Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies  


Have your cake, and eat it for breakfast, too.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
12 cookies

This recipe packs the comforting flavors of carrot cake in a healthy cookie to start your day. Yes, healthy! Breakfast cookies might sound like a crazy idea, but when you consider how sugary many muffins are, these are downright restrained. In fact, there's less than half a tablespoon of maple syrup in each cookie. Plus, the recipe is made up of wholesome, fiber-rich ingredients, which mitigate the release of added sugar into your blood stream. This includes rolled oats, almond flour, walnuts, and a shower of shredded carrots. The result is a batch of tasty treats for your morning (make-ahead!) meal on the go.


  • 1 ½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white

  • ½ cup unrefined coconut oil, melted

  • cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups packed freshly grated carrots (from 4 medium carrots, about 8 ounces total)

  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Make a well in center of mixture; add egg and egg white to well. Whisk in oil, syrup, and vanilla until combined, breaking up egg and incorporating wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir in carrots and walnuts until a uniform dough forms.

  2. Scoop mixture by ¼ cupfuls; squeeze each scoop tightly with wet hands into a compact ball. (You should have 12 balls.) Arrange balls about 1 inch apart on baking sheet and press to flatten slightly.

  3. Bake until cookies are golden and tops are slightly cracked, about 30 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for about 20 minutes.

  4. Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week; let come to room temperature for at least 15 minutes before eating. To freeze, let cool completely and store in a sealed freezer bag or other container for up to 3 months.

    Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
    Caitlin Bensel

In a Nutshell

Gluten-free almond flour is simply very finely ground blanched almonds. It provides sustained energy thanks to its combo of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Plus, it gives baked goods an irresistible tenderness and a subtle nutty flavor.

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