Sean went live to whip up a batch of these mouthwatering high protein treats for our fitfam, and they LOVED it— and really, what’s not to love about a nutritious protein-packed dessert? Taste one of these bad boys, and you’ll become a believer!
What’s so great about these carrot cake squares, you ask? Read on to find out all the health benefits of these devilishly good squares.
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What Makes this a Healthy Dessert?
Sometimes your sweet tooth is in charge, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it except give in—so when sweets are needed, you’ve found your new weakness. Fortunately, these squares are made with very healthy ingredients and are bursting with plant-based protein (check out our BodyRock Plant-Based Vegan Guide eBook for more great recipes). And the high protein makes these an excellent balm for your sweet tooth (keeps you feeling full) or solution to a post-workout snack (protein is necessary for recovery).
Let’s take a look at what makes these healthy desserts a good choice:
- Oat Flour: This flour adds moisture as well as antioxidants, B vitamins, and fiber to support healthy blood sugar and insulin levels. Also great for heart health.
- Coconut Flour: Naturally rich in fiber, saturated fats for a steady supply of energy and can lower bad cholesterol.
- Nut Butter: Nuts and seeds are loaded with healthy proteins, fiber, good fats and other vitamins, all of which are necessary for a well-balanced diet.
- Maple Syrup: Grade A (lighter) or B (darker, more antioxidant dense) maple syrup contains high amounts of manganese, and zinc to help with inflammation, blood sugars, and many other vital functions within the body.
- Carrots: A perfect veggie brimming with antioxidants for a robust immune system and vitamins like B6 (energy), vitamin A (vision), potassium (blood pressure), and vitamin K1 (bone health).
- Unsweetened Dairy-Free Milk: Always buy unsweetened for no added sugar. Dairy-free milks are great milk alternatives because they’re fortified with calcium (refrigerated kinds) and rich in antioxidants.
For more info on nutrition, get your copy of our BodyRock Meal Plan.
Sean’s High Protein Carrot Cake Squares
The secrets out, dessert can be healthy and helpful to your diet—if they’re made with good ingredients, like these squares. So next time you’re craving something sweet or if you’re bored of recovery shakes that taste like chalk, whip up a batch of Sean’s High Protein Carrot Cake Squares!
2 cups of oat flour
1/2 cup of coconut flour
1 cup of protein
2tbs of stevia
1/4 almond butter/peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup of carrot puree (carrots blended until smooth)
1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
1/2 cup of protein powder
2 tbs of stevia
1/4 unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice.
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, protein powder, granulated sweetener, and cinnamon; then mix well.
- In a bowl or small saucepan, combine the almond butter and syrup and heat until melted. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well. Add the pureed carrots and mix until combined. The batter should be crumbly. Using a tablespoon, add the dairy-free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
- Transfer to a lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once firm, frost with frosting, if desired.
- For the Frosting
In a small mixing bowl, add the vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, and sweetener and mix well. Using a tablespoon, add dairy-free milk of choice until a thick batter is formed. Spread on protein bars and refrigerate until firm.