Monday, January 24, 2011

Carrot Sunflower Oat Cookies

It's hard enough to say no to a cookie. When I bake, I do everything possible to make it so you have no reason to pass. I'm sorry, but that whole "eat to taste" thing just doesn't cut it for me. I don't eat sweets as a rebellion, or to test my willpower. I'm here to help destroy their bad rep. These are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and taste. Not to mention the warming power of ginger! I swear my widget read 1 degree F this morning! I need all the warmth I can get.

This is adapted from these Carrot Oatmeal Cookies. I used sunflower seeds instead of walnuts to give them a more sunny glow, swapped the coconut oil for applesauce to give a crunchy outside, gooey inside. One more thing, I didn't grate the ginger too thin, I like the powerful burst in the unsuspecting bite.
I secretly call these Yes U Can Have Cookies.

Carrot Sunflower Oatmeal Cookies

Yields about 2 dozen

1 c whole wheat flour
1 c rolled oats
1 t baking powder
scant 1/2 t sea salt
1 c shredded carrot (I processed 1 and 1/2 large carrots)
2/3 c raw sunflower seeds
1/2 c maple syrup
1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
1 t freshly chopped ginger

Heat oven to 375F, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, oats, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in carrot and seeds. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour into large bowl with dry ingredients, mixing well. Use a tablespoon to measure out each cookie, placing them 2 inches apart on the sheet. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until tops and bottoms are golden brown.


  1. Hi, Ann! :D These look and sound awesome and I think that I'll have to try making them soon... I've never made anything like this, though, so wish me luck... xD I have to say, although I'm not a vegan, I'm really intrigued by vegan desserts.

  2. Thanks Maeg! That's the best part about vegan desserts is that everyone can enjoy them :D

  3. I love your recipes!! Congrats for your nice blog!

  4. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoy :)

  5. These look really lovely (and hardy!). I am now seriously wishing my oven worked, because I'd be making a batch. I particularly like that you use maple syrup. Yay! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Thanks Roia! They are definitely hardy! I ate six and then wasn't hungry come dinner time. Thanks for reading :)

  7. Yummy. Made them just 10 minutes ago . Thanks....