These healthy, delicious carrot cake oatmeal bars are naturally sweetened, vegan, warmly spiced, easy to make, and perfect on the go!
These bars were a lifesaver at work this week. Sometimes you just need to sleep until 10 minutes before it’s time to leave for work, and this was one of those weeks. I reheated these in the toaster for a minute or two before running out the door this week and they got nice and warm and a little bit toasty. It would have been nice to sit down to enjoy them, but some mornings you just gotta eat oatmeal bars on the go.
These Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars Are:
- Fragrant & well spiced
- Naturally sweetened
- Perfect on-the-go
- Freezer friendly
- Easily reheatable in a toaster
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I adapted these bars from this recipe at Erin Lives Whole.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1.5 cups grated carrot, about 2-3 large carrots
- 2 cups non-dairy milk of choice, I use almond or soy milk
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/4 cup raisins or cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375° F.
- Optional Step: Place 1 cup of oats in a food processor or blender and pulse until not as fine as flour, but smaller than rolled oats, about 10 seconds. This is for better absorbency.
- Mix everything up in a bowl and pour it into a greased or parchment lined baking dish. This recipe also works great as muffins!
- Cook time will vary depending on the size of your dish. Start with 40 minutes and check on it periodically. I like it pretty well-cooked, and tend to err on the side of overcooking. Sometimes my bars take close to an hour. Let it cool before cutting into it, but you might cut off a small piece or insert a toothpick to check if the inside is still gooey.
- When I made these, I forgot the baking powder and they were still great. Adding it will make the bars a little fluffier and cakier. I actually really liked the thinner, denser bars. Perfect for a toaster! 🙂
- The mixture is supposed to be wet. It’s baked oatmeal, not like dough or batter. The oats will soak up all the liquid.