Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies 1

Cookies for breakfast are even more acceptable when it’s cookies for brunch! These cookies were inspired by the “vegetable dessert” lovingly known as carrot cake. At first, it took a lot of restraint to not top these off with cream cheese icing, just like it’s dessert-cousin. In an effort to keep these breakfast cookies more breakfasty and less desserty, I topped half of them with shredded coconut (half without for the coconut haters). This small addition made all the difference, adding just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing. And now you can start your day with cookies (without the guilt and/or judging eyes).

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies 2

Today may be my final #BrunchWeek recipe post, but there are still two more days until the finale. There are a lot of great prizes which you should not miss out on, so be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this or any of my posts this week. Learn more about the specific items up for grabs HERE.

One year ago: Mini Greek-Style Meatloaves

Two years ago: Homemade Imo’s Pizza

Three years ago: Avocado Fries

CARROT CAKE BREAKFAST COOKIES

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill old-fashioned oats

2 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill wheat germ (or ground flaxseed)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

1/4 cup loosely packed Dixie Crystals light brown sugar

1 medium ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp plain or vanilla Greek yogurt

1-1/2 Tbsp honey

1 cup shredded Grimmway Farms baby carrots

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or raisins)

Shredded coconut, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg and sugar together until smooth. Add in mashed banana, vanilla, Greek yogurt and honey and mix until combined and somewhat smooth.
  4. Gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing gently with a large spoon until the batter has come together. Stir in carrots and walnuts until distributed.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measure, an ice cream scoop, or even a large spoon, drop dollops of batter onto prepared baking sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with coconut, if using.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set and lightly golden around the edges.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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Disclosure: California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, Stemilt and Bonne Maman are providing the prizes free of charge.  I have received product related to these brands to use for #Brunchweek. All opinions stated are my own.
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