Zucchini and Carrot Breakfast Cookies

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Nothing makes me happier than cookies for breakfast.  No, wait, that’s not true – cookies for breakfast with hidden veggies?  Even better!  These cookies are super great for you, and you won’t believe the fact that there are veggies in there, but I assure you there are!  These guys are loaded with zucchini and carrots, which gives them tons of health benefits!

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All that in a delicious cookie!  But guess what, that’s not all!  Every single ingredient in these is good for you!  With ingredients such as quinoa, oats, almond butter, bananas, raw honey, and cinnamon, you’re not only getting a mouth full of deliciousness with each bite, you’re also getting a mouthful of health!  Oh, and as always, they’re gluten free!

ZUCCHINI AND CARROT BREAKFAST COOKIES

Ingredients (makes 14 – 18 cookies depending on how large you make them – I ended up with 16 large cookies)

  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups quinoa flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • heaping 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed of moisture in a dish towel
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, squeezed of moisture in a dish towel
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper (you may only need one baking sheet – I needed two).

2.) In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, raw honey, banana, egg white and egg, and vanilla.  Stir and mash using a fork until well combined.

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3.) Add in the oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt.  Stir until well combined.

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4.) Fold in the zucchini, carrots, and chia seeds.

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5.) Spoon the dough onto the prepared baking sheets.

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6.) Bake in the oven for 15 – 19 minutes at 350 degrees.

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7.) Take out of the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a plate or wire rack to let cool completely, then serve.

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Look at those!  Can you believe they make a great breakfast?!?

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So yummy!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Healthy Almond Honey Cookies

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Guys…Christmas season = Cookie season, which is awesome and not awesome at the same time, because cookies are delicious, but let’s face it…they aren’t usually good for you!  Well, this time of the year, I always try to find a healthy cookie recipe that really does taste like a cookie, and if I might say so myself, I’ve definitely succeeded this year!

These almond honey cookies are SO yummy!  You know how a perfect cookie  is a little bit crisp just on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside…um, yes…these cookies!  They are the PERFECT texture, and guys, they really taste like a cookie…not just like a healthy substitute for a cookie!  BUT…they are, in fact, healthy!  The main ingredients are almond butter, raw honey, and almond flour, all of which have some really great health benefits!  Oh oh!!!  And, guys, they’re GLUTEN FREE!!!

Both almond butter and almond flour have all the health benefits of almonds, some of which include

  • Good for heart health
  • Helps thwart cancer formation
  • Good for blood sugar management
  • Can aid in weight management
  • Good for energy levels

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Although raw honey is a sugar, it has so many great benefits that if you’re going to have sugar, it’s probably one of your best options, since many of its benefits counteract the drawbacks of sugar!  The following pin explains 50, that’s right FIFTY, healthy benefits of raw honey!

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Phew!  That’s a lot!  So, as you can see, these cookies that actually taste like cookies really are good for you, so they are great to have on hand during the holiday season!  I like to have a batch made whenever I’m going to be baking cookies for get togethers or to hand out to friends and neighbors.  They keep me from indulging on cookies with less desirable ingredients while still giving me my cookie fix!  No need to feel deprived during cookie season!

ALMOND HONEY COOKIES

Ingredients (makes 1 dozen cookies)

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/almond meal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Put all the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix them together.  If the batter seems too runny add a bit more almond flour until you could handle it with your hands – though it will be sticky.

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2.) Drop the batter on the prepared baking sheet by spoonful.  Use a fork to gently impress a criss cross pattern on the top of each cookie.  If the batter is sticking to the fork, try dipping the fork in a bit of almond flour and then creating the criss cross pattern.  These will get bigger as they bake, so leave some space in between them.

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3.) Bake for 8-10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees, and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing.

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4.) Remove from the sheet and chow down!

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SO SO SO GOOD!!!  Yay to being able to enjoy cookie season without sacrificing good health to do it!  Enjoy! 🙂