If I had to pick only one favorite cake in the whole world, I'd have to say Carrot Cake! Lately, my craving have been out the roof mainly for carrot cake, PB and pure milk chocolate. I have found some pretty healthy alternatives to replacing milk chocolate and limiting my PB intake. As for the carrot cake, I have not been able to find an alternative to this, till now! Being pregnant does not give you the green light to gorge, so finding healthy alternatives is so important.
This recipe is very similar to many no-bake bars I’ve made. I just switch up the ingredients to make it into which ever flavor my taste buds desire. I am a fan of anything easy to make, especially when cravings are running high! ;-) If a recipe is too complex or takes too long to make, for-get-it!
Here we have an easy prep Carrot Cake Vegan Protein Bars! Yummy and guilt-free!
Recipe makes 10 bars
1 ¾ cup Raw Oats (blended into a semi-flour)
2 scoops Naturliga Vanilla Vegan protein powder (any vanilla protein powder will work, as long as it’s good quality & good tasting – the protein will make or break it. Don’t buy cheap crap!)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp ground cinnamon (use more or less depending on your preference)
30 grams shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
100 g shredded carrot
½ cup roasted-salted almond butter (I used Sprouts Brand, my fav!)
¼ cup sugar-free maple syrup (I used Walden Farms, you may use real sweetened maple if you prefer)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl leaving the milk for last. Pour milk into batter as needed. Careful not to add too much as you want a thick, sticky consistency. It’s a bit hard to work with but worth the shoulder burn!
After batter is mixed evenly layer an 8x8 pan with clear wrap and press dough into the pan, making sure it lays even. Toss panned dough into freezer for approx. 30 min. After dough has harden cut into 10 rectangle shaped bars. Wrap each bar individually to prevent drying and store in refrigerator for up to a week, if you can make them last that long! ;-)
You may top these with a homemade Greek-cream cheese frosting or enjoy them just as is! My next batch I’m thinking to add raisins, I feel thats a key ingredient that was missing in my bars.
Macros per bar (batch makes 10):
8g Protein / 18g Carbs / 10g Fat = 195 calories
These bars also provide 6g Fiber (woohoo) with only 3g Sugar!