The carrots look, feel and taste wonderful this week. Carrots are in the top 5 of my favorite vegetables, and they really are a great food for your eye sight! I have never heard of a carrot cookie. I love carrot cake and muffins so what the heck, lets give it a try. I was told once that if you take 1 part fat, double that with a sweetener and double that with a binder you’ll have a cookie. Simplified – if you bind fat with sugar you will probably like it. So I tried it and it worked, but it was a bit sweet for me. I find matching the same amount of sweetener as fat works out better for my buds.
½ Cup Coconut oil or Butter (Saturated Fat)
½ Cup Maple Syrup or other sweetener – You can add more if you like a sweeter cookies.
1 Cup Oatmeal (Binder)
1 Cup Flour (Binder)
You can mix the binders up a bit if you like. I usually go a little heavier on the oatmeal side. I have even blended up some breakfast cereal when I needed more binder. It worked great!!!
That’s the base so now lets give it some personality.
1T fresh ginger juice (Herb/Spice)
½ Cup chopped walnuts
1 Cup grated carrot (about two big ones)
1 tea baking powder. (I’m told that baking powder makes baked good puff up and baking soda makes them flatten.)
a pinch of salt.
Pre-heat the oven to 375.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one large bowl. Do the same for the wet ingredients.
Mix the carrots into the dry flour mixture. Then add the wet ingredients to the flour/carrot mixture. I add the nuts in at the end so I can see how much I want to use.
I like super textured food so I used more nuts. I had walnuts and they do go well in carrot cake so I choose those but other nuts or seeds could be used successfully. Cool the dough for 5 minutes in the fridge so that they roll into little balls easily. Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Roll the dough into small balls and place them on the parchment
paper. Flatten them a little. Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown on the bottom. Cool on a cookie rack. Eat with a smile : )
Lisa F. Ehlers CN., CH
The Natural Cook Studio of Bend