These Carrot Oat Bars make the perfect healthy snack. They’re dense, chewy and easy to make in the blender. Plus they’re kid-friendly and also make a great addition to breakfasts and lunches.
I’m so excited to share these Carrot Oat Bars with you guys today. This may be the recipe that sets the record for most requests to receive the recipe early on social media. I’ve had tons of people ask for it already and I happily sent along a photo of my chicken scratch, but i’m glad to have it up on the blog now in a more organized fashion.
I had my whole production crew with me on this one. Squish helped with the photos and Little Miss completed her first solo video!
I’ve actually been testing these bars for a couple of weeks now. I first tried them a few times with steel cut oats. Don’t do that. They were a gooey mess. They work much better with rolled oats. You could even use quick oats. These do require a little bit of prep ahead of time to roast the carrots, but guys…that’s like so easy. I just peel and chop mine into 1-inch pieces, throw them on a baking sheet with a little oil and roast them at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes, stirring them once or twice.
Roasting the carrots brings out their natural sweetness so you only need a little bit of maple syrup in this recipe. You could also use steamed carrots. I had a friend test them that way and they worked, I’d just recommend adding a touch more maple syrup. You could also mix in some raisins or shredded coconut. I don’t. I just think they’d taste good because they’re often used in carrot cake.
These bars are dense, chewy and very lightly sweetened. Kinda like baked oatmeal, but not exactly because everything is more blended up. They’re moist (I know people hate that word, but it’s true) and very sturdy, not crumbly. If you’re looking for a fluffy, cake-like texture, this is not the recipe for you. If you want to turn them into dessert, mix together a little cream cheese and powdered sugar and spread it on top!
Carrot Oat Bars
But I like them plain. Little Miss has been devouring them. In fact, between the two of us, we ate an entire pan in 24 hours. Not kidding.
Here’s how you make them:
Carrot Oat Bars
These Carrot Oat Bars make the perfect healthy snack. They're dense, chewy and easy to make in the blender. Plus they're kid-friendly and also make a great addition to breakfasts and lunches.
- 2 cups roasted carrots
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk (I used non-dairy but cow's milk would be fine)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- optional: raisins or shredded coconut
Add ingredients to blender in order listed (except raisins and/or coconut if using).
Blend until smooth.
Stir in optional mix-ins if desired.
Spread into a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.
You can sub steamed carrots but add 1-2 Tbsp more maple syrup.
I don't use mix-ins. I just imagine they'd taste good because they pair well with carrot cake.
If you want to add frosting, you can use whatever kind you want. I just mixed together cream cheese (softened) and powdered sugar until it reached the right sweetness and spread it on top of a couple.
The blender makes these so easy to make. I hope you guys love them as much as we do!