Healthier Carrot Cake Cookies

Healthier Carrot Cake Cookies |

It’s Monday morning and we’re talking cookies.  Because cookies make everything better.  They will cheer you up from those Monday-morning-start-of-the-week blues.  If we’re being technical, it’s actually Sunday night as I’m writing this.  When that storm cloud settles in and you realize that the fun of the weekend is coming to a close.

You know, how you blew off all the work you should have done over the last two days to watch episode after episode of Chuck.  Seriously, I’m obsessed.  And because Netflix can be oh so bad for you.  Like how at the end of an episode you get that little timer thing that a new one will automatically start in 15 seconds.  And you have 15 seconds to decide that even though you should turn off the TV, instead you’ll just watch “one more.”  But one more, well, turns into more than one.  And so on.

I blame the automatic next episode feature.  Clearly it’s not my fault that they suck me in every single time and I don’t even have to touch my remote.

Healthier Carrot Cake Cookies |

But I digress.  Cookies.  Healthier cookies!  Healthier carrot cake cookies!  That you can eat while watching way too many episodes of a new favorite show and not feel guilty about!  I mean, that’s a huge win right there.

These are basically just a slight twist on my healthier chocolate chip cookies that I made a few months back.  I tweaked the base recipe just a tad by altering the ratio of honey to maple syrup, making these a bit sturdier than the chocolate chip ones.  Because I’m a perfectionist and that always bothered me about my original recipe.

And then I went ahead and stuffed these with the good stuff – shredded carrots, plenty of juicy raisins, lots of coconut and a nice amount of spice.

Healthier Carrot Cake Cookies |

So go ahead and enjoy one of these bad boys warm straight from the oven – with no guilt.  They will help beat even the worst of the Monday blues.

Healthier Carrot Cake Cookies
Yield: about 15 to 18 cookies
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour OR 1 cup almond meal*
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour (or almond meal), oats, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, honey, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the raisins, coconut, pecans and shredded carrot.
  3. Scoop about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of dough and drop onto the prepared cookie sheet (I used my large cookie scoop). Gently flatten the cookies slightly. You can space them pretty close together as they won’t really spread while baking. Bake for about 11 to 13 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool directly on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
*Make sure that you use either the whole wheat pastry flour OR the almond meal (do not use both!). It works great either way but the dough will be slightly wetter with the almond meal (again, it still works fine, just make sure you measure everything correctly).

Melt the coconut oil first and then measure out the 3 tablespoons (otherwise you may use too much).

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  1. says

    Yay for carrot cake cookies, especially healthy ones! I used to love Chuck. I’ve been thinking about getting a Netflix subscription because I feel like I’m missing out on House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

  2. says

    I love carrot cake and making them into healthier cookies is such an awesome idea! Love all the wholesome ingredients in here and cookies that I can enjoy without feeling guilty about would totally make everything better :)

  3. says

    Yes, this is a great idea, carrot cake cookies…these cookies will be great as a snack.
    Thanks for the recipe Ashely…have a wonderful week 😀

  4. says

    I’ll take a dozen, please! I really love carrot cake but I hardly ever make it. These cookies would be great because they are the perfect serving size and I don’t actually have to bake a whole cake to get the same great taste!

  5. says

    Hey there lovely! These look so good! Carrot cake is my absolute favorite dessert (it was our wedding cake) so I can’t wait to make these cookies!

  6. says

    omg Ashley I watched the entire season 2 of House of Cards in one weekend because of those blasted 15 seconds! I just couldn’t say no…and I can’t say no to these cookies! Carrot cake is one of my faves and in a healthy cookie?! YES PLEASE!

  7. Jo @ the contented baker says

    These are great Ashley! A perfect carrot cake fix without have to grease and line baking pans! Delicious.

  8. says

    Healthy cookies! Now you’re speaking my language. Especially because they’re carrot cake, one of my all time favorites.

    I haven’t seen Chuck and I don’t have Netflix (because I know I would stuck like Chuck watching marathons) but one day (when life calms down…?) I’m hoping to catch up on Netflix shows like Orange is the New Black.

    • Ashley says

      haha tell me about it. We actually got rid of cable and just got Netflix and Amazon to cut back on TV … and somehow now I find myself watching more… lol

  9. says

    I’d take a few of these to work with me on a Monday morning … a lovely snack like this would definitely cheer me up! I can’t wait to get Netflix when I move to England to watch all these amazing series people are recommending. I think I’d be like you though and get totally addicted. My hubby and I were tired the whole time we were watching Breaking Bad a while back (which wasn’t that long as we got through it so quickly!)

    • Ashley says

      That’s the danger of Netflix : ) The seasons are just there … and no commercials … so we just get so sucked in!

  10. says

    Okay seriously love the idea of carrot cake cookies and LOVE that they are healthy!!! Also Chuck, oh my gosh I’m obsessed – I watched 3 episodes right after a row last night and completely blame it on that 15 second timer!

  11. says

    Thanks for a new Netflix suggestion! These cookies look like the perfect ticket to Monday morning blues. I love how they are stuffed with so many yummy things, and especially that there is coconut flakes! I can never get enough coconut.

  12. says

    Cookies on a Monday to start the week off right? I’m loving the way you think girl.
    I’m so up for these, they sound glourious! And they are adorable too – and healthy! Ahhh I want to eat them all right now : )

  13. says

    I know exactly what you mean by that Sunday night storm cloud! I think we should alternate a 5 day work week/2 day weekend with a 5 day weekend/2day work week-what do you think?
    Wouldn’t that be fantastic?
    Also fantastic are these cookies – seriously, they are so healthy, I think I will call them “breakfast rounds” and eat 5!

  14. says

    Here’s to healthy cookies that you can eat for breakfast and not feel about it (and I really would eat these for breakfast)! I’m crazy for carrot cake anything, so I’m definitely in. Pinning, and have a happy Monday, Ashley! :)

    • Ashley says

      Yes, these are perfect for breakfast! That may have happened quite a bit while I was testing the recipe : ) More like a lot a bit… lol

  15. says

    I love any lightened-up version of a classic! And carrot cake cookies sound so much more manageable than a big cake. I tried banana bread cookies a while back and fell in love. I bet these bites of carrot cake cookies would totally satisfy that same kind of craving for the cake. Looks great, Ashley!

  16. Earlene Klein says

    Good Morning, Ashley,

    Throughly enjoy your cooking blog! Love the idea of Carrot Cake Cookies. Help! I want to add pineapple to the recipe. What changes should I make?


    • Ashley says

      Hi Earlene! My first thought is to sub in crushed pineapple for the applesauce (the same amount) … I’ve never tried it myself but I’m thinking it could work! You could also easily just add in some chopped dried pineapple. You’ll have to let me know if you try either!

  17. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says

    Yay! I SO love this recipe…I’ve just recently discovered carrot cake and now I’m completely sold so I can’t wait to try it out into cookie form, especially if they’re a little bit healthier and guilt-free!

    xo, Elisa

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