Easy And Delicious Carrot Cake Bars

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Carrot cake is a classic dessert enjoyed by many, but sometimes you crave a quicker, easier version. Enter carrot cake bars! These delightful treats capture all the flavor of a traditional carrot cake in a convenient bar form, perfect for grabbing on the go or sharing with friends and family. This recipe is incredibly easy to follow, requiring no fancy ingredients or equipment.

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake Bars
Carrot Cake Bars

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 4 large carrots)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the brown sugar and vanilla extract.
    4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Don’t overmix!
    5. Fold in the grated carrots and walnuts (if using).
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly.
    7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    8. Let the bars cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per bar):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Tips:

    For an extra decadent treat, drizzle the cooled bars with a simple cream cheese frosting.

  • Want a healthier option? Use applesauce instead of some of the oil.
  • Don’t have walnuts? You can substitute chopped pecans, raisins, or even dried cranberries.
  • Conclusion

    These carrot cake bars are a delicious and convenient way to enjoy a classic dessert. They’re perfect for potlucks, bake sales, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth. With their simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, these bars are sure to become a favorite in your recipe box.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use a different type of flour? All-purpose flour works best in this recipe, but you could try substituting whole wheat flour for a more fiber-rich option. Be aware that this may slightly alter the texture of the bars.

    2. How can I store leftover carrot cake bars? Store leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

    3. Can I freeze these bars? Absolutely! Let the bars cool completely, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

    4. My bars seem dry. What went wrong? There are a few possibilities. Did you overbake the bars? Aim for a toothpick to come out mostly clean, with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Did you use grated or shredded carrots? Grated carrots will yield a moister bar compared to shredded.