Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Oat Bars

DSC04564I had an overripe banana, I had an almost-finished jar of applesauce, and I had a neglected carrot that has been in my fridge for a few weeks. DSC04548 So after this sad shot was taken, I got right to work! DSC04549DSC04551These bars are made with all natural ingredients, and are perfect as a delicious and wholesome breakfast or snack. And they even got my mother’s seal of approval, who usually turns her nose at anything made with no animal products, refined sugar, or oil. Success!

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Oat Bars vegan

makes 6 large squares

  • 1 large, overripe banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract or baking emulsion
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water)
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp each of allspice/nutmeg/cloves
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • optional add-ins: raisins, walnuts

Mix first set of ingredients in one medium bowl. Mix second set in another bowl, except for the carrots. Stir in dry to wet. Stir in your grated carrots and raisins or walnuts (optional) at end. Distribute into 8×8 square pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 mins, or until cooked all the way through.DSC04561

Question: What’s your favorite way to use carrots in baking?

2-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Soft-Serve

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I have a love affair with my food processor, and I’m not afraid to admit it. And now that the weather has been consistently hot and humid, I’ve been making little batches of banana ice cream a few times a week. I can’t stop!

To be honest, I’ve never been the biggest fan of ice cream in general. It tastes delicious — don’t get me wrong — but I’ve never been one to crave ice cream for dessert, and almost always prefer other desserts when given the choice. But this is absolutely perfect for me: not only does it taste incredible, but it’s 100% all natural, vegan, not too sweet nor heavy, and way easier and faster than making any sort of dairy-based ice cream at home.

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2-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Soft Serve: (for 1 serving) vegan

  • 1 large, ripe, frozen banana
  • 1 Tb. natural 100% cocoa powder
  • optional add-ins: splash of milk of choice (for a creamier consistency), sweetener (I used dark chocolate-flavored liquid stevia drops, which is a find that I highly recommend!), chocolate chips, coconut flakes, peanut butter, etc.

In a food processor (or good blender), pulse frozen banana until creamy consistency is reached. Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and optional sweetener and blend until incorporated and preferred texture is reached.

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I ate mine (for breakfast) alongside a scoop of Greek yogurt, which brought the cool creaminess to a whole new level. A super chocolatey, banana-y, and healthy bowl of goodness. 🙂

Question: Have you ever tried to make your own ice cream or any sort of fruit-based soft-serve?