Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Bars



These EASY Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Bars make a quick on-the-go breakfast, snack or healthy dessert made with zero refined sugar and drizzled with a delicious maple cream cheese frosting! 

These EASY Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Bars make a quick on-the-go breakfast, snack or healthy dessert made with zero refined sugar and drizzled with a delicious maple cream cheese frosting! 
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You are going to love these cozy and delicious carrot cake oatmeal breakfast bars! I originally shared this recipe back in 2017, but over the years I’ve had a few complaints that the bars were too crumbly and fell apart. SO I have tested and re-tested this recipe a few times, made some tweaks and I’m LOVING how they turned out! Cake-like with great texture while still holding their shape. The maple cream cheese drizzle on top is literal icing on the cake!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Super easy to make all in one bowl!
  • These bars are made healthier with whole grain oats, almond milk and zero butter or refined sugar.
  • Enjoy these bars as a grab-and-go breakfast, as a midday snack or even a healthy dessert.
  • Perfect for Easter brunch and packed with a whole cup of grated carrots!
These EASY Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Bars make a quick on-the-go breakfast, snack or healthy dessert made with zero refined sugar and drizzled with a delicious maple cream cheese frosting! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • rolled oats – we are using a mixture of gluten-free oats along with some oat flour to get that delicious cake-like texture. See instructions below on how to make your own oat flour right at home!
  • baking powder – acts as a leavening agent to help the bars rise.
  • carrots – you’ll need one heaping cup of shredded carrots, about 2 medium carrots.
  • egg – adds protein and gives these bars their fluffy texture and height.
  • coconut oil – for additional moisture and fluffiness!  Feel free to substitute with another type of oil if you prefer or even butter.
  • milk – I used unsweetened almond milk in these carrot cake bars, but any type of milk will work.
  • maple syrup – naturally sweetens these bars without using any refined sugar, you could also use honey or other natural sweetener.
  • vanilla extract – extra boost of flavor.
  • spices – a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and salt

Feel free to add in some fun mix-ins such as raisins, chia seeds, chopped walnuts, pecans or any other type of nuts that you prefer or you could even sprinkle them on top of the maple cream cheese glaze!

How to Make Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars

  1. Mix ingredients.  In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla and whisk until well-combined.  Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients, add in the shredded carrots, and mix until just combined.
  2. Bake the bars.  Pour the carrot cake batter into a prepared 8×8-inch baking pan and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let the bars sit for 5 minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Make cream cheese frosting.  While the bars are cooling, add cream cheese, maple syrup, milk and vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use an electric mixer) and whip on high until smooth. Feel free to add in more milk one teaspoon at a time until you have your desired creaminess.
  4. Prepare bars. Drizzle the cream cheese frosting over the bars once they have cooled and cut into 16 pieces. Enjoy!
These EASY Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Bars make a quick on-the-go breakfast, snack or healthy dessert made with zero refined sugar and drizzled with a delicious maple cream cheese frosting! 

How to Make Your Own Oat Flour

To make your own oat flour, you simply take old fashioned rolled oats (or instant oats) and blend them in your food processor or blender for about 60 seconds until they resemble a fine, powdery flour – and that’s it!  You can of course just buy your own oat flour at the store, but this method saves you money and the flour will last up to three months in your pantry.  The ratio for oat flour is one cup of oats = one cup of oat flour so it’s pretty easy to measure out.

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Prepping and Storage

To Store: You can keep these carrot cake oatmeal bars stored in a sealed, airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. I like to store them in a single layer to prevent the cream cheese from

To Freeze: These bars freeze really well too!  I recommend freezing the bars individually and just pulling them out to thaw as needed.  When ready to eat, just pop them in the microwave for 3o to 40 seconds or simply thaw out at room temperature.  These will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months!

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These EASY Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Bars make a quick on-the-go breakfast, snack or healthy dessert made with zero refined sugar and drizzled with a delicious maple cream cheese frosting! 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 128kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated carrots

For the Frosting:

  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbso almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together oats, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla and stir until well-combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients, add in the grated carrots, and mix everything until just combined.
  • Pour the oat mixture into a prepared 8×8-inch baking dish and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the carrot cake bars sit for 5 minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • While the bars are cooling, add cream cheese to a small bowl and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Add in the maple syrup, a tablespoon of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and whisk together until smooth.  Feel free to add more milk a teaspoon at a time until you get your desired consistency.
  • Slice the bars into 16 pieces and drizzle the cream cheese frosting over top, enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 14.6mg | Sodium: 73.3mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5.7g

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