I was at the airport recently and decided to buy the Food Network’s magazine to peruse some good Spring recipes. I was pleasantly surprised with all the great recipes I found. I’m picky, after all. I need simple, and fairly low FODMAPs (or at least modifiable enough to be low FODMAPs). I knew I was hosting a small Easter gathering on Easter Sunday so I had that in mind as I flew high above the clouds and turned the pages (sad, let me be honest, that the SkyMall magazine was no where in site).
I came across these carrot cake cookie sandwiches and knew I had to make them. Nick and I list carrot cake as our all-time favorite cake (although truthfully white wedding cake might be a notch higher on the list for me) and last Easter my cousin made a gluten free carrot cake that was, in a word, gross. Don’t worry, she doesn’t read this blog and also she knew it wasn’t good. It would have been better had she cooked it a bit longer. So this year I knew I wasn’t going to make a carrot cake (who has time for that?!) but these cookie sandwiches sounded simple enough. And, they were.
The recipe can be found here. I modified them to be gluten free (for my cousin) by using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free oat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Because of this I cooked them for a total of sixteen minutes instead of twenty. By using the gluten free flour these were also lower FODMAPs (since wheat flour contains wheat, which contains galactans). I also used gluten free oats (not necessary if you are following a low FODMAPs diet, but necessary if you have Celiac). I made some without raisins since dried fruit, in general, aren’t low FODMAPs, but also because Nick “doesn’t like fruit in his carrot cake”. For those following a low FODMAPs diet, you could also just reduce the raisin amount by half and you should be fine (I personally like some raisins in my carrot cake!).
This was my test batch, so I know our guests on Sunday will love these, as the second time I make them they will be perfection. Pure perfection. Healthy? No, not at all, but delicious and a great way to celebrate Easter, and for some, the end of a long time without sugar (or whatever else people give up these days).
Enjoy, my friends! And to those who celebrate, have a Happy Easter.