Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free option
Do you love carrot cake? Did you miss all the aromas and the flavor of carrot cake but you don’t have time to make one? Then, those carrot cake oatmeal cookies are for you! Very easy to prepare as you just need a mixing bowl and a fork to stir the ingredients. I would suggest to get your kids involve on this one for a nice baking activity. And I promise that your little one will love it. The texture of those carrot cake oatmeal cookies is amazing, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Let’s get into baking!
What you will need and substitutions
- Oats. Both rolled oats and quick oats would work for this recipe. Just make sure that you will not use the steel-cut version. If you want are following a gluten-free diet, you should use gluten-free oats.
- Carrots. The star of the show!
- Banana. Banana adds in natural sweetness so try to use a ripe one. If you don’t have banana on hand you can substitute with apple sauce.
- Almond Butter. I love baking with almond butter as it is my favorite nut butter. However, you can definitely substitute with the nut butter of your choice or with a seed butter for a nut free version (omit the walnuts bellow in this case as well)
- Raw Honey. You can substitute with maple syrup. Make sure that you don’t serve honey on babies less than one year old. If you want to omit honey, you should add extra mashed banana.
- Eggs. Personally, I like using pasture-raised organic eggs as I feel like the animals are getting treated the way that they should be treated in the pasture.
- Pantry staples. Baking powder and spices. On this recipe I used the regular spices that you will find on a carrot cake: cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. However, you can always use just cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
- Fixins. I added chopped walnuts and raisins, as I feel like those too compliment great a carrot cake. You can substitute with any fixins that you like such as cacao nibs, shredded coconut, chopped almonds, seeds or dried fruits. The possibilities are endless so feel free to be creative. Just make sure that you powder any nuts or seeds based on your kids’ age.
“Make those carrot cake oatmeal cookies with your little helpers, kids love to help in the kitchen”Panos Eats
How I served it
Panos is obsessed with his eco-friendly stainless steal lunchbox *, as it is the perfect size for his lunches. However, I figure it is the perfect size for a shared snack. We love to have 1:1 time with Panos and have a “mom and kid” activity. So, we usually bring our snacks along. And we make memories around food.
What I packed on the snackbox?
- Carrot cake oatmeal cookies
- Carrot sticks
- Banana, cut with my cute vegetable cutter into flowers
“And trust me on this one, kids tend to eat anything cut into a cute shape”Panos Eats
Carrot cake oatmeal cookiesCourse: SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Those carrot cake oatmeal cookies are easy and quick to make, soft and delicious! Great for a healthy snack for your little one and not only.
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded carrots ( approximately 2 carrots)
1/2 cup mashed banana (approximately 1 banana)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup raw honey
2 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp grounded clove
1/4 tsp grounded nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven at 375F (190.56 degrees Celsius) and line a baking tray with parchment paper
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs
- Add the mashed banana, shredded carrots, almond butter and honey and stir to combine
- Add the spices, baking powder, raisins and walnuts and stir to combine
- Add the oats and stir
- With a ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop out the dough and place in the baking tray lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 16-18 min or until golden brown
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