These easy and healthy no-bake carrot cake bars are packed with nourishing ingredients, are easy to make and are the perfect sweet treat or dessert. They’re refined sugar-free, naturally gluten-free and can be made nut-free and vegan too!
why you’ll love these no-bake carrot cake bars
- they’re extremely delicious and taste just like carrot cake!
- they’re made using simple, nourishing ingredients
- they’re easy and fun to make
- they’re no-bake so you don’t have to turn your oven on!
- they’re refined sugar-free and naturally gluten-free
- can be made nut-free and vegan!
the healthy ingredients:
One of the best things about these no-bake carrot cake bars is the emphasis on wholesome ingredients.
- Pitted Dates: Low-glycemic and fibre-rich, dates lend natural sweetness while supporting digestion and heart health.
- Carrots: Bursting with beta-carotene, carrots offer eye and skin benefits, backed by antioxidants that combat free radicals.
- Milk of Choice: Whether dairy or plant-based, the chosen milk adds moisture and nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.
- Oat Flour: Rich in soluble fibre, oat flour helps manage cholesterol and keeps you full, fueled by complex carbohydrates.
- Warm Spices: Cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory prowess, ginger’s digestive aid, and nutmeg’s antioxidants elevate both flavour and health.
- Walnuts: Omega-3 rich, walnuts support brain health, reduce inflammation, and offer antioxidants for cell protection.
- Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt: The frosting duo boasts protein, probiotics, and creamy texture, accommodating gut health and indulgence.
- Liquid Sweetener: Choose honey or maple syrup for sweetness, along with trace minerals and antioxidants.
how to make these vegan:
You can turn these into vegan no-bake carrot cake bars by replacing the milk, cream cheese and Greek yoghurt with dairy-free alternatives.
how to make no-bake carrot cake
prep the wet ingredients
Begin by placing the pitted dates in a bowl and covering them with boiling water. Allow them to soak for about 5 minutes, then drain and squeeze out any excess water. In a blender, combine the soaked dates, carrots, and milk. Blend until you achieve a smooth puree. Transfer the carrot-date puree to a mixing bowl.
making the carrot cake base:
Add in the oat flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Also, fold in the chopped walnuts. Mix the ingredients together until a cohesive mixture forms. Prepare a baking tin (a loaf tin works perfectly) by lining it with parchment paper. Press the carrot cake mixture into the tin firmly and evenly. Place the tin in the refrigerator and allow it to chill for 30 to 60 minutes. This step helps the bars to set and become easier to slice.
making the healthy cream cheese frosting:
While the bars are chilling, you can whip up the delectable cream cheese frosting. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, Greek yoghurt, and a tablespoon of liquid sweetener. Mix until smooth and creamy.
bring it all together:
Once the bars have set, remove the tin from the refrigerator. Carefully spread the prepared frosting over the top, ensuring an even layer. You can pop it back into the fridge so that the frosting sets more and it’s easier to slice, but if you can’t restrain yourself, you may tuck in!
After savouring the delightful flavours of these no-bake carrot cake bars, you might find yourself with a few remaining squares. To ensure the longevity of their freshness and taste, proper storage is key.
Refrigeration: To preserve the bars’ texture and flavour, it’s recommended to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cool environment helps maintain their integrity and prevents any potential spoilage. Place the bars in a container, ensuring they are layered with parchment paper or separated by individual pieces to prevent sticking. Seal the container tightly and place it in the refrigerator.
Freezing: If you anticipate a longer time frame before indulging in the remaining bars, freezing is an excellent option. Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and place them in a resealable freezer bag. Label the bag with the date for easy reference. Frozen bars can be stored for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours or at room temperature for a quicker thaw.
more easy and healthy no-bake desserts to make
- Mini No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
- No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Brownies
- Easy & Healthy Snickers Energy Balls
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Easy and Healthy No-Bake Carrot Cake Bars Recipe
No-Bake Carrot Cake
Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting
- 100 g Cream Cheese
- 100 g Greek Yoghurt
- 1 tbsp Liquid Sweetener maple syrup, agave, honey etc.
- Begin by soaking pitted dates in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and gently squeeze out excess water.
- Blend soaked dates, carrots, and milk until smooth.
- Transfer carrot-date puree to a mixing bowl. Add oat flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and fold in chopped walnuts. Mix into a cohesive mixture.
- Line a loaf tin with parchment paper. Firmly press carrot cake mixture into the tin.
- Chill tin in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes for setting.
- Whip up cream cheese frosting: combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and liquid sweetener. Mix until smooth.
- Once bars are set, remove from refrigerator. Spread frosting evenly.
- Time to enjoy! Gently slice carrot cake into 8 squares, a testament to your culinary dedication.
- You can make these carrot cake bars vegan by using dairy-free alternatives instead of milk, cream cheese and Greek yoghurt.
- Refrigerate the bars after frosting if you have time, this will help the frosting to set and will make them easier to slice neatly.