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Carrot cake bars with vegan cream cheese frosting, photographed from the side.

Carrot Cake Bars with Cashew “Cream Cheese” Frosting

  • Author: Ally
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Carrot cake bars! Vegan, gluten-free, and paleo no-bake bars topped with a decadent vegan cashew cream cheese frosting. A perfect healthy dessert or snack.


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Ingredients

Carrot Cake Base

  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup raw walnuts (plus more for garnish, optional)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened, dried shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Vegan Cashew “Cream Cheese” Frosting

  • 3/4 cups raw cashews, soaked at least 4 hours
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk (or water)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Make the carrot cake base. Line a small pan or container with parchment paper (we used a 7 x 5-inch glass container).
  2. Add walnuts to a food processor and blend until finely chopped (but not paste-like).

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the fruit is finely chopped and blended and the mixture begins to stick together. This should take a couple of minutes and you may need to scrape the sides with a spatula occasionally.

  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the parchment lined container and place in the freezer until set, about an hour.

  5. Make the vegan cashew “cream cheese” frosting. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until very creamy.

  6. Spread mixture evenly on top of carrot cake base, sprinkle with chopped walnuts and cinnamon (if desired) and put back into the freezer another hour.

  7. When set, remove from freezer, allow to thaw for a couple of minutes and cut into the desired shape. Keep the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.


Keywords: healthy carrot cake, carrot cake bars, vegan carrot cake, paleo carrot cake

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