Tigerlilly Quinn: Vegan Carrot Cake Bars

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Vegan Carrot Cake Bars

vegan carrot cake bars
vegan carrot cake bar recipe 
I have a great post for you this week from one of my favourite foodie blogs. If you haven't heard of The Cake Hunter you are in for a treat, although I'm sure you had considering Sophie won the Cosmo food blog award last year. Some favourite posts from her would include this Triple Layer Berry Victoria Sponge  and this Blood Orange and Almond Syrup Polenta Cake mmmm. Sophie has been kind enough to share this Vegan Carrot Cake Bar recipe with Tigerlilly Quinn readers, it looks easy enough for even me to make, can't wait to try it!

vegan carrot cake bars

Hi, I'm Sophie from The Cake Hunter and I'm delighted to be guest posting here with my recipe for vegan carrot cake bars. These are dead easy to make and absolutely delicious. I love vegan baking, it's like an extra little challenge I like to try and turn everyday bakes into vegan friendly dishes. These bars are a great snack to have on hand in the day, especially when the 3pm sugar cravings strike.

There are all sorts of ways to replace eggs when making cakes vegan friendly but my favourite way is to use flaxseed. It's really easy to find in the shops and you can't tell the difference in the final product. I've used it as an egg replacer in cakes and cookies and they have all turned out great. As a rule, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and left to sit for 5-10 minutes equals one egg. Very simple and it even adds extra fibre for your gut, which, let's face it, helps us pretend that cake is healthy. These bars are so easy to adapt as well, you could try replacing some of the carrot with parsnip or courgette or adding in dried fruit, nuts and dark chocolate chips. I'm going to double the recipe next time, divide between two bowls and try out different add-ins.

Vegan Carrot Cake Bars

makes 12 bars

130g plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
100g light brown sugar
150g coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water
450g carrots, peeled and grated
100g desiccated coconut

for the glaze:
60g icing sugar
2 tablespoons almond milk
Preheat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and line a 29x18cm/11"x7" tray with greaseproof paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicard, salt and spices.
In another small bowl, whisk the coconut oil, sugar and flaxseed egg.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined.
Fold in the carrot and coconut until evenly distributed.
Tip into the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes.
Leave to cool completely before removing from the tray and slicing into bars.
For the glaze, sift the icing sugar (so important if you don't want lumps) and mix it with the almond milk. Pour into a piping bag and snip the very end of then drizzle the icing over the bars.

Thanks so much for sharing Sophie!


47 comments:

Jannatul Rahamoni said...

love the outfit. matched gloomy weather ♥

Eileen Teo said...

They look so delicious! Will pop over to Sophie site and have a nose!

Tami Anderson said...

They look and sound delicious. I love carrot cake but have never tried making it myself. Will have to give these a go!

Vikki Holness said...

Oh my, these look scrumptious! Will definitely have to give this recipe a try, i'm sure my boys would love them! xxx

You Baby Me Mummy said...

They look so yummy, I love carrot cake (maybe a bit too much!) :) x

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

This is amazing! And perfect timing too as Matt has just stopped eating dairy and I think I am going to as well. Look delish! xx

Natasha said...

They look delicious.

Lucie1979 said...

I don't like carrot cake but these look incredible!! I reckon my kids would love them!

Michelle Ordever said...

I love carrot cake, these look fab! x

Gill Crawshaw said...

These look really lovely, plus the carrot totally makes them healthy, right?!

Bek B said...

These look very tasty. I like vegan recipes. Yum!

lisa prince said...

oh wow yes this is something i would add to my to do list love this recipe x

Twinsplustwo said...

These look delicious, and are also free from most major allergens! I shared it in my FreeFrom Recipe Link up Google Group https://plus.google.com/b/107581964184811354417/communities/111324688434162919670

Heather Haigh said...

Ooh, I like the sounds of this. Will try this soon. Thank you.
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abigail said...

These look amazing, I've never tried using flax seed as an egg replacement, I'll have to check it out!

Polly Davies said...

yum!! haven't made carrot cake for ages and now I really really want some!

Louisa said...

My kids would love these but I don't like carrot cake, I can't reconcile the ingredients!

Ickle Pickle said...

Your photos are great! They look yummy!

Dave Edwards said...

go big with decorations

Jenny said...

Sounds really interesting and look great!

Ang Gallant said...

Pinning this to try this weekend!

Corinne Fisher said...

mix match kitchenware in lots of bold and bright colours

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

These look really good. Never tried vegan before though.

Jenny said...

Go big with decorations.

Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

I have never tried vegan baking, these look and sound delicious x

Deborah Gilbody said...

Be relaxed

Teresa Lee said...

just be relaxed

Sarah Bailey said...

Oh yum they sound delicious - I really should bake more :) x

WAYNE said...

Just be relaxed.

isabelle smith said...

relax :)

Ruth Harwood said...

go big with the flowers/decoration

Claire Toplis said...

OOOH MY OH my these look so good

Kara said...

echo claire's comment - HAVE to try these!

Harley Richardson said...

Be relaxed x

Elizabeth Gurney said...

Go big with decorations

Abby Shaw said...

use fake flowers so they don't wilt :)

Katie @ Life With The Crew said...

These sound awesome! I was a vegan for several years and still enjoy making good vegan recipes now and then. I love to put coconut in as much as possible!

laura redburn said...

i absolutely love carrot cake, so will definitely be giving these a try at some point :)

jayne hall said...

use fake flowers

Circusmum said...

Love the second book, my daughter is probably a little old for it but I might have to buy it for her anyway as a cover... it's me who really wants it!

Michelle Little said...

The H is for Hummus is too cute! G is for glamping..!

Michelle Ashmore said...

Yummmmmmy carrot cake! I haven't had carrot cake for so long. I have to try these!

Vicky Wombwell Kuhn said...

Oh how yumcious - I adore carrot cake. Would love to have a crack at the vegan version.

Laura Rocksteady said...

This made both I and John smile so much as it's so true, even Mr A loves Olives and hummus and I have to admit my go to paint is Farrow and Ball, I almost fear I have turned into some kind of weird cliche, oh well it makes me happy anyway :)


Laura x

One Busy WAHM said...

Ooh, I love carrot cake. I like that this is made with coconut oil - a real favourite of mine!

Heather Haigh said...

mmm, these sound lovely.

Emily said...

As I said on my roundup post, these are bloomin' beautiful!!! (or words to that effect)

Thanks so much for linking up. I've pinned and tweeted this post and hope to see you over at #recipeoftheweek again soon x

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