These Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Bars taste like a treat but make a healthy breakfast or snack! Luke, Meghan, and I were in the car yesterday and Luke said, “Mommy, I love you, Meghan, and Daddy, but I love YOU the best!” My logical and sensitive 6-year-old chimed in, “You shouldn’t say that, Luke!”
Just like you probably shouldn’t admit if you have a favorite in your family, I probably shouldn’t play favorites with my blog recipes. I can’t help it, though. These healthy carrot cake bars have immediately made their way to the top of my favorites list.
There’s so much to love about this healthy dessert/snack/breakfast. Yep, these are healthy enough to eat for breakfast or a snack. And we most certainly have.
First, they are very low in sugar. The bars are sweetened with dates, raisins, and just a little maple syrup. They are gluten-free, too. I used some rolled oats, but no flour or wheat at all. The texture is perfect! They aren’t Larabar-ish, despite the dates and nuts used to create the bars.
Because carrot cake isn’t carrot cake without a cream cheese frosting, I used real cream cheese for these. I wanted to ensure the frosting stayed nice and thick and I didn’t want to add anymore sugar, so I used liquid stevia drops to sweeten the frosting. It worked perfectly, but if you don’t have liquid stevia, you can use this recipe for cream cheese frosting sweetened with maple syrup.
Last, these Healthy Carrot Cake Bars could not be any easier. I used my food processor for the whole thing. No other bowls needed. If you don’t have a food processor (get one!!), you can chop everything by hand, but it’ll be a bit more work.
And you don’t even need to turn on your oven. These Carrot Cake Bars are not baked! They can be ready in about 20 minutes, tops. I cut these into small bars for portion control in hopes that I’d be able to eat just one or two in a sitting. It didn’t work. You are going to LOVE these healthy carrot cake bars! But be warned: they are addicting.
How to Make Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Bars
This post was originally published in 2015. A video was added in 2019.
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