November 18, 2016

Carrot Squash Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Squash Breakfast Cookies

When I first started making this recipe, I was hoping to create some sort of cinnamony, carrot cake, squash, ball-shaped truffle. And then the caption would lean uber feminist and mention something about squashing balls. The batter ended up being too gooey and the truffling was just no good. Enter oats into the scene: cinnamony, carrot cake, squash breakfast cookies. Or anytime cookies. I had one today around breakfast, and am having another right now (4pm) as I type this, and will pack another as a drunk snack in my purse tonight. Also, I want this cookie smell as a candle.

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Yesterday I came home and had a delicata squash wading in a pool of hummus for lunch. Please note it took everything in my power to save the second one, knowing I wanted to somehow incorporate it into a sweet treat today. As mentioned above, I thought I’d make some truffles to fool everyone on Thanksgiving Day. The batter, however, was not viscous enough for truffiez. So I added some oats, making these one seriously fiber-packed cookie monster.

Squash is a type of prebiotic fiber, which is the food your gut craves and eats. Oats are also a source of prebiotic fiber, both the soluble and insoluble kind. Soluble fiber slows digestion, making you feel fuller longer. Insoluble fiber isn’t broken down (hence, insoluble), and so just adds bulk to stool and gets you going. Poop stuff #ftb and #ftg and #foreveryone and #ftw.

Carrots are ANOTHER kind of soluble fiber, feeding that gut, binding to LDL cholesterol (the “bad” one), and slowing the absorption of sugars. And last but certainly not least, dates are that last slice of this foxy fiber fantasy. While these do have a cup of dates in them and hence are heavy on the sugars, I’m okay with it. When segmented into cookies, each cookie has around just 1 date, plus tons of fiber (I’ve now said fiber so many times it almost doesn’t even sound like a real word) and so the sugar absorbs slowly, therefore not spiking your blood sugar. Also 2 different kinds of vegetables in these. All in all, these are a way cooler version of Fiber One bars. They are sweet and dense and delightful and do it:

Grabbies:

  • 1 cup roasted delicata squash  (sliced, sprayed with coconut oil, dusted with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes)
  • 1 cup softened dates (soak dates in hot water until softened, about 10 minutes)
  • heaping 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 shakes of cinnamon
  • 2 shakes nutmeg
  • 1 shake cardamom
  • 1.5 cups oats

Doies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Place squash, dates, almond butter, carrots, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom in the food processor.
  3. Once mixture is smooth, transfer to bowl with 1.5 cup oats.
  4. From into cookies.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Makes about 10 cookies.

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