Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies – Vegan Richa

These Vegan Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies are perfectly chewy and packed with nuts, dates & caramelized carrots. Part carrot cake part oatmeal cookies these little bites are perfect for those of us who cannot decide between those two favorite desserts! Gluten-free, nut-free option.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies – a cookie that combines everything I love into one chewy cookie! Part oatmeal cookie, part carrot cake, these little bites are perfect for those of us who cannot decide between two desserts!

We have a perfectly chewy spiced oatmeal cookie made with almond flour and studded with caramelized carrots, dates and chopped nuts. Pistachios on top add a fabulous flavor! All the carrot cake spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are added to the mix! Divine.

a small white plate with a glass of milk and three carrot cake cookies

The base of this recipe is a classic oatmeal cookie dough with a few flavorful upgrades like warming spices and maple syrup. What takes these to the next level and what sets this recipe apart from other carrot cake cookies: we CARAMELIZE the grated carrots with brown sugar and maple syrup before adding them to the dough. Sounds like a hassle but it’s rather quick and SO worth it as it intensifies the flavor and natural sweetness of the carrots and makes the cookie taste like a frsdhly baked carrot cake!

a stack of vegan carrot cake cookies with a glass of milk

The rest of the recipe comes together in one bowl in no time at all. Make a double batch – these are great for gifting and freeze well.

Why you will love these carrot cake oatmeal cookies!

  • Wholesome ingredients, no flour!
  • These cookies are Gluten-free and can be made without nuts
  • the caramelized carrots take these to the next level
  • dates add a chewy sweet texture
  • They are not too sweet and are great for snack or breakfast.

vegan carrot cake cakes and a glass of milk on a white plate

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

These Vegan Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies are perfectly chewy and packed with nuts, dates & caramelized carrots! Part carrot cake part oatmeal cookies these little bites are decadent snack or breakfast cookies. Gluten-free Recipe. Nutfree option

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time45 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vegan carrot cake cookies, vegan oatmeal cookies

Servings: 12

Calories: 158kcal

Author: Vegan Rich

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup (112 g) almond flour
  • 3/4 cups (60.75 g) oats (old fashioned oats) instant oats will work as well
  • 1/2 test baking powder
  • 1/4 test salt
  • 3/4 test cinnamon
  • good pinch of ground nutmeg, cardamom, all spice and cloves

For the wet ingredients:

  • 2 spoons flaxseed meal
  • 1.5 s tablespoon warm water
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 test vanilla extract
  • 2 s tablespoon oil

additions:

  • 1/4 cup (36.75 g) chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) chopped pecans

caramelized carrots

  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cup (160 g) grated carrots use more for more carroty. I hand grate the carrots so a small grated size
  • 1 . brown sugar
  • 1 . maple syrup
  • raw pistachios or pecans for topping

Instructions

  • Mix the dry : In a bowl, mix in the almond flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and the spices and mix well.

  • Make the flax egg: In another small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and water. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

  • Then add in this flax egg, maple syrup, vanilla, and oil to the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix well to combine. Add in the pecans and dates.

  • Caramelize the carrots by adding the carrots to a skillet with the maple syrup and sugar and cook until the maple and sugar thicken and the carrots caramelize a little bit.

  • Cool this mixture for 3-4 minutes then add to the bowl with the dough. Mix everything really well. Then refrigerate to chill for at least 20 minutes. The dough is pretty sticky so you want to refrigerate so that the oats absorb some of that stickiness from the extra moisture.

  • Take the bowl of the dough out of the fridge and oil your hands using a cookie scoop or a spoon, take about 1 1/2 tablespoons or more worth of the dough. Roll it into a ball and then flatten it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  • Top it with either pistachios or pecans and flatten it really well. I love pistachios with the carrot cake flavor here. The cookie is going to expand so you want to flatten them to about 1/4 inch or less thickness.

  • Preheat the oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit (171 c) then bake the cookies for 16-19 minutes depending on the size and the thickness of the cookie. (bake at 330 deg F (165c) if using darker or thinner baking sheets as almond flour. tends to brown easily)

  • The cookies will be soft when they are just baked. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the sheet then remove them from the sheet and let them cool completely. Store on the counter for the day and in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Nutfree: you can use oat flour instead of almond flour. You will need 1/2 to 3/4 cup of oat flour. Omit the pecans and add in some chopped pumpkin seeds hemp seeds or other seeds of choice instead
Oilfree: omit the oil and add in 1 tablespoon more maple syrup.
Variations: add whatever you like adding to your carrot cake. Some shredded coconut, or some chopped pistachios or candied pineapple, candied ginger etc

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Amount Per Serving

Calories 158
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 60mg3%

Potassium 136mg4%

Carbohydrates 18g6%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 10g11%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 2229IU45%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 51mg5%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

  • oats: I recommend old-fashioned rolled oats, not the quick-cooking kind
  • almond flour is my flour of choice here
  • baking powder gives these a slight rise
  • flax eggs help bind the dough together
  • brown sugar caramelized carrots give the cookies a pop of color, moisture, and an added rich, molasses-y flavor that tastes like caramel.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves lend extra excitement. Play around with the amount if you want them extra spicy
  • maple syrup gives the cookies both a pop of flavor and added moisture.
  • nuts and dates add texture and crunch

Tips:

  • add whatever you like adding to your carrot cake. It could be some shredded coconut, or some chopped pistachios or candied pineapple, ginger, or mango
  • To make these cookies without nuts, you can use oat flour instead of almond flour. You will need 1/2 to 3/4 cup of oat flour. Omit the pecans and add in some chopped pumpkin seeds hemp seeds or other seeds of choice instead

ingredients for vegan carrot cake cookies

How to make Carrot Cake Cookies:

dry ingredients for carrot cake cookies in a white bowl

In a bowl, mix in the almond flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and spices and mix well.

dry ingredients for oatmeal cookies and a bowl of caramelized carrots

In another small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and water. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

Then add in this flax egg, maple syrup, vanilla, and oil to the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix well to combine. Add in the pecans and dates.

wet ingredients being added to dry ingredients in a white bowl

Caramelize the carrots by adding the carrots to a skillet with the maple syrup and sugar and cook until the maple and sugar thickens and the carrots caramelize a little bit.

oatmeal cookie dough in a small white bowl

Cool this mixture for 3-4 minutes then add to the bowl with the dough. Mix everything really well. Then refrigerate to chill for at least 20 minutes. The dough is pretty sticky so you want to refrigerate so that the oats absorb some of that stickiness from all the extra moisture.

caramelized carrots being added to oatmeal cookie dough in a white bowl

Take the bowl of the dough out of the fridge and oil your hands using a cookie scoop or a spoon, take about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons worth of the dough.

carrots oatmeal cookie dough in a white bowl

Roll it into a ball and then flatten it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can also make them larger for large chewy cookies

carrot cake cookies on a cookie sheet

Top it with either pistachios or pecans and flatten it really well. The cookie is going to expand so you want to flatten it to about 1/4 inch or less thickness.

freshly baked vegan carrot cake cookies

Preheat the oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit then bake the cookies for 16-18 minutes depending on the size and the thickness of the cookie.

The cookies will be soft when they are freshly baked. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the sheet then remove them from the sheet and let them cool completely.

How to store cookies:

Store these carrot cake cookies on the counter for the day and in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

vegan carrot cake oatmeal cookies arranged around a glass of milk

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