Healthy Recipe: Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Healthy recipe for carrot breakfast cookies.

Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Recipe by Ivy Manning | Photo by Erin Kunkel

Who has time for breakfast? Spend just a few minutes making these cookies on Sunday, and you’ll have healthy breakfasts ready to grab and go, all week long. Inspired by carrot cake, these cookies are packed with oats, nuts, and seeds, to keep you satisfied until lunch.


1 cup (5 oz/155 g) whole-wheat flour
1 cup (3 oz/90 g) rolled oats
6 tablespoons (1½ oz/45 g) hemp seeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (5 oz/155 g) shredded carrots
½ cup (5 oz/155 g) tahini
1/3 cup (4 oz/125 g) maple syrup
¼ cup (2 fl oz/60 ml) unsweetened applesauce
1½ teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1¼ cups (5 oz/155 g) chopped walnuts
1/3 cup (2 oz/60 g) seedless raisins


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and mist with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, hemp seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the carrots, tahini, maple syrup, applesauce, orange zest, vanilla, and egg until well blended. Add the carrot mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon a few times to moisten. Add the walnuts and raisins and stir to combine.

Use a ½ cup measure to scoop out the dough, placing mounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them a few inches apart. With moistened fingers or the back of the measuring cup, pat the dough down to make 4-inch (10-cm) cookies. Bake, rotating the pans once, until the cookies are golden brown on the bottoms, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Makes 8 cookies; 8 servings


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 411
Protein 12 g
Total fat 25 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Carbs 41 g
Fiber 7 g
Total sugar 15
Sodium 294 mg

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  • Is this nutritional info correct? Per cookie? Over 400 calories, 25g fat, over 40 carbs? Per cookie?

    • The post says per serving, though it is not clear how many cookies constitute a serving. I wouldn’t worry about calories and carbs, I would be concerned with levels of sugar and sodium.

    • The post says per serving, though it did not specify what constitutes a serving. I would say that the tahini and the hemp seeds and the walnuts will add fat. There seems to be a significant amount of sugar and sodium as well.

    • My thoughts as well, sounds like it might be for all 8! If it’s right you’re better eating a whole pack of normal full fat cookies! lol

    • It says, “Use a ½ cup measure to scoop out the dough”, which, if one makes cookies, we end up using a melon ball type scooper. So these are much larger than your usual cookie. Besides, with nuts, seeds, wheat’s, etc., all those are higher calories and greater good fats. Things you should eat at the beginning of your day to jump start it. IMO, I’m not a nutritionist just a work out enthusiast and nutritional seeker.

    • Hi. My thoughts also. Definitely will NOT be making these cookies if the cals and fat sre correct for one cookie

    • I guess it’s because these are gigantic cookies… 1/2 cup of dough per cookie, yikes… I think I’ll make them 1/2 size max

  • I thought the same thing about the calorie count. Went on her website and couldn’t find the recipe there.

  • Could you substitute flaxseed? But honestly I don’t like hearing any nuts or seeds for fear of free radicals created.

  • Fitbit should make all the nutrition information from fitstar recipes available in fitbits food database!

  • Yes, my exact question. I would not make these nor eat them knowing that they where 400 calories.
    Is this an error

  • The recipe looks yummy! Unfortunately I will not make it. I am allergic to three of the ingredients. I have to avoid eggs,wheat and hemp seeds among other foods.
    I’d love to hear how I could still make this adapted to my eating needs. This is all very new to me, so I have a lot to learn.

  • At 11 weight watcher points, there is no way I would ever makes these cookies. This recipe is for people who want to gain weight. This is not for me!

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