Carrot & Oat Cranberry Cookies

Healthy carrot cookies made with almond flour, coconut oil & maple syrup. Loaded with chocolate, cranberries, and nuts of your choice! Vegan & gluten free.

Warning: these are super addictive. A great healthy snack… but if you work from home like I do, they will call to you more often than a nagging client. They call me at breakfast time for a sweet pick me up with my morning coffee. Around 2pm for a post-lunch treat. Maybe again around 4pm for a post-post lunch treat…

And since you’ll have eaten them all day long, you might want a change of pace for dessert that night. Warm one (or two) of them and crumble over your ice cream.

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

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Carrot & Oat Cranberry Cookies
 
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Serves: 2.5 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, oat flour, oats, chocolate chips, nuts, cranberries, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the carrots.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup & coconut oil. Pour into the carrot mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Drop 1-inch balls onto 2 cookie sheets. The dough will be very crumbly and be a little difficult to keep together, but that’s ok.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

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  1. I’m one of those people who loves to nibble on a sweet bite throughout the day, like a squirrel, so these are perfect! I especially like the idea of serving the cookies warm with ice cream.

    • Yiao Yin Liang
      07.27.2017

      You eat squirrels? You disgust me…

  2. adrienne from adrienneats.blogspot.com
    04.05.2012

    These are one of my favorite cookies recipes. Every time I make them people freak out. I love the ginger + maple syrup + coconut flavor combo! Can’t wait to try your interpretation of them.

  3. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com
    04.05.2012

    Carrots in cookies? Well, that combination is right up there with carrot cake! I can imagine these would quickly disappear from my counter πŸ˜‰

  4. erin from naturallyella.com
    04.06.2012

    Love these! I always forget about carrot in sweets!
    PS, I have to ask, is your background marble counter tops? I love it!

  5. Those cookies look like trouble to me! The best kind of trouble. I’ve been meaning to make Heidi’s carrot cookies for a while now, and you’ve got me thinking about adding some sour dried cherries (which are often my post-lunch and post-post-lunch sweet snack already)!

  6. Kankana from sunshineandsmile.com
    04.09.2012

    I never used carrots in cookies .. wonder why ?!!
    These looks lovely πŸ™‚ Could i use all purpose flour instead of almond flour ?

    • jeanine
      04.10.2012

      Hi Kankana, yep all-purpose would work out just fine πŸ™‚

  7. eva @VegucatingMyKids
    04.10.2012

    hi there! i am relatively new to your blog…i wanted to let you know i made these cookies last night for today’s busy afternoon with my girls…we usually do not have time to come home afterschool for a snack before their vigorous activities (ballet and gymnastics), so i always bake a wholesome snack and serve with a green smoothie–this combo usually ties them over until dinner time…and your cookie recipe really hits the mark when it comes to my requirements as to what constitutes a ‘snack’ for my kids: wholesome ingredients like a veggie and/or fruit & nuts & wholegrains & anti-oxidants in the chocolate (i use a combo of cacao nibs and 73% chocolate)…in my 10pm late night cooking stupor, i accidentally put 1 cup of maple syrup instead of a 1/2 so my dough was too liquidy, so i added flax meal to tighten it up a bit…and the cookies turned out great…this recipe goes into my keep folder!

    • jeanine
      04.10.2012

      I’m so glad these made it to you keep folder, thanks for sharing!

  8. these look delicious! I can’t wait to try these. Great healthy snack for the kids — and me, too!

  9. Cate
    05.30.2012

    Hi, these look quite good! You mention that the dough is crumbly. Are the baked cookies crumbly too, or do they come together once baked? Thanks

    • jeanine
      05.31.2012

      They’re still a little big crumbly in the end… I think because of the almond flour. If you used whole wheat flour they’d stick together better.

      • Cate
        05.31.2012

        Thanks for the response. I’ll give them a try this weekend for a family gathering we’re hosting.

  10. Carol from wwwcenterforhealthsc.com
    06.06.2012

    I just made these cookies, and my husband is very happy with me. I used what we had around the house: butter instead of coconut oil, cocoa instead of chocolate chips, dried cherries instead of cranberries. I may be asked to make these every week! What a great satisfying sweet, that isn’t too sweet. And gluten free, which is imperative in this household.

    • jeanine
      06.10.2012

      Hi Carol,

      thanks for sharing!

  11. Corrine
    12.29.2012

    I just made a batch of these cookies. I replaced the flours with a gluten-free mix that I use and chopped up dark chocolate instead of the chips. Adding ginger would be a great thought…or even some cinnamon. I only ended up making 16 cookies…mine MUST be bigger. Thanks Jeanine for the awesome recipes! They never disappoint! πŸ™‚

    • jeanine
      01.03.2013

      Hi Corrine,

      Thanks! Glad you liked them! mmm ginger sounds delicious… Yea mine were pretty small πŸ™‚

  12. Careyd
    03.23.2013

    Loved these! Have been reading your posts for months and finally ordered all the ingredients to make these! Would love to know if the coconut oil is supposed to stay chunkier? Does it need to be smooth? I couldn’t get mine really smooth even after whisking with the maple syrup. Thanks!

    • jeanine
      03.24.2013

      So glad!

      The coconut oil should be liquid when you use it (you can microwave it for a little bit if it’s solid). In the winter months, my coconut oil in the jar is solid, in the summer months it actually stays liquid at room temp.

  13. Jill from jillheffron.com
    12.11.2014

    Yummy!! You were so right when you said these were super-addictive! I haven’t even taken the second dozen out of the oven and I’ve eaten four already…and I really don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth. I’m not a vegan, so I added two eggs, and I also threw in about a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger for good measure! Delicious! This will definitely go in my file of wonderful, healthy gluten-free cookie recipes. Thank you!

    • jeanine
      12.12.2014

      Ha – glad you liked them, that’s how I felt (I don’t have a huge sweet tooth either). Ginger sounds delicious…

  14. Alice
    01.30.2015

    I was looking for some oatmeal cookies and found your recipe. I made a batch this afternoon and let me tell you; they are simply delicious.

  15. Maureen
    06.10.2015

    Hi! Can I substitute all the flour for gluten free all purpose flour? Or should I just use almonds and oats? Thanks!

    • jeanine
      06.10.2015

      Hi Maureen – I’m not sure, I haven’t tried these with a gf all purpose mix – the almond flour gives a nice texture. I think it would be safe to use a 50/50 mix of almond flour and gf-all purpose (and skip the oat flour). Hope that helps!!

  16. Debra
    11.13.2015

    Hi Jeanine,
    What can I use to sweeten instead of maple syrup. I am a fan of truvia, which is a powder. We do not use sugars, even maple syrup, unfortunately.

  17. H V Patil
    01.19.2016

    Hi,

    I stumbled upon this recipe and seems like its a perfect weaning snack for my toddler. Perfect nutrition with great taste.

    Thanks for sharing..

  18. Samia
    04.29.2018

    Unfortunately mine are not holding up well. They taste cook but crumbles when you try to lift it from the pan. They;ve been cooking for nearly half and hour now and still won’t hold. Wondering if the almond flour is something other than just simple almond nut crushed?

    Wish I had added eggs to the mix since am not vegan but I have no idea when and how much to add. But taste-wise they are great πŸ™‚

  19. Laurie
    07.28.2019

    I’m late to this party! I made mine exactly as specified in the recipe. Baked, they are quite crumbly, though yummy. Next time, I think I will reduce the coconut oil somewhat (maybe 1/3 c instead of 1/2 c?) and add a little ground flax as another commenter suggested. But the trick I found to solve the crumbling problem: store them in the refrigerator. It solidifies the coconut oil and help everything stick together.

    Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe!

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