As much as I enjoy cooking, zesting is one of my least favorite kitchen tasks.   If I don’t have organic produce available, I REALLY don’t want to zest as pesticides are heavily used on citrus fruits.  Essential oils are a great, healthy alternative to citrus zest.  Be sure and try a few drops of lemon, grapefruit, lime or orange essential oils to your next batch of buttercream or cream cheese icing.

If you are looking for a great, healthy, gluten-free, sugar-free  recipe for carrot cake, check out Lauren’s recipe over at Healthy Indulgences.  Made with coconut flour and lots of carrots,  these are incredibly tasty.  The wild orange oil gives great added flavor to the icing.  I’ll never zest again!