Food, Family & Fun

A Seasonal Guide to Healthy Eating
Commemorating 50 years of School Lunch


Carrot Bars

25-30 minutes
Serves: 40 pieces

You can make this recipe with a similar amount of cooked pumpkin, cooked sweet potato or banana


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 applesauce
  • 2 jars baby food carrots
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Icing (optional)

  • 1/4 cup soft margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 oz light cream sheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350° F.

1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, applesauce, baby food carrots, eggs, flour, 1 tsp of vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nuts (optional) together.

2. Bake in 13" x 9" greased and floured pan 25-30 minutes.

3. While bars bake, mix icing (optional): margarine, powdered sugar, light cream cheese, and 1 tsp vanilla.

4. When bars are baked, cool, spread with icing or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars. Serve.

Nutrients per serving
1 piece

  • Calories 71
  • Saturated fat 0.5 g
  • Iron 0.3 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Calcium 4 mg
  • Carbohydrate 10 g
  • Vitamin A 86 RE
  • Sodium 73 g
  • Total Fat 3 g
  • Vitamin C 0 mg
  • Dietary Fiber 0 g


  • Introduce your child to different forms a food can take.
  • At snacktime, let your child choose raw apple, apple juice or
  • applesauce—or a small amount of all three. Talk about different
  • textures of these foods, which one your child likes best, and why.

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