Carrot Cake Granola Bars
I’m always looking for healthy snack ideas for my kids and for different ways I can sneak in veggies that they won’t oppose. I found this recipe from Pinterest and absolutely love it! It’s from the girls at Super Healthy Kids and they have some great recipes for picky eaters. The recipe and all the photos are theirs and not mine but it was too good not to share!!
I don’t know about you but my kids can be picky especially my toddler. If he even spots a veggie these days he immediately puts up his hand and says ‘gross’. Like how did he even learn that??! While I love his funny little personality his picky eating habits drive me crazy. I’m always worrying that he is not getting enough nutrients and eating enough nourishing food when he needs it the most. That’s where I have to get creative and try to make things that secretly contain veggies.
My kids love granola bars so I just had to try these carrot ones. They are full of healthy ingredients and use natural honey rather than processed white sugar so I feel good about them eating them. The flax, nuts, oats, and almond Butter add protein, healthy fat, good fibre, to help keep the kids full without all the junk you can find in some store bought bars.
They are also made with flax egg instead of real eggs to help the ingredients bind so it’s great for anyone who may be allergic to eggs. These remind me of those crunchy Nature Valley bars I used to have as a kid. These are similar in crunch but are a healthier version and are really easy to make. I hope you like them as much as I do!!
1 tablespoon – flaxseed, ground
2 1/2 tablespoon – water
1 3/4 cup – oats, dry
1/2 cup – pecans, chopped
2/3 cup – raisins, seedless
1 medium – carrot
1/3 cup – coconut flakes
2 teaspoon – cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon – salt
1/2 cup – honey
1/4 cup – almond butter
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a 3 quart baking dish with parchment paper.
2. Combine ground flaxseed and water in a small bowl to make a flaxseed “egg.” Allow to sit for 10 minutes to congeal.
3. Pulse oats and nuts in a food processor until semi-finely chopped but not powdery. (This helps them to bind into a bar better than when they are left whole or chunky).
4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine pulsed oats and nuts, raisins, grated carrot, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
5. In a microwave safe bowl, heat honey and almond butter for 20 seconds, or until easy to stir together.
6. Add the honey/almond butter mixture and flaxseed egg to the medium bowl with oat mixture. Stir until fully mixed.
7. Pour mixture into lined baking dish and spread out until it is even and about 1/2 inch thick (mixture likely will not cover the entire length of the baking dish).
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges slightly brown.
8. Remove from the over and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting bars. Let cool completely before removing and eating bars.
Makes approximately 12-14 bars.