Here is the recipe we started to follow. But, in our Little Chefs class, we left out the lemon peel and used one of my favorite baking tricks. Instead of adding even more unnecessary sugar to the recipe, (carrots, craisins and raisins are already very sweet) we substituted some of the sugar with applesauce. This is a healthier alternative than white granulated sugar.
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar plus 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2/3 cup shredded or grated carrots plus 1 banana mashed
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside
- In a large bowl, mix together the oil, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar and vanilla.
- When well mixed, add the egg and orange zest and beat for another 20-30 seconds.
- Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir until flour is absorbed.
- Stir in oats, carrots and raisins.
- Scoop up a tablespoon of dough and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes based on the size of your cookies.
- Bake until slightly golden brown.
For more ideas on how to make healthier substitutions when baking or cooking , look below at this great guide I found on Pinterest!