In an effort to try and eat healthier, my parents and I agreed to avoid refined sugar for one month. My only problem is that I love dessert and when I have guests over, I feel it necessary to feed them dessert.
Dessert is one of the joys of life and should not be ignored. Instead I began a quest to find desserts without refined sugar. These desserts will most likely not be gluten-free. I have only removed the refined sugar.
My first recipe I tried is the Cinnamon Carrot Cookies. I used the recipe from the Baking-Ginger blog. I modified it to use ingredients that I had easily available.
A cookie that tastes like carrot cake without the refined sugar.
- 1 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp All Spice
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 Cup Soft Butter/Margarine
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup/Honey
- 1 Cup Grated Carrots
- Mix together the oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the butter/margarine, vanilla, egg, and maple syrup/honey.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue to mix.
- Fold in the carrots.
- Place batter in the fridge for about 20min.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Scoop dough onto baking sheet in 12 round dollops and press flat slightly.
- Bake for 15min.
- Allow to cool.
This recipe works well as a bread loaf/cake as well. Instead of making cookies, put the batter into prepared mini loaf pans and bake at the same temperature for about 30min or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Results of Cinnamon Carrot Cookie
While delicious, I felt that the carrot cookies lacked a sweetness that I expected from cookies. I felt they needed a frosting or glaze to really live up to dessert standards. After making one batch of carrot cookies, I used the rest of my batter to make a mini carrot loaf. It turned out great. It could just be perception, but I preferred the mini loaf style to the cookie.
As part of testing this new recipe, I had a couple of guests, my husband, and my children try out these carrot cookies and loaf. I gave each of them one cookie, one cookie with a glaze, and a slice of the mini loaf. My children, age 11, 5, and 3, had no preference but liked the cookies. I think my children just like desserts. One guest, myself and my husband preferred the loaf. While the other guest preferred the cookie. No one said they preferred the cookie with the glaze, though the glaze did add more sweetness.
I think as a first recipe on the quest for a dessert without refined sugar, the carrot cookies do not quite live up to my standard of desserts. Yet, they are delicious and enjoyable. While I definitely plan to make Cinnamon Carrot Cookies again, I will probably only make mini loafs and not cookies.