Friday, March 6, 2009

Carrot Cake for Breakfast


Its breakfast time here.  I have some time before I need to leave today, and I am eagerly awaiting my drive to school because I can't wait to eat this morning.  

I've made breakfast cookies before (check out the Banana Walnut variation too), but these are extra special...Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies!  It took a few tries to get them right and they are so. freaking. good.  Perfectly amount of spice, not too sweet, with that irresistible cream cheese icing slathered on top of them...perfect.  Plus, who doesn't like cake for breakfast? 

Of course, they have to follow my breakfast rules:  high in protein, high in fat, and won't crumble or get frosting on my pocket.  Such a delicious cookie does exist. 

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
15 baby carrots, shredded (food processor gets that done quick)
1/2 cup pecan halves (or walnuts)
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup protein powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt 
2-4 tbps water (until you get desired texture, I think I used 2)

4 tbsp trans fat free Tofutti
1 tbsp agave nectar

Easy as anything.  Melt the coconut oil and mix it with all wet ingredients, adding only two tbsp of water.  Mix together the carrots and all the dry ingredients.  Add the wet to the dry.  If more water is needed, add now.  Form into 8 cookies.  They will be fairly large.  

Mix the tofutti with the remaining tbsp of agave nectar until smooth.  Dollop 1/2 tsp of frosting on each cookie, and spread out to "frost" it.  Your best bet now is to put them on a cookie sheet or cutting board and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight.  

Thats it.  Very easy, very tasty, very filling (keeps me going for four hours), very good for breakfast.  

Serves 4
Nutrition Information:  550 Calories;  26.0g Total Fat;  8.2g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  60.6g Carbohydrates;  10.4g Fiber;  25.8g Protein.  

Enjoy the day everyone!

22 comments:

  1. Carrot cake cookies for breakfast? Count me in! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  2. Those breakfast cookies look great!
    Thanks for posting the recipe. I really like the addition of coconut oil, too. :-)
    How are they at keeping you full?

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  3. Fabulous idea Gina!!! I will be trying this out soon =)

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  4. sounds amazing, must try soon!

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  5. Gina, we have the same breakfast rules regarding fat and protein. I love this recipe - thank for perfecting and posting it!

    Have a good weekend.

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  6. That's definitely a breakfast I could get into! Great idea--and they look soooooo yummy!

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  7. Cream Cheese frosting! Woot woot! These look mah-ve-lous!

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  8. Yum! I keep seeing these refrigerated breakfast cookies on the blogs, and I'm not sure why I haven't made them yet. Your recipe is the best lookin' one I've seen, and it looks mostly raw!

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  9. Now that sounds like one delicious breakfast, and great for someone on the run, too!

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  10. Emily, they totally keep me full. I eat them at 6/6:30 AM, and because I teach from 7:45-10:30 without a brea, I don't get to eat until 10:30...and I'm usually just getting hungry around then.

    Bianca, they are mostly raw, which is I love. The oatmeal is a pretty big raw offender, but I've thought about using raw oats one of these days!

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  11. Love this idea. Carrot cake is my favorite dessert. Now I can eat it for breakfast and not feel guilty!

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  12. omgomgomogmogmogmogmo
    i cannot wait to make these!!! tomorrow!!!!


    (Can you sense my enthusiasm)

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  13. omg i am gonna be so greedy and eat them all for ya!

    and u are right babe...who doesn't like cake for breakfast!!!

    hope all is well with you pretty woman!

    xoxoxoxo

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  14. These look so good! I've never tried breakfast cookies before, although I have seen others make them. What a great way to get some nutrition in you, if you are on the go.

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  15. I would love to try these. Any idea what the nutritional information on these would be without the frosting? I'm just not a frosting fan.

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  16. You had me at carrot cake! Yum!!

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  17. I love anything carrot cake! Those look great. I've never tried no-bake cookies but I might have to! Have a nice day!

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  18. there is no way these cookies would last more than 2 meals at my house. they look rockin. carrot cake is my favorite cake ever!!!! if you ever want to make a real raw carrot cake, i have an awesome recipe. it was delicious.

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  19. awesome. these would be great to bring in to work to counter all the bagel and cream cheese/doughnuts that everyone else brings. definitely healthier while still being delicious. yum!

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  20. Fear not, young grasshopper. You will soon see (taste?) the vegan light!

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  21. Cookies for breakfast seem like such a treat. Your recipe looks really tasty and I can see how a couple of cookies would keep you full for a long time!

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