Guest Post: Powercakes Lemon Carrot Poppy Seed Cookies

It’s Friday!! And that means another Foodie Friday guest post. Today’s post is from Kasey at Powercakes.

Talk about inspirational, this girl is not too far out of college and is in the works of starting her own business (which I can’t wait to learn more about!) Over the past year or so, Kasey has teamed up with Heather for challenges that I’ve mentioned so many times before, like the plantPOWER challenge. These challenges have totally changed the way I look at food and how I eat and it’s something I could never thank these two ladies for enough! Kasey is also the creator of the amazing tahini nooch sauce that I eat all the time! Yum!

With that said, I’m so excited to share this fun recipe that Kasey created for Mother’s Day (aka my wedding day 😉 ). Hope you enjoy!

Hey everyone! My name is Kasey & I blog over at about healthy eating, fitness, & clean recipes! I am a certified personal trainer who is passionate about helping others & being true to myself! I embrace everyone for who they are and their choices they make. I think being different is beautiful! I have a passion for cooking & baking to correspond with my active lifestyle to properly fuel my fitness. I think it’s so important to enjoy foods & try to find a balance! If you’d like to follow me please check out my social media outlets so we can be in touch!


Lemon Carrot Poppy Seed Cookies

[gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free, plant based, loaded with power]

Makes 12-14 cookies


  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 large banana
  • Zest & juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 + 1/2 cup buckwheat groat flour
    • [buckwheat groats blended to make flour]
    • You can sub flour of choice [oat flour, buckwheat flour, whole wheat flour]
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 TB Lucuma Powder [natural sweetness]
    • or sub 3-4 TB coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
    • Lucuma is an alternative sweetener that is packed with minerals and vitamins.
    • Great addition to recipes, smoothies, yogurt, milkshakes, or desserts!
  • 1 TB Maca Powder
    • optional [makes it creamy & adds more power]
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 drops of liquid stevia or stevia to taste

These can be enjoyed as single snack…


OR you can stack some up & pretend they are powercakes Winking smile

I happen to think that pure maple syrup would be absolutely delish on these!



[preheat oven to 375 degrees]

1. Pulse the buckwheat groats in a good processor until flour consistency & add into a bowl.

2. Add your wet ingredients [banana, milk, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest] into the processor & blend until creamy.


3. Pour wet ingredients into a bowl & combine with all dry ingredients + grated carrots.


4. The batter will be thick & absorb the liquid.

5. I used a small ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies & then flattened them down with the back of the scoop!

6. Bake on parchment paper or greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.

7. Let cool & ENJOY!


These were so delish with some nut butter spread on top or [peanut fluff]! I would bag two of them up & take them in my gym bag on to the go for a pre-workout snack!


I also wanted to give a special one year shout out to the boyfriend Corey!


How cute are those two?! 😉 Thanks again to Kasey for sharing this delicious recipe and always being so #fitfluential!

Food for Thought

How would you eat your lemon carrot poppy seed cookies? I love the idea of spreading nut butter on top!

What I Ate Wednesday #38: Luck of the Irish

March seriously snuck up on me! I signed up for the Shamrock 5K months ago and all of the sudden this race was right around the corner. I have no idea how it happened, but it did and I had to be ready! I hadn’t run outside since my last race in October, but I had to suck it up and go for a run!

Typically race-day breakfasts are light; more of a snack than anything else, and I follow up with a nice brunch. But there’s just something about mid-day races that totally screw with me. Maybe I just still want to enjoy the weekend and take advantage of Sunday brunch, but these are definitely not my normal go-to race eats!

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Charm City Run Shamrock 5K Race Brunch Eggs Benedict Mimosa Boulder Brewing Company Hazed & Infused

Groupon to the rescue! We went to a new place, Langermann’s on Light.. I had the crab cake benedict, hollandaise on the side, a fruit cup, and a mimosa. Is it just me or do eggs benedict not need hollandaise sauce? I’m totally satisfied with the runny yolks as my sauce.

The crab cakes were good.. the flavor was there, but definitely not the lump crab you should get from a Maryland crab cake. Still, I’d get it again!

RACE TIME!! Check out those lovely ladies I had the pleasure of spending my afternoon with 🙂 [Thanks for the pic, Kate!] And after a new PR of 24:15, it doesn’t get much better than that! Being that it was my first race of the year, I wasn’t expecting much.. really I was just hoping for under 28:00, so when I turned the corner and saw the finish line, I was totally psyched that it was under 25:00. I sprinted.. there was no way was letting that clock hit 25!

Charm City Run Shamrock 5K Baltimore Maryland MD

Uhh.. well.. it seems that lunch was taken over by a few beers and some sort of bomb that included Monster. I certainly didn’t mean for that to happen, but clearly I had to celebrate! As did the rest of the sea of green 😉

VEGETABLES! PLEASE! The lack of vegetables in my lunch [and lack of food..] had me craving some serious greens for dinner. I mixed up a bunch of roasted broccoli, brussels sprouts, and snow peas with some creamy tahini nooch sauce and topped with a little shredded chicken that simmered in Amy’s Thai Coconut Soup. So good!

Food for Thought

What are your typical race-day eats?

Feeding My Obsession: Chocolate

First things first, HOLY RAVENS!! Did you see that?! I’m loving my Baltimore teams this year!

Baltimore Ravens Football Maryland MD Anquan Boldin Superbowl Harbowl

Yea. That happened.

Onto the chocolate!

Last week I mentioned a black bean powerbake from one of my faves, Kasey at Powercakes. Sunday seemed like the perfect night to prep a dessert to last me through the week.

Powercakes Black Bean Powerbake Barr & Table Perfect Fit Protein Powder Tone It Up TIU

The smell of this baking was absolutely intoxicating and I could hardly wait to dig in! I made only 2 minor tweeks based on what I had in my pantry:

  1. Swapped the VEGA protein powder for Perfect Fit protein powder.
  2. Swapped the pumpkin seeds for hemp seeds.

I’m happy to say that this will definitely be curbing my chocolate cravings [as long as Nathan doesn’t eat it before me] and the raisins are like sweet little morsels. And if that doesn’t make it perfect enough, it’s also definitely Tone It Up-approved!

Want to make this for yourself? You can find the recipe [and more!] on Kasey’s blog! And if you don’t already follow her on twitter, get on it! She’s pretty fantastic 😉

Food for Thought

What’s your latest recipe success?

Top 5 in Review

You may have thought I was crazy for shooting for my Weekender Top 5. And I have to admit, my eyes were bigger than my stomach! I did, however, make it through 3 of my 5 recipes and I’m pleased to say I would absolutely make them again!

First up was the Pumpkin Power Roll. I made this Saturday night for dessert, but ended up having 1 little slice for dessert and then devouring the rest for breakfast Sunday morning. I would definitely recommend this recipe, though, I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait to let it cool and roll up. I might have to eat it flat 😉

Powercakes Power Pumpkin Spice Roll Greek Yogurt

Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of PowerCakes

Next up were the Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate any vegan white chocolate chips, so they ended up just being macadamia nut cookies. They have a bit more of a banana flavor then I expected, but they’re quite tasty nonetheless. Today just happens to be Homemade Cookie Day which is perfect since I made these cookies for a family dinner tonight! Even though I may have snuck a taste of one last night. Quality control, people! Someone has to do it!

Healthy Happy Life Vegan White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Vegan White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Finally, I made the Coconut Bundt Cake and she’s a beaut! I may have taken a little nibble from the bottom of this one too.. like I said, quality control! It came out so well and I can’t wait to dig in tonight!

Healthy Happy Life Coconut Bundt Cake

Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

The last 2 recipes, Cauliflower Pizza Crust and Autumn Vegetable Soup, may not have made it to the table this past weekend, but they’re definitely on the menu in the near future!

And don’t forget to enter my Tortilla Popchips giveaway!

Food for Thought

What recipes did you try for the first time over the weekend?

Weekender Top 5

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I am a recipe pinning machine! I’ve gotten around to making a few of the recipes, but definitely not as many as I would like. This weekend, I’m going to attempt to tackle 5 of my pinned recipes.

1. Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of Powercakes.

Powercakes Power Pumpkin Roll Chia Vanilla Frosting

Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of Powercakes

I’ve seen this recipe before but not given it any though. Now that pumpkin season is among us, I’ve seen so many people raving about it on twitter that I just have to try it! Not to mention, Nathan loves his pumpkin rolls, so if I can give him a healthy version of it, he’ll be in seventh heaven!

2. Cauliflower Crust Pizza; another tasty recipe from Kasey!

Powercakes Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza from Kasey of Powercakes

Cauliflower crust pizza is another recipe that I’ve heard rave reviews about but haven’t gotten around to trying it. I may even have to copy the egg on top. Looks amazing!

3. Autumn Vegetable Soup from Lori of Recipe Girl

Recipe Girl Autumn Vegetable Soup

Autumn Vegetable Soup from Lori of Recipe Girl

One of my favorite cool-weather soups is my Butternut Squash Soup and I imagine this will be just as tasty!

4. Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Coconut Bundt Cake Kathy Healthy Happy Life

Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

I just can’t even. Look how delicious this looks! I was asked to bring dessert to a holiday family dinner on Monday and when I saw this recipe (and the following!) I knew I found some winners. Can’t wait to taste!

5. Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Kathy Healthy Happy Life

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Once again, these look absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into these tasty morsels!

I’m looking forward to checking in on Monday with my recipe successes!

And don’t forget to enter my popchips giveaway!

Popchips Tortilla Chips FitBloggin 2012 Baltimore Maryland MD Barr & Table

Don’t forget to enter my popchips giveaway!

Food for Thought

What are your favorite recipes that you’ve pinned?