Carrot Cake Cookies (raw and vegan!)


Pleeeeease don’t let the “raw and vegan” up there deter you from this recipe (I’m guessing my sister has already stopped reading). These taste a little like carrot cake Clif Bars (one of my favorite flavors!) and they’re surprisingly easy. Plus they have just a few ingredients, don’t require you to turn on the oven, and are insanely satisfying at any time of day. If those Brownie Bites weren’t really your style, these are a great alternative. But I’ll stop trying to sell you on them now, and get to what’s really on my mind.

Thailand.

A year ago right now, we were getting on a plane from Bangkok to Portland, after our year-long travel adventure had come to an end. We spent a lot of time in Thailand in 2009, most of it in Bangkok, which is tied with London for my favorite city in the world. From a purely food standpoint, Bangkok wins by a MILE.

At this time a year ago, there were already (really creepy) Christmas decorations in the main shopping area.

I was running every morning in Lumpini Park…

and following it up with Thai iced coffee from a street cart.

It seemed fitting somehow to end our adventures in the same place they started.

It’s sometimes almost painful how much I miss that place!

But at least I can console myself with these cookies. And I’m not sure that cookies is the best word for them, because the texture is actually more like dough. Amazing, dough.

This was a total experiment that started with just throwing random stuff into the food processor.

I kept adding stuff (and tasting) until they seemed ready, then I rolled them in coconut and let them chill for about an hour. I knew I loved them but the real test was Mike. He loves all cookies, but sometimes my kitchen experiments are a little too out-there for him (and he didn’t go crazy for my maple-almond butter cookies), but we were both in love with these, so the recipe is a keeper!

Recipe:

makes about 24

1 cup (packed) pitted medjool dates
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 small carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut (for rolling)

Combine all ingredients (except coconut) in a food processor and pulse until mixed but not smooth. Taste and add more spices according to your tastes.

Spread the coconut on a plate

Moisten your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick. Pick up about 2 tsp at a time and roll into a ball between your hands. Roll in coconut and flatten slightly, then place on a plate. Repeat with remaining dough, then chill for at least an hour.

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14 Responses to “Carrot Cake Cookies (raw and vegan!)”


  1. 1 Blog is the New Black December 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Idk that I’ve ever tried carrot cake since I hate cream cheese. I wonder if I could make these as a replacement!

  2. 2 Roxan December 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Cate – I am TOTALLY making these. I have all the ingredients to make it! Especially the carrots – which aren’t exactly my favorite vegetable so they have been sitting in my fridge waiting to be used up. I seriously can not wait for these little jewels of deliciousness.

  3. 3 janet December 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I am so intrigued by these raw cookies. They look like a great energy bar-type snack with the dates. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4 Lauren December 9, 2010 at 5:42 am

    These sound simply fabulous! Carrot cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts, and if I can enjoy it in a healthier version, I’m all for it. I can’t wait to make these cookies :).

  5. 5 Nicole December 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Made them on Saturday – Love ’em! Thanks for this. I added raisins, too. πŸ™‚

  6. 6 Jac and Jenn January 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    these look fantastic! I love raw cookies so much!

  7. 7 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

    These sound delicious!! πŸ™‚ Great idea!

  8. 8 MaryM February 17, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Do these need to be kept in the fridge after the chilling period? And how long would they keep?

  9. 10 amanda June 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    i love this. thanks for the raw food post! πŸ™‚
    i know what im making tomorrow.

  10. 11 sam stephenson September 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    hey I think these are great, another great raw vegan I can add to my snacks list.

  11. 12 jordan October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Do you think almonds would work for these? I’m not a huge walnut fan. these look delicious though.


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