Carrot Cake Granola Bars and Granola


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Grated carrots and warm spices in both of these granola recipes to satisfy any carrot cake craving. Healthy and tasty snacks for those busy times when you’re on the go.


Can you believe Easter is this weekend already?

Yikes, it feels like it came so fast this year.  That may be because I was preoccupied with planning my son’s birthday for the last threeweeks.  He turned 3 last Saturday and we threw him a big Minion bash (stay tuned).

With all the baking and prepping I was doing – plus add a newborn to the mix – I barely had any time for a proper sit-down meal lately.

For busy moments like these, I always like to have some tasty and healthy snacks nearby :)


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Something I make nearly every week is a big batch of granola along with granola bars. They are simple and quick to make and so satisfying as a snack any time of day.

A few weeks ago, I was craving all things carrot cake.

Since breakfast is my favorite meal and I knew I would be grating a bazillion carrots anyway, I decided to not only jazz up my plain jane oatmeal but also some granola bars and granola.

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After a few bites of everything, I was in carrot cake heaven.





The granola bars and granola are made with maple syrup, coconut oil and packed with carrot and spices.

I threw in chopped pecans, dried currants and shredded coconut but you can have fun with the mix ins and use whatever you feel like :)

I also drizzled some cream cheese icing over the granola bars to boost up the carrot cake flavor.

I couldn’t stop snacking on these while I was working away on the party preparations.

They actually do taste just like carrot cake in granola bar form.  I’ve already made these five more times since they’re so good.

So, if you’re looking for a new flavor to jazz up your usual granola bars and granola, you have got to try this carrot cake one!
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Happy happy Friday and have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

Carrot Cake Granola Bars and Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Grated carrots and warm spices in both of these granola recipes to satisfy any carrot cake craving. Healthy and tasty snacks for on the go.


    Dry ingredients
  • * 2 cups rolled oats
  • * 1/2 cup quick oats
  • * 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
  • * 3/4 cup of finely grated carrots
  • * 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • * 1/4 cup raisins or dried currants
  • * 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • * 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • * 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • * 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Wet ingredients
  • * 2 tablespoon flaxseed meal mixed with 4 tablespoon water
  • * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • * 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • * 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
    Dry ingredients
  • * 2 cups rolled oats
  • * 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • * 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • * 1/4 cup raisins or dried currants
  • * 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • * 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • * 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • * 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Wet ingredients
  • * 3/4 cup finely grated carrots
  • * 1/4 cup apple juice
  • * 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • * 1/3 cup of maple syrup or honey
  • * 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x13*" pan with parchment paper with the sides hanging over. Lightly spray the parchment paper with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until evenly mixed together.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, spread evenly and press down to level mixture evenly.
  6. Bake pan in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, place in the refrigerator and allow to chill for about an hour or two. Once the mixture has cooled, remove from fridge and lift mixture up using both sides of the parchment paper to lift out of the pan.
  8. Use a sharp knife and cut bars into desired size.
  9. Drizzle with cream cheese frosting if desired.
  10. Store the bars in the refrigerator to keep them fresh longer.
  12. Preheat oven to 275°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  13. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  14. In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients, minus the grated carrots.
  15. Heat the wet ingredients in the microwave for about 1 minute until hot, but not boiling. Stir in the grated carrots.
  16. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Spread mixture out evenly onto lined baking sheets. With your fingertips, go through and quickly “pinch” small clusters into the mixture.
  17. Cook in preheated oven for 40 minutes, rotating pan after 20 minutes.
  18. Remove from oven and let sit until cool.
  19. Once cool, gently remove from sheet and store in an airtight container.
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  1. Marion - Make this Dish says

    I love making granola bars at home too – so much better for you. I can’t wait to try this carrot cake one – it sounds so good! Happy Easter Kelly!

  2. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says

    Happy Happy (belated) birthday to your son! I am sure the party was a huge success – specially if all treats were baked by YOU!
    Speaking of which – these granola bras sound pretty fantastic! Carrot cake in granola bar form – yes please I will take 6 – what? am supposed to share??? psh!!!! :)
    Hope you and your family have a happy, Happy Easter! Looking forward to more on the minion party..

  3. says

    Happy 3rd birthday to your son! My, how time flies! Your granola bars look absolutely heavenly. There are many days where I crave carrot cake as well, and it’s great to know that there’s a healthier option with your granola and granola bars. Sounds perfect for Easter, too! :)

  4. says

    Can’t wait to see the pictures from the bash!! I bet he had a good time :) .. Lovely granola and bar recipe!! Every week your family is lucky to stuff there face with this treat Kelly! Happy Easter and have a great weekend! :)

  5. says

    This is carrot cake heaven, and I may just make this today! These recipes look delicious, Kelly, and I hope your son had a great birthday. Can’t wait to see the minion party! I just love those little yellow guys. :) Have a great weekend!
    marcie recently posted…German Chocolate Cake Roll

  6. says

    I am so excited to hear about the Minion bash!! It sounds like you need some time to relax – hope you get a few moments this weekend!! And these granola bars sound so good … I haven’t made any in far too long. And carrot cake is the perfect flavor especially for this time of the year!
    Ashley recently posted…Berries and Brie Breakfast Bake

  7. says

    I used to hate granola bars but then I tried making them myself and I was blown away by how different they taste – way better than store bought! These definitely seem like the perfect snack to have around when you’re busy and running around, and healthy too. Love the pics!
    Katy recently posted…Spinach Pesto

  8. says

    I hope your son had a stellar 3rd birthday! Minion party sounds like so much fun and all that yellow is so cheerful. I’m sure you did a great job and I hope the little guy enjoyed it to bits! You are such a dedicated mom, doing all that with a newborn in tow! Hopefully things slow down a bit now and you have a relaxing Easter. I think this idea of carrot cake granola is so creative! It’s got to be incredible if you’ve made it 5 more times! I totally trust you. It sounds like a great snack and treat to have on hand…I especially love the sound of the maple syrup. mmm….

  9. says

    Kelly, these look delicious! What a fabulous idea :) I’m going to pin this to my GRANOLA BAR board.
    I hope you will come visit and link this up at the new Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party :)

  10. says

    Happy Belated Birthday to your little boy, and a big Minion bash?! I can’t wait to read all about it! Wow, Kelly, these carrot cake granola bars look fabulousy miam, I still have loads of organic carrots sitting in the fridge, I want to make some nutty carrot cake bars like yours! These granola bars are a perfect travel snack! Thank you Kelly for sharing this yummy recipe, I would love to see more of these vegan-friendly recipes – isn’t coconut oil amazing?! Btw your recipe name said, “Coconut Cake”, it should be “Carrot Cake”, right? Thought I’d let you know about the typo! Always have an eye out on these little things! I hope you have a great week, Kelly!!!!

    • says

      Thanks so much Rika :) Love coconut oil and thanks for catching my error in the recipe name, fixed it now :) Hope you are doing great and are enjoying the weekend so far :)

  11. says

    I still have yet to try my hand at carrot cake anything! Isn’t that awful! But, I have eaten before and love the flavor. I absolutely love granola so maybe this would be a good first attempt…..

    • says

      Hehe definitely not awful – I haven’t been able to make many carrot cake recipes this year either. These granola bars and granola seemed a lot more easier and still satisfied that carrot cake craving and hopefully you’ll be able to give them a try if you get a chance :)

    • says

      Hehe I tend to crave carrot cake a lot and felt less guilty munching on the granola bars than a whole cake :) Thanks so much Laura – hope you have a great rest of the week!

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