Ciara’s Carrot Cake & Fig Breakfast Bakes


Autumn. I’ve realised it’s one of the nicest seasons from a foodie point of view. Warm, wholesome, comforting meals – and generous use of some of my favourite spices like cinnamon and ginger! My latest recipe is in celebration of the colder weather – it always makes me want to have a hot breakfast, and so today I’m sharing a recipe for my Carrot Cake  & Fig Breakfast Bakes! You can make these as bars OR muffins for a quick, balanced and delicious protein packed breakfast on the go. After @superhealthysteph and I created a Cake for Breakfast Baked Oats recipe I’ve been keen to create some kind of handy muffin or baked bar version for you guys! Ready…Steady…BAKE!


Recipe (Makes 2 Servings)


  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled & grated
  • 100g Quick Cook Oats (I used Flavahan’s)
  • 2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Nutri-Strength Vegan Protein)
  • 1.5 cups of milk of choice (I used Alpro Coconut Milk)
  • 5-6 Figs, chopped into small chunks
  • Optional: 1 tbsp honey or maple/date syrup


Pre-Bake – Bar Style with Figs on top!


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C (fan oven). Line a baking tin with tinfoil and grease the tinfoil with a little melted coconut oil or olive oil – this stops the mix sticking!
  2. Take a large mixing bowl, and add your dry ingredients – oats, spices, seeds, baking powder and protein powder – and mix until combined.
  3. Add your wet ingredients next – milk, mashed banana, and grated carrot. Stir until combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into your baking tin, and smooth out with the back of a spoon until even.
  5. Place the chopped figs on top – as artistically as you like!
  6. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. If baking muffins, the bake time is about 30 minutes, and check at 25 with a toothpick to see if it comes out 99% clean (my golden rule!). If you’re baking bars, they need more like 35-40 minutes – but check at 30 minutes with the toothpick!
  7. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes until removing from the tin – then tuck in!

Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara x


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