I’ve mentioned before that Oliver hates eating vegetables – if he see’s a vegetable in his meal he will not eat it. Lately I’ve been trying to think of some recipes that I can make that include hidden vegetables in them. I’ve got a few ideas in my head but I fancied making something today, so after looking in my cupboards to see what ingredients I could find I decided to make these; carrot cake soft oat bars.
Now these have tons of carrots in them; there’s 250g of carrots in the whole batch! Looking at them you can hardly even tell there’s a single piece of carrot in them. That’s what I love about these the most. I do believe we should still try and give them vegetables to see whether they change there minds one day, but in the mean time I’m happy sneaking in the vegetables here and there without them knowing.
Not only have these got carrot in them, they also contain raisins, just to add to one of your 5 a day!
I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that children are recommended to not eat snacks more than 100 calories each, which these are perfect for! Each bar (when the batch is cut into 15 pieces) are 96 calories each. Personally I prefer to base the snack on what it actually is and what it contains, but it’s still nice to know these are lower in calories and fits in the ‘recommended’ amount.
I always prefer to chuck the ingredients into the bowl, mix and then bake. I’ve added the step of blending just to make the mixture combine better but also to help hide the carrots, otherwise I could imagine bits would be sticking out – Oliver would spot these a mile away!
If you make these carrot cake soft oat bars please let me know how you found them! I love to create recipes and they’re even better when they turn out edible!
Carrot Cake Soft Oat Bars
Soft oat bars full of carroty goodness. Perfect for those picky toddlers!
- 140 g Oats
- 250 g Carrots Grated
- 65 g Raisins
- 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C Fan Oven. Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. Once mixed transfer into a food processor and blend for 30-60 seconds. Try not to over-do the blending otherwise it'll be too runny.
Once blended pour the mixture into a square baking tin and smooth down making sure it's evenly spread out. Bake for 25mins.
Once it's finished cooking take out of the oven and leave them to cool. Cut them into 15 bars and enjoy with your little ones!