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Carrot Raisin Agave Nectar Bars

Updated on January 31, 2013

Carrots are high in beta-carotene, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants and this recipe is a good way to get your family to eat this vegetable.

Originally carrots weren't orange; they were purple, white and yellow but not yet orange until the sixteenth century when someone in Holand cross bred the purple and yellow carrots making the orange breed you see in stores today.

Carrots are a great source of fiber.

Those baby carrots you see on deli trays are not really carrot sprouts but full sized carrots cut down to size with the ends polished round. Not all carrots grow nice and straight and some are kind of crooked so they take those and cut them down to size. The only problem is that without their skins they are prone to discoloring so they soak them in water and chlorine to keep them looking fresh until you purchase them.

There is a controversy as to whether this is healthy or not. It's the same chlorine you put in your swimming pool which you probably ingest as well but personally I don't buy them and prefer to cut my own. Many people are switching to saline to clean their pools due to chlorine being hazardous so I would prefer to not have it in my vegetables.

I picked up a bottle of agave nectar the other day but could not find a recipe I liked so I made my own. In the beginning people were saying it was healthier than sugar or some other forms of sweetener but after extensive research have found it to be no different.

If you want to try cooking with agave think of it as another flavor or change of pace from other sugars. It's easy to find on most grocer shelves these days so you should be able to find it. I personally like the flavor and this recipe doesn't call for a lot so it is a light sweet taste that doesn't overwhelm the palate.

If you don’t have agave nectar you can substitute honey or real maple syrup. The taste will be slightly different but still delicious.

Coffee cake doesn't have to be eaten with coffee and can be enjoyed just as well with tea but then I guess it would be a tea cake.

Whatever you call it I think you will like this recipe.


1 cup flour

1 cup oats

1 cup agave nectar

¾ cup oil

2 eggs

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 ½ cups grated carrots

½ cup raisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except last two. Beat with mixer until well blended. Stir in carrots and raisins.

Spread in greased or sprayed 13 X 9 inch baking pan. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

About 24 bars.

I've read pros and cons about agave nectar and whether it's safe for diabetics or not. If you have diabetes ask your doctor before trying it but for everyone else I see no reason not to try this wonderful sweetener.


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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      That looks absolutely devine, and so good for you too. Thanks so much for sharing. I love anything baked with Oats and cinnamon, this looks so tasty!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Kashmir, my family enjoyed it. We don't like real sweet desserts so we liked this very much.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for sharing this good and healthy recipe, i have not heard of Agave Nectar before but will have to look for it now to try this great recipe .

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Prasetio.

      Yes, Peggy, the plant is used for making tequila.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have never seen Agave nectar and now know why since it is only sold in health food stores. Isn't agave also used for making tequila?

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so delicious. I had never knew about agave become tasty food. Thank you very much for share this information. Vote up. Take care!


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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Dusty, I agree that diabetics should check with their doctor before trying it. It's not very sweet so it is different than sugar but I like the mild sweetness.

      Thanks for reading, anginwu. I hope you like it.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Looks like a great recipe to try. I'm also intrigued by agave nectar--got to go to the health store to get one. Rated up.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Pamela, a great hub and recipe, it sounds good and I have a big bottle of it and had never heard of it until my diabetes doctor suggested I use it in my morning coffee rather than sugar. I have morning glucose spikes from coffee and it was this conversation that brought it up. Don't anyone take my word for that, check with your own doctor.

      Anyway, it might be good in tea but its a dud in my coffee, so it's back to sugar and the injections for me. So thanks for a recipe that sounds good and will help me use up my bottle, I don't want to waste, voted up,



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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Chatkath, Whole Foods carries it. Enjoy.

      Glenn, it has a light taste that I think is really good.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      KTrapp, I've only seen it at health food stores, so far most grocery stores don't carry it.

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I recently discovered Agave and started using it instead of Sweet and Low. When I saw your title on this hub, that caught my attention. Looks interesting. I know someone who likes to bake and I'm passing a link to her for your hub.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      This sounds good Pamela! I will try this weekend, I saw the Agave Nectar at Whole Foods I think, I love food that tastes good and is also healthy!! Thanks for sharing.....

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Oohh - that looks like it would be good with a scoop of vanilla icecream. Where do you find agave nectar in the grocery store? I am not familiar with it.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      RWelton, I hope you like it, my family loved it. It's not too sweet and goes well with a cup of tea or coffee.

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      rwelton 6 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks I also grabbed a bottle of this sweet syrup, but it just sits - waiting for a good sits no more...thnx