Carrot Cake Bar – Make This, Don’t Buy That

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

Servings: 3

  • 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


  1. In a blender or food processor blend oats into a powder.
  2. Add in the dates and blend.
  3. Add in the carrots, pineapple and raisins and blend.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend.
  5. After all ingredients are combined then take 2 Tbs of the mixture and form a log then flatten out into a bar.
  6. 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.


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The Baha Bar – Carrot Cake Bar



Let me know if you make these bars.  Let me know your thoughts.

Do you have any ideas for the next Make This, Don’t Buy That?

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  1. Nora says:

    HOLY YUMMMOOOOO!!!!!! I’m making these! Great recipe Jason!
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  2. Marlene says:

    YES I have been waiting for this. :) Thank you, can’t wait to try ’em!
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  3. Scott says:

    I am gonna try these, another tip, for those who dont have hneymilk, I use honey or agave if they are too dry, it works wonders
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  4. Julie says:

    I will be making them!!! These are my fav’s and my son was just complaining that I didn’t buy the Cliff carrot cake bars. Thanks soooo much!
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  5. Chuck says:

    These look awesome man. I’d like to see something harder though- something that’s not already a very healthy product; like a PowerBar or Pure Protein Bar. LaraBars are already pretty clean, feel me?

  6. Yay!! This looks awesome! I can’t wait to make them!
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  7. THESE ARE FREAKING UNREAL! I HAD TO BITE INTO ONE IMMEDIATELY! They smelled amazing and I would EASILY choose the baha bar over Lara!!!
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  8. ashley says:

    the whole point of a lara bar is gluetin free/paleo – so NO OATS. What a disappointment. :(

    • CTER says:

      I’m sorry but I don’t see the words Gluten Free or Paleo in my description so I’m not sure why you would be disappointed.

      Also, if you wanted just gluten-free you can get extra thick rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill that are gluten-free.
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