Delicious, healthy and full of vegetables, these carrot cake oat bars or bites make the perfect snack for children and toddlers. Even picky eaters that think they don’t like vegetables.
“Mummy, I don’t like any vegetables. Especially not carrots.”
“What, even in a cake?”
“No, even in a cake.”
“I bet you’d like carrots in a cake.”
Actual conversation had with my three-year-old earlier this week.
A challenge if ever I heard one. So I came up with this recipe for these delicious hidden vegetable carrot cake oat bars. They make a perfect snack for picky eaters, both large and small. They are great for baby led weaning – be sure to use maple syrup rather than honey for under ones. They are low in sugar and are dairy and egg free and therefore vegan. If nuts are a concern, or if you want to make them to include in a packed lunch at a nut-free school or nursery, substitute more oats, raisins or seeds.
These were, of course, devoured by the aforementioned three-year-old. Carrots and all.
Here’s a short video that shows you how to make these carrot cake oat bites:
Carrot cake oat bites – free from refined sugar and perfect for babies, toddlers, kids and grown-ups alike to snack on. Get the recipe here: https://www.sneakyveg.com/carrot-cake-oat-bars/
Posted by Sneaky Veg – fruit and veg recipes kids love on Mittwoch, 7. Juni 2017
How to make carrot cake oat bars:
Serves 16 squares or 8 bars
- 120g rolled oats
- 40g nuts (hazelnuts or walnuts work well) or sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- 60g chopped dates or raisins
- 220g grated carrot
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey (no honey for under-ones)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 60ml sunflower oil
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- cold water (if needed)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
- Grease and base line a 20cm square cake tin.
- Place all the ingredients apart from the water into a food processor or high powered blender. If you don't have one you can mix and pulse with a hand hand stick blender but you may need to add a tiny bit of water to get the right consistency. Take care that it doesn't end up too runny.
- Spoon into your prepared cake tin and smooth over the surface. Bake for 25-30 minutes until firm and slightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and immediately cut into squares or bars using a sharp knife. Then leave to cool in the tin.
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NB: photographs and text updated in 2017
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