These Carrot Oatmeal Cookies are made using wholesome ingredients like carrot, dates, banana, oats, walnuts and spices. They are vegan, gluten free, dairy free with no added sugar!
Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
These are not your regular cookies like cardamom cookies or air fryer chocolate chip cookies. They are ridiculously healthy made using only wholesome ingredients like carrots, oats, dates, banana and walnuts.
Enjoy them as a snack, in school lunch box, guilt free dessert or even for a light breakfast. They are soft, chewy, not-to-sweet, flavorful and so incredibly healthy when compared to Eggless Oatmeal Cookies.
Why You'll Love These?
- Only Good for you ingredients - There is no butter, oil, eggs, sugar or flour used in this recipe. They are made using only nuts, dried fruits, whole grain and vegetable.
- Dietary needs - They are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and eggless.
- Texture - Soft, chewy and flavorful.
- Health benefits - Loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Can I Top With Icing?
Sure can! Stir some confectioners sugar, a pinch of salt and a touch of water to make a very thick (but pourable) icing. Drizzle icing using a fork on top of the cooled cookies. Let the icing set for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
What Type of Dates to Use?
These are two types of dates generally found in grocery stores – Soft, plump Medjool and drier, chewier Deglet Noor. We used 3 large Medjool variety for the recipe. They grind smooth and helps with the binding. Have you tried this Chocolate Date Balls made with dates.
- Carrot : Peel and chop one medium carrot into large chunks.
- Dates : Use 3 large pitted Medjool dates for the recipe.
- Banana: Since the cookies depend only on dates and banana for sweetness, you want a banana that is ripened really well with brown spots.
- Oats: Old fashioned oats only. Not quick cooking or steel cut.
- Walnuts: You may try using pecans instead.
- Spices: Cinnamon, ginger and Nutmeg. Try to use freshly grated nutmeg since it makes a huge difference in the carrot banana cookies.
- Banana - Use a very ripe banana.
- Dates - Soft Medjool dates, which makes it easy to grind and helps with the binding.
- Oats - Use old fashioned or rolled oats for the best chewy texture.
- Nuts - Try using toasted pecans or sliced almonds instead of walnuts
- Spices - We use Fall spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Feel free to use your favorite spices instead.
How To Make?
- Grind - Process carrot and dates until coarsely ground in a food processor. Add chopped banana, oats, walnuts and spices, pulse 5-6 times, until it is coarsely ground.
- Shape and Bake - Roll into balls and flatten them into 1/inch thickness, bake at 375 ° F, until deep golden around the edges.
How To Store?
Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days (they tend to soften after the first day but still tasty) or freeze in zip lock bags for up to one month.
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Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped into big chunks
- 3 medjool dates, pitted (refer notes)
- 1 medium banana, very ripe
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 pinches salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F ( 190 degrees C) . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add carrots and dates into a food processor, process for few seconds until finely chopped (refer pictures).
- Add all group-2 ingredients and pulse about 5 times, until combined (refer pictures and video). DO NOT PROCESS TOO MUCH. Remove blade and stir mixture well to evenly combine.
- Make about 2 tablepoons measure balls ( a small ice cream scoop comes handy) and place on the prepared baking sheet (spacing evenly apart). Using your hands, gently pat into 2-inch discs (about ¼-inch thick).
- Place baking sheet in the middle rack on the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until deep golden around the edges.
- Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cookies are best eaten on the same day.
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Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
Looks super yummy Maria! I love that these are healthy! Happy Mother's Day:) xoxo
Thank you Kelly:)
These are beautiful and I love the ingredient list! So natural and healthy! I will be making these!
Thank you Patrick, have a great Sunday
Ashika @ Gardening Foodie
WOW these make such a great snack compared to the sugar loaded store bought cookies. This will make a yummy surprise for my sons who are always raiding the cookie tin for snacks 😋 Saving and pinning to bake this afternoon.😊
Thank you dear, let me know how it goes!
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
These look SO yummy! I love cookies but of course I can't eat them all the time. This recipe is a perfect alternative! Have a great week, Maria!
Thank you Kelsie:)
I will be making these this week for sure! I love your site!
Thank you so much Leslie, let me know how it goes:)
Oh my goodness! Just added this gem of a recipe to my Facebook post line up! YUM!
Thank you so much!!!
Wow! This recipe is just what I've been looking for!!! This may be a stupid question but is that a raw carrot (not a cooked one) in the recipe?!! Thanks!
It is raw carrot. Thank you so much, hope you like it:)
Are they supposed to be soft and chewy?
Mae, Yes! These do not get crispy due to the addition of banana. Hope you liked the taste:)
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
I'd give it couple of days, not long shelf life like a normal cookie:)
I tried this. wow! - Its quite sweet with these natural sweeteners 🙂
One thing I noted is that it took only 15 mins and the sides of the cookies were already brown. So I took them out and they were already done. I don't know why.
I will eat 2 per day, so will have to keep in refrigerator for a few days, I guess. Thank you very much for this recipe.
Just a question - could we use different nuts like almonds or cashew or something else also instead of walnuts?
Hi Deepthi, Walnuts/ Pecans pair extremely well with carrots. However, you could try with other nuts for sure. hope it helps)
The directions were easy to follow and the cookies are delicious and healthy. Win win win.
Glad you loved these cookies, Maria
Those look amazing! A quick question here - will it work if I blitz the oat into flour first? I don't like to bite into them so most of the time I pick recipes with oat flour of whole-wheat but those sound so nice that I really want to give them a try 😀 I'll buy some carrots tomorrow 🙂
Hi Nelly, It will work without any problem! The only difference would be that the cookies will turn out much more softer and loose some of the texture. Hope it helps, Maria