Carrot Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
These healthy, hearty, carrot walnut oatmeal cookies are gluten-free, oil-free, naturally-sweetened and full of superfood ingredients like oats, flax, turmeric, coconut, carrot and walnuts.
Why Make this Recipe
- nutrition – heart-healthy oats and carrots, anti-inflammatory turmeric and walnuts and healthy fats
- allergy-friendly – this recipe is gluten-free, oil-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free
- rolled oats – rolled oats, old fashioned oats, large flake oats and quick oats are all suitable
- turmeric – yes, these cookies call for ground turmeric! I use 2 tsp but you can experiment anywhere in between 1-2 tsp
- carrot – use raw, finely grated carrot
- walnuts – use raw chopped walnuts or walnut pieces
- maple syrup – you can use maple syrup, brown rice syrup or if not vegan, raw honey
- peanut butter – use natural peanut butter not processed peanut butter, feel free to sub almond butter or sunflower seed butter
Step by Step Instructions
To make this recipe you’ll need a mixing bowl, spoon or spatula, baking pan and a blender, food processor or immersion blender to mix the oat flour. Let’s get started!
Step 1. Mix the flax egg.
What’s a flax egg?? A flax egg is made by mixing ground flaxseed with water to create a gel that helps to bind recipes. One flax egg is made by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tbsp of warm water.
Mix it up and let sit for 5-10 minutes. The flax will absorb the water, creating a gel-like mixture much like an egg!
Step 2. Mix the dry ingredients.
This recipe calls for both oats and oat flour so before you mix the dry ingredients, use a heaping 1/2 cup of oats to make 1/2 cup of oat flour.
How do I make oat flour? Easy! Just pop rolled oats into a blender or food processor and process until they resembles a fine flour.
The dry ingredients include the oats, oat flour, baking powder, salt and turmeric. Mix them up so the baking powder is well distributed.
Step 3. Add the wet ingredients
The wet ingredients include the flax egg, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix it all up until you have a thick batter.
Peanut butter alternatives: If you can’t do peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter both work here, as long as it’s somewhat drippy and not too dry.
Step 4. Fold in the carrot, walnuts and coconut.
Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix into the final cookie batter. You should be able to shape it into balls using your hands.
Step 5. Bake and enjoy!
Last step! Roll the dough into balls, press them into cookies, bake and enjoy!
Can you taste the turmeric in these?
Not really. They have a little hint of spice but it’s not overpowering.
These are best stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. They can also be frozen for a couple months. That being said, they’re totally fine at room temperature for a day or so if you need to take them to-go.
These carrot and walnut cookies are hearty, satisfying, soft and comforting with all sorts of flavour from wholesome ingredients like walnuts, coconut, carrot, turmeric and peanut butter.
They’re a little crispy on the outside, chunky, soft and chewy on the inside and just sweet enough to be a delicious and satisfying treat.
More Healthy Cookie Recipes
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
- Tahini Date Cookies
- Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
For more turmeric recipes, try my Golden Milk, Golden Apple Oatmeal and No-Bake Turmeric Coconut Balls.Print
Vegan Turmeric Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 12 cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Hearty, satisfying, soft and chewy, these comforting cookies are just what you need for a wholesome treat. They’re oil-free, gluten-free, vegan and sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup. Enjoy these bright orange cookies!
- 2 flax eggs (mix 2 tbsp ground flax with 6 tbsp water)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup oat flour, see notes
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely grated carrot
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the flax eggs in a small bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the oats, oat flour, baking powder, salt and turmeric to a bowl and mix well to combine.
- Mix in the flax egg, maple syrup, natural peanut butter and pure vanilla extract until smooth.
- Fold in the carrots, walnuts and coconut until combined into a thick dough.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper or give it a lightly spritz of non-stick cooking spray.
- Place 12 balls of dough on the baking pan and press each ball down into a cookie shape. Bake for 13-15 minutes until firm and golden brown.
Make the oat flour by blending or food processing oats, you’ll need a little more than 1/2 cup of rolled oats to make 1/2 cup of oat flour.
The peanut butter can be substituted with almond butter or sunflower seed butter as long as they’re fairly drippy and not too dry.
The walnuts can be substituted with chopped almonds or pecans.
Store cookies in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 2 months.
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 204 calories
- Sugar: 5.7 grams
- Fat: 13.3 grams
- Carbohydrates: 17.2 grams
- Fiber: 3.8 grams
- Protein: 4.8 grams
Keywords: carrot oatmeal cookies, carrot walnut cookies
UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published on May 8, 2017. It was updated with new photos and text in February 2020.
This sounds delicious and I will def make, but it’s very difficult to read when videos for something I’m not interested in keep blocking screen.
Hi Stephanie, you should be able to close the videos. There is an X in the upper right corner of them, just click that and they won’t display again. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Can the flax eggs be substituted with egg whites?
Probably, but I’m not familiar with baking with eggs so I can’t say how they’d turn out. Let me know if you try them.
I don’t really eat sweets, but this is the kind of thing that I can have (not too sweet, not completely devoid of nutritional value). Anyway, I’ve made this recipe a few times. It turns out best when I ground the carrots up in a Cuisinart.
Glad you enjoy them! Thanks for the tip on the carrots – good to know!
These were lovely! Such an interesting flavor…the walnuts with the peanut butter, coconut, carrot and turmeric is great, I really enjoyed them!! Thanks. Will make again..maybe switch up the nuts and try other add-ins as well.
Glad you enjoyed them, Michelle1
Currently in the oven! And have combined about 5 recipes with yours! I’m trying to recreate a gf, egg-free “sandy” carrot CAKE cookie that was at a cafe….So I added pulsed the walnuts in food processor until small sandy pebbles added, 1 1/2t cinnamon, 1/4t nutmeg, 1/4t ginger, used pecan butter and brown rice syrup and 1/4C raisins, used chia in place of flax – what i had on hand and added another 1/2C oat flour bc didn’t have the oats!
Let me know how they turn out!
Made these 2x so far. Very good. A bit moist but chewy and good!
Just made these and they are super good!! Great creative recipe. I’ll be making them again. I used one real egg and one flax instead of 2 flax, added a bunch of freshly grated ginger (about 1.5 tblsp) and used finely ground pecans instead of peanut butter because that’s what I had on hand. I also skipped the walnuts because I didn’t have any. Thanks!
And I added ground black pepper like the other person suggested! 🙂
I am wondering what would be a good substitute for turmeric powder in this recipe.
I have curry powder, but maybe that would not go so well…
I thank you in advance,
You can just leave it out if you’d like. 🙂
Hi. These cookies are baking in my oven as I’m typing this… How long will they store in an airtight container? Thanks
I’m not sure how long they would last at room temp but in the fridge they’re okay up to 1 week, you can freeze for up to 3 months. I hope you enjoy them!
I just made these and added in 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of ginger and a dash of black pepper for absorption of the turmeric. I think they would also be good with orange zest and cranberries. I’m so happy I found this recipe, its so healthy and non-traditional. I don’t like using prepared GF flour mixes because of the taste and I can’t eat a lot of it without feeling icky but these cookies taste better and make me feel amazing. Thanks for your brilliant mind!
I love the idea of orange and cranberry! So happy you liked them, I should actually add pepper to the recipe to help with absorption of the curcumin, I forgot! Thanks!
When do you add the flax eggs?
You can add it to the dry ingredients when you mix the rest of the wet ingredients in. Thanks, I’ll add that to the instructions! Hope you enjoy them.
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