Carrot Cake Warrior Bars

Craving a yummy snack that’s super portable and full of nutrients? This is it!

These Carrot Cake Warrior Bars are a variation on one of our team’s all-time favorite Fresh Start (spring) snacks. Thanks to the almond meal, pepitas, and sunflower seeds, this recipe is packed with plant-based protein, and actually tastes very much like carrot cake! These bars are delicious as is, but are also fabulous warmed up with a little almond butter on top.


Carrot Cake Warrior Bars

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These hearty bars are perfect for snacking on the go. Not only is this recipe packed with plant-based protein, but they really are reminiscent of carrot cake!



  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (plus 6 tbsp water)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated apple
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. 
  2. Place chia seeds and water in a small bowl. Stir well and let stand for 5-10 minutes until a gel forms. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine almond meal, oats, grated carrots and apple, coconut flakes, pepitas, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together mashed banana, applesauce, vanilla extract, spices, and sea salt. Stir in the chia gel.
  5. Add the banana chia mixture to the bowl with the other ingredients. Stir well. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish. Smooth the top. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden around the edges and baked through. Let cool completely, then cut into bars.


Bars will hold together best if baked long enough and cooled to room temperature or chilled before cutting into bars. 

Keywords: carrot cake breakfast bar

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 3.20.2017 | COMMENTS: 41


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  1. Sue says:

    Question – I have looked everywhere for almond meal and cannot find it – can I use almond flour? Would I use the same amount (1 Cup) if I used almond flour?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sue,

      Yes almond four is pretty much the same thing as almond meal. The only difference is almond meal can be blanched or unblanched (skins removed) where as almond flour is always blanched.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Kris says:

    I don’t see the nutrients broken down anywhere for this recipe. How many carbs, etc…?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Kris,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  3. Jeremy says:

    What are the macros for this recipe?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jeremy,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  4. Michelle Courtney Berry says:

    This is a great recipe and I can see this being the “go to” bar to pack for the fam on long hikes. It’s really good and although yes, it’s not the “same” as carrot cake, it plays a close second with way more health, nutrition, and life force energy. I would think that making a little of the cashew cream and putting a little dollop on top with a side of fruit would make this very decadent indeed. I made an extra batch for my mom who’s diabetic and she loved them!

  5. Jen says:

    I love this recipe! I even eat for breakfast with my tea or tonic water. The fact that it’s super healthy and taste delicious makes it my number one go to snack. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  6. Paula says:

    This recipes makes so much! It is very good though, not quite carrot cake but almost.

  7. Cynthia van Duin says:

    Hi, do you use raw or roasted pepitas and sunflower seeds?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      We use raw nuts and seeds throughout the cleanse for this recipe – but roasted would probably be delicious too!

  8. Jillian says:

    Hi! Do you have any recommendations or n what I could replace the almond products with? I’m allergic to almonds 🙁

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Jillian,

      Allergic to almonds, I’ve got you covered! Swap out almond meal, for oat flour. And leave the sliced almonds out, and instead add an additional 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds or pepitas.

  9. Deb says:

    I made these today and they are delicious! Really do taste like carrot cake!

  10. Hope B. says:

    These look good! Going to have to try them. Is almond meal about the same as almond flour?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Hope,

      There’s so yummy! And yes, almond flour + almond meal can be used interchangeably.

  11. Christina Union says:

    How should these be stored, and how long will they last?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Christina,

      I store them in an airtight container or ziploc on the kitchen counter. I’ve found if you store them in the fridge they can get a little soggy from the added moisture. And they’ll keep for a week! Perfect for yummy snacking. You can also freeze them + they’re great warmed in the microwave with a smear of almond butter!

  12. Sally says:

    What sort of applesauce do you use in these bars?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Sally,

      I reach for organic unsweetened applesauce in this recipe. But when fall hits, I love using homemade! It adds even more flavor to these yummy bars!

  13. Kate says:

    Love these! Great for snacking mid-morning:). Silly question: I’ve been taking these to work with me, but it means I’m wrapping them in plastic wrap every dang day. It’s too much waste! Anybody able to recommend a reusable plastic wrap option? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Kate,

      Have you ever heard of Bee’s Wrap? They offer sustainable reusable food storage!

  14. Krista Wooley says:

    These are super filling! Mine always turn out a little too dry, so I’m thinking I’m over baking, but still tasty! I love the apple and carrots in the bars too!

  15. Alicia says:

    These are delicious!! My kids love them too. I love the variety of ingredients yet there’s no added sugar. I’m going to add freshly grated ginger next time.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. Clara says:

    I’m not sure what the consistency of these bars are supposed to be, but they are fairly good. Mine turned out pretty loose, though I didn’t want them to be crispy. I don’t like the amount of seeds (I’m not used to eating coconut and seeds).

  17. Diane says:

    These Warrior bars are delicous- jam packed with yummy nuts. These are a great thing to carry with you to concerts, hikes, long walks, events like museums. Personally, they are so much better tasting and healthier than any of the granola bars or protein bars that are sold in stores. Super good warmed with a bit od almond butter. Make a great breakfast food to.

  18. Elsie says:

    I was actually surprised by these. I love them and they are great for just putting your bag to have a snack on the go. I may just try dipping them in chocolate and see how they taste once the cleanse is over.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Elise,

      While cleansing try spreading almond butter over them + pop them in the microwave! The flavor is out of the control + it adds an added protein boost.

  19. Gen says:

    Love these! Filling but not too filling, delicious. My kids love them too – much better than the other snacks they used to ask for after school. This is our new go-to.

  20. Tracy says:

    They are yummy. Just a little too moist for me. I did cook longer. Maybe I”m doing something wrong.

  21. Kate says:

    Love these! Just the right amount of sweet and crunchy and they make a great snack.

  22. Kristina Martin says:

    I’m allergic to bananas 🙁 Is there something else I could substitute? Thanks for your help!

  23. Deborah says:

    Should these be kept in the refrigerator or in an air tight container in the cupboard & how long will they keep for?
    Can they be frozen?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Deborah,

      I suggest keeping them in an air tight container in your cupboard, instead of the fridge or freeze them. They can get a little mushy in the refrigerator from the added moisture. And they last a week in your cupboard.

  24. Laurie Andrade says:

    I am a type one diabetic, is this diet good for me. I need to keep the carbohydrates low.
    I need to get healthy and want to try to lose weight.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Laurie,

      Each and every one of us is different, which makes it hard to say if this cleanse is right for a diabetic or not. There are many other issues that come into play than just whether or not a person has diabetes. Cleansing and detoxing programs are not normally recommended for people with diabetes, but we suggest checking with your healthcare provider if you wish to do the cleanse.

      That being said, there are plenty of wholesome recipes within Fresh Start that you can incorporate into your diet. If your healthcare provider determines that a cleanse isn’t right for you, then you could use the lunch or dinner recipes to replace one of your meals every day!

  25. Linda says:

    This looks delicious! 🙂 Wondering though – you mention sunflower seeds in the description and instructions, but I don’t’ see them listed in the ingredients…..

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Good find, Linda! We’re missing 1⁄3 cup sunflower seeds in the ingredients. Adding it in now!

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