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Lunchbox Cookies – Fraiche Residing

I get requested on the every day for recipes that fall into one among these three classes: vegan, nut-free or gluten free.  So I figured, why not make one thing like these Lunchbox Cookies that ticks all of the packing containers?

The truth is that I’m like each different mother, at all times looking for new wholesome do-it-yourself issues to pack for college lunches and snacks! And it’s no small feat my buddies (try this submit suggestions for wholesome faculty lunches).

Tips on how to Incorporate Veggies into Baking

I add veggies into baking all the time.  I’ve realized that the finer you grate them the much less seen they’re in case you are attempting to cover them. Use the finer grater in your boxed grater if being sneaky is your mother recreation. Not a single little bit of judgement right here.

Word {that a} meals processor will likely be your finest good friend for recipes like this!.  It’s days like this that I sit staring on the oven whereas my creations bake, crossing my fingers that they end up.  As a result of it actually sucks once you destroy your kitchen and spend 3 hours of your time making one thing that seems to be an enormous flop. I’m completely satisfied to report that these have been a HIT!

I’ve stopped judging my very own cooking and baking, and easily depend on Max and Charlie to present me the sincere items.  As a result of as mother of two boys I don’t actually ‘get’ the entire notion of sugar coating one thing to spare my emotions.  Max will instantly spit one thing out when he’s not a fan (no matter the place he’s, a number of enjoyable) and Charlie’s face wrinkles up in an animated show that tells me he will likely be as dangerous of a liar as I’m.

Okay, so again to those cookies. I gave the boys a cookie every after faculty and held my breath.  They cherished them!   Charlie, with a involved look on his face, confirmed that I wrote down the recipe and made me promise that there have been some for his lunch the subsequent day.  MOM WIN!

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Wholesome Faculty Snacks

These cookies are moist, flippantly sweetened and freeze nicely. You possibly can skip the brown sugar if you happen to like a much less candy cookie however my boys didn’t love them once I left it out. They’re stuffed to the brim with fruit, grated veggies, wholesome seeds and olive oil, for a significantly nutritious snack that’s completely school-approved! Another recipes which are nice for college lunches are:

Additionally head over to our Fraîche Desk meal plan for a whole bunch and a whole bunch of wholesome recipe concepts.

Fraiche Table Meal Plan

Make these Cookies Gluten Free

You need to use gluten free 1:1 flour instead of the common flour OR use oat flour with 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum for texture (if you happen to don’t have xanthan gum you possibly can nonetheless use oat flour, the cookies are nonetheless nice with out it)!



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Healthy veggie-packed cookies that are nut free, gluten free and vegan, perfect or school lunches and are so moist and delicious! These freeze beautifully. From the kitchen of Tori Wesszer, Registered Dietitian with Fraiche Nutrition.

Lunchbox Cookies

Nut free, gluten free and vegan cookies which are full of veggies and style wonderful!  Good for college lunches!  You possibly can add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans if you happen to aren’t making them nut free!


  • 2 tablespoons floor chia seeds or floor flax seeds
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup grated peeled carrots
  • ½ cup grated peeled uncooked beets
  • ½ cup grated zucchini, pores and skin left on
  • ½ cup grated apple, pores and skin left on
  • ½ cup grated ripe pear, pores and skin left on
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup (use maple syrup to make it vegan)
  • ½ cup further virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (all goal or entire wheat) (use GF 1:1 flour to make them gluten free)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup brown sugar** (non-compulsory, see notice)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a big baking sheet with parchment paper (chances are you’ll not want the parchment paper in case you have a superb high quality non-stick pan).  

  2. In a small bowl, mix the bottom chia or flax seeds with the water, stir to mix, and let it sit for 3-5 minutes.

  3. In a medium bowl, mix the carrots, beets, zucchini, apple, pear, honey or maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla and chia or flax combination. Stir with a wood spoon to mix.

  4. In a big bowl, stir collectively the flour, raisins, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, brown sugar (if utilizing), cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  5. Stir the veggie combination into the flour combination with a wood spoon, stirring and folding till nicely mixed.   

  6. Drop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough on to the baking sheet, spacing them about 1-inch aside (the cookies don’t unfold a lot).  You could must repeat this step relying on the dimensions of your baking sheet.  

  7. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, till they’re cooked all through and the bottoms are golden brown. Switch to a cooling rack earlier than storing in an air-tight container for as much as 5 days. These freeze fantastically!

Recipe Notes

*non-compulsory to make use of oat flour and add 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum for texture 

**miss the brown sugar if you need a much less candy cookie, it’s a matter of style choice!

IF you aren’t making these nut-free you possibly can add in 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts together with the raisins.  

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