YES! I made us some healthy carrot cake baked oatmeal bars for breakfast!
You guys know I am always on the run with my little girl around plus my family in law who just landed in Auckland. SO breakfast are crazy and those Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Bars are the perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast for those crazy busy mornings. If like me you are always looking for quick & healthy breakfast recipe ideas packed of nutrient and flavor, this one is for you! And you know what ? you can make-ahead those oatmeal bars and store up to 1 week in a jar – or more but I eat them all in few days ahaha 🙂
Carrot cake oatmeal Bars | A quick healthy breakfast
SO what is in those carrot cake bars? I put EVERYTHING you need to energize your day: ground flaxseed, wholegrain oats, carrots, banana and nuts. YEP! it is a Vegan Breakfast bar no eggs or dairy in this recipe. I made us a fiber and protein loaded bar with only natural goodness. YEAH! Let’s bring dessert for breakfast and indulge on those guilt free clean eating breakfast bars. Seriously, I can eat them ALL day not only for breakfast. After 3 years blogging full time you guys probably don’t realize how difficult it is to take nice shoot of food that you just want to eat lol Really, I ate 3 of those bars while taking those pictures! But you see I did not put on weight or feel sick – I mean my diabetes is in control even eating those bars – SO it definitely means it is good for you. As I am a blueberries lover and it is the blueberry season in NZ, I added a bunch of fresh blueberries on top of those bar – a great antioxidant top up to those vegan breakfast deliciousness.
NOW let’s talk about the texture of those bars. Is that good! HELL YES, it is addictive! It is a moist carrot cake bar with a crunchy top layer made of coconut, carrots and wholegrain oats. What I love the most about those bars is the rich chewy texture. I like to eat ‘a lot’ for breakfast and I hate soft food that are eaten too quickly because I overeat them and then I feel gross. Here, the high amount of fiber makes the bars slightly longer to eat and I feel full after eating only a square – well I still had 3 square while taking the photography I won’t lie I skip lunch after that lol
I don’t know about you but when I bake something there is always an area of the baked good that I prefer. You know like for cookies, the sides are always crispier and I love that. Here, I am completely in love with the sides too because the banana tend to caramelized in this area and it makes it very sweet. But don’t be worried, if you watch sugar or don’t like too sweet food those carrot cake bars are not too sweet, specially if you are using fresh banana – I did used ripe banana and if you are like me -a strong sweet tooth – I recommend to use ripe banana to naturally increase the sweetness of the bar without adding more rice malt syrup. UGH! confession here, I actually drizzle extra rice malt syrup on my carrot cake squares 🙂