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These healthy carrot cake cookies made with oats and whole wheat flour are packed with raisins, walnuts, lemon zest and ginger. Drizzle them with the optional almond butter cream cheese topping for a true creamy carrot cake like bite. No added sugar, no butter, yet still completely delicious and guilt-free!

These healthy carrot cake cookies made with oats and whole wheat flour are packed with raisins, walnuts, lemon zest and ginger. Drizzle them with the optional almond butter cream cheese topping for a true creamy carrot cake like bite. No added sugar, no butter, still completely delicious and guilt-free.
Note: These healthy carrot cake cookies (originally titled “Hippie Cookies) first appeared on January 27, 2012. The recipe has been edited slightly and now includes a delicious cream cheese almond butter icing and the pictures have been updated and video included (scroll down to right above recipe card).

These cookies have been a long time go-to healthy dessert recipe as carrot cake will always be one of my all-time favorite desserts.

I’m still amazed at how true to taste they are to the cake without any added sugar and a simple, wholesome ingredient list. 

Every time I make healthy carrot cake cookies, I second guess myself while grating an entire cup worth of carrots to go in them.

When there’s that much of a vegetable in a cookie, can it still be considered a cookie?

Especially when you’re not adding any eggs or any added sugar either.

I say yes, and this paleo chocolate zucchini bread which finds itself in a similar position agrees.

These healthy carrot cake cookies are made with oats, whole wheat flour and all the add-ins you love from carrot cake.

Somehow, this wholesome combination of oats, whole wheat flour, ginger, lemon zest, raisins, carrots and walnuts adds up to one hell of a good imitation of carrot cake in cookie form.

When I’m not in the mood for chocolate (yes, it happens sometimes), carrot cake or any dessert like it, is my jam.

Partly due to the spices, partly the texture and mostly (let’s be honest), the cream cheese icing, carrot cake (as long as it’s not dried out – the worst!) is always a winner.

These healthier carrot cake cookies, right down to the cream cheese almond butter icing, give you all those things in a healthier cookie bite.

And this apple butter carrot cake oatmeal is a wonderful breakfast spin on the best dessert ever!

Sweet cream cheese almond butter icing makes these healthy carrot cake cookies even more delicious.These healthy carrot cake cookies have no butter, no added sugar and are chock full of healthy wholesome ingredients.

They’re totally delicious, wholesome enough you could easily justify them for breakfast and the kind of recipe that has zero guilt attached to popping 3 or 4 of them in your mouth on your way out the door to your workout.

(I know nothing about that)

If you love the idea of these healthy carrot cake cookies but want a paleo version, check out this recipe for paleo carrot cake cookies.

It’s super similar in flavor to this one but totally grain and dairy free!

Real carrots, raisins, ginger, lemon zest and walnuts are packed into these healthy carrot cake cookies drizzled with a cream cheese almond butter icing.

Oh, and that icing? Drizzle it on all the things, not just these healthy carrot cake cookies.

Like oatmeal, yogurt, berries, ice cream… It’s magical.

Don’t miss these healthy zucchini bars with lightened up cream cheese frosting if you love cream cheese frosting desserts. They’re oat based and gluten-free, so incredibly packed with flavor with the best texture!

WATCH THE VIDEO – How To Make Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies (a collaboration I did with up4 Probiotics of my original recipe):

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These healthy carrot cake cookies made with oats and whole wheat flour are packed with raisins, walnuts, lemon zest and ginger. Drizzle them with the optional almond butter cream cheese topping for a true creamy carrot cake like bite. No added sugar, no butter, still completely delicious and guilt-free.

Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These healthy carrot cake cookies have raisins, lemon zest, ginger and walnuts in them. No sugar, no butter, still completely delicious and guilt-free.

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

For the icing

  • 1 ounce reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • unsweetened almond milk, enough to thin
  • 4-5 drops liquid stevia

Instructions

For the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl combine coconut oil, apple butter and maple syrup. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined with a spatula.
  5. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls, place on baking sheet and gently press down to form disc shape. Cookies won't flatten or spread much with baking.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the icing:

  1. Stir the cream cheese, almond butter and stevia together in a small bowl. Slowly add almond milk until mixture is thinned out enough to drizzle on cookies. Drizzle cooled cookies with icing before serving.

Notes

Omit icing for vegan version, use paleo cream cheese icing from these paleo carrot cake cookies or, use a vegan cream cheese substitute.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g

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Gloria

Sunday 27th of September 2020

This is the perfect recipe for me. Since I am the only person in my house that loves carrot cake, I can make cookies instead. I can freeze them, and bring them out when I want a delicious treat.

Dannii

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Carrot cake is my favourite kind of cake, so I know that I would love these cookies. I can't wait to give them a try.

Shelley

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Oh my goodness - what a sensational idea! My mom and I both adore carrot cake - and we both like eating healthfully ... I'm super excited to share this recipe with her! (Great timing since she's coming for a visit later this afternoon, too!) More than anything, I absolutely can't wait to try that frosting!!

Jacqueline Meldrum

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Those cookies look lush although to be honest I was transfixed half way down by your pumpkin banana bread.

Liz

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Do you have the nutritional info for this recipe?

Running to the Kitchen

Monday 4th of June 2018

Sorry, I don't provide nutritional information for recipes, you can easily plug this into one of the online calculators to get that info if you need it though!

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