Carrot Cake Protein Bars ~ GF & DF

For some reason I’ve been seeing a lot of carrot cake recipes and I’ve got a craving for it!  I decided to modify my last carrot cake protein bar recipe and bump it up with some more superfood power.  I added maca powder and cacao nibs…the perfect combo.

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Makes 8 Bars

1 1/2 cup grated carrot – I used about 3 small/medium carrots
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce – I make my own, just blend a couple peeled apples…tada!
1/4 cup liquid egg whites – equivalent to egg whites from 2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6-8 drops of liquid stevia
1 cup gluten-free oat flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder – I used Plant Fusion
1/4 cup red maca powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine the first 6 wet ingredients in a small bowl, whisk together.carrot cake barsIn a large bowl add the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.  carrot cake bars2Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined  – don’t over mix! carrot cake bars3 Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.  Pour batter into dish; it will be thick! carrot cake bars4 Bake for 30 minutes.  carrot cake bars5Remove from oven, let cool and cut into 8 bars. carrot cake bars6 Wrap in cellophane and store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Info per bar
161 Calories, 21g Carbs, 4g Fat, 11g Protein, 335mg Sodium, 6g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate.  It is meant to be used as a reference only.


  • Patricia April 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I cannot wait to try and make these!! I LOVE carrot cake and I love that it is all from ingredients that I can pronounce!! thank you so much, for sharing this!!

  • Bobby Scruggs April 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Just made mine, but instead of oats, I used coconut flour and I put goji berries in mine as well 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    • thehappyhealthfreak April 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Oh that sounds like a great addition…love coconut flour and goji berries 🙂

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