Carrot Cake Protein Bars
7 scoops Vanilla whey protein powder low sugar/low carb
1 3/4 cups instant oats
1 1/4 cups carrot pulp
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 1/2 tbsp flaxseeds
3 pitted dates
3 tsp Vanilla extract
3 tbsp water
1/2 cups ground walnuts
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup greek whipped cream cheese
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
2 tbsp Stevia in the raw
My friend Tara is a huge juicer and was kind enough to give me her left over carrot pulp. I automatically thought of carrot cake and I knew I was on a mission to make a protein packed treat! To be honest…I am up for eating just about anything with a cream cheese icing!lol This is how I created these fabulous treats:
Gather the ingredients for the bars.
If you do not have carrot pulp, put carrots into food processor and grind up well. Drain the juice from the pulp and use this in recipe.
Take the pits out of the dates. Put dates into a food processor and grind up for a few seconds. Put the dates in a large bowl.
Put the nuts in the food processor and grind up for a few seconds.
Put the nuts into the large bowl with the dates. Add all other “main ingredients” to the bowl except the coconut oil. Mix well with your hands.
Scoop coconut oil out into a small dish and microwave for 15 seconds or more until melted. Add coconut oil in and mix well again with hands.
Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. Spread the carrot mixture onto the paper/sheet. Push the mixture down and spread out in order to make the entire piece the same thickness from edge to edge.
Fold the excess paper over the top of the mixture. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour. If you would like, you can flip the mixture over at 30 minutes onto another piece of wax paper and put in freezer again. This ensures both sides firm up equally.
Once frozen/firm, cut into equal pieces and individually wrap them. Keep in freezer until 10-15 minutes before you would like to eat the.
Mix all of the icing ingredients together while the bars are in the freezer.
Top with icing and enjoy!