Mega Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies {Vegan}

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Let me reminisce on how fabulous yesterday was.

I woke up just after 8am — which is sleeping in for me. Much needed after a late night hockey game on Sunday (I got home at 1am!! Insane!). I made a latte and checked my email. I decided to run errands with Lily which resulted in an unnecessary but oh-so-lovely Tim Hortons visit where I got a coffee and Lily got a Timbit (a plain donut hole for those unfamiliar with the glory that is Tim Hortons).

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Unlike Lily, I had no trouble passing up the Timbits.

I had Carrot Cake Cookies for breakfast. They were soft and sweet and healthy. I’m glad there’s more for breakfast on-the-go today…being my first day at the new job and all. 😉

carrotcakebreakfastcookie1What I love most about these cookies is all the ground flaxseed that’s in them. Ground flaxseed is an ingredient I always have stocked in my fridge but rarely find a use for, much less in substantial quantities.

While it’s true that flaxseed is relatively high in calories (60 calories in 2 tablespoons), it is also packed with nutrition…most notably the omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. While we tend to get our weekly recommended intake of omega 3’s from salmon and seafood, I love the fact that these cookies sneak omega-3’s into breakfast…or a snack.

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Mega Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies adapted from Oh She Glows and 101 Cookbooks

1/2 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup ground flax
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins
1 cup carrots (about 3), finely grated
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (honey or agave will work, too)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 F and toast the pecans for 7-8 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the batter. In a large bowl, mix together the flax, flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and raisins.

Grate the carrots using the finest grate. In a smaller bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds. Now add in the maple syrup, carrots, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir well.

Remove pecans from the oven and add to the dry ingredients. Increase oven temp to 350 F.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. The dough will be thick.

With a spoon, scoop 12 cookies onto a lined baking sheet (they don’t spread much so you can put them an inch apart). Bake for 14-15 minutes and allow to cool on baking sheet. Yield: 12 big breakfast cookies.

Nutrition Information (per cookie): 195 calories; 9.6 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 89 mg. sodium; 25.8 g. carbohydrate; 4.3 g. fiber; 2.5 g. protein

Result: These are delicious! They are best the day they’re made, but will keep up to 5 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. They have great flavor from the maple syrup, flax, raisins, and coconut oil. These are vegan and kid-friendly, too! Quick to make and perfect for breakfasts and snacks on busy days. Enjoy!

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The rest of yesterday was spent working out, making dinner, grading papers, creating exams, reading the 400+ posts in my Google Reader, updating my Recipe Index…and…finally adding my Food Philosophy page!

I was able to be so productive because this girl, apparently, likes to sleep and sunbathe in front of the sliding glass door all day!

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First day at the new job…ekk! And my students have an exam tonight. It’ll be a long one…off I go!

Later gators,

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23 Comments

  1. January 17, 2012 / 6:14 am

    Good luck on your first day! Lilly looks like such a sweet girl. I am going to have to try these cookies sometime.

  2. January 17, 2012 / 7:13 am

    Now this is my kind of breakfast! I love anything and everything carrot cake!

    Have a great day, Nicole! 🙂

  3. January 17, 2012 / 8:30 am

    Good luck at the new job – can’t wait to hear all about it!

  4. January 17, 2012 / 9:00 am

    I didn’t know there were Tim Hortons’ in Ohio. When I drive to Geneva IL to visit my sister, the Tim Hortons stop just before the Michigan/Indiana border (which is good going there, so I can still get my coffee fix for the long haul of the trip but bad on the way back)

    I don’t remember seeing this recipe on either 101 cookbooks or oh she glows, but now I’m pinning your version.

  5. January 17, 2012 / 9:03 am

    Good luck at the new job!

  6. January 17, 2012 / 10:29 am

    After how delicious the carrot cake oatmeal I made was yesterday, I will definitely be trying these out.

  7. January 17, 2012 / 11:29 am

    Good luck on your first day at your new job!! I’m sure it will be fantastic and I can’t wait to hear how it goes 🙂

  8. January 17, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    Flax seed is one of those things…

    I’ve bought it several times. And I don’t think I’ve ever actually gotten through an entire package of it before it goes bad (and yes, it has a long shelf life, I know…).

  9. January 17, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    This looks delicious!
    I love that it also uses coconut oil. I don’t use mine nearly enough!

  10. michele
    January 17, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    I love your Food Philosophy page! My fiance is also a candy freak…..he can (and has) eat an entire bag of Rolo’s in one sitting…….I really don’t know whether to be disgusted or just really impressed! I try to counteract that with some healthy meals along the way. These cookies look yummy!

    Hope your first day was great!

  11. January 17, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Omega 3s, you say?? Obviously I need to make these right away…you know, for the baby! 🙂

  12. January 17, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    I love carrot cake SO much – these look awesome!

  13. January 17, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Nice! I love healthy cookies like these – I definitely wouldn’t mind having these for breakfast, and I wouldn’t mind my kids having them either 😀 Hope you’re having a great first day!

  14. January 17, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    I hope your first day went well!!

    Those cookies sound amazing, and any excuse to eat cookies for breakfast is good in my books.
    I also love that you mentioned Tim Horton’s. That place makes me proud to be a Canadian. 🙂

  15. January 17, 2012 / 9:35 pm

    Lilly girl keeps getting cuter and cuter!!! 🙂

    LOVE the idea of healthy cookies for breakfast!! Congratulations on the first day of your new job – hooray!!

  16. Lindsay
    January 22, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    What machine do you have for home latte making?! 🙂

  17. Taylor Cooper
    January 23, 2012 / 3:59 am

    Another good source of Omega 3 is from algae I believe, again vegetarian and better than fish, there are good 2 to 3 brands for this type, V-mega3 is one which I use

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  19. June 10, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    My best special veggie recipe is vegan carbonara. Yesterday i cooked for my 5 friends. They really like my vegan meals.

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