Carrot Cake Cookies (Whole 30)

carrot cake cookies
Nothing like a simple, savory cookie that is good for you, tastes delicious, and is Whole 30 approved.  Be warned, if you are new to Paleo, or expecting these carrot cake cookies to be sweet then you will be disappointed. This was created to have a grab and go snack that supports your Whole 30 and isn’t loaded with sugar. Have you fear though, I have plenty of cookies that are sweetened and will knock your socks off. You can see all my cookies or look below for my favorites.

Carrot Cake Cookies

When I started eating Paleo, Whole 30 wasn’t really around and I didn’t know what I was doing so I figured it out as I went. Since I had dealt with eating disorders, primarily bulimia for 12 years of my life I needed to set myself up for success. At that time, sugar was out and I didn’t want it within a mile of me, never mind in my food. This helped me control my binge eating and these carrot cake cookies hit the spot.

Fast forward a few years to know when I have a healthy body image and relationship with food and I love having sugar back in my life. I am not afraid to admit it. Actually, I will help you out with my favorite recipes that are sweet and delicious:

Don’t think I forgot, I did offer to share with you my favorite cookies. Honestly, I almost forgot until I got a sweet craving and started day dreaming about my favorite cookies and bam, I remembered to share with you.

With all these recipes, I am beyond hungry and I am about to bake at 11pm. Sometimes sugar takes a hold and runs my life, and I am ok with it. If you are doing a Whole 30 or don’t like sweet, enjoy these carrot cake cookies. If you want sweeter, look at all the options I gave you.

4.8 from 4 reviews
Carrot Cake Caveman Cookies
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Serves: 10
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees F
  2. Combine all of your ingredients EXCEPT your eggs in a food processor, pulse it until all the pieces are small but still a little chunky
  3. Combine that mixture with the eggs in a large mixing bowl and mix well
  4. Using your hands, form the mixture into "patties" and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. The size of the "patties" are up to you, or you could make the into bars
  5. Bake until done, around 35-40 Minutes
  6. Enjoy

I actually read a hilarious review of this recipe which was not complementary, but I laughed. A LOT.


  1. I’m so glad she linked your site in that article – I clicked here for the ingredients and without the eggs (DS can’t do them yet), I know my kids and I are going to love these! Can’t wait to go over the rest of your site :)

  2. I have never ever written a comment on a blog. Heck I am not even on Facebook. George, your site is awesome, inspiring, fun to look and at overflowing with fantastic options to those of us who want to be paleo and still love to cook. You are always so upbeat and so positive and what a great sport to write the blog author. My husband showed me her article in a restaurant and I laughed so loudly I embarrassed my kids (not hard to do granted!). I was even more excited to know it was your recipe she teased because you are the real deal!
    Keep up the good work!!

  3. I came here from the not-to-complimentary but oh so hilarious article and now have my own batch in the oven. Added 4 dates to make it more appealing for the kiddos. Can’t wait to try them. Despite what the reviewer said, I totally licked the bowl.

  4. Congratulations on that amazing attitude! I also laughed loudly with that girl’s amazingly funny review on your cookies. I will follow your page from now on! Cheers!

  5. I read the same not-so-complimentary review and cried, I laughed so hard. I read it while in the waiting room at my car dealership waiting for my car to be serviced and I’m sure I was given more than just a few sideways glances … I’m going to try the cookies regardless …

  6. I just wanted you to know that I came here from that very same not-positive review, which I also found to be uproariously funny. I like your site a lot and I’m looking forward to many of your recipes already! So just fyi, your upbeat attitude and good-sportsmanship PLUS your simple and healthy recipes just earned you a new fan!

  7. Just saying– it’s really big of you to be able to laugh at that review. :) Most people would just be very offended.

  8. Hi there, someone should probably note that while sweetener-free, (thank you for that!) these are most definitely NOT Whole30. Vanilla has alcohol and is not approved, and “paleo baked goods” are off the list completely. Check out the website for more guidance.

      1. On the other hand, while I thought that the article was hilarious, it is the only reason that I got to this site and I probably will try these so it is still good advertising.

      2. I wouldn’t take it personally. As a paleo eater I thought it was a very funny take on people who jump into the fad without understanding the food behind it. She did make me curious about your recipe though and here I am!

      3. Unfortunately, the human palate has become so artificial that when you do eventually eat something “clean” – it is a bit of a culture shock.

        I know because it’s taken me quite a long time to get my husband to approve my “healthy foods”. I’m not paleo but I do enjoy cooking from all sorts of blogs (even raw) and originally he couldn’t stand it.

        Now, when I make something like this (without all the junk) he can fully appreciates it.

        Thanks for all the fantastic recipes!

  9. Hi there.
    This recipe sounds delicious. :) Is there a substitute for the almonds (I am allergic to nuts).
    Thank you. :)

    1. As these remind me so much of no-bakes, despite having to bake them, my first thought for almond substitutions would be dry, quick oatmeal.

      1. Technically all “tree nuts” which are highly allergenic for some people are seeds. As someone who is highly allergic to almonds, let me assure you that it’s not impossible.

    1. I’m with you! Shredded coconut is NAS-TAY! It makes me think of fingernail clippings. As a nail biter, I’m used to spitting stuff like that out, not eating it. I’m going to try to make it and eat it anyway. But only because I have an expired can of shredded coconut (no I didn’t know they canned that stuff either) that I was given while volunteering at a food pantry because it was so past date that they can’t give it out to the poor, and it was either going home with me or going in the trash. You see where it ended up. *sigh* Frugality wins again. I will not tolerate perfectly good expired canned foods ending up in the trash.

  10. Great recipe George!! I added cinnamon, cloves, and 6 medjool dates to the mixture. It made 3 dozen cookies and baked approx 15 minutes. Love the crunchy texture. You’re so creative with your recipes! Thanks!!

  11. I have been so sad today because I’m on the 21DSD and I’ll be missing out on my mom’s Passover carrot cake– then I found this recipe!! I already have whipped coconut cream and I think the two together, while not a total substitute, will ease the pain ;-). And I had all the ingredients on hand!

    Thanks for this :-)

  12. I am on the sugar detox, so I was really excited to try this recipe. It smelled wonderful in my oven. I also added in cinnamon and cloves and one extra egg (by accident). The first one I had was both good and a little disappointing, just because I think that although my brain knew there was no sugar in them, the smells of vanilla and nutmeg made me think they would taste a little sweeter. But later and since then I and my husband have thoroughly enjoyed them. We made them into cookies and bars (so easy!).

    My kids are accustomed to healthy food but they didn’t love them. If I were to add a little dried fruit in that would probably help.

    But they are a great sugar-free granola bar-type recipe for us. Thanks for a good recipe. I will be sharing.

  13. I made my first recipe of yours for supper last night and it was amazing (BBQ beef) and am making another tonight! I just put some of these in the oven and can’t wait to try! However, I was having trouble forming patties, so I am trying to make them into bars. Thank you so much for sharing all of your creations!

  14. If I am making these with almond meal to start with, how many cups would you recommend to be equivalent to your “2 cups almond”? And since I will be grating large carrots, about how many cups of shredded carrots would your “2 cups mini carrots” be equivalent to? Thanks, can’t wait to try!

    1. Without testing the recipe again Leah, I couldn’t tell you exactly. I would just cut your carrots to be similar sizes to the minis and measure. For the almond flour I would say start with a cup and judge off the consistency you have. They should stick and hold together well, if they don’t there is too much flour

  15. for those without a blender, i used really thinly sliced almonds from the bulk bin (crushed up roughly in a mortar and pestle), grated carrots on the smallest side of my box grater and “jumbo” eggs and these came together great. It really wasnt that much work to make them by hand.

  16. Your recipes look great, but I’ve noticed most of the cookie recipes call for a food processor. Could I use a blender if I don’t have a processor?

  17. Tasty cookies, so easy to make and my husband loves them! I toasted the nuts before throwing in the food processor, added extra nutmeg, a teaspoon of cinnamon and five dates. I was worried about the mixture being too wet because my eggs were larger in size, but it ended up perfect. I had 30 cookies and they took 25 minutes to bake.

    I plan to try the apple cookie recipe next and see if I can get my picky nephew to eat one!!

  18. Great recipe! I think I may add more nutmeg and some cinnamon next time. I don’t think I processed the dry stuff long enough though, as I was having a bit of trouble getting them to stay together when trying to form the patties. Could you be a little more specific on the consistency of the processed ingredients? All in all, they tasted good, but didn’t look like yours! lol :)

  19. I made these a few minutes ago. I decided to make them more of a sweet than savoury cookie by adding a couple of handfuls of raisins, a tiny bit of minced crystallized ginger, a heaping tablespoon of ground cinnamon and half a tablespoon of ground ginger. They are really good and not too sweet.
    Thank you for this recipe!!
    BTW, I used a cookie scooper and ended up with 32 cookies. I only needed to bake them for 20 minutes.

  20. I made these last night – had some trouble with measuring in cups (I’m used to kg) and must have got something wrong as my mix was both too wet and too crumbly to hold into ‘patties’ but I made ‘heaps’ instead and they baked ok. Way too many for me to eat up quickly tho so wondering how best to store them? And can they be frozen?

  21. Made these last night, and they are GONE tonight. Loved them, although if you are looking for a sweet cookie this is not your cookie. Might suggest adding some dried cranberries, or such. I added a fig jam to the top of mine.: ) But I loved them either way. Thanks~

  22. Just did, tastes delicious, and I still have one batch to go (waaaaay to small baking sheet), thanks for sharing, I just started with Paleo eating and I will surely try many of your recipes, thanks a lot again! :)

  23. My 1 year old ate these up. I think next time I might mash in a banana as they turned out a little dry for me, but overall a good recipe to play around with. Always fun to have a good template to play with!

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