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.

4.4 from 9 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.

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  1. Amazing recipe. Simple, quick and easy. I added extra shredded coconut and tossed in some golden raisins. Two thumbs up!

  2. Howdy there!
    Looking to make some carrot cake cookies for Easter and I stumbled across this recipe. I’m excited to try it and possibly add somethings to it! ;)
    Can you give an estimate on how many cookies the above recipe makes? I know it depends on how big you make the “patties”, but just curious!

  3. I came to this recipe via the hilarious “review” and have to say, I’ll probably try this and other recipes here! This site looks like another resource for wholesome recipes. Glad to see you have such good humor!

  4. I find it amusing that 90% of those who actually tried the recipe and said “It’s amazing!” confess to throwing in dates, raisins, and lots of other goodies.

    The rest simply say “This looks great! I’ll try it!” and then don’t comment on how they turned out.

    Has anyone actually tried the recipe completely as-written and genuinely enjoyed it?

    1. I tried. I am eating one now for breakfast. They are not sweet. They are good. Definitely not to die for. Hahaha. I like plain bland foods though. I would prefer them warm as is.

      The next time I make them I will add some dates and cut the amount of almonds. It is almond heavy.

      I suggest trying it so you know what you need to tweak it. Cut the recipe in half for the first time.

      I think it’s a great base. It gave me a new recipe to explore with.

  5. I really liked these cookies and LOVE your story, so inspiring!

    I made a few changes to the recipe… I used almond flour instead of almonds, a little bit of baking powder, added a few dates into the batter, and a bunch of raisins at the end.

    This is the first thing I have baked after finishing the Whole 100. It may be a tough recipe if you’re not used to Paleo (as it was for that colorful reviewer), but it tasted pretty good to me. :)

  6. I thought the review was tongue-in-cheek and very complimentary. It sort of stresses the frustration of being on a restrictive diet, such as paleo, to which finding new and creative alternatives are not only difficult, but, in all sincerity, almost impossible.

    Anyway, can’t wait to try this and see how my brother likes it. He gets terrible indigestion to wheat & barley, so finding alternatives are challenging.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. 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 :)

      1. If your concerns with sugar are for the Paleo diet, the sugar in carrots are fine — it’s the processed sugar that needs to be cut out.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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 …

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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!

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