Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies


Well, my dear readers you have done it again. Thank you so much for voting for me in the Project Food Blog video challenge. I received the Reader’s Choice award. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to vote for me each round. :)

I was grateful that I moved on because I have been working hard on Challenge #8 for a couple weeks now and I am excited to show it to you next week (it’s due Nov. 28th). I’m hoping to finish baking + shooting my entry this weekend because I’m flying out West to visit family next weekend and won’t have time to do it then.

I thought I would share with you a booty-kicking treadmill interval workout that I have been enjoying lately when the weather is too poor to run outside. It whips my butt and leaves me drenched in sweat.

Treadmill Interval Workout:

  • Warm up: 5 mins of walking
  • Running 0.25 mile repeats (6.0mph, incline 4% & 7.0 mph, incline 2%) <—I switch every 1/4 mile
  • Abs: After every mile, I pause the workout, drink water, and do two ab planks for 60 seconds
  • Distance: 3-4.5 miles (depending on how long I can go)
  • Cool down: 5 minutes of walking
  • Stretch/yoga poses/meditation for 5 mins.


It is one of the hardest workouts I have done in a while. The beauty of it is that you can switch up the times and inclines to suit your own needs. The workout is tough, but it goes by much quicker than if you just did 35 minutes all at the same pace and incline. The key to preventing indoor workout boredom is to keep switching it up as much as possible.

During my workout last night, I was dreaming about fun cookie flavours and I suddenly got the urge to make a carrot cake cookie.

A cookie that would be fabulous crumbled over a hot bowl of oats or in a Vegan Overnight Oat parfait.

A breakfast carrot cake cookie.

Or a mid-morning snack type of cookie.

Or a ‘it’s-4’oclock-and-I-want-to-inhale-the-vending-machine’ cookie.

Really, this is an anytime, just-because bite-sized cookie.



Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

These mini cookies are soft yet crunchy, delicate, moist, bite-sized, and most of all, they taste just like carrot cake in cookie form!

Inspired by 101 Cookbooks.

print this recipe!


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I’m sure other flours would work!)
  • 1/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, packed
  • 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed for about 25 seconds in microwave
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and line 1 baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and oats in a large bowl. Add in the nuts, coconut, raisins, and shredded carrots. In a small bowl mix the maple syrup, softened coconut oil, vanilla, and freshly grated ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Drop about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough onto lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Shape into a ball with hands. Bake for about 12 minutes and cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

Yield: 15 bite-sized cookies.

Nutritional info: (per cookie): 54kcals, 2 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 1 gram fibre, 1 gram protein, 5 grams sugar.


Did you guys notice I got a Recipe Print function finally?? :) Hope it works for you!

If you want juicy and plump raisins in your baked goods, soak them for a couple hours or overnight in water!


The raisins doubled in sized. Bliss.


On a side note, sometimes shooting recipes in the early morning (before French Press or tea) is not the best idea. I was fumbling all over the place and I dropped my camera twice this morning! Luckily it seems to have made it out ok…but I nearly had a heart attack.

Gather up your dry ingredients…


The wet ingredients…


If you can’t get your hands on some coconut oil, I would guess that olive oil might work too.

Add wet to dry and mix…the batter will be very moist and saturated. This is a good thing. :)


Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter and shape into a ball. Make 15 balls if you want bite-sized cookies.


That’ll do.


Now bake for 12 minutes at 350F. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes so they can firm up a bit as they will be very delicate.


The result is a very moist, delicate, soft yet crunchy, bite-sized cookie that tastes just like carrot cake!


Start to finish I was done and had a cookie in my mouth in under 30 minutes flat. :)

If you are a carrot cake fan, you might also enjoy my Healthy Carrot Cake Power Scuffins.

I probably won’t have time to post again until Monday because I’m going to be up to my ears in pumpkin for Challenge 8 all weekend. Good times, good times. ;) Have a great weekend!

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1 Dena January 26, 2017

I made these today for a potluck and OH MY GOD. So very very good. And I haven’t had a lot of success with Vegan baking, so I’m thrilled. Thanks so much.


2 Angela Liddon January 30, 2017

Aw, well I’m glad you had success with this recipe, Dena!


3 Kristina January 20, 2016

Love love love this recipe! Thank you! I made it gluten free by using coconut flour instead and no oats (sensitive to those too ): ) I added some almonds as well and had to add eggs to make them bind.
I also use less maple syrup, people rarely notice :)


4 Genevieve December 10, 2015

Hi! Can you substitute the coconut oil by another oil? thank you :)


5 Callie November 11, 2014

Hey, I was wondering, can you replace the oats with something like flaxseed or nuts or something? Because they’re not available where I live, but I really want to try this.


6 Reena October 18, 2014

How long can I keep them for and do I just store them in an airtight container at room temperature? Planning to make some cookie giveaways for the festivities and wanted to add these to my cookie bags. Hope to hear back from you soon.



7 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 21, 2014

Hi Reena, Its been so long since Ive made this so I can’t quite recall, but I would say they wouldnt stay super fresh longer than a few days (like most cookies). You might be able to try freezing them though!


8 Danna September 24, 2014

Hi, just made these, they are very delicious and I love your website generally. Just one question… I used buckwheat flour in place of the pastry flour and they were very very crumbly. Is it because of the flour? Should I use less or not use it at all? Is there something I can add to make them stick together?
Thank you!


9 Shauna November 12, 2013

Do you think I can substitute Agave for the maple syrup in the itty bitty carrot cake cookies? Thanks!


10 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 12, 2013

It should be fine :)


11 Karen October 29, 2013

I made these with almond flour but the cookies did not hold together. The taste is amazing but I have cookie blobs!


12 nunyabizness May 4, 2013

these taste weird without frosting they taste too bland


13 Marie November 13, 2012

hi Angela! I’m looking back through your old recipes- looking for a carrot cake square recipe…do you think this would work for squares? any suggestions!? :)


14 Karine September 25, 2012

Mmmmm I just made thoses :o) My kitchen smells delicious and those little balls are too!!!!!! Thx for the recipe, I’m sure my son and husband will also enjoy them!


15 Brandy Wilson August 3, 2012

You think I could freeze these? An if so how long would they last in the freezer?


16 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2012

can’t see why not! I think if wrapped well they would be fine for a couple weeks probably?


17 Shannon @ Urban Moda Photography June 8, 2012

Well now you’ve done it…I have everything on hand to make these and it’s raining outside, so what choice do I have?



18 Leanne December 14, 2010

Posted the gluten free variation for this recipe on my blog

Thanks for all the inspiration lately Angela. Your recipes are just fantastic!


19 Tamara December 14, 2010

Hi, wondering if you can freeze these well or not? I’d like to make a big batch, but also don’t want them all eaten in the next few days… thought?


20 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2010

yes they freeze very well! I wrapped mine in plastic wrap and then put them in tupperware. they are so yummy!


21 May Cookie Co. November 23, 2010

YUM, talk about a guilt-free snack. Perfect for that 4 o’clock energy slump. I’ll be making these soon — I’m excited to have something new and healthy to help curb that feeling. Thanks for sharing!


22 Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 22, 2010

That is one tough workout :)
I made oaty carrot bars inspired by this recipe!

Yours looks great, must try them soon :)
Heidi xo


23 Kayley November 22, 2010

I tried your interval workout today and loved it! I felt like I had accomplished so much more than if I had run 4 straight miles at one pace/incline. My pride has a hard time stopping between miles but I know that enabled me to go farther and not get quite so bored…not to mention I got a decent core workout. Thanks Angela!


24 KatieM~Run For The Bikini! November 22, 2010

I love interval workouts, especially using the incline! and planks!!


25 Amy November 22, 2010

Made these yesterday – WOW! They are so good! Also made your Ultimate oatmeal raisin cookies for hubbys b-day, he loved them! Thanks for the recipes!


26 manou November 22, 2010

hi angela,

thanx for your great cookie recipes and really nice blog.

I have queastion – do you have an idea what I can use instead of maple syrup in your cookie recipes. because I’m living in Germany in maple syrup is very expensive here.

Have a great week & I hope you will make it to the next round in the project food blog again – good luck !!


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 22, 2010

You might be able to use honey or agave nectar :)


28 Denise November 22, 2010

I love coming to your site daily, and am amazed at your postings. I have not tried every recipe but the ones I have, they are awesome! I am happy to see you added a print recipe to your site! Congrats on making it to the next round :D!!!!!


29 Cara Craves... November 22, 2010

Those do look like little carrot cakes, I love them.
Now I just need to eat one.


30 maya @ finding balance in tokyo November 22, 2010

Congrats on making it through another round!

Those cookies look amazing. I’m a big carrot cake fan and have been craving it badly since the amazing carrot cake doughnut I had from Doughnut Plant last week!


31 Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 21, 2010

Your win doesn’t surprise me a bit:)

I’m totally making these for a Thanksgiving dessert! They look amazing and I’m a HUGE carrot cake fan.


32 Leanne @healthfulpursuit November 21, 2010

I made these today but since I’m celiac I replaced wheat flour with coconut & almond flour, oats for a mixture of quinoa & rice flakes and they were fantastic! Thanks so much for another great recipe!


33 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 21, 2010

I do love carrot cake. It is what my mom always makes me for my birthday. I just printed out your recipe (love the new print button) and plan to make them soon. They look like lil bite size balls of bliss! Thanks for creating!


34 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 21, 2010

Aww these are so cute! You know I love carrots ;) Congrats againg on PFB.. can’t wait to see what you’ve got up next!


35 anonymous November 21, 2010

looks delish! carrot cake rocks my socks :) did you take a photography class? your pics are beautiful!


36 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 21, 2010

No but I would love to take a class or two! Just taught myself with my SLR. Lightroom is also amazing b/c I shoot in RAW now.


37 Carter November 21, 2010

Ok. These little cookies are OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. I made them this afternoon with ingredients I had on hand cause I was too impatient to run to the store! I used oat flour, zucchini, dried blueberries, and almonds instead…so I guess they were itty bitty zucchini bread cookies?!! Unreal. You are a genius!
Now let’s see if they actually make it to Thansgiving dinner…doubtful.


38 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 21, 2010

wow great modifications!!!


39 Sarah November 21, 2010

Yum! I am a big fan of carrot cake. I’m thinking those little babies and some sweetened cream cheese-style dip, and I’m set!


40 Kris | November 21, 2010

Yummy!!! These look fabulous!

Congrats on making it to the next challenge :)

Where West are you headed??



41 Shannon, Tropical Eats November 21, 2010

love how simple these are to make! carrot cake is one of my fave desserts :)

congrats on the award!! you deserve it times infinite!


42 [email protected] November 21, 2010

omg those cookies look and sound soooo delish!! Good luck with Round 8!


43 laura November 21, 2010

Mmm, I will definatley be baking these soon!
perfect to be paired with a nice cup a tea.


44 Amy @ purewellnessamy November 21, 2010

Congratulations! I agree that soaking the raisins is key. I usually make a carrot cake for my son’s September birthday and I always soak the raisins. These cookies look great! I can’t wait to try them!! Good luck with Challenge #8!


45 Jacqueline November 21, 2010

Hi Angela,

Do you refrigerate your blackstrap?? Thanks!


46 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 21, 2010

yes I do :)


47 Brittany November 21, 2010

These sound amazing!! I love that I have everything on hand! I’ve definitely been in the mood for carrot cake lately (carrot cake pancakes yesterday morning (-: ). Can’t wait to make these, thanks for always making my mouth water with these recipes!!!


48 Lily's Health Pad November 21, 2010

You just have these amazing food epiphanies! Congrats on the project food blog win. You definitely deserved it.


49 Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 21, 2010

Do you think that those bites would work without the raisins, I’m not really a raisin kinda girl


50 Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner November 21, 2010

sooo cute!! btw i loved your video! the outtakes were hysterical!


51 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 21, 2010

Congratulations! You so deserve to get in to the next round!


52 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 21, 2010

You’re an expert in ‘mise en place’ ;)


53 Anna November 20, 2010

Hi Angela! I just had to comment to tell you I made your peppermint walnut crunch blondies today. They were absolutely DIVINE (and easy to make too!) and everyone raved about them. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe and I can’t wait to try out some others!


54 Emily November 20, 2010

Awesome workout and recipe Ange! I am definitely getting back into my treadmill/interval workouts…they are a great way to keep you motivated and keep the treaadmill somewhat enjoyable. Just invested in Under Armour cold-gear running tights, too…I will get outdoors!!


55 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 20, 2010

Also: congrats on getting through! Cant wait to see what you’ll be posting about next !


56 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 20, 2010

These look perfect. I’ve already added them to my recipe book, along with the scuffins. Today I made your pumpkin brownie recipe (omygoodness) and the gingerbread with spiced buttercream (freezing it for thanksgiving, planning ahead! just have to frost it on thursday) and I can’t tell you how delicious the brownies are. Actually, you already know ;) but seriously, SO GOOD!! thank you so much for sharing, and I can’t wait to try the gingerbread!


57 Laura November 20, 2010

Congratulations on winning Reader’s Choice again! Do you get a prize for winning so many of them? :-) Best of luck for the final three rounds! What a great early Christmas present if you win.


58 Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor November 20, 2010

Love the print recipe function!!


59 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 20, 2010

Congrats on winning reader’s choice! Those cookies look great :)


60 Melissa November 20, 2010

love the print button! thanks for another great recipe


61 Jenny November 20, 2010

These look healthfully yummy! What a good idea, must try soon!


62 Bec November 20, 2010

Congratulations on readers choice! I am so happy for you and so excited to see your next installment in the challenge.


63 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 20, 2010

These look awesome!

I have made Ani Phyo’s raw oatmeal raisin cookies before and these remind me of them. Just something about the cute little shapes w/ the raisins.

I love that they can be easily made GF and are already vegan…that’s so awesome!

If you can’t get coconut oil, grapeseed oil is nice to bake with. The flavor is less pronounced than olive but there’s just something about coconut oil that’s so nice :) Plus it solidifies when it cools again the way other oils just kinda stay runny.

Congrats on moving forward in the challenge!!



64 Roz November 20, 2010

Congrats! You absolutely deserve that award, the entry was great!!!!


65 Kelly November 20, 2010

Contratulations on Reader’s Choice. I can’t wait to try these cookies. I love everything you make.


66 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 20, 2010

I love “anytime” cookies!! If they taste like an indulgence without actually being one, that’s good with me! :)

Congratulations on moving on in the challenge!!!


67 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it through!! You deserve it!! :)


68 carol November 20, 2010

Congrats!!!!!!!! I never doubted that you would do great. Good luck! Can I leave out the coconut in this recipe? I don’t like coconut very much. Thanks.


69 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it to the next round! I’m routin’ for ya! ;)

I love carrot cake! It was my absolute favorite growing up, and I asked for it for my birthday every year. Now, I prefer cookies over cake– you must have read my mind!! Can’t wait to try these!!


70 Bridget November 20, 2010

I knew you’d be reader’s choice! The video made me so happy and inspired :) Very well deserved!

With all your talent I can see so much greatness in your future. I’m excited!


71 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 20, 2010

Super cute little cookies! <3 them!


72 christyn @ All Ways Nutritious November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it through! i’m pretty sure the prize is in your future. Awesome looking carrot cookies.


73 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 20, 2010

Congrats and cannot wait to see your next entry! Those cookies look so delish!


74 Wei-Wei November 20, 2010

Congratulations on making it as READER’S CHOICE! You’re too, too amazing. Oh… and I made carrot cake for the first time in my life today. :D


75 Ashley November 20, 2010

Those look amazing. I love carrot cake. Congrats on Project Foodblog!


76 Teresa November 20, 2010

Great timing for this recipe. I am going to visit my sister this weekend and wanted to take her a special treat. These are perfect, my nephew loves carrot cake! What a great suprise for him!


77 Sara November 20, 2010

These look absolutely delicious! I just popped them in the oven, let’s see if mine are even half as beautiful as yours!

I made your red quinoa soup last night for a dinner party of non-vegetarians and they were LOVING it. I think I may have added more quinoa than called for, because the consistency was somewhere between chili and soup, and all for the better! The quinoa almost takes on the texture of ground meat (gross) but pleasing to carnivores.

Where are you headed out West? We’d love to see you in Vancouver!!!


78 [email protected] November 20, 2010

Congrats on the award and thanks for the tip about soaking your raisins first before baking them! Good idea :-)


79 Katy (The Singing Runner) November 20, 2010

Oooo these look great! I may have to make them today! :)

Congratulations by the way!


80 Halley (Blunder Construction) November 20, 2010

Congrats on advancing to the next round! I am sure all your hard work will pay off! Hope you have some time to relax this weekend, too.


81 lindsay November 20, 2010

oh I am so excited for you, congrats!!! Well deserved and thanks for another AWESOME recipe!


82 grocery goddess jen November 20, 2010

Congratulations! I am so excited when the three I am still rooting for make it to the next round! I have done my duty and voted each and every time :)

Those cookies look so delicious!


83 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2010

thank you!


84 Amber K November 20, 2010

I can’t wait to see the next challenge! I really love the ones you have done so far.


85 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 20, 2010

Congrats on moving forward! I defintiely voted. :)

These cookies look great – and the nutritional info is fantastic. A couple cookies would be perfect for a quick snack for a pre-dinner workout.


86 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 20, 2010

You have READ my mind– I was just thinking about how nice it would be if someone would create a recipe for carrot cake balls! Yum!


87 Melissa November 20, 2010

Congrats, again, Angela! I am so happy that you are getting what you truly deserve! Pretty much every post that you write could win an award, in my book! Especially this one… these cookies look so cute and delicious!


88 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 20, 2010

Congrats Angela! Your video for the last challenge was wonderful. I’m happy to see you are Reader’s Choice again!!! Woohoo!!!

These carrot cake cookies look so good and so cute!


89 Ashley (Taste for Healthy) November 20, 2010

Congrats on the Reader’s Choice!!!


90 Bronwyn Coyne November 20, 2010

I feel like you’ve been having an amazing number of recipes this fall. I tried your Power me up Pumpkin cookies, and they were delicious. :D LOVED them. I’ll have to try these as well (though next on my list is some of those blondies…)


91 Traci November 20, 2010

I have been thinking a lot lately about carrot cake :) You must have read my mind! Good luck in the next round :)


92 tina November 20, 2010

congrats girl!!!! thats exciting!!!! i would love it if you won! yay for vegans!

i’m not a huge fan of carrot baked goods, but they sure do look tempting! keep rockin it!!! can’t wait to see the next one!!!!


93 Imwaytoobusy November 20, 2010

You deserve it! Those itty bitty carrot cakes look delicious :)


94 Camille November 20, 2010

Congrats! You will have my vote in the next round too!


95 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 20, 2010

I’m so excited that you moved on, the video was awesome. Can’t wait to see what you concoct for challenge 8!!


96 Tangy @ A Taste of Tangy November 20, 2010

Those look very delicious and very simple to make! I never knew the trick about soaking the raisins…I will definitely do that next time I am baking with them! Thanks for the tip :)


97 christina cadden November 20, 2010

mmm, looks delicious!


98 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 20, 2010

Congrats on getting to the next round AND Reader’s Choice! Well deserved!


99 Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 20, 2010

CONGRATS! :) And how delish do those carrot cakes look?!


100 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 20, 2010

Yay! I’m so glad you got through, and can’t wait to see your next entry! :D
Those bite sized cookies look delicious! Must make soon :)


101 Moni'sMeals November 20, 2010

Congrats Congrats Congrats! Take er’ home. :)

Love these Carrot Bars, the coconut oil must make them taste amazing!

Have a great weekend.


102 stacey-healthylife November 20, 2010

Those look delickous. I like the idea of soaking the carrots.


103 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 20, 2010

They’re so mini and cute! Perfect one biters :) Thanks for sharing Angela. I look forward to seeing what you have in stock for us soon.


104 Healthy_Chocoholic November 20, 2010

Lookin good!!!! Bite size means you get to eat 2…..or 3, heck who am I kidding? You eat 14. Because they’re so small and cute, its a shame to neglect them, I think.


105 Danielle November 20, 2010

Those look amazing! Carrot cake is my absolute favorite dessert so I will have to try these soon — probably for Thanksgiving on Thursday :)

I always eat my raisins like that and I love it — when I buy a new box, I simply pour them in a container, boil some water on the stovetop and pour it over the raisins (enough to cover the raisins 3/4 of the way). Then I simply plop the lid on, let cool then place them in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week. Not only do the raisins get nice and soft, but the water turns into a juice that absorbs the flavor of the raisins and gets deliciously sweet :) Sometimes I pour a bit of this juice over my oats in the morning for a bit of sweetness :)


106 Liana @ femme fraiche November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it to the next round! And your treadmill workout sounds tempting…but totally killer. I think I’ll save that for the day before a day off!!

Carrot cake…mmm…and in a size you don’t have to feel guilty about:)


107 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life November 20, 2010

I love carrot cake! I will definitely be trying these soon!


108 JenATX November 20, 2010

no post until monday?!! how will i survive the weekend, hehe (but really)…Congrats on advancing in the challenge :)


109 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 20, 2010

Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! These cookies look and sound absolutely heavenly.


110 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 20, 2010

Oh that sounds like such an AWESOME workout. I am stock piling ideas for after this baby comes. I feel like it has been so long since I’ve done something like that. I’m still working out regularly but I miss things like intervals and more intensity. Thanks for sharing it!


111 Allison November 20, 2010

Oh yum! I love carrot cake:) I’ll be making it for Thanksgiving this year:) These cookies might just get made too:):)

I cant wait to see what you do for the next challenge!!!!


112 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 20, 2010

Congrats on making it through, Ange. These carrot cake cookies look awesome. I would love one in some yogurt!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the next project!


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