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Healthy Carrot Cake Bars (dairy-sugar-egg-flour-less)

 

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I love carrot cake and so does my husband (it’s his all-time favorite), so I try to invent it new all the time!
This time I made carrot cake bars the healthy way. No flour, no dairy, no eggs, no added sugar. I also didn’t put carrots in the bottom, but only in the frosting – no food color needed this way :)
The result is amazing! Even if you don’t really do healthy baking, give it a try. The nuttiness from the chickpeas combined with the almond meal compliment the carrots so nicely and the sweetness from the dates make this moist, fudgy treat simply amazing!
You can of course substitute stevia with sugar, almond milk with dairy milk and so on :)

Healthy Carrot Cake Bars (dairy-sugar-egg-flour-less)
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
What you need
  • The Bars:
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup almond meal (I simply ground whole almonds)
  • 1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 2 packages stevia
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce, unsweetened
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut oil (you can substitute with oil of your choice)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • The Frosting:
  • 2 cups carrots, cooked and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup cool whip (or whipped coconut milk)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 package stevia
How you make it
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Line a 8 inch brownie pan with parchment paper
  3. *you can do the following steps in a food processor, but I don't have one, so I made it as follows*
  4. After washing and rinsing the chickpeas, mash them with a fork
  5. Combine mashed chickpeas, chopped dates and milk in a blender and blend until smooth, but still chunky
  6. In a large bowl bring together almond meal, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, applesauce, oil and chickpea mixture and stir with a spatula until well combined
  7. Pour batter into brownie pan and bake for 35 minutes
  8. Meanwhile cook the carrots and mash them
  9. Drizzle lemon juice over it and let cool
  10. Combine them in a medium bowl with cool whip, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and stevia
  11. Place in fridge until you need it
  12. Once your bars are baked let them cool completely, then spread carrot frosting on top and serve
Notes
*bars need to be stored in the fridge*

 

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