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Jan Scott
March 25, 2015
Jan Scott
carrot cookies
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Are you craving the flavours of spring just as much as I am? While I wholeheartedly embrace slow cooker meals, soups, and the comfort food that comes with the cold weather months, I’m equally as excited to usher in new flavours by the time March rolls around.

These oatmeal carrot cookies perfectly bridge the gap between deep freeze foods and the lighter fare we are looking for this time of year. They are hearty and healthy, and would also be perfect for sharing over Easter weekend, which will be here before we know it.

Although they taste wonderful on their own, I also like to make a sandwich cookie with them, spreading a thick smear of maple-sweetened cream cheese frosting onto the backs of two cookies and sandwiching them together. That quick move elevates them from a basic chewy cookie to something worthy of sharing.

Toddlers love these sweet treats, and they’re certainly something you can feel good about sharing with them. Feel free to add raisins or dried cranberries for an extra boost of colour and sweetness.

Sweet Carrot Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Prep and Cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric or handheld mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and honey until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg and shredded carrots.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed sugar mixture, mixing just until combined.
  4. Drop tablespoon-size dollops of batter onto the prepared baking sheets, and press down with the back of a dampened fork. Bake in the preheated oven for 9-12 minutes, or until firm and the edges are golden brown.
Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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Insta-Inspiration: Favourite Foodie Instagrammers
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Of all the social media platforms available—and heck, we know there are many—the one I love the most is Instragram. I screen shot inspiring images and follow so many magazines, editors, bloggers, and regular ol’ people like myself who enjoy sharing pictures of their everyday life and artistic creations.

If you’re looking for a little insta-inspiration in your own life, here are a few of the Instagram accounts I stalk for constant inspiration. They celebrate the seasons with fabulous photos, delicious recipes, and snapshots of their everyday life that will leave you craving more.

@healthyfirstfoods: An Instagram account dedicated to creating a healthy foundation for food. Features include: baby-led weaning, healthy baby food recipes and more.

@thefamilydinnerproject: This Instragram account documents life around the table and offers inspiration for food, fun, and conversation with the kids.

@ohsheglows: Canada’s favourite vegan lovin’ mama has nearly 200,000 followers and for good reason, too; her healthy creations will inspire everyone, including those of us who love cheese and meat.

@100layercakelet: An account dedicated to providing inspiration for kids parties, mom, babies, food and family life.

@aimeebourque: This Canadian food blogger extraordinaire is a Canadian urban homesteader and mom to three kids and her pictures will leave you feeling inspired to get into the kitchen with your kids immediately.

@kiwiandbean: The photos from this Toronto-based lawyer and mama, will convince you that healthy dinners and baby-led weaning are possible for the even busiest person.

And of course, you can follow us @savvymomdotca and we’ll try to keep you up to inspired and up to speed on the recipes we’re cooking, events we’re attending and behind the scenes shenanigans you won’t want to miss.

So, tell me…who’s offering you a bunch of Insta-inspiration these days? Feel free to share in the comments—I’m always looking for new people to follow!

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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