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Carrot cake bars with cream cheese icing

January 18, 2016

I think carrot cake is one of those foods that people think they might be eating the healthier option when selecting it, but you might be surprised to know that there can be just as many points in a slice of carrot cake as there are in a regular cupcake. I was asked by a facebook friend/follower if I could try and create a low point version, so I set out to do so. I was pretty happy with the end result, this is a moist carrot cake bar, due to the ingredients used to keep it low points you wont end up with a fluffy cake and I know that texture is not for everyone, I found them simply scrumptious..and the cream cheese frosting was a nice way to finish them off! The recipe makes 9 large bars at 4 smart points each.

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4.7 from 3 reviews
Carrot cake bars with cream cheese icing
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Serves: 9
 
4sp or 3pp
Ingredients
  • 1-100g container of greek 0% yogurt ( I used vanilla but plain is fine and my yogurt is 2sp)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ Tbsp oil (such as canola)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2Tbsp white flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp chopped nuts (I used pecans) optional
  • Icing
  • ¼ cup light cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup icing sugar (confectionery sugar)
  • ½ Tbsp reduced calorie margarine
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, spray a 9 inch baking dish.
  2. Using a food processor shred your carrots.
  3. In a large bowl combine your egg, egg white, yogurt and milk. Mix well and then stir in your oil and vanilla. Mix in your sugar, flour, spices, baking powder and soda and mix well.
  4. Fold in your carrots and nuts.
  5. Pour out into your baking dish using a spatula to get all batter into dish.
  6. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, let cool completely. Cake will settle once out of oven.
  7. Cream together all of your icing ingredients and let chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Once bars are cooled, cut into 9 and top with chilled incing. Store in sealed container in the fridge. Makes 9 large bars at 4sp or 3pp each *Note, these are a denser carrot cake bar and not a fluffy cake like bar.
  9. Nutritional info (not incl carrots) per bar Calories 123.. Fat 3.4g..Saturated fat 0.8g.. Carbs 20g...Fiber 0.5g..Sugars 7.9g... Protein 4.2g

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17 Comments

  • Reply Erin January 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    My husband would love these! If you don’t add nuts does it change the points value?

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      Reply Drizzle January 18, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Erin, The nuts don’t add too many points.. you could swap out with raisins if you wish.. I think the 2T of nuts is 4sp so not enough to bring them down in points per bar

  • Reply Nina January 19, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Are you able to say the point difference if I chose not to add the icing?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 19, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Nina, sure.. the icing will add a point so if you don’t use it then it would be 3sp or 2pp per bar, although I think it’s really yummy with the icing 🙂

      • Reply Nina January 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

        Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Jerry January 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

    It list icing as an ingredient? Do I need to buy an icing?

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      Reply Drizzle January 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      No, that’s just stating what is needed for icing.. so it’s not an ingredient but underneath it is what you need 😉

  • Reply Deb January 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    What kind of almond milk? What about skim?

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      Reply Drizzle January 22, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Skim should be ok, I just always have almond milk on hand and its very low on points (0 in some cases depending on amount) I use unsweetened original

  • Reply Richelle February 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Which 0% yogurt is 2sp?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      In Canada we have the Source Yoplait greek yogurts and they range for 1sp to 2sp for 100g container depending on flavor

      • Reply Jean Kelly August 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        If you want even more protein in your bar you could use PC Greek 0 fat plain yogurt. 3/4 cp is 18 gram of protein ,
        5 gr. sugar, and o gr. saturated fat for 2 Smart Points. I am not sure how it would change the points value for the bars because I have not calculated it.

        • Drizzle
          Reply Drizzle August 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm

          Thanks for the info 🙂

  • Reply Liz March 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    These are amazing!!! They save me at night. I love to have them with a cup of red velvet tea. Just delicious! Going to try the sea salt caramel pretzel brownies next!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Glad you enjoy them Liz.. That tea sounds delicious!

  • Reply LW April 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Made these last night and woah – so good!! Thank you for the great recipes!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Your welcome, glad you enjoyed them 🙂

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