These bars are basically healthy carrot cake plus apple because why not? They are low sugar so they are a perfect snack or dessert that won’t spike your blood sugar before bed. You have the option to add some extra sweetness if desired too.
I like to make the icing with some yogurt and protein powder for that lil protein boost. I’m a huge dessert person, but I always pair it with some fiber (fruit!) and if I can sneak in some protein too, then it’s even better. These bars are easy to make super warming for the winter months.
Carrot Apple Spice Bars
-110 grams tigernut flour (1 cup) (almond would probably work too)
-70 grams arrowroot or tapioca starch (1/2 cup)
-30 grams 1:1 gluten free flour (1/4 cup) (coconut would probably work)
-1 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp ginger
-pinch of nutmeg
-2 tbs. coconut or brown sugar (OPTIONAL)
-1/4 cup melted oil of choice (I’ve used both olive and coconut)
-1/4 cup applesauce
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp. orange zest
-1.5-2 cups shredded carrots
-1 cup diced apple
-optional add ins include 1/2 cup each of raisins and walnuts
-1/2 cup yogurt of choice
-1 scoop vanilla protein (I use Nuzest)
-1-2 tbs. powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl, including the sugar if using.
Beat all wet ingredients in a large bowl except for carrots and apple.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix on low to combine.
Fold in carrots and apples. Fold in all other add ins if using.
Spread batter into a 9×9 parchment lined or greased baking dish.
Bake for 32-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely before icing.
To make icing, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Alternatively, you can use your favorite cream cheese based icing.
Ice, slice, and enjoy!