Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars

These healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars are packed with protein and a well-rounded meal to kickstart your day! Thick, chewy and with a fudgy texture, these breakfast bars are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free and come with a tested paleo and grain free option! 

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake BREAKFAST Bars- Thick, chewy, fudgy and ready in no time, these delicious bars contain NO butter, oil, flour or white sugar, but taste like dessert! Packed with protein freezer friendly! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

I think it’s safe to say, we all have that one friend who ponders over the slightly more obscure things…and continue to do so. 

Like the distribution of carrots within a cake.

Seriously.

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake BREAKFAST Bars- Thick, chewy, fudgy and ready in no time, these delicious bars contain NO butter, oil, flour or white sugar, but taste like dessert! Packed with protein freezer friendly! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Around this time last year, I was having lunch with my friend in the East Village, Manhattan. We decided to just get coffee and cake  because we were going to a comedy show that night (included in the comedy show ticket price was unlimited pizza)

We decided to share two cakes- Carrot and coffee pecan crumble

After digging into the cakes, my friend randomly brought up the daily recommendation of vegetables for different age groups. This ventured into carrots and our cake we were enjoying. 

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake BREAKFAST Bars- Thick, chewy, fudgy and ready in no time, these delicious bars contain NO butter, oil, flour or white sugar, but taste like dessert! Packed with protein freezer friendly! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

“How many carrots need to go into the batter and THEN distributed amongst the slices, before it could be considered a serving of vegetables?”

“Um…this cream cheese frosting is epic.”

“No seriously. Let’s say they put 5 carrots in it, cut the cake into 12 slices, that would be just under half a carrot per slice. If they were big carrots, we could technically say 2 servings per slice. If they were baby carrots, then we’d be eating…maybe 1/6th of a serving. What do you think?”

I’m pretty sure I gave him the ‘Chloe’ face in the hopes of him stopping.

Side Eye Chloe

He didn’t. 

“Well, at one stage, tomato sauce on pizza, was counted as a vegetable. If I ate 5 pizzas a day, I wonder if I would go over my vegetable quota?”

Thank goodness he didn’t bring it up again at the comedy show that night when we had pizza. 

He questioned what lured rats into the subway.

So while today’s recipe won’t count towards your daily vegetable quota (unless you ate the whole thing, in which case, be my guest!), it’s still one to warrant a healthy halo. 

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake BREAKFAST Bars- Thick, chewy, fudgy and ready in no time, these delicious bars contain NO butter, oil, flour or white sugar, but taste like dessert! Packed with protein freezer friendly! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

These healthy no bake carrot cake breakfast bars are an easy, quick and fuss-free breakfast, snack or even healthy dessert option! They are also perfect frozen as individual portions, which are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast! Unlike traditional breakfast bars, these require no baking. They also contain no butter, oil, flour or granulated sugar (or grains, if you opt for the paleo option!), but you’d never be able to tell!

Can we highlight the texture for just a second- Thick, chewy and depending on when you enjoy it, can be ridiculously fudgy or ‘just’ firm. Depending on which option you choose, these breakfast bars are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and grain free!

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake BREAKFAST Bars- Thick, chewy, fudgy and ready in no time, these delicious bars contain NO butter, oil, flour or white sugar, but taste like dessert! Packed with protein freezer friendly! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

HACK! Let’s talk frosting for a moment! As usual, I share a couple of tried and tested methods below. If you want a more ‘traditional’ carrot cake bar, use the cream cheese option. If you want a protein packed frosting (much less traditional tasting), go for the option using protein powder (I always use this vegan protein powder, this casein protein powder, and this paleo friendly protein powder). For a cheat’s way, you can simply use a thickened coconut cream blended with a dash of cinnamon and sweetener

Or just leave it frosting-less. 

NO JUDGEMENT.

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake BREAKFAST Bars- Thick, chewy, fudgy and ready in no time, these delicious bars contain NO butter, oil, flour or white sugar, but taste like dessert! Packed with protein freezer friendly! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Make these healthy no bake carrot cake breakfast bars and the next time your ‘friend’ starts instigating random conversion, put on your royal outfit and…

Give your best Chloe look. 

Chloe Meme Original

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars
Serves 6
These healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars are packed with protein and a well-rounded meal to kickstart your day! Thick, chewy and with a fudgy texture, these breakfast bars are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free and come with a tested paleo and grain free option!
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For the bars
  1. 3 cups gluten free oat flour OR 2 cup coconut flour (Paleo option)
  2. 1 cup vanilla protein powder (optional)
  3. pinch sea salt
  4. Cinnamon
  5. 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice
  6. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce OR carrot baby food
  7. 1/4 cup grated carrots
  8. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (can sub for brown rice or honey if no diet restrictions)
  9. 1/2 cup drippy almond butter (can sub for any nut or seed butter)
  10. pinch vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 cup + milk of choice*
For the high protein frosting
  1. 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (see tested recommendations under 'shop')
  2. 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  3. 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  4. Milk to form batter
For the coconut butter frosting
  1. 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
  2. 2 T coconut oil, melted
  3. 1 tsp maple syrup
For the cream cheese frosting**
  1. 1 serving (8 oz/250 grams) of cream cheese of choice, softened (dairy free if necessary)
  2. pinch cinnamon
  3. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice***
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 x 8 baking dish or loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminium foil and set aside- For thicker bars, use a loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, protein powder, cinnamon, sea salt, granulated sweetener of choice and mix well. Add in the applesauce/carrot baby food and shredded carrots.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your almond butter with maple syrup. Whisk in the vanilla extract and pour into the dry mixture. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
  4. For a more soft and fudgy carrot cake bar, add milk of choice until a relatively thick batter is formed. For a firm and chewy bar, add milk of choice only if needed to desired thickness. Transfer to lined baking tray and press firmly in place.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, or until firm. Once firm, add frosting of choice and refrigerate for another 30 minutes to firm up before slicing.
To make frosting/s
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well until a thick frosting is formed. Cover the carrot cake bars and refrigerate for a further 10-15 minutes, for frosting to firm up. For a thick cream cheese frosting, use the full 8 oz tub. For a thinner frosting, use 1/2 to 3/4.
Notes
  1. * Adjust dairy free milk accordingly- Depending on the flour or protein powder combination, you may need more- Especially with coconut flour.
  2. ** I prefer using full fat cream cheese as it has a much thicker and tastier texture. I also found I needed much less sweetener VS a low fat/fat free cream cheese. Dairy free cream cheese needed more sweetener regardless of fat content.
  3. *** Adjust accordingly- For a sweeter frosting, feel free to add more.
  4. Breakfast bars are best kept refrigerated. They are also freezer friendly too.
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40 thoughts on “Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars

  1. Hahaha, I was laughing so much while reading this!? To be honest, I think I’m probably that friend. Like, someone will be talking about an amazing holiday where they went on a boat ride across the sea and saw whales leaping out of the sea, and I’ll be thinking “Are whales fish or not? I suppose they are mammals…but they look like big fish. They also eat fish…maybe there’s a secret feud between whales and fish!”?
    But I keep those thoughts to myself…it’s probably for the best.
    Carrot cake is my FAVOURITE type of cake, so I’ll definitely be making these delicious bars!
    Whoa, sorry for the long comment. We’ll blame the whales. Actually, maybe whales are taking over the world…you do often say ‘Fail Whale’ in your posts, right? They are integrating themselves into everything!?
    I’ll be quiet now. Excuse me while I go and make these carrot cake breakfast bars…..

  2. If I ate Rice to Riches for breakfast, soft serve for lunch and a momofuku milk bar for dinner, I’d be going over my dairy intake? That’s three servings, right? Calcium!
    LOL, no but when I’m eating carrot cake, I don’t want to be doing math and nutrition. My eyes lit up when I saw the title of this post on my feed this morning!!

  3. Made them this afternoon …it’s 20.50 now and half of it is gone…thanks to my 3 year old (not me 😉 . Delicious!!!
    I tried the protein powder icing and it’s amazingly creamy! they still come out a bit crumbly when sliced but I might pop them in the freezer for a bit …Thanks Arman! Great recipe 🙂

  4. Great post, mate! I love me some carrot cake, so I could totally chow down on this one…heck, I might get my veggie quota for the next week if this was around my kitchen! But can we talk about the comedy show with unlimited pizza? That sounds like my heaven! Although I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the pizza was pretty blah. Hopefully the comedy show made up for it…sure your friend wasn’t the comedian??

  5. Haha, I’ve used the same vegetable logic for zucchini bread too. And the Chloe memes, oh.my.gosh. This kid’s face, dying!!! Hmmm…I wonder how much money her parents made off of that? And I seriously can’t ever get over the fudginess of your recipes! Waking up to one of these bars will definitely make the 6 A.M. alarm clock easier this school year.

  6. That Chloe face…. 😀 And I kind of try to engineer some sort of logic around eating vegetables in my baked goods. This carrot cake looks like no other carrot cake I have ever seen. The fudginess just = so much deliciousness in my head.

  7. Well these bars sure welcome one with a very cheery GOOD MORNING! Beautiful and fudgy! Just found your site and am oogling all your recipes! Great stuff! Oh and I think I will make some of these here BARS for lunch!

  8. This may be a dumb question but what do you mean by “drippy” almond butter. I have seen one that is pretty thin but has added sugar and the self service grinds I can get at Whole Foods seem to be a bit more gritty. Do you have brand suggestions?

    1. Hi Julie! Not a dumb question at all- Nut butters (depending on brand) can either be incredibly stiff, or more smooth and liquid like. The more processed it is, the more drippy they tend to be. Unfortunately, the grinder varieties are the least drippy. If you can make your own in the blender, a dash of coconut oil makes it so much more creamier! 🙂

      1. Thanks for clarifying. I was wondering as well. I thought it might be an English term like the way they say larder for what we call a pantry . I have never made a no-bake dessert but this will be the first one I make because it sounds great.

  9. Usually when an ingredient is optional there is very little of it in a recipe; however, one cup of protein powder is a lot and you are saying it is optional? Won’t this adversely affect the consistency?

  10. Just made my first batch of these – cream cheese, gluten free flower, granulated sugar for my husband and they are amazing!!
    Making dairy free, sugar free, coconut flour version for my pcos (can’t have dairy, sugar or wheat) daughter – can’t wait to see how they turn out!!

  11. These look amazing! How long do you think they would safely keep in the fridge? Or in a properly chilled cooler? I’m hitting the road next month for a few days and wanted to bake some healthy treats to bring along for lunches and snacks. Do you think these would work? Thanks.

    1. Hi Louise! Absolutely- What I usually do is freeze them in individual bars and on the day I want to eat them, just let them thaw in my bag and by the time I eat it, it’s softened 🙂

  12. The only nut butter I have in the kitchen is unsweetened peanut butter or some tahini. Can either be used? And has anyone has success using tahini?

  13. Thank you so much for this recipe. My husband has liver disease and we just started an all vegan diet 2 weeks ago. The results are amazing but he also wants to eat something yummy. this will fill the bill.

  14. Hi Arman,

    Since the protein powder if 1 cup is optional, is it ok to skip it all together or should I add something else as a replacement? Cheers xxx

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