Breakfast cookies are always a good idea! These paleo carrot cake-style cookies are made grain-free and come with a protein boost, thanks to collagen peptides.
Why hellooo March!
Well, we’re already a few days into March, but same difference. It’s weird that February is over already… This time last year (this exact weekend, actually) I was quite literally bawling my eyes out in our little townhouse in central Pennsylvania, as Drew drove away out of our neighborhood. Don’t worry, it wasn’t too tragic. Drew was just moving back to Michigan for his new job, and I was staying in PA for a couple months before I could join him. You can read more about that in this post if you’d like to catch up.
Now a whole year has passed, springtime is upon us, and we’re ready to buy a house. I can’t believe we are finally ready to buy a house. We’ve been looking for houses casually since last fall, and then getting more serious since the beginning of the year. But now that it is March, the pressure feels real with our apartment lease up in May. I will admit Drew and I are both being fairly particular. Between the location for commuting, size of the house, layout, price, etc. we both have some things we would ideally love to have. Obviously a big one for me >> THE KITCHEN. Duh.
I obviously make do with what we have now but the setup we have going on is less than ideal. Just because I am food blogger does not mean I have this bangin’ kitchen, folks. Oh no. Our kitchen is on the smaller side… well and ugly side, if I am being honest. Oh the joys of renting.
Anyways, every time I make recipes for the blog it actually looks like there was an explosion. I take over every surface area, as well as the dining room table while blogging recipes.
For example, these cookies we have here today were spread out all over the place. I had my bowl of goods on the counter, the cookie sheet on the other side of the counter ready to go, a cooling rack on our dining table… Oh and don’t even get me started on the cleanup. YIKES. Oh but wait!
These Paleo Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are a one bowl recipe. So, that somewhat helped my cleanup chaos that followed once the photograph session was over 🙂
These cookies are pretty easy to throw together too… One bowl, no mixer needed and it’s a quick batch of about 14 cookies. We’re also sneaking in some Vital Proteins collagen peptides in these breakfast cookies for a little added protein boost.
Since working with Vital Proteins, I’ve been adding the collagen peptides into various recipes (as well as everyday simple ways too). Collagen is a great supplement to take for your overall health, but it is really great for supporting skin and joint health. I really do think my skin is healthier because of the collagen supplement I’ve been taking for almost a year now.
But even after almost a year, I haven’t added collagen into any cookies yet! How is that possible here on FMK? So let’s do it…
what you need
Vital Proteins collagen peptides
Guys, these cookies are EASY. You just mix together the wet ingredients in one bowl, then incorporate the dry ingredients.
Chill the dough for a little bit to make them easier to handle. Then you scoop the dough onto a lined sheet, bake for about 12 minutes and they’re ready to eat!
Oh! A note about the coconut sugar.
I first tested this recipe with no added sugars and it turned out just fine–I thought they tasted pretty good. I will say I thought the taste was slightly better with the added sugar though… But if you’re watching your sugar consumption and looking to cut back, you could probably do without the added sugar. BUT if you’re looking for best taste, I suggest adding the sugar. I mean it is only a small amount anyhow, but to each their own! 🙂
- ½ cup creamy nut/seed butter (preferably no oils or sugars added. I use homemade)
- 1 large egg
- 2 TBS oil (avocado, liquid coconut oil)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar* (can leave out if looking to avoid added sugars)
- 3 TBS unsweetened applesauce (may sub mashed banana)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup almond meal
- 2 TBS coconut flour
- ½ TBS ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, optional
- ¼ tsp ground ginger, optional
- 3 servings, 36g, Vital Proteins collagen peptides** (any will work)
- ½ cup crushed walnuts
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¾ cup shredded carrots (about 2 long carrots)
- In large bowl add creamy cashew butter, egg, oil, applesauce, coconut sugar if using, and vanilla extract. Whisk together or use electric hand mixer to combine.
- Add in almond meal, coconut flour, collagen peptides, crushed walnuts, shredded coconut and stir with spatula until evenly combined. Gently fold in shredded carrots. Transfer bowl to fridge for 30 minutes to chill–dough will be easier to handle. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
- Once dough has chilled, use round tablespoon or medium cookie scoop to drop dough onto baking sheet, making sure to leave about 2" apart. Gently flatten cookie dough and shape into circle, cookies should be about 2" wide.
- Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes at 350F, until slightly golden. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will be soft with slightly crisp outer edges. Enjoy!
**Any collagen peptides will work in this recipe, just stick with using 36g. You can also leave out the collagen peptides if you prefer. If you try this, let me know how it goes!
-Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature up to 3-4 days. Store covered in fridge up to 5-7 days.
- Do you take a collagen supplement?
- Any house hunting advice?!