I couldn't edit my post above because I waited too long...still learning here.
I like your idea of adding carrots alix...great idea for adding natural sugar.
Applesauce adds natural sugar too in recipes.
Also, mr.D, you said you added a tablespoon of each spice but that's too much...did you mean teaspoon? Here's that recipe I mentioned above, mr.D.
1/2 cup honey (Amish use molasses)
1 Cup sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
fresh pumpkin puree
3-1/2 c. flour
2/3 c. water
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. EACH: cinnamon and nutmeg
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