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Carrot Cake Bars with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Insanely delicious, moist and flavorful carrot cake bars with a coconut cream cheese frosting, the perfect treat!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake bars, carrot cake, coconut, cream cheese frosting
Servings: 8
Calories: 697kcal
Author: Rachael

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt not Greek
  • 3/4 cup carrots finely grated or chopped (I used the food processor)
  • 1/2 cup apples finely grated or chopped (I used the food processor)
  • 1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp coconut flavoring
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut shreds
  • pinch of salt

Garnish

  • Chopped pecans optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, and yogurt, and mix well.
  • Fold in apples and carrots, and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl mix together Bob's Red Mills Organic Unbleached White Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Combine the wet and dry batter, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Line a 9 x 9 or 11 x 7 baking pan with parchment paper, and pour batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until no longer jiggly in the center, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely.
  • While cake cools, prepare frosting by mixing all frosting ingredients together in a large bowl with a hand mixer
  • Spread frosting over the top of the carrot cake bars, and garnish with chopped pecans.
  • Cut into slices and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 3195IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1.8mg