Carrot Cake Cookie Bites: My First Recipe ReDux!

This is a very exciting post for me.

Why?  Because it’s my first Recipe ReDux recipe!

That’s right, this girl is officially on the team!  And guess what?  The theme this month could not have been more perfect for me!  Orange foods!  I swear I read it and started jumping up and down.
Anywho, I decided to go any surprise everyone by not doing something with pumpkin.  My apologies if anyone was looking forward to that, but I’m a bit pumpkin-ed out (there are a bunch of revcipes on the way using it).  Instead, I decided to create a recipe that uses what I think is a much more overlooked fall ingredient: Carrots.

Carrots are a great ingredient, both because of their versitality, and because of the many health benefits they offer.
Not only are they good for the eyes, they can also help to prevent cancer and aging, keep your skin looking great, and even clean your teeth and gums!

It look like carrots are out to save the world, huh?  Reading through all their nutritional benefits, I sure thought so.

Moving on… Just because I strayed a bit from the norm by choosing carrots, did not mean I was going to go way out of my (recipe creating) comfort zone.  Therefore, I did not use my carrots to make something savory.  Instead, I ended up creating a highly snack-able carrot cake cookie.

Carrot Cake Cookie Bites

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch allspice
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tbsp honey (or agave)
  • 2 tbsp water (or milk)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • optional: If you want sweeter cookies, add a tsp or two of brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375F.  Combine oats and spices in a medium bowl.  Mix in honey, water, carrots, and sugar if using.  Stir in flaxmeal.  Form into small balls on sprayed baking sheet.  Bake in oven for 9 minutes.  Let cool before serving.

On top of the amazing (and spicy) taste, these cookies are pretty darn good for you, too.  Honey is used to sweeten and they’re also completely flour, oil, and fat free.  I swear they don’t feel like deprivation though.  All you taste when you bite into them is sweet carrot, spicy ginger, and a whole lot of YUM.

So, enjoy them.  Make them now, and then pop a few into your mouth whenever you need a quick snack.  Or maybe crumble one into some yogurt for breakfast.  Possibly drown a couple in milk (or melted chocolate??) for a midnight snack.  Or, you know, just watch as your family members sit down and eat them all in a total of 5.4 minutes.

On second thought, maybe you should just grab some while you can… and hide.

Revisited Recipe of the Day:

Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

32 Comments

  1. Marie

    October 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Welcome to Recipe ReDux, these look amazing!!

    1. SS

      October 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks! I look forward to participating each month.

  2. Alysa

    October 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Welcome to the ReDux!! Love these cookies, my kids and I will be making them for sure!

    1. SS

      October 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad to be part of the team!

      Hope you and your family enjoy the cookies.

  3. JeJe Noval, R.D.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Welcome to RR!! This is a great idea. I love it!:)

    1. SS

      October 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you so much, for both of those things. 🙂

  4. Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice

    October 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

    First off, welcome to ReDux – so great to have your creativity on board! Love that you used carrots – I don’t always think of them as a fall veggie but they are. And I’m really into these power bites/balls lately – these look and sound SO good!

    1. SS

      October 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Whoops, sorry. The below comment is really a reply to yours.

  5. SS

    October 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    With so many other delicious fall veggies, carrot don’t really top my list either, but they’re far too tasty to be completely left out!

    I hope you give the cookies a try, they’re really yummy (and good for you to boost).

  6. Min

    October 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Yay!! Welcome to RR! You’re going to have so much fun!! 😉
    And I love this recipe! I’m seriously going to make this soon. Do you think I can substitute carrots for pumpkin puree or would it make it too mushy? I’m thinking that the shredded carrots add a great texture to the cookie.

    1. SS

      October 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Thanks so much! I’m sure I’m gonna have a blast!

      Glad to hear you like the recipe. Substituting pumpkin should work (and sounds delicious), but you may have to add something to add some texture. Perhaps buckwheat groats? Let me know how it works if you give it a try!

  7. Cheryl Meyer

    October 23, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Welcome to Recipe ReDux! These look divine – a definate must-try that I’ll be adding to my list

    1. SS

      October 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Thank you, I’m glad to be part of the team!

      If you decided to make the cookies, please tell me what you think

  8. Allie

    October 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    It was my first RR too! haha We share an anniversary together now! haha Great recipe! I am going to try these out for sure!

    1. SS

      October 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      We do! We’ll have to celebrate each month 🙂

      Make sure to tell me what you think if you try the cookies! I took a look at your blog, too, and it looks great!

  9. Dixya

    October 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Welcome to the club. they look like a very fun snack and great breakfast option!

    1. SS

      October 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks! They are a great breakfast option… and the fact that they’re cookies doesn’t hurt!

  10. Jess@fitnjess

    October 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    wow these are so cute! Look so tasty too! Welcome to Recipe Redux!!

    1. SS

      October 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      They are pretty cute, aren’t they? The tasty I can definitely agree with, too.

      And thanks for the welcome!

  11. KatySkrzy

    October 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I love that these are oil, fat, and flour free!The versatility is a plus! I cannot wait to see what you come up with for next months RR post!

    1. SS

      October 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      So happy to hear you like the idea. I’ll try to come up with something good next month just for you 🙂

  12. Ashley @ The Fresh Beet

    October 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

    These look amazing!! I love throwing carrots in wherever I can, and this just gives me another idea to do so! Great pictures, tasty idea. Love it 🙂

    1. SS

      October 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

      Haha, I throw carrots into things, too.

      I hope yo give the cookies a try, and let me know what you think if you do please.

  13. Curry

    October 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Yum! What great new option to add to my kids’ snack time routine! We’re so glad to have you in ReDux!

    1. SS

      October 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      They do make a great snack… for you or your kids!

      And thanks so much, I’m glad to be a part of things.

  14. Sarah Reid

    February 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    How awesome! How many did you get from the recipe? I’d love to scale it up for the kids at school

    1. SS

      February 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember, – I really need to get better at counting before eating! – but my guess is that the recipe yields 10-12 *small* bites. I hope that helps!

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