“Hippie” cookies

Carrots, ginger, lemon zest.

Not your typical cookie ingredients.

Oats, maple syrup, coconut oil, applesauce.

Slightly more normal, but definitely not these.

Does the title make sense now?

For as weird and healthy as these sound, they totally exceeded my taste expectations.

Part carrot cake, part oatmeal raisin cookie, part pina colada (ok, maybe that’s a stretch but what else coconut is there?).

Totally delicious, incredibly healthy, you won’t feel bad about popping 5 in your mouth kind of cookie.

I hope they were worth the wait.

5.0 from 2 reviews

“Hippie” Cookies
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Carrots, ginger, lemon zest, raisins and walnuts make for a deliciously guilt-free cookie.
Recipe type: cookies, dessert
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (oats through salt) in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl combine coconut oil (melted), applesauce and maple syrup. Whisk together.
  4. Add ginger and lemon zest and whisk again.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to the large bowl with flour and toss to coat carrots, raisins and walnuts with flour mixture.
  6. Add wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Cool on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.


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  1. 1

    wow, these are definitely guilt free looking! i would love to have some of these next to my desk so i can just snack on them without feeling like crap. all the ingredients combined in this make it seem like great flavorings and a well-rounded snack!

  2. 2

    These definitely look “wait worthy:)” the names takes me back to high school. I went to a liberal Quaker school and there were lots of Birkenstock wearing and hackey sack playing hippies.

  3. 3

    These look so amazing. You know I love carrot cake right?

  4. 4

    Ha. I <3 the name.

  5. 5

    Yay! You just made my Friday. I love that they are perfectly round and thus perfectly poppable :)

  6. 6

    Mmmm love the sound of these! I can appreciate a good hippie cookie coming from vermont hah.

  7. 7

    ha! these are definitely aptly name… though I think you forgot hemp seeds ;)

  8. 9

    You just made my day! I (happily) have everything on hand to make these so my wait is about to come to an end :-) Have a great weekend!

  9. 10

    Oooh I’m loving the sights/sounds of these. Well done, (again!). Write a cookbook already, would ya?

  10. 12

    Those look/sound so interesting! Sadly being allergic to carrots not something I can jump on to try but love the idea nonetheless and will still drool over the pictures :)

  11. 13

    Carrots in cookies- woman are you mad?!

  12. 14

    OMG!! these look fab!!!! I LOVE Carrots in my baking…I can’t wait until I can make these after the grain free madness over here calms down ;)


  13. 15

    These actually sound really good! They’d make the perfect healthy dessert or snack! I especially like that they’re portable. Thanks, Gina! :-)

  14. 16

    Oooh, I was excited for this recipe!! I used to work at a vegetarian restaurant, and all of my friends called it “that hippie restaurant.” Whatever– hippie food can be delicious!

  15. 17

    These are so cute! Sorry if that’s weird. I like cute cookies though, and I loooove the ingredients list for these! Saving these to try sometime :D

  16. 18

    These look amazing! Love the name too ; ) Happy weekend love!

  17. 19

    ‘Healthy’ (or ‘hippie’) cookies are my favorite kind! These sound wonderful. :-)


  18. 20

    They look delicious!!! Anytime I can make something healthy and pass it off as a cookie to my kids is a good recipe :)

  19. 21

    Carrot cake and oatmeal cookies together? Yes please.

  20. 22

    It’s about time! ;)

  21. 23

    I made carrot cake & raisin balls about a year ago but mine were no bake. I love the flavors of carrot cake, raisins, oats…these look so good!

  22. 24

    These look so yummy! ^^ I do a similar thing with my raw vegan fruitcake – except I leave out the wheat flour and just freeze for a minute, of course,

  23. 25

    Carrot Cake is my absolute favorite! I actually have a recipe for Carrot Cake cookies that I make allll the time. But, these sound equally delicious (if not more!) You can bet I’ll be making a batch asap. (:

  24. 26

    A very unusual recipe and such great photography! My hippie days are long gone but I must try these. Thank you.

  25. 27

    I love the unique and flavorful combination of this recipe. Never tried anything like this before. I am sure it will taste really awesome.

  26. 28

    i’ll have three of these, without the guilt on the side. mmmm sounds delish!

  27. 29

    Oh yum! Healthy and they look amazing! I need to make some for my snacking next week!!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  28. 30
    Runnergirl says:

    I made these and they are terrific! The only issue I had was the batter was WAY to soft to roll into balls. I baked them in an 8×8 instead. I’d prefer to make in to cookies. Any ideas why mine came out so liquidy? I measured carefully!

    • 31
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I honestly have no idea. My batter was not liquidy at all and looking at the ingredients I’m not even sure how that’s possible! There’s barely any real “liquid” in them besides the maple syrup. I know you said you measured carefully but that would be only guess. I’m sorry! Glad they came out well baked in an 8×8 at least!

  29. 32
    Runnergirl says:

    Thanks for your response. When you measure coconut oil do you melt first & measure or measure & melt? I measured it in a dry (like you would use for sugar/flour) & then melted. Still happy with the outcome of the bars!

    • 33
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      The measurement should be of the melted coconut oil so I used a measured 1/4 cup of it melted. I’ll edit the recipe to say that. Thanks for pointing that out. Did a dry measure of 1/4 cup turn out to be a lot more when melted?

  30. 34
    Runnergirl says:

    Not positive if it was a lot more because I didn’t remeasure. I will try measuring it melted next time. Thanks again for a great recipe!

  31. 35

    Just made those and they are yummy! My dough was pretty sticky but it rolled just fine. I stuffed coconut oil into a quarter cup dry measure and melted it, but mine came out less than the liquid quarter cup, so I had to melt more and use the leftovers to grease the pan as I was out of parchment paper. I also used orange zest instead of lemon since I was too lazy to go pick a lemon from my tree and I had some of the oranges from my other tree right there in the kitchen. I was surprised at how feeling those cookies turned out to be. I had one (pretty much out of the oven) as a snack before my walk, and it held me over till lunch two hours later. And my carrot cake hating husband gobbled couple of them up like nobody’s business.

    Off to make your edamame dip now.

    • 36
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      So glad you liked them! They are pretty filling and dense. Definitely a nice thing for a cookie!

  32. 37

    Just made a version of these for Easter Brunch! Turned out pretty well! Let’s hope I can sneak the nutritional info past my sugar loving friends! ;) Thanx for the recipe!!

    • 38
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Hope everybody liked them! I was shocked when the biggest hit of our brunch was the huge bowl of zucchini and asparagus I brought. Who would’ve thought people would go for the healthy stuff!?


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