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Chef Ray – Carrot Cake Bars

The perfect wee treat or energy bar to take riding with you or for an adventure into the hills.

From: Cameron-Lee, Megan; Sweet Treats In (Mar 18) Healthy Food Guide

Serves 16

  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup flaxseeds
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup dried dates, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup finely grated carrot (squeezed to remove excess liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line a large baking tray and a 20cm x 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Spread nuts and seeds over the prepared baking tray. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until just golden.
  3. In a bowl, combine oats, toasted nuts and seeds, dried fruit, carrot, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the centre then add almond butter, honey and egg. Mix until all ingredients are well moistened.
  4. With a wet hand, gently press mixture into prepared baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove and cool completely in the tin. Remove from tin and cut into 16 bars.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

If you enjoyed this recipe here is one I published a couple of years ago:


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