Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

I am constantly in search of a healthy baked goodies to try out on my colleagues at work.  These fit the bill nicely as the other recipe I wanted to try required ripe bananas.  They were a hit and my friend said they were the best yet! Next time, I would modify this somewhat to add cinnamon and dry ginger powder.  They are good that you forget that they're healthy! I highly encourage you to check out Heidi's blog, she has some GREAT recipes!!

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
Modified From Heidi Swanson
Makes 2.5 dozen

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup multi grain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Coach's cut oats (from Costco)
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil (didn't have coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper. I used a baking sheet and a stone to bake my cookies (don't line the stone).
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and oats in a bowl. (I used my stand mixer bowl.)  Add the nuts and carrots.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the oil, maple syrup and ginger.  Add this to the dry ingredients.  Stir until combined.
  4. Drop onto the baking sheet and/or stone.  I used a tablespoon and flattened some (if you want them crispy) and left some as mounds (to have them softer).  Bake on the top part of your oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are slightly browned on the top and bottom.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cilanto-Lime Vinaigrette

Here is a tasty and healthy dressing I came across and love!  It works great on many different salads. 

Cilantro-lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
  •  3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Directions:
  1. Mix above and adjust according to taste.  Pour over salad and enjoy!