Carrot Bars

                    Carrot Bars With Kids In The Kitchen

Do your kids like to eat carrots?  My children enjoy raw carrots, but not everyone like’s cooked.  Dad has that little trait too.   Left to choose all their own foods, I am not sure most of them would eat any cooked vegetables other than potatoes.     So I like to sneak a variety of vegetables into recipes when I can, to boost the nutrition my kids and husband recieve.

We make all kinds of yummy bars that taste like cake, but are filled with the yummiest fruits and vegetables.  These are nutrient dense foods, and I feel great when I can share them with my family. 

These Carrot Bars are just the thing to get those picky eaters to eat cooked carrots.

Usually we make our yummy bars from scratch.  But did you know you can make some awesome quick bars using premade mixes, without compromising nutrition?  You can mix these up in about two minutes, bake for 30 minutes, and ready to eat.  So quick, and delicious.  Perfect timing for my “always hungry got to have it now” family.

We buy Simply Organic mixes by the case load at wholesale through Weiser Natural Foods.  These are such wonderful products, with honest to goodness pure ingredients, and easy to use when you don’t have a lot of time, or other ingredients on hand. 

All you need for this delicious treat is:
one box of Simply Organic carrot cake mix
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
3 large carrots

Now my daughter is the only child in the family who loves cooked carrots, so she helped me make this yummy treat.    I knew I could trust her to keep our secret.

She helped me wash and peel the carrots and put them in the blender. 

See dad standing behind her.  He found out we were having carrots and he was not too happy about it a first.  He thought for sure this was going to be a dud.  We sure showed him!  They were the best he has ever had.  (note to self, it must have been the mix that made them taste even yummier).

My daughter is only three, but she is able to do a lot of kitchen tasks right along side me.  She loves to help in the kitchen.  

She helped scrape the blended carrot mixture into a mixing bowl and dump in the Simply Organic mix and water.  I cracked the eggs.  She just doesn’t quite have the hang of not allowing the shell to get in yet.

Then she helped me mix this all together.

She helped grease a cake pan with coconut oil.  This was lots of fun and she likes getting more messy than the job actually requires.  But its for a good reason, so I don’t stop her.  It is actually quite fun to write your name with coconut oil and let it squish between your fingers.  We were way to messy so I didn’t get pictures of a lot of this.

Then we poured the batter into the greased cake pan.

Put this in a preheated 350 degree oven to bake for 30 minutes or until done.

These guys were just to hungry to wait.  They are hanging out in the kitchen making sure no bandits come to steal their yummy bars.  The sherrif here, with the help of big brother,  is ready to round up any yummy bar bandits and putt’em in jail.

While the bars are baking, you can mix up your frosting if you plan to use some.  We don’t always make frosting.  But we do when we plan to have this tasty treat for company, or when we plan to give it away as a gift.

For the frosting, use one 8 oz bar of cream cheese.  I use a grass fed cream cheese to boost the nutritional value.  Kefir or kefir cheese is another great substitute for the cream cheese. 

Add two cups organic powdered sugar.  I use Wholesome Foods brand and it is affordable for this.

Mix until smooth.

Put the frosting onto the bars and let your children spread it around. 

Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect.

It will surely taste perfect!

Every last bite disappeared and not one complaint was heard.  How’s that for eating cooked carrots?

These are awesome enjoyed with a glass of fresh raw milk.  So tasty.  So delicious.  SOOOOO Nutritious.

How do you get your kids to eat their vegetables?  Leave us a comment and let us know.  Thanks.

Don’t forget to enter the contest for our Simply Organic Giveaway.  See the details here.

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