My youngest has been refusing breakfast recently, she seems to be going through a fussy stage, so I wanted to come up with some healthy oatmeal cookies for her, that she could snack on. These were kind of an experiment of a few ingredients mixed together, but the result was super yummy. Think carrot cake in cookie form. My eldest approved too, he arrived home from school, spotted said cookies and devoured two on the spot. I am thinking of other variations too, so watch this space.
Oatmeal, Carrot and Raisin Cookies
Makes approx 15 cookies
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
- 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup of butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce, warmed
- 1/4 teaspoon of all spice
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup of grated carrot
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- 2 teaspoons of fig butter (I used Trader Joes ones)
Preheat oven to 180c or 350f (gas mark 4)
In a bowl, mix together the flour, oatmeal, all spice and cinnamon.
In another bowl mix together the butter, apple sauce, fig butter.
Add butter mixture to the oatmeal and flour until ingredients are well combined and ten stir in the carrot and raisins.
Line a baking tray with some parchment paper and spoon about a tablespoon of the mixture onto the tray, flatten it down with the back of a fork, so that you have a rough oval shape. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
Place in the oven and bake until biscuits are nice and golden approx 18-20mins, transfer to a wire rack to cool.
If your kids are like mine, these won’t last very long at all. But otherwise store in an airtight container.
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These sound yummy. I want to try them. Would I just get the apple sauce and dig butter from a supermarket?
yep you should be able to buy the apple sauce or it is just as easy to make yourself, by steaming until soft and then mashing. If you can’t get the fig butter it should be fine without. Hope that helps 🙂
Are you using already cooked oatmeal vs raw oats?
Thanks for sharing. Is the cookie texture chewy, soft or hard, crispy?
Lovely recipe, thank you! I haven’t tried these on my daughter yet, but if she doesn’t like them, mummy will have them!
Fig butter isn’t commonly available in the UK. I guess it’s purpose in this recipe is to add a little sweetness, without using refined sugar? I suspect you could blitz up some dried fruit like dates, figs or prunes in the food processor instead. I used “fruit spread”. This is a bit like jam, but made purely from fruit juices. I usually use it on toast or to sweeten plain yoghurt for my daughter. You sometimes see it in big supermarkets or you can easily get it from health food shops.
I also added 1/4 cup peanut butter to this recipe for some added protein.
These are great! Such good snacks for my growing toddler!! For this batch I used dates instead of raisins and they were still lovely…thank you. Can’t wait to try some more of your recipes.
i subbed out the raisins for craisins (he LOVES craisins), and the fig butter for peanut butter. these were a huge hit!! well, at least they were the first time. we’ll see if he eats it again! lol
I made these today using grated apple instead of carrot and puréed prune instead of apple with a few raisins. I live in Uganda so fig butter was out of the questions. I just left it out! I also used wholemea flour which worked well, though I added a bit more than the recipe says as my mixture was a bit sloppy for some reason. The soft, chewy cookies were a big hut with my 16 month old and my 3 year old though will make a 3 x bigger batch next time!! I like the idea of using peanut butter for protein. I reckon this will work with pretty much any grated and puréed fruit combo. I might try apple and mango next time!