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Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbars

Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising snack. Gluten-free, wholegrain and vegan.

Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbarsAlmost everyone loves carrot cake. I know I do. Growing up I used to love it with sweet cream cheese frosting, but now I prefer it without. I really do!

Yeah, right.

Okay, yes I like it with the frosting, but that frosting doesn’t like me. Sugar highs always lead to sugar lows. So, I’ve learned over many (many) years that full on sugar is not my friend. It doesn’t lend me a fiver, or compliment my hair. So other than being sweet it doesn’t offer much. As delicious as that frosting is, 15 minutes of mmm doesn’t balance with 2 hours of zzzMake these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbarsWhen I do want a little energy pick me up I tend to head outdoors for a power walk, swinging my arms like a mad woman. It is always breezy in Edinburgh (understatement of the year) so the fresh air is a great perker-upper. Calorie-free, too.

But if my flagging energy isn’t cured by a walk (or the weather is particularly lousy) I want to eat something quick to give me a needed energy boost.

As someone with a natural savory tooth, hummus with my Scandinavian multi-seed crispbreads will invariably be my go-to for long-lasting energy. The fiber, protein and multiplicity of essential nutrients make seeds and nuts veritable powerhouses. And we can harness some of that power, deliciously and healthily. Just grab a small palmful and chew. As simple as that.

Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbarsNuts and seeds are fabulous of their own, but I also like to make little treats like these carrot cake and tahini power bars. Combining the natural sweetness of young carrots and date syrup with the power of protein-packed tahini (sesame seed paste) and cooked millet is a win-win situation. And the fact that they are super simple to make, vegan and gluten-free is a happy bonus.

Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbarsThese carrot cake bars are only minimally sweetened using homemade date syrup (so easy! so caramely! recipe below!). Really just enough to qualify as a sweet treat.

I use warm spices and vanilla here to amplify the sweet taste without adding more sugar – however natural. If you don’t have the spices listed (there aren’t many), just use a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice blend. It’s not the same but it will have the requisite warm spices to boost the cosy, feel-good factor of these power bars.

These bars will keep for about a week and are great to pop into a lunchbox, snack bag, backpack and, um, in your mouth.

PS instead of the sesame seeds, you can spread on some cream cheese frosting. I won’t tell. 🙂

What’s your go-to energy snack? Do you too find sugary snacks a fail?

Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbars

Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy, energising snack. Gluten-free, wholegrain and vegan. xx

60g (1/3 cup) millet seeds (or quinoa, cooking for 12 minutes) – cooked weight is 115 grams

125ml (2/3 cup) water

180g (1 & 3/4 cups) rolled oats

50g (1/2 cup) lightly toasted walnut halves or pecan halves, ground to flour/meal OR use bought almond meal

1/4 tsp each of ground nutmeg, allspice and cardamom

Rounded 1/2 tsp cinnamon

50g (1/3 cup) shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)

100ml (1/3 cup) maple syrup or date syrup* (see below for how to make your own date syrup!)

50ml (scant 3 tbsp) olive oil or (Europe/UK only) rapeseed oil

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

150g (scant 1/2 cup) tahini

150g (1 cup) grated finely carrots

Grated zest of small unwaxed orange or lemon


Extra seeds hemp seeds or some sesame seeds for top


1. Preheat the oven to 160C fan/180C/350F. Line a 18cm x 27.5cm (9 x 11 in) baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.

2. Bring the water to the boil, add the millet and cook on a fast simmer with lid on for 8 minutes. Drain and “air dry” while you sort the other ingredients.

3. Put the oats and ground nuts into a large mixing bowl, along with the spices and hemp seeds; dry whisk or stir.

4. In a smaller bowl, thoroughly mix together the syrup, oil, vanilla and tahini. It will be very thick.

5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mix, along with the carrots and citrus zest. Stir very well then scrape the fragrant mixture into the lined pan, smoothing the top as best you can. Sprinkle over seeds, if using.

6. Pop the pan onto the centre shelf of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the cake is just starting to pull away from the sides. Remove pan from the oven and cool on a rack before lifting out the cake and cutting into 12-16 bars/pieces.

These bars may be frozen. Wrap the individual pieces with parchment paper and put them all into a labelled freezer bag.

delicious and easy homemade date syrup for natural, wholesome #baking #datesyrup #condiments #sauces #healthybaking #recipeHow to make your own date syrup

So easy, and completely natural!

85g of pitted dates (about 18 deglet nour dates or 10 Medjool dates)

225ml (scant 1 cup) hot water

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Soak the dates in the hot water for half an hour. Add dates and soaking water to a powerful blender with the lemon juice. Process on a high speed for up to one minute, or until completely smooth. If it’s not as thick as you’d like add a couple of extra dates. You may also wish to simmer it down to make a more concentrated syrup.

Use the syrup in porridge/oatmeal, baking and wherever you might use maple syrup. It goes without saying that you need to use best-quality dates here. Transfer to a lidded jar, refrigerate and use within 10 days.


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Make these Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars for a healthy energising #snack. #glutenfree, wholegrain and #vegan. #energybars #powerbars







24 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Tahini Power Bars + Make Your Own Date Syrup

  1. Chelvi S says:

    When you say 1/2 cup lightly walnuts halves, is it before ground? If I use store bought almond meal, what would be the measurement?

    1. kellie anderson says:

      It is before grinding measure as most people won’t be able to get ground versions of these. Any of these nuts are a little less than 1/3 US cup after grinding. But same weight of course

      1. Chelvi S says:

        Thank you!

      2. kellie anderson says:

        You are welcome!

  2. Lori says:

    They sound yummy. Curious why you specify location for the olive oil/rapeseed swap? Thanks!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      US rapeseed/canola oil gets a bad rap and I haven’t been able to find any info on its safety. Additionally, It is largely a GM product but doesn’t need to be labeled as such. As far as I’ve been able to find EU-grown oilseed rape is of good quality, and certainly not GM. British-grown plants produce very good and healthy oil. Much of it organic. Hope this helps! Oh, and most of my readers are US and UK, hence the specific info for these countries 🙂

  3. Aah, such a great combo, genius! I absolutely love tahini and very much like the sound of this recipe and it ticks so many great boxes too. Very clever.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks so much, Niki! Ive made them a few times for work and happily everyone seems to really like them.

  4. I feel like date syrup is so sweet and overpowering, I might substitute that to experiment with this deliciousness!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I agree about bought date syrup. Homemade date syrup is MUCH less sweet. And super easy to make 😊

      1. That is probably true, I will experiment making my own homemade date syrup, thanks for the advice.

  5. mihrank says:

    oh – OMG – this is so yummy, delicious with rich ingredients ..

  6. Elizabeth Ballinger says:

    Hi Kellie, Just want you to,know that I am an Australian and really love your recipes and eating philosophy. Thank you. Elizabeth

  7. Great flavours!! I can imagine these are rather moreish…?!

  8. Oooh these bars sound absolutely amazing! I adore date syrup and it sounds so perfect with the sweet carrots, spices and tahini.

  9. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    What a fabulous power bar, Kellie. I’ve added uncooked millet to muffin batter so I’m curious to see how they turn out, pre-cooked, in these bars.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Oh, Katie. You must try cooked millet in your baking. It’s really great. The interesting texture alone is worth that extra step. 🙂

  10. Kimberly says:

    I think my daughter will love this for the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I hope you got a chance to make these. My daughter, newly home for uni, has already requested them! 🙂

  11. Ceri Jones says:

    These look wonderful, I am into anything made with tahini as you know. I have 4 half eaten jars in my fridge right now so think I’ve got enough to cobble together to make this… 😉

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I would love to see your version of this. Would it have double the tahini I wonder ?? 😉

  12. superfitbabe says:

    Oh wow, I LOVE sesame seeds and tahini! AND, I LOOOOOOVE carrot cake. This recipe is just too perfect for those loves! But anyways, I’ve been meaning to make my own energy bars for a while, now, but it’s so challenging to find an easy recipe that also has a fun flavor! Can’t think of anything better than this!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks so much, Cassie. My daughter absolutely loves them, and I hope you do too!

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