Teacher, 35, shares her recipe for mouthwatering carrot cake COOKIES - and they are the perfect guilt-free way to banish sweet cravings fast

  • Sydney teacher Katie Lolas, 35, shared her recipe for carrot cake cookies 
  • The recipe makes up to 15 medium cookies and takes no longer than 40 minutes
  • The end result is the perfect balance between sweet and savoury  
  • Katie also shared how to create your dream fridge and keep food fresh for longer

A Sydney secondary school teacher has revealed her recipe to make unique carrot cake cookies - and they're completely guilt-free.

Katie Lolas, who regularly shares health, fitness and meal prepping snaps on Instagram, shared the recipe with her 162,000 followers and had rave reviews. 

'Did someone say carrot cake cookies? Yes please! Soft, chewy and taste like carrot cake with just the right amount of cream cheese icing,' she captioned a photo of the mouthwatering morsels. 

To make the cookie base, rolled oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut oil, an egg, natural maple syrup, milk and carrots are required 

Sydney teacher Katie Lolas (pictured) shared the recipe on Instagram with her 162,000 followers

Sydney teacher Katie Lolas (pictured) shared the recipe on Instagram with her 162,000 followers

The 35-year-old said the recipe makes between 12 to 15 medium-sized cookies and only takes 40 minutes to do.

'These cookies make the perfect snack or wholesome post-dinner treat,' she said.

To make the cookie base, rolled oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut oil, an egg, natural maple syrup, milk and carrots are required.

To make the icing, only reduced-fat cream cheese, icing sugar and water is needed. 

The cookies would be ideal for those who are wanting to avoid eating sweets or as an after-school snack for children
When storing the snack, Katie recommends placing in an airtight container and leaving in the refrigerator for up to a week

The cookies would be ideal for those who are wanting to avoid eating sweets or as an after-school snack for children

'These cookies make the perfect snack or wholesome post-dinner treat,' Katie wrote online

'These cookies make the perfect snack or wholesome post-dinner treat,' Katie wrote online

The cookies would be ideal for those who are wanting to avoid eating sweets or as an after-school snack for children.

The icing on top adds a small touch of sweetness balanced with the taste of cinnamon and carrot.

When storing the snack, Katie recommends placing in an airtight container and leaving in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Maple syrup can also be replaced with sweetener, and butter can be used instead of coconut oil. 

HOW TO MAKE CARROT CAKE COOKIES:  

Ingredients

Cookies 

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or sweetener 
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 5 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated 

Icing   

  • 100g reduced-fat cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp water

Toppings  

  • Walnuts, crushed (optional)

METHOD 

Preheat your oven to 180C and line a large baking tray with baking paper

Add the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts to a medium bowl and mix well 

In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the coconut oil, egg, vanilla, maple syrup and milk 

Slowly add to the flour mixture, mixing just until combined 

Gently fold through the grated carrot, then chill the dough for 15 minutes 

Roll the dough into 12 to 15 balls, place onto baking tray and flatten with your fingers 

Bake for up to 15 minutes or until golden brown, then allow to cool on the tray for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack 

Once cookies are cool, combine icing ingredients in a small bowl and spread on top of each cookie 

Sprinkle each cookie with crushed nuts and enjoy

Source: Katie Lolas/Instagram

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Earlier this month Katie also shared how to create your dream fridge and keep your meals prepped food fresh for up to four days.

She has religiously prepped her breakfasts, lunches and snacks for four days of every working week. 

On Instagram she revealed her top tips and tricks, including spraying avocado with extra Virgin olive oil to preserve its shelf life and washing your fruit in vinegar to make it last.

Katie said creating your dream fridge (pictured) is easier than you think, but it requires a degree of getting organised with your fruit, veg and meals

Katie said creating your dream fridge (pictured) is easier than you think, but it requires a degree of getting organised with your fruit, veg and meals

If you want long-lasting fruit, the 35-year-old said it's all about making a home solution of vinegar and water and rinsing the fruit in it before you put it in your fridge (pictured)

If you want long-lasting fruit, the 35-year-old said it's all about making a home solution of vinegar and water and rinsing the fruit in it before you put it in your fridge (pictured)

HOW TO MAKE YOUR FRUIT LAST LONGER

If you want long-lasting fruit, the 35-year-old said it's all about making a home solution and rinsing the fruit in it before you put it in your fridge.

'Rinse your fruit in a large bowl using one part vinegar and four parts water,' Katie posted on Instagram.

'Drain, dry thoroughly, cut if required and then refrigerate immediately in an airtight container.'   

Washing fruit and vegetables in water and vinegar is also a good way to remove potential bacteria.

Katie said you should 'lightly spray' any visible avocado flesh with some extra Virgin olive oil and refrigerate it in an airtight container (pictured)

Katie said you should 'lightly spray' any visible avocado flesh with some extra Virgin olive oil and refrigerate it in an airtight container (pictured)

HOW TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF AN AVOCADO

Got an avocado but only want to use half or a quarter?

Katie said you should 'lightly spray' any visible avocado flesh with some extra Virgin olive oil and refrigerate it in an airtight container.

'I find that this prolongs its flavour and aesthetic for at least an extra couple of days,' Katie said.

For people who love to make salads on a Sunday to get them through the week, Katie said the best thing to do is put your bagged lettuce and extras immediately into an airtight container

For people who love to make salads on a Sunday to get them through the week, Katie said the best thing to do is put your bagged lettuce and extras immediately into an airtight container

KEEP SALAD FRESH FOR LONGER

For people who love to make salads on a Sunday to get them through the working week, Katie said the best thing to do is put your bagged lettuce and extras immediately into an airtight container.

'Avoid adding dressing or salt to your salad until you're ready to eat it,' she said.

'I also store my protein and fresh produce in a separate smaller container until I'm ready to serve it.' 

To prolong the life of vegetable sticks, they should be kept in an airtight container, ideally with a few tablespoons of water, which Katie said keep them 'hydrated and crunchy' (pictured)

To prolong the life of vegetable sticks, they should be kept in an airtight container, ideally with a few tablespoons of water, which Katie said keep them 'hydrated and crunchy' (pictured)

MAKE YOUR VEGGIE STICKS STAY FRESH 

To prolong the life of vegetable sticks, they should be kept in an airtight container, ideally with a few tablespoons of water, which Katie said keep them 'hydrated and crunchy'.

'Shake your container every couple of days to ensure your vegetable sticks stay fresh,' Katie said. 

Finally, Katie said if you want to keep some leftovers, you should let them fully cool down to room temperature, before immediately refrigerating in an airtight container (pictured)

Finally, Katie said if you want to keep some leftovers, you should let them fully cool down to room temperature, before immediately refrigerating in an airtight container (pictured)

KEEP YOUR LEFTOVERS TASTING GOOD

Finally, Katie said if you want to keep some leftovers, you should let them fully cool down to room temperature, before immediately refrigerating in an airtight container.

'Wipe away any condensation that may build on the lid the following morning and remember, meals can only be reheated once,' she said. 

To find out more about Katie Lolas, you can visit her website here

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Katie Lolas: Teacher, 35, reveals her recipe for mouthwatering carrot cake COOKIES

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