Vegetable cookies?

If you have a picky eater (ehm, toddler) in your life, chances are he or she may go through phases of not wanting to eat vegetables.  They mostly will be open to eating cookies, so as a creative mom I put together a “paleo” real food version of a cookie with some veggies snuck in there.  These are great as a breakfast too, based with almond meal they are full of protein and good fats and have just a little bit of REAL maple syrup to add some sweetness.  We don’t eat a lot of sweet in our house, so you can dial it up or back based on how you and your family eats.

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Good news is that these cookies turned out better than I expected, and are toddler approved, oh and big person approved too 🙂  The ingredients are simple and similar to some muffins, they did have a cake-like texture, you could probably put this same recipe in muffin cups – I’d do the mini muffin ones.

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Here’s the recipe for my Raisin (Zucchini and Carrot) Cookies

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup REAL maple syrup (grade A or B)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or sub cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (I used one large one)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (I used two big carrots)
  • 2 cups almond flour or almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Handful of raisins

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl (spices, almond flour, baking powder and baking soda)

In a glass bowl melt the coconut oil, then add the maple syrup, vanilla, and eggs and whisk together.

In a food processor, finely chop the zucchini and carrots (I recommend doing this separately since the carrots will require more pulsing).  Add the chopped veggies to the wet ingredients and stir together.  Once mixed, add the dry ingredients as well.  Add raisins last (if you want them).

Drop cookies onto cookie sheet, you can use parchment paper to safely non-stick or a safe ceramic pan.  You can grease the pan with coconut oil as well.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (all ovens are different) want to be cooked all the way through.

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About Laura Pappas

Laura Pappas is a health coach whose passion is achieving optimal health and fitness. Her health coaching approach helps busy people balance their lives, training, and food choices in a way that is easy and sustainable. She believes in the power of eating real, whole foods, avoiding processed sugar, and applying the principles of the Paleo Diet to modern living.

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