This year I prepared a feast for our family for Easter brunch.
I always get inspired to make something new when the spring weather comes to Chicago. This year the new recipe I whipped up were these paleo carrot drops.
They’re not a biscuit and they’re not a cookie.
They’re not quite an appetizer and they’re not really a dessert. Actually, they’re pretty difficult to categorize but that’s typically how it goes for me when I’m playing in the kitchen. They could definitely pass for either but if I had to pick, I’d say these paleo carrot drops make a great snack.
They’d fit perfectly into a lunch box or even served as a midday snack. Pop a couple in your mouth before or after your workout. Once you have a batch on hand, I’m not too worried, I know you’ll find the best time and place to eat them.
The Carrot Drop Inspiration
My initial goal was to highlight carrots in a new recipe. I wanted an additional vegetarian recipe that my mother-in-law could enjoy along with all the other goodies I had prepared.
I didn’t want an end product that was too sweet so I decided against adding a sweetener like raw honey or maple syrup.
Jeff’s always a fan of raisins but he likes eating them on their own, not necessarily as an ingredient mixed into his food. So I looked in the cabinet for what other dried fruit I had available and when my eyes met the little dried currants, I couldn’t have been happier.
Since I wanted to make a bite-size carrot something-or-other, the currants were the perfect addition to satisfy the hint of sweetness I was going for!
While I was in the pantry I grabbed the raw pecans and a bag of shredded coconut along with the dried currants. I added all the ingredients to a bowl, mixed everything together and added an egg to help bind everything together.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to form the drop biscuit/cookie I was imagining or not until I tried to mold the first one. In the end I wound up using my mini muffin pan lined with mini muffin parchment paper liners to help them keep their form while baking.
Cooling & Storing Your Carrot Drops
Once the carrot drops are cooked, transfer them to a solid surface to cool (I used a rimmed baking sheet) so they keep their shape.
You can enjoy these little guys warm or cold. Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge.
All of our non-paleo family members enjoyed them, which is why I was excited to share this recipe with you. :)