We’ve been getting tons of carrots in our CSA the past few weeks, and I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how to use them. Carrots are probably one of my least favorite veggies, so I usually use them to bulk up a dish like veggie fried rice or spaghetti. I’d love to be one of those people who just eat carrots raw or dipped in ranch, but that’s just not going to happen (and I have yet to perfect my homemade ranch recipe). I can tolerate carrots dipped in peanut butter, but it’s still not my snack of choice. I’ve heard that carrots can be used to help bad doggie breath, so I’m thinking of feeding Socrates about 20 pounds of carrots when I get home today (seriously, that’s how bad his breath is…).
My favorite way to incorporate carrots into my cooking is by using them in sweets. Carrot cake pancakes have been a breakfast (and dinner) hit in our house, and I recently experimented with these carrot oatmeal cookies. One of the only good things about carrots is that you can put them in baked goods, like pancakes and cookies, and justify eating a lot simply because it’s packed with nutritious veggie goodness. 🙂
These cookies are actually pretty healthy, but are also still delicious enough to be worthy of the cookie name. I love that the recipe uses maple syrup, a natural sweetener, instead of refined sugar. I’m constantly trying to find ways to substitute honey or maple syrup for white or brown sugar in my baking and a lot of times it is hit or miss since you’re dealing with substituting a dry ingredient for a liquid like honey or maple syrup. Sugar is sugar though, and no matter if I’m using white sugar, honey, or maple syrup, I still try to be mindful of using them all in moderation.
Whole Wheat Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour and 1/2 cup oat flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc.)
1 cup shredded carrots (I had a lot of carrots so I used about 1.5 cups)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted until in liquid form)
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or Silpat)
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, salt, oats, and nuts
3. Pat the carrots dry to remove some of the excess moisture, add to the dry ingredients, and mix together
4. In a small bowl, whisk to combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, and ginger. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
5. Drop batter onto baking sheets (I used a tablespoon cookie scoop), leaving about 2 inches between each cookie
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are golden on top and bottom
Of course Socrates was waiting patiently to try these out. He gobbled one up in about half a second, so I assume that he approved.
I did store these in a plastic container and they got really soft/soggy/somewhat inedible. It may have been due to my impatience in waiting for them to cool completely which created condensation in the container. I do find that baked goods I make using whole wheat pastry flour get a little soggy once stored, so I’ll be doing a little research to find out how to fix that.