Spring Dessert Recipe: Simply Delicious Carrot Bars

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March is just around the corner and you know what that means—spring will be here before we know it. When I think of spring, for some reason I think of carrots. This Indian-inspired dessert recipe is simple and delicious. Perfect for wowing the guests at your next celebration, this spicy-sweet confection is as lovely as it is flavorful. Look for green cardamom pods at your local Indian grocer.

Carrot Bars dessert recipe


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 4 pounds carrots, peeled and grated
  • 8 cups skim milk
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 6 tablespoons date puree


  • Toast almonds over dry heat until fragrant.
  • Combine grated carrots, milk, and cardamom pods in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until all milk has evaporated, about 40 minutes.
  • When liquid has evaporated, add oil and apple sauce. Fry, stirring constantly, until dark orange, about 30 minutes. Add sugar and almonds. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Serve at room temperature.

Number of Servings: 6 (696 G )

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes

What are some of your favorite ways to cook with carrots?

Recipe courtesy of Guiding Stars
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