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Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies - a healthy, on-the-go breakfast option that tastes like dessert! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

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Are you noticing a theme around here?

In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty much breakfast obsessed.

Of course part of it has to do with the release of my next eCookbook, Quinoa for Breakfast, but really it’s just the fact that we all love breakfast. I mean, I think we could talk all day about how awesome breakfast is, right? It’s the best.

Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Cookies that taste like carrot cake! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

When it comes to making breakfast, here are the top five things I pay attention to:

  1. is it filling?
  2. is it nutritious and balanced?
  3. is it fast?
  4. is it tasty?
  5. is it Instagram worthy?

Kidding on that last one 😜 (well kinda😁)

Vegan Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies - made with quinoa, oats, cashew butter + banana | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

But for reals, if you are someone who is focused on eating healthy food, then I’m sure you know how important breakfast is. And you probably think about those same things as you're planning your morning meal. But I feel like where most people get hung up is the time. It’s such a common misconception that making a healthy breakfast has to be time consuming. That couldn’t be farther from the truth!

And it’s actually one of the main reasons why I wrote Quinoa for Breakfast – to give you TONS of breakfast options that aren’t going to take a ton of time to make.

Time is also one of the reasons why I love having quick breakfasts on hand, like my Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies. Breakfast cookies are a quick, on-the-go breakfast option that are seriously packed with nutritional superstars! They’re also fairly forgiving so you can really play around with flavors and ingredients to make them your own (my Toasted Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies are both the same base, but a different flavor profile!).

These AMAZING quinoa breakfast cookies taste just like carrot cake but are actually HEALTHY | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Today’s breakfast cookie recipe might just be my favorite flavor yet: carrot cake😋👌🏻👍🏻

Carrot cake has always been one of my guilty pleasures, but it’s also super unhealthy. Loaded with sugar and processed oils, the carrot cake you buy at the store is something you definitely should steer clear from.

These healthy Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are made with ONE-BOWL and are packed full of quinoa | gluten-free + vegan | simplyquinoa.com

These cookies not only make carrot cake healthy, but they also make carrot cake breakfast-worthy. And when you can have dessert for breakfast, that’s a total win, right?

I mean these little bites of dessert-flavored heaven are filled with healthy ingredients. We’ve got oats, quinoa flakes, banana, cashew butter, flaxseed meal, maple syrup AND carrots.

It’s basically like eating a bowl of oatmeal with a side of carrots. I’ll take the whole plate, please! And I hope you will too 👯✌🏻

ONE-BOWL quinoa breakfast cookies that taste like carrot cake | gluten-free & vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

ALSO, I know I've mentioned this a few times before, but if you don't already know, I'm releasing my new eCookbook, Quinoa for Breakfast, this coming Tuesday (9/15) I've just released my new eCookbook, Quinoa for Breakfast! It features 90 recipes, 150+ pages and is packed full of healthy breakfast inspiration. I know you're going to love it!

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Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies - a healthy, on-the-go breakfast option that tastes like dessert! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com
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Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

This  breakfast cookie recipe might just be my favorite flavor yet: carrot cake

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake, cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 Cookies
Calories 108 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter or nut/seed butter of choice
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium banana mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water, and set aside.
  3. Beat together cashew butter, syrup, banana and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
  4. Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, spices and salt to the bowl and stir together. Fold in shredded carrots and walnuts.
  5. Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains.
  6. Bake cookies on center rack for 15 - 18 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  7. Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Potassium 148mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 20.1%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


 

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  1. Loved this recipe, added 1/2 cup coconut flakes I’ve been trying many recipes for healthy treats for my grand babies . These are best so far, very good, I’ll have kid test tomorrow. Thanks!

  2. Alyssa, at the moment I have lots of uncooked quinoa and oats flakes. Can I use this as well? Great recipes by the way!

  3. […] Nos gusta la variedad con chocolate y plátano que proponen en el blog Food, pleasure and health ya que, además de deliciosas, son fáciles de hacer. ¡Incluso nos podemos animar a prepararlas con nuestros pequeños! Otra excelente opción es la propuesta en el blog Simply Quinoa de carrot cake cookies con quinoa. […]

  4. Do you happen to know if there is a good substitute for the banana in this (and similar) recipes? I am allergic to both banana and almond… you’d be amazed how many vegan recipes this eliminates for me! 🙁

    • Hmmm you could try another fruit puree, but I think you’re going to have to adjust some of the other dry ingredients to help them bind. Maybe toss in a bunch more chia and let the batter sit. Another option might be to try chickpeas. I know it sounds strange, but it might work! Let me know if you end up trying something that works!

  5. I, too, would like to know if Quinoa would work instead of flakes. I bookmarked this page a while ago, and just went to add these to my menu plan for this week since I have quinoa on hand, when I realized it calls for the flakes (which I haven’t the slightest idea where to get)! Thanks for letting us know the answer!

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