Friday, February 21, 2014

Carrot cake cookies

You know you just can't have enough snacks in the house, right?! I like to bake some form of snack every week for the family; something that I can eat and that's a bit on the healthy/filling side for the girls.  The doughnut maker is having a rest so I was on the look out for something new.  
I came across the Paleo Mom and got sucked into to her site for quite sometime.  So much so I have ordered her book, "The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal your Body". As someone who suffers from x3 autoimmune diseases I thought it might be worth a read ;-).

Anyhow, the recipe below is adapted from her Carrot Cake bites.

Carrot cake cookies

1 cup grated carrot
3/4 cup cashew nut flour
1/2 cup dates (pack them in!)
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 egg
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mace
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sultanas or raisins

Preheat oven to 350F & line a baking sheet with either a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Add the dates and cashew nut flour to the food processor and pulse until it forms a sticky paste.  Then add the rest of the ingredients except the sultanas and mix until well combined. 

Then stir in the sultanas by hand. Now comes the sticky part; first wet your hands then roll the mixture into evenly sized balls (about palm sized). Place then on your baking sheet and flatten with your hand.  They don't spread much so you can pack them in. 

Bake for 15mins, they will start to crack and look slightly more golden in colour.  Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.  I can't remember how many it made - it was a tray full of well packed in cookies.

They are moreish little bites packed full of goodness.

Have a great weekend xx