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Easy Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

With simple ingredients and ample moistness, this easy Carrot Cake Bar recipe is a delicious dessert or snack to share with the kids.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 104kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or avocado or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (regular raisins work fine too)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8" x 8" pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl with a spatula or wooden spoon, stir together the eggs, carrots, oil, applesauce, and honey.
  • Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and raisins to the bowl with the egg mixture and gently fold together, taking care not to overwork the flour.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and use a spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  • Bake for 24-28 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully invert onto a wire rack to cool fully.
  • Frost if desired. (See Notes for the frosting recipe.)

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Notes

  • To make the Cream Cheese Frosting: In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, beat 6 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup honey honey for 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Spread frosting over the cooled cake, then carefully cut into 12 bars and serve.
  • Bars can be made up to 24 hours ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature and frost before serving. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Gluten-free: Use 1:1 style of gluten-free flour blend.
  • Use golden or regular raisins.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2715IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg