With a toddler growing up in your house, you do end up baking cookies and treats a bit more often than you'd like, because no matter how healthy you'd try to feed them, sometimes, there is just no alternative to a cry for cookie:) luckily for moms like us, it is possible to introduce a healthier twist to your desserts too, just like these wholesome Carrot Cookies courtesy of Whole Foods. With amazingly nutritive ingredients like whole grain flour, oats, nuts, apples, carrot and banana, you will fell good about feeding them to your kids, and it would do no harm to sneak a couple bites for yourself too!
Carrot and Walnut Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies
1 cup raw unsalted walnuts
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 carrots, grated
1 apple, grated
1 very ripe banana, peeled and mashed
1/4 cup apple juice
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine walnuts, oats and raisins in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl and stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.
Add carrots, apples, banana and apple juice and stir until combined. Drop by rounded tablespoons an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets, making about 24 cookies.
Press down on each cookie with the back of a fork to flatten them slightly. Bake until tops and bottoms are lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Rotate the baking tray by 180 degrees, midway, to ensure even heating.
You can store these cookies in an airtight jar for almost a week, and they'll stay nice and fresh. Its a great way to get some good vitamins and fiber into your toddler's body by means of fruits and flour. A guilt-free treat that is perfect for mommy and baby!
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