Sometimes cravings get to me. Even when I’ve had a full meal, the urge for something sweet takes over. Do you know what I mean? What’s a healthy food blogger to do? Make these dynamite-for-you, sweet and satisfying cookies that you can have any time of the day. Breakfast, anyone?
They even have a secret ingredient.
They also have a tad of sugar, but the addition of applesauce, banana and carrot help. They are subtly sweet. You could possibly substitute zucchini for the carrot, but it adds more moisture so add a little more flour if you do.
You can add any nuts you have on hand. I made these with pumpkin seeds and walnuts. The basic recipe is very good, even without the addition of chocolate chips or nuts! Enjoy! These are more cake-like than cookies made with more butter.
Oh, and the secret ingredient…. QUINOA. I love that they have a little more protein to balance the carbs.
Make sure to check out a few more plant-based desserts:
I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Carrot Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! If you have a photo, post it on my Facebook page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking
Carrot Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup cooked, cooled quinoa
- 3 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 5 Tbl water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (or 1/2 whole wheat flour plus 1/2 all-purpose)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt (optional)
- ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon*
- 1 large ripe banana mashed
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 cup finely grated carrots
- ½ cup coconut sugar or date sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract non-alcoholic preferred
- ½ cup mini vegan chocolate chips (optional)
- ½ cup walnuts and/or seeds such as, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- If you need to, cook the quinoa and use 1/2 cup for the recipe. See the recipe below.
- Combine the ground flax and water and let sit for several minutes.
- In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: quinoa, oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, coconut sugar, mashed banana, grated carrots, almond butter, vanilla and flax mixture.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine thoroughly.
- Add the mini chocolate chips and nuts and stir again.
- Drop by large spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. They will spread so leave room between.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, checking to make sure they don't brown too much on the bottom. If you like them a little browner and more crispy, cook a little longer.
- Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a strainer under running water for about 30 seconds. Add 1 cup water plus the rinsed quinoa to a saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Lower the heat to simmer and cook until the quinoa has absorbed all the water, about 15-20 minutes. Yield will be about 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa.