The freshness and vibrancy of carrots reflects nature renewal and revival brought by Spring. It's the perfect time to add carrots to your meals and take advantage of its many health benefits.
Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (Eat Cake for Dinner)
Carrot is naturally sweet and is a perfect ingredient in treats like cake if you want something healthy to bulk it up. This Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from Eat Cake for Dinner is a great cake made flavorful by cinnamon, nutmeg, and the natural sweetness of carrots.
"Most carrot cakes are loaded with oil and sugar. I wanted to create a simple carrot cake recipe that I didn't have to feel terrible about eating."
- 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg, opt.
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 1/2 c. shredded carrots
- 3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. canola or vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites Recipe (Cookin Canuck)
If you're craving for carrot cake but you're trying to stay away from glutten, this No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites Recipe from Cookin Canuck is the perfect treat for you. Loaded with nutrition-rich ingredients, these granola bites will keep you full of energy sans sugar and unhealthy fat.
"This healthy no-bake snack recipe has the flavor of carrot cake, without the calories, fat or sugar. They’re ridiculously good (& also gluten free)!"
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cups unroasted pecans, chopped
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp agave nectar or honey
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (packed) grated carrot
- 1/3 cup raisins
Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls (Physical Kitchness)
Another great carrot treat is this Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Ball recipe from Physical Kitchness. This is a great recipe to whip up if you're craving for that carrot cake taste, but you're not in the mood for roughly-textured granola treats. This is fairly easy to make and super delish.
"Not only are these paleo carrot cake energy balls the perfect snack on the go, they are great for a healthy treat packed with vitamins A and K and antioxidants. So snack on them when you have two hours before lunch and your stomach is yelling, pop them in ‘yo mouth for an afternoon treat, or grab a few as pre-workout fuel."
- 1 cup baby carrots – shredded finely
- 3/4 c pecans
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
There are two ways to grate carrots for desserts. If you want bigger shreds of carrots in your treat, use a box grater. But if you want finer shreds, you pulse carrot slices in a blender or food processor. Just be careful not to overdo it - you might end up with carrot puree instead of shreds!
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