Ice Cream Pie by Pink When
Carrot Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf by Spoonful of Flavor
Fiesta Rice Skillet by The Grant Life
Raspberry Ripple Lemon Bundt Cake by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Ooey Gooey Orange Creamsicle Bars by The Gunny Sack
Mixed Berries with Honey Maple Mascarpone by Joyful Healthy Eats
Rosewater Almond Macaroons by Little Miss Celebration
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes by Crazy for Crust
Momosas Mocktail Recipe by The Weary Chef

Yields 1 9-inch loaf

Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf
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  • For the cream cheese swirl:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg white
  • For the bread:
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  2. In the bowl an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, honey and egg white until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk carrots, sugars, oil and eggs until smooth. In a separate large bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger until combined. Add sugar-oil mixture to flour mixture; stir to combine. Fold nuts into mixture.
  4. Pour half of batter into loaf pan. Top with cream cheese mixture; smooth with a spatula. Top with remaining batter; smooth with spatula.
  5. Bake one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Source: Quick Bread Love eCookbook by Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough

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Carrot-Nut Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf - the perfect quick bread recipe!

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Carrot and cream cheese is the best combo ever! Love that creamy swirl with the crunchy walnut addition! ALL THE TEXTURE! Pinned 🙂

  2. Cindy Eikenberg

    Hi Ashley! This sounds absolutely delicious and love this spin on a traditional carrot cake. So much fun to see all of the great shower recipes. Thanks for sharing and pinning – have a happy and wonderful Friday!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Cindy!

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  5. Jamie@Milk N Cookies

    The cream cheese swirl in this quick bread looks incredible! And I love that this recipe uses Neufchatel and whole wheat flour to keep it just a little healthier!

    • Ashley

      Yes, Neufchatel is the best!

  6. Julia

    This carrot loaf looks great! I love that cream cheese swirl–yum!

  7. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    I am such a sucker for carrot cake! I can never resist a slice if it is put in front of me. And that cream cheese swirl is genius! Love it.

  8. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Yay! So glad you liked the recipe, friend, and what a perfect one for a spring baby shower. 🙂 Congrats to Cathy!

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  12. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    Thank you SO MUCH for being part of my baby shower, Ashley!! It is seriously such a fun way to wake up this morning and I am completely overwhelmed by all the love! This bread looks amazing….I absolutely love the cream cheese swirl and WISH I had a piece right now!!

    • Ashley

      You are welcome, Cathy! I was so glad to be a part of this wonderful celebration. Congratulations!

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  16. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled

    Ashley, I would love a couple pieces of this delicious carrot cream cheese swirl loaf for breakfast right now! Pinned 🙂

  17. Tonia

    Cream cheese is essential to any baked carrot treats! This swirled loaf is a fantastic idea!

    • Ashley

      I totally agree, Tonia!

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  20. ananda

    looove nutmeg with carrot! thank you ashley for the yummy post! =)

    • Ashley

      Nutmeg and carrot is a great combination! Thanks for stopping by, Ananda!

  21. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I love the look of that cream cheese swirl. Yum! The carrots cancel out the calories in the cream cheese, right? *wink* Congrats to Cathy on her baby girl : )

    • Ashley

      Yes, absolutely, Natalie! It’s healthy 😉

  22. Jenny

    Sounds amazing Ashley!

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  24. Stephanie Manley

    Love cream cheese baked into bread. This looks delicious!

  25. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    You’ve been baking for such great causes lately, Ashley! Congrats to Cathy! You’re just on a roll, my friend! This swirl loaf looks so divine! I’m seriously going to bake this. I have all the ingredients except for cream cheese. Awesome ;). I just completed my rotation at a child development center and tried to come up with clever ideas to sneak in vegetables to their snacks. This recipe sounds like a perfect way to trick them into eating more carrots ;). HOpe you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Ashley

      There is just so much to celebrate 🙂 And yes, this is a great way to sneak veggies into tasty treats.

  26. Ashley

    Oh wow this loaf! That cream cheese swirl is just calling my name right about now! I’d love a big slice with a cup of coffee on this rainy day! Have a great weekend friend!

  27. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    Love this!! That big swirl of cream cheese in there is calling my name!

  28. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Love this Lindsay, my favorite part of carrot cake in general is the cream cheese frosting so totally glad you added that in this bread. Looks awesome, pinned!

    • Ashley

      Yes, the cream cheese frosting is always the best part! Thanks for pinning, Krista!

  29. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Ohhh, does this loaf look finger-lickin’ good! I love carrot cake everything this time of year, and I’d love a slice of this! Great recipe.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Georgia! I definitely don’t make as many carrot desserts as I should, but they are always delicious!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Christine!

  30. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    Carrots, cream cheese, and bread were made for each other! I’m in love with that strip of cream cheese right down the middle, so good looking!

  31. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Ashley! This looks amazing! What a great twist on carrot cake. I love that you added the cream cheese on the inside. Pinning!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Heather!

  32. Kelly

    This looks amazing Ashley! I love carrot cake and am obsessed with how good that cream cheese swirl looks! This is so perfect for a baby girl shower – so excited for Cathy and her family:) Happy Friday and have a great weekend Ashley!

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  34. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    If I could eat my vegetables like this, you would never hear me complain!! 🙂 If only, right?! I love the cream cheese swirl – I bet it makes it phenomenal!

    • Ashley

      Thanks Jamie! I think this bread is a perfectly acceptable way to eat your veggies 🙂

  35. Medeja

    This carrot bread looks so lovely and really makes me hungry 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kristi! I’ll send a slice right over 🙂

  36. Allie | Baking a Moment

    This loaf is perfection!!! My neighbor just had a baby and I’ve been meaning to bake them up a loaf of something sweet… I’ve got to check out Stephanie’s book 😉 Meanwhile I’m loving this one- carrots and walnuts, yum, and that cream cheese swirl has me drooling!

  37. Zainab

    That swirl of cream cheese is just amazing!! This bread looks so goood!

  38. marcie

    Congrats to Cathy, and this looks like one amazing way to celebrate!

  39. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    I’m sure you didn’t know this, but carrot cake is my all-time fave!!! (Anything lemon is a really close second!) I love that this is a bread – maybe I won’t feel as guilty if I eat the whole thing?? 🙂

    I did buy Steph’s book – and I cannot wait to bake, bake, bake!!

    This virtual baby shower is just the sweetest – a great idea and FULL of amazingly fantastic ideas!

    • Ashley

      Glad to hear you love carrot bread too, Gretchen! Steph’s book has been really great so far.

  40. Sarah & Arkadi

    beautiful looking loaf! love that creamy filling!

  41. ela@GrayApron

    Big fan of swirls…this one in your carrot cake is a major yum, Ashley! Nice touch, perfect for a baby shower, even a virtual one 🙂 ela

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  43. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Carrot cake, carrot bread, I LOVE carrot!! Especially with a cream cheese frosting. This would make a most perfect breakfast <3

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