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Ingredients

Carrot Cake Bars:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (or 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 baking Flour)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup carrot baby food
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pkg. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Bars:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a jelly roll pan with cooking spray (15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in.) and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat eggs, oil and vanilla for 2 minutes. (You can also do this in a large bowl, using a hand held mixer.)
  3. Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the egg mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Add baby food and applesauce and mix well. Stir in pecans (if using).
  5. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Give the pan a couple gentle taps on the counter to get any air bubbles out.
  6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Frost bars and cut into desired size. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

I bought a bag of the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour at Costco that I keep in my freezer so it stays fresh. I love it because it can be swapped out straight across for all purpose flour. You don't have to add any xanthum gum or anything else. I don't have to bake/cook gluten free at my house, but I have several friends who do so I am always on the look out for yummy gluten free recipes to try and share with them. I've included a link on Amazon just so you can see what the bag looks like. You can buy this flour several places online.