Healthy carrot cake bars

If your children  are anything like my children, they are asking for snacks all day long.  
My lot are big fans of anything in a bar format and these cake bars are a big hit.  These are jam packed full of carrots and are very low in sugar with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup being the only non-fruit sugar in them! They are subtly sweet but not smack you in the face sweet.  A drizzle of 70% chocolate over the top assures the kids that these are treats.

These are great in lunchboxes as many schools have a nut free policy.

These guilt free cake bars are also a nice treat for adults and are perfect for playdates or coffee mornings.

Ingredients:

150g wholewheat flour

100g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice (you could use ginger also)

50g coconut oil

2 eggs beaten

2 carrots grated (I use a fine grater)

1 apple grated

1 banana mashed

2 tablespoons of milk ( almond, coconut, cows)

Handful of raisins

1 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

30g 70% dark chocolate (you could use any chocolate or even white chocolate if you prefer)

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 170 degrees celcius (fan oven)

Weigh out dry ingredients and rub in the coconut oil until it is fully dispersed and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Beat eggs in a large bowl and add the carrot, apple, mashed banana, milk and maple syrup.

Add the raisins and mix  toegether the wet and dry ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a square greased baking tray (I use coconut oil) and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean, the top is nicely browned and the edges have started to come away from the sides of the tin.

Once cooled, cut the sides off and eat as a baker’s treat 😉

Cut into bars and drizzle with melted chocolate (see tip below)

 

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