Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

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Well, my dear readers you have done it again. Thank you so much for voting for me in the Project Food Blog video challenge. I received the Reader’s Choice award. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to vote for me each round. :)

I was grateful that I moved on because I have been working hard on Challenge #8 for a couple weeks now and I am excited to show it to you next week (it’s due Nov. 28th). I’m hoping to finish baking + shooting my entry this weekend because I’m flying out West to visit family next weekend and won’t have time to do it then.

I thought I would share with you a booty-kicking treadmill interval workout that I have been enjoying lately when the weather is too poor to run outside. It whips my butt and leaves me drenched in sweat.

Treadmill Interval Workout:

  • Warm up: 5 mins of walking
  • Running 0.25 mile repeats (6.0mph, incline 4% & 7.0 mph, incline 2%) <—I switch every 1/4 mile
  • Abs: After every mile, I pause the workout, drink water, and do two ab planks for 60 seconds
  • Distance: 3-4.5 miles (depending on how long I can go)
  • Cool down: 5 minutes of walking
  • Stretch/yoga poses/meditation for 5 mins.

 

It is one of the hardest workouts I have done in a while. The beauty of it is that you can switch up the times and inclines to suit your own needs. The workout is tough, but it goes by much quicker than if you just did 35 minutes all at the same pace and incline. The key to preventing indoor workout boredom is to keep switching it up as much as possible.

During my workout last night, I was dreaming about fun cookie flavours and I suddenly got the urge to make a carrot cake cookie.

A cookie that would be fabulous crumbled over a hot bowl of oats or in a Vegan Overnight Oat parfait.

A breakfast carrot cake cookie.

Or a mid-morning snack type of cookie.

Or a ‘it’s-4’oclock-and-I-want-to-inhale-the-vending-machine’ cookie.

Really, this is an anytime, just-because bite-sized cookie.

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Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

These mini cookies are soft yet crunchy, delicate, moist, bite-sized, and most of all, they taste just like carrot cake in cookie form!

Inspired by 101 Cookbooks.

print this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I’m sure other flours would work!)
  • 1/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, packed
  • 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed for about 25 seconds in microwave
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and line 1 baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and oats in a large bowl. Add in the nuts, coconut, raisins, and shredded carrots. In a small bowl mix the maple syrup, softened coconut oil, vanilla, and freshly grated ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Drop about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough onto lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Shape into a ball with hands. Bake for about 12 minutes and cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

Yield: 15 bite-sized cookies.

Nutritional info: (per cookie): 54kcals, 2 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 1 gram fibre, 1 gram protein, 5 grams sugar.

 

Did you guys notice I got a Recipe Print function finally?? :) Hope it works for you!

If you want juicy and plump raisins in your baked goods, soak them for a couple hours or overnight in water!

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The raisins doubled in sized. Bliss.

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On a side note, sometimes shooting recipes in the early morning (before French Press or tea) is not the best idea. I was fumbling all over the place and I dropped my camera twice this morning! Luckily it seems to have made it out ok…but I nearly had a heart attack.

Gather up your dry ingredients…

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The wet ingredients…

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If you can’t get your hands on some coconut oil, I would guess that olive oil might work too.

Add wet to dry and mix…the batter will be very moist and saturated. This is a good thing. :)

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Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter and shape into a ball. Make 15 balls if you want bite-sized cookies.

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That’ll do.

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Now bake for 12 minutes at 350F. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes so they can firm up a bit as they will be very delicate.

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The result is a very moist, delicate, soft yet crunchy, bite-sized cookie that tastes just like carrot cake!

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Start to finish I was done and had a cookie in my mouth in under 30 minutes flat. :)

If you are a carrot cake fan, you might also enjoy my Healthy Carrot Cake Power Scuffins.

I probably won’t have time to post again until Monday because I’m going to be up to my ears in pumpkin for Challenge 8 all weekend. Good times, good times. ;) Have a great weekend!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it through, Ange. These carrot cake cookies look awesome. I would love one in some yogurt!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the next project!

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Allison November 20, 2010

Oh yum! I love carrot cake:) I’ll be making it for Thanksgiving this year:) These cookies might just get made too:):)

I cant wait to see what you do for the next challenge!!!!

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 20, 2010

Oh that sounds like such an AWESOME workout. I am stock piling ideas for after this baby comes. I feel like it has been so long since I’ve done something like that. I’m still working out regularly but I miss things like intervals and more intensity. Thanks for sharing it!

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 20, 2010

Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! These cookies look and sound absolutely heavenly.

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JenATX November 20, 2010

no post until monday?!! how will i survive the weekend, hehe (but really)…Congrats on advancing in the challenge :)

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life November 20, 2010

I love carrot cake! I will definitely be trying these soon!

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Liana @ femme fraiche November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it to the next round! And your treadmill workout sounds tempting…but totally killer. I think I’ll save that for the day before a day off!!

Carrot cake…mmm…and in a size you don’t have to feel guilty about:)

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Danielle November 20, 2010

Those look amazing! Carrot cake is my absolute favorite dessert so I will have to try these soon — probably for Thanksgiving on Thursday :)

I always eat my raisins like that and I love it — when I buy a new box, I simply pour them in a container, boil some water on the stovetop and pour it over the raisins (enough to cover the raisins 3/4 of the way). Then I simply plop the lid on, let cool then place them in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week. Not only do the raisins get nice and soft, but the water turns into a juice that absorbs the flavor of the raisins and gets deliciously sweet :) Sometimes I pour a bit of this juice over my oats in the morning for a bit of sweetness :)

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Healthy_Chocoholic November 20, 2010

Lookin good!!!! Bite size means you get to eat 2…..or 3, heck who am I kidding? You eat 14. Because they’re so small and cute, its a shame to neglect them, I think.

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Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 20, 2010

They’re so mini and cute! Perfect one biters :) Thanks for sharing Angela. I look forward to seeing what you have in stock for us soon.

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stacey-healthylife November 20, 2010

Those look delickous. I like the idea of soaking the carrots.

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Moni'sMeals November 20, 2010

Congrats Congrats Congrats! Take er’ home. :)

Love these Carrot Bars, the coconut oil must make them taste amazing!

Have a great weekend.

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 20, 2010

Yay! I’m so glad you got through, and can’t wait to see your next entry! :D
Those bite sized cookies look delicious! Must make soon :)

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 20, 2010

CONGRATS! :) And how delish do those carrot cakes look?!

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 20, 2010

Congrats on getting to the next round AND Reader’s Choice! Well deserved!

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christina cadden November 20, 2010

mmm, looks delicious!

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Tangy @ A Taste of Tangy November 20, 2010

Those look very delicious and very simple to make! I never knew the trick about soaking the raisins…I will definitely do that next time I am baking with them! Thanks for the tip :)

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 20, 2010

I’m so excited that you moved on, the video was awesome. Can’t wait to see what you concoct for challenge 8!!

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Camille November 20, 2010

Congrats! You will have my vote in the next round too!

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Imwaytoobusy November 20, 2010

You deserve it! Those itty bitty carrot cakes look delicious :)

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tina November 20, 2010

congrats girl!!!! thats exciting!!!! i would love it if you won! yay for vegans!

i’m not a huge fan of carrot baked goods, but they sure do look tempting! keep rockin it!!! can’t wait to see the next one!!!!

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Traci November 20, 2010

I have been thinking a lot lately about carrot cake :) You must have read my mind! Good luck in the next round :)

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Bronwyn Coyne November 20, 2010

I feel like you’ve been having an amazing number of recipes this fall. I tried your Power me up Pumpkin cookies, and they were delicious. :D LOVED them. I’ll have to try these as well (though next on my list is some of those blondies…)

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Ashley (Taste for Healthy) November 20, 2010

Congrats on the Reader’s Choice!!!

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 20, 2010

Congrats Angela! Your video for the last challenge was wonderful. I’m happy to see you are Reader’s Choice again!!! Woohoo!!!

These carrot cake cookies look so good and so cute!

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Melissa November 20, 2010

Congrats, again, Angela! I am so happy that you are getting what you truly deserve! Pretty much every post that you write could win an award, in my book! Especially this one… these cookies look so cute and delicious!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 20, 2010

You have READ my mind– I was just thinking about how nice it would be if someone would create a recipe for carrot cake balls! Yum!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 20, 2010

Congrats on moving forward! I defintiely voted. :)

These cookies look great – and the nutritional info is fantastic. A couple cookies would be perfect for a quick snack for a pre-dinner workout.

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Amber K November 20, 2010

I can’t wait to see the next challenge! I really love the ones you have done so far.

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grocery goddess jen November 20, 2010

Congratulations! I am so excited when the three I am still rooting for make it to the next round! I have done my duty and voted each and every time :)

Those cookies look so delicious!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2010

thank you!

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lindsay November 20, 2010

oh I am so excited for you, congrats!!! Well deserved and thanks for another AWESOME recipe!

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Halley (Blunder Construction) November 20, 2010

Congrats on advancing to the next round! I am sure all your hard work will pay off! Hope you have some time to relax this weekend, too.

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Katy (The Singing Runner) November 20, 2010

Oooo these look great! I may have to make them today! :)

Congratulations by the way!

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mauimandy@thegrainsofparadise November 20, 2010

Congrats on the award and thanks for the tip about soaking your raisins first before baking them! Good idea :-)

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Sara November 20, 2010

These look absolutely delicious! I just popped them in the oven, let’s see if mine are even half as beautiful as yours!

I made your red quinoa soup last night for a dinner party of non-vegetarians and they were LOVING it. I think I may have added more quinoa than called for, because the consistency was somewhere between chili and soup, and all for the better! The quinoa almost takes on the texture of ground meat (gross) but pleasing to carnivores.

Where are you headed out West? We’d love to see you in Vancouver!!!

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Teresa November 20, 2010

Great timing for this recipe. I am going to visit my sister this weekend and wanted to take her a special treat. These are perfect, my nephew loves carrot cake! What a great suprise for him!

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Ashley November 20, 2010

Those look amazing. I love carrot cake. Congrats on Project Foodblog!

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Wei-Wei November 20, 2010

Congratulations on making it as READER’S CHOICE! You’re too, too amazing. Oh… and I made carrot cake for the first time in my life today. :D

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Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 20, 2010

Congrats and cannot wait to see your next entry! Those cookies look so delish!

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christyn @ All Ways Nutritious November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it through! i’m pretty sure the prize is in your future. Awesome looking carrot cookies.

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