Healthy cookie recipes like this carrot-raisin creation can stand in for granola bars at snack time or breakfast. Shredded carrots, raisins, walnuts, applesauce, and whole wheat flour pack each bite with plenty of nutrition.
Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour, the carrots, raisins, and walnuts just until combined.
Drop by slightly rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.