Nutty Carrot Cake Bars

Nutty Carrot Cake Bars

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Loaded with carrot, nuts, and pumpkin pie spice and slathered with a velvety cream cheese frosting, these diabetic-friendly bars are sure to become a favorite dessert.

Ingredients 20 servings

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  • Carrot Cake
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup sugar (see Tips)
  • 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (see Tips)
  • ⅓ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk
  • Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup frozen light-whipped topping, thawed
  • ½ of an 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • ¼ cup vanilla low-fat yogurt


  • Prep

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. Add carrot, ½ cup of the nuts, the eggs, oil and milk. Stir just until combined. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool bars in pan on a wire rack.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in yogurt until smooth. Fold thawed whipped topping into cream cheese mixture.
  5. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Spread top evenly with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup nuts. Cut into 20 bars.
  • Tip: If using a sugar substitute, choose Sweet'N Low® bulk or packets in place of granulated sugar. Follow package directions to use product amount that's equivalent to ½ cup granulated sugar. Nutrition analysis per serving: same as below except 102 cal., 7 g carbohydrate. Exchanges: ½ other carbohydrate. Carbohydrate choices: ½
  • To toast nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.
  • To make ahead: Layer bars between waxed paper in an airtight container. Cover; seal. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2¼ cupcakes
  • Per serving: 121 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 5 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 64 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fat, 1 other carb, 1 starch

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