These Healthy Carrot Cake-Inspired Recipes mean you can enjoy your favorite dessert any time of day!
by, Lindsay Livingston, RD (The Lean Green Bean)
Photo credit: Cotter Crunch
If you asked me to, I could easily assign a dessert to every season. Summer is for ice cream cake. Fall is for pumpkin pie. Winter is for gingerbread and Spring is for carrot cake. I'm not exactly sure how, but carrot cake has declared itself the official dessert of all the Spring holidays and gatherings...and that's fine with me.
But while carrot cake for dessert is all well and good, what's a girl to do if she doesn't really have any Spring gatherings or holiday celebrations to attend, but still wants some of that carrot cake flavor? Not to worry! The good news is that there's a way to put a carrot cake-inspired spin on all sorts of recipes- everything from pancakes and waffles to snack bites and smoothies.
Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the delicious flavors of carrot cake, without actually baking a cake!
Start your morning off with dessert for breakfast!
Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes via Jennifer Meyering
A spring twist on a the classic magic bar recipe.
Carrot Cake Paleo Magic Cookie Bars via Food Faith Fitness
An easy no-bake dessert option that everyone will love!
No-Bake Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Bars via Imma Eat That
Skip the fork and drink your carrot cake in smoothie form!
Carrot Cake Smoothie via Well Plated
Grab a few of these granola bites for an afternooon snack.
No Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites via Cookin' Canuck
Make a batch of these waffles for a weekend treat!
Carrot Cake Waffles via Keepin' It Kind
Try this dessert-flavored quinoa bowl for a protein-packed breakfast.
Carrot Cake Quinoa Bowls via Destination Delish
Healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert!
Blueberrry Carrot Cake Bars via Cotter Crunch
Stash a batch of these in your freezer for a hot day!
Dairy-Free Carrot Cake Popsicles via The Modern Buttery
Cookies are always better with icing sandwiched between them!
Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies via Emilie Eats
Prep a batch of this oatmeal for busy weekday mornings.
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal via Family Food On The Table
Refuel after a long workout with this smoothie.
Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie via Eating Bird Food
And if you are looking for an actual carrot cake recipe, we highly recommend this one because you can make it in the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Fruited Carrot Cake via Healthy Aperture
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