Carrot Cake inspired Cookies filled with Vanilla cream cheese that are gluten-free, egg-free and sugar-free, high in protein – but definitely not fun-free!

Level

Beginner

Category

  • Vegetarian
  • Desserts
  • Health

Cooking Methods

  • Baking

Serves

6

Prep Time

45 minutes

Cooking Time

15 minutes

Notes

Unsweetened Apple Sauce, make your own or use this recipe: https://foodloversmarket.co.za/recipes/sugar-free-applesauce/ OR If you do not have time to make an apple sauce buy a tin of unsweetened pie apples and blend until smooth! If you don't want the cream cheese, simple enjoy them as cookies. This recipe will make 12 cookies. Sugar-Free & Egg-Free Baking Tip: To avoid using egg in baking you can use apple sauce – this helps with the binding process and as a sweetener.

Ingredients

For the cookies:


500 ml (2 cups) carrots, peeled and grated
125 ml (1/2 cup) raisins or cranberries
500 ml (2 cups) gluten-free rolled oats
125 ml (1/2 cup) pea protein
125 ml (1/2 cup) almond flour
30 ml (2 Tbsp) xylitol
10 ml (2 tsp) ground cinnamon
5 ml (1 tsp) nutmeg
5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda
Pinch of salt
250 ml (1 cup) unsweetened apple sauce (Make your own with our recipe or Buy it)
45 ml (3 Tbsp) honey
10 ml (2 tsp) apple cider vinegar
10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract

For the cream cheese icing:


250 g full-fat cream cheese
45 ml (3 Tbsp) xylitol icing sugar
10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract

Directions

For the cookies:


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated carrots, raisins or cranberries and all dry ingredients. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the apple sauce, honey, vinegar, and vanilla.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients. Mix using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball. Use your hands and divide the mixture into 12. Roll each piece into a golf ball-sized ball and flatten on the baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for about 25-30 minutes, or until cooked. They will harden upon cooling.

For the cream cheese icing:


Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Once the cookies are completely cooled down, spread the cream cheese icing on 6 of the cookies and smash with the remaining cookies to create a sandwich.
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