Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

P1070157_lznHealthy cookies. Nope, you have read it correct, these are healthy cookies. Shall I repeat again: healthy cookies. If you take apart the ingredients, they would be like your typical carrot cake oatmeal with a hard boiled egg by the side. Okay, I do admit there is some (ahem) sugar in them too, but it comes from honey, so we can count that one onto the healthier side as well, right?P1070153_lzn

My friend A and me were having dinner together (and studying) before exams and when she was about to leave, she decided to pass by her boyfriend’s house and bring him something. After all my suggestions were rejected, we came up with the idea of making cookies. Now, they had to be fast (she wanted to leave in half an hour), almost flourless (because my house, for once did not have cake flour), sugar-free (same problem) and well, good too (duh). A. said the dough looks like horse-fodder (comment of the boyfriend: “but it was nice horse-fodder though…)

I have had this recipe idea from Amy’s Healthy baking for quite a while now, so in the end, it came out to this. The advantage of using honey is way less chilling time (8 minutes in the freezer are enough), resulting in a thick cookie that is crunchy on the outside and very chewy on the inside. I ate all the cookies she left me (which is why there are only that few on the pictures, that was all that was left!).

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The dough is just melting the butter, mixing the liquid ingredients together, grating the carrot, stirring the dry ingredients into the wet ones and then in goes the carrot. The whole thing needs 8 minutes freezer time, then you can roll it into small balls, flattening them out with your palms a little, and place them onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. After 15 minutes, they are already done.

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I thought they would get soggy the next morning but they didn’t. Just as good as the night before and guess what, I ate them for breakfast. Can you judge?

With love from the student kitchen,
Johanna

Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 20 cookies
  • Time: 35 minutes
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This is what you need
130 g instant oats
35 g whole wheat flour
35 g almond flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted and then cooled
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
100 g honey
1 medium carrot (70 g)

And this is how we do it
1. grate the carrot
2.  In a bowl, whisk together oats, flour, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
3. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the cooled butter (it should still be liquid), egg, vanilla and honey.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a spoon until just incorporated into a moist dough. Stir in the grated carrots.
5. Freeze the dough for 8 minutes, during that time, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
6. Using a tablespoon, drop the cookies on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 12-15. minutes (they are slightly underdone after that time but they will continue baking on the sheets a little after you take them out).
8. Let them cool down on the baking sheets and enjoy!

Recipe idea from Amy’s Healthy Baking.
Cookies store in an airtight container for a few days.

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Oh my gosh! I got nominated for an award. First of all a huge THANK YOU to Rebekah from LIVETHESAN. Not only is your name almost spelled like my sister’s but your blog is really amazing with all it’s variable and simply-but-sophisticated recipes. If you have any time, please do go check it out, it’s definitely worth it (and please let me rant one time about her blog name because I love it. It has the vibe of “go with the flow” to me – sorry, this had to be said for a long time!).
One thing why I am so happy about this nomination is that I’ve been really stressed with exams etc. under which the blog has sort of suffered (hello diminished frequency of postings). Additionally, I’ve been doubting to continue, since I am starting a lot of (extra)curricular projects next semester, but wow, people are actually reading this and like what I am doing. Maybe I should start telling my friends I am doing this blog since they still don’t know? Anyways, enough of all these doubts, let’s get to the fun:

The Rules:award31 (1)

  • Thank & link the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions asked by them.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

 

Thanking the nominator
Can’t be done enough – thanks so much Rebekah, you are amazing and your blog is too!

The questions

Spicy or non spicy?
Definitely spicy. I love Indian food (I mean, those curries…) And chinese food! And my mom’s spicy pumpkin soup. So yup, definitely spicy and yup, I definietly have to learn how to do it.

Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
Umm, honestly, I don’t know. I would love to keep going and make it a sort of database for easy and tasty student cooking but I guess I really need to work on many aspects (help is appreciated haha).

What is your favorite food?
Hard one. But it’s not cheating if I do it in food groups, right? Carbs: Pasta (because it’s so versatile) and couscous. Veggies: Carrots (I live off them). Fruit: Can’t chose, I love them all. Junkfood: Chocolate in any variety and cake. Oh and almonds just because!

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
Obsess over other people’s amazing food blogs and google recipes? (normal people might laugh but I guess you guys get it). Otherwise sing in a gospel choir, play fieldhockey, run, being member of a student association (can be compared to european greek life), study organisation and soon of a charity bookstore. Oh yeah, and I study. A lot actually. And have dinners with friends. And bake. Too much! To feed to said friends.

What is your ideal weekend?
Not stressful. Getting up in the morning, feeling not tired, then go for a nice run. The weather is awesome, obviously, since this is the Netherlands (HA), then I can spend some time baking up something new while listening to my favorite songs and meet in the evening with some friends for a picknick dinner in the park (where everyone actually brought real food!). Then we watch the sunset together and look out for star signs. Sunday maybe some outdoor activities after church, a phone call home and some time spent with a good book on a blanket in the sun. Oh yeah and a trip to the sea would be nice!

How long do you spend time reading blogs?
Too long. Let’s just leave it like that!

What’s your favorite activity?
Sports and baking.

What is your favorite spice?
Cinnamon.

What is the most creative food that you have cooked using a fruit?
Orange pudding. Like custard but only orange juice, eggs and cornstarch (I don’t remember that well). Actually it was good. Weird, but good.

What’s your motivation for blogging?
It’s fun and motivates me to try out new things. Plus I hope that at least someone will find it useful

My 10 nominees (drumroll please)
1. Isa from Isaskitchen
2. Aarthi from Yummy Tummy
3. Taylor from Peas Romaine Calm
4. Raquel from Cau de Sucre
5. Ines from My tiny green kitchen
6. Roxanne from The Lemon and Jar
7. Laura from Baking in Pyjamas
8. Ronit from Tasty Eats
9. Darly from Darlydarly
10. Freda from Aromatic Essence

And here are my questions to you guys
1. What is the best dish someone has ever made for you?
2. Sweet or Salty?
3. If you had one last thing to tell the world, what would it be?
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
5. What do you do when you are not blogging?
6. How did you become a foodie?
7. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt during your bloggin time?
8. What is your worst cooking/baking accident ever?
9. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made?
10. How do you motivate yourself to keep going?

Pass on the sunshine and with love from the student kitchen,
Johanna

Salmon with salty almonds and zucchini

P1060484_lznAs you may have noticed, there are no meat recipes on this blog (yet). There are many reasons for this (meat is expensive and I don’t like and don’t need it) and usually I manage to get my proteins from lentils, beans, soy etc.  I don’t cook fish that often either but I actually really like it and when I found a MSC certified and affordable (!!) salmon, I couldn’t resist.  Together with the salted almonds, honey, onion and lemon juice the salmon makes for a perfect light dinner. I chose to pair it with some oven baked zucchini, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt plus pasta as a side carb, but I bet it would be a really nice summer dish just by itself. Almonds are good for your brain (at least that’s what they say) and fish has got a lot of Omega3 and healthy fat which makes this a healthy dish to enjoy guilt free.
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Homemade chocolate buns

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Nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet chocolate buns on a sunday morning. Aaah, childhood memories: the smell of sugar, freshly baked rolls and chocolate in the air, tired but happy kids in the kitchen around the breakfast table. I can’t wake up to their smell anymore, but at least I can make them for myself. These are super-easy to make, require no mixer and just a morning of free time. But it’s super relaxing to stand in the kitchen without stress simply watching the dough rise (I mean you could also write that paper in between, just suggestin…).  The dough is like my Hefezopf (Sweet easter braided bread), but it’s way easier to make because you don’t need the braiding. Serve warm with some butter or eat cold in the afternoon for a snack. They’re also great to take to class as a sweet breakfast treat or to serve to your friends when working on that group project (because, who does not  like chocolate?) Continue reading