The first installment of Make This, Don’t Buy That is finally here. You voted on which protein/energy/power bar I should make and the winner chosen by majority vote was the Carrot Cake bars in place of the carrot cake bars from Lara Bar.
I was thrilled to have that be the choice because of all the desserts in all the world Carrot Cake is my favorite. I had a Carrot Cake cookie in Athlete’s Plate and so I knew what the ingredients would be but how do I make them into a bar with minimal effort and ingredients.
I researched the ingredients in Lara Bar as well as other recipes and wound up making three bars and each one tasted better than the next so I am presenting the bar that I believe came out better than all the rest.
The Baha Bar – Carrot Cake Bar
Ingredients Baha Bar: 1/3c rolled oats, 1.5oz raisins, 1/3c shredded unsweetened coconut, 1/3c dried pineapple, 3 dates (pitted), 2 medium carrots (chopped), 1/3c hazelnuts (pecans or walnuts are typical), 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2tsp allspice
Ingredients Lara Bar: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Raisins, Pineapple, Unsweetened Cocount, Carrots, Cinnamon, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Nutritional Information Baha Bar: 295calories, 13g Fat, 42g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 5g Protein
- Nutritional Information Lara Bar: 200calories, 8g Fat, 32g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 3g Protein
- In a blender or food processor blend oats into a powder.
- Add in the dates and blend.
- Add in the carrots, pineapple and raisins and blend.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and blend.
- After all ingredients are combined then take 2 Tbs of the mixture and form a log then flatten out into a bar.
- Place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
If bars are too dry then add in a splash or two of HoneyMilk to moisten. If the bars are too wet then add in a bit of rolled oats to dry them out.