All the flavors of carrot cake in a cookie fit for breakfast. These tasty little morsels from A Healthful Pursuit are absolutely packed with nutrients, yet taste sinful like any good cookie. They’re vegan and gluten free, though they could easily be made with regular flour, if that’s what you have on hand. Cooked quinoa give them a delightful nuttiness that pairs perfectly with carrots and raisins. Melted coconut butter is a wonderful (and scrumptious) alternative to cream cheese frosting. These make a great breakfast and on-the-go snack, not to mention a fantastic dessert.
Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
Contributed by Leanne Vogel of A Healthful Pursuit
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
- ¾ cup raw Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa
- 1½ cups water
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free All-Purpose Baking Flour
- ½ cup Flaxseed Meal
- 2 tsp ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground Ginger
- Pinch Sea Salt
- ½ cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Grape Seed Oil
- 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
- ⅓ cup Raisins
- 1 cup shredded Carrot, lightly packed, wrap in a clean kitchen towel and ring out extra juices
- 2 tsp melted Coconut Butter
- Add quinoa and water to a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Once complete, remove from the stove, remove lid and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Set aside.
- Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl. Then, measure 1½ cups of the cooked quinoa and add to the dry ingredients. Stir to coat, until all quinoa granules are covered in the mixture. Set aside.
- Add all wet ingredients to a small bowl and stir well.
- Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Stir in raisins and shredded carrots.
- One tablespoon at a time, scoop mixture onto prepared baking sheet, leaving a small space between each cookie. They will not spread out, so you can keep the cookies close. Lightly form each cookie, as you’d like them to come out. I flattened them slightly between my palms.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and golden.
- Remove from the oven, let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and allowing them to cool for a couple of hours. Because cooked quinoa was used in this recipe, the longer you leave it to cool, the firmer it will become. Leave it be and it will transform!
- Drizzle with melted coconut butter and serve. These cookies can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Each cookie contains: Calories 100, Calories from Fat 25, Total Fat 2.5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 10 mg, Total Carbohydrate 16 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 6 g, Protein 2 g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%.