Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies ~ Here is another spin on my original Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies recipe. This time I turned the breakfast cookies into a moist, dense, spicy cookie version of carrot cake. They still have all the healthy goodness of my original breakfast cookie recipe, but also have the additional sweetness of both pureed & shredded carrot, as well as even more spices. Roy really likes this Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookie version, especially with the 'Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing' that I spread on top of the cooled cookies. The 'icing' is a healthy spin on the the traditional cream cheese icing that is so often found on carrot cake. Since my 'icing' is made with Greek yogurt & cream cheese, it's a soft spreadable 'icing' that is perfect when added right before serving.
I think the texture of the cookie is best if you use old fashioned oats & eat the cookies when they are completely cooled, or even when chilled first in the fridge. Try my Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies with & without the 'Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing' to see which way you like best. Enjoy!
|The Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing is a soft, spreadable 'icing' that is the perfect way to top your Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookie!|
Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies with Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing ~ a tasty spin on my original Banana Oat Breakfast Cookiesmakes 12 large or 16 regular cookies
- 2 mashed bananas
- 2/3 cup applesauce
- 2/3 cup pureed cooked carrots ((I nuke my sliced carrots until they're getting soft, then puree them in my small food processor))
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp dark molasses
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup ground almond flour
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal ~ uncooked
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
** Optional 'Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing'
- 1/4 cup plain fat free or low fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup fat free or low fat cream cheese
- 1 Tbsp crushed pineapple, drained (or more to taste) *optional
- 3 packets Equal (or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix ~ vanilla extract, molasses & spices into the applesauce & carrot puree. When fully blended stir in the mashed banana & the shredded carrots until well combined.
Stir in the dry ingredients ~ oatmeal, almond flour, raisins & walnuts ~ combine until well blended. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into rounds.
Bake approx. 35-45 minutes, or until golden & done. (time depends on how thick the cookies are)
Remove cookies from oven & let them rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
** for the optional 'Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing' ~ While cookies are baking, place the yogurt & cream cheese in a small food processor & blend until smooth. (or do by hand) When nice & creamy, stir in the crushed pineapple & sweetener of choice. Taste & add more sweetener if desired. Store in fridge until ready to use and/or if you have any leftover.
When cookies are completely cool (or chilled in fridge), serve as is ~ or spread a layer of the 'Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing' on the top of the cookies & then serve.
Store remaining cookies in a covered container.