Carrot Cookies

  • Servings : 20
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m
I am always on the hunt for a sweet little snack for Harry that is good for him. I have come up with these little carrot and fruit cookies and he loves them, particularly when we are out and about in the pram and he needs something to snack on. They freeze really well so are perfect for travelling lunch boxes. When buying the apricots, coconut and sultanas try and pick the brands that don’t contain any sulphur, check your ingredients list, they like to hide that little nasty in most dried fruit.
Nutrition Note: Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant and provitamin, important for healthy eyesight – even seeing in the dark!
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  • ½ cup white plain flour
  • ½ cup wholemeal plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup carrot, finely grated
  • ¼ cup sultanas
  • ¼ cup apricots, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • ½ cup apple puree/sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. -

Step 2

Sift flours, baking powder and spices into a bowl. -

Step 3

Stir in oats, carrot, sultanas, apricots, coconut, chia seeds and apple puree. -

Step 4

Stir through the oil until just combined. Take tablespoons full of mixture and roll into balls, place on the baking tray. Continue until you have finished the mixture. -

Step 5

Gently flatten each ball of mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden. -

Step 6

Keep in airtight container for up to 1 week. -


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Alison on March 18, 2013

    My daughter loves these cookies! I was just wondering if they can be frozen after cooking them?

    • posted by Allie on March 19, 2013

      Hi Alison, so glad to hear your daughter loves them 🙂 these should freeze really well. Ax

  2. posted by laura on June 25, 2013

    Is it dried or fresh apricots?

  3. posted by Georgina on September 21, 2013

    We absolutely LOVE these! Thank you for a great recipe, it has become a staple in our house. I’d love some other recipes for healthy, easy snacks

  4. posted by Debra on October 13, 2013

    Where do you get apple puree/sauce from?

    • posted by Allie on October 13, 2013

      Hi again, I make my own apple puree otherwise you can buy the baby food puree in baby food section or the sauce in the condiment section of most supermarkets (near the mint sauces etc.) I hope that helps. Ax

      Apple Puree: Peel, core and slice an apple and steam until soft then puree, or stew in saucepan with a small amount of water until soft and pulpy. Process using a stick blender until silky smooth.

  5. posted by Sarah on October 14, 2013

    Love these! Just made them with a bit of dark agave.mmmm

    • posted by Allie on October 16, 2013

      Oh that sounds lovely 🙂 Ax

  6. posted by Jolie on November 22, 2013

    We are loving these cookies!! They are so moreish it’s hard not to eat them all in one sitting. Perfect for snacks. I made ours without coconut because I couldn’t find coconut without Preservative 220. Can’t wait to try them with coconut when I find some though. But still incredibly delicious! Mmm 🙂

  7. posted by Kathryn on December 30, 2013

    Mine don’t look as good. Only had shredded coconut and one minute oats. What is the consistency of the cooked biscuit supposed to be? Soft or crunchy? Mine seem to take longer than 20 mins.. Taste test by my toddler when they’re cooked will tell I guess. Love your healthy recipes, inspires me to try new things and encourage my toddler to try new things.

  8. posted by Jo on January 19, 2014

    I am on a low fodmap diet so apples are out, could I substitute the apple puree with an egg?

  9. posted by Catherine on February 23, 2014

    I made mine gluten free. I substituted quinoa flour for the wheat flour and quinoa flakes for the oats.

  10. posted by Brooke on March 2, 2014

    Just made these at 930pm in readiness for my 3 yr and 1 yr old to test out for a healthy snack tomorrow. I loved your recipes , cant wait to try more, thanks to some one sharing your page on FB.

    • posted by Allie on March 13, 2014

      So glad you found us too, Brooke 🙂

  11. posted by Alison on March 13, 2014

    Are they meant to be soft or crunchy? My 17mo won’t eat soft cookies, only crunchy ones for some reason….??

    • posted by Allie on March 13, 2014

      Hi Alison, they are on the softer side. Perhaps you could shape them really small and cook lower for longer to get a bit more crunch happening? Ax

  12. posted by Sally on March 13, 2014

    Love, love, love these!!! Super easy and a yummy treat for both mum & bub xx

  13. posted by annabel on June 6, 2014

    Hi – Just made these and they didn’t really cook very well in the middle. Wondering if I can swop the olive oil for beaten egg?
    Love this website – have passed it on to someone with a baby who I am sure is going to find it fantastic! thank you!

    • posted by Allie on August 8, 2014

      Perhaps make smaller cookies? Also you can try turning down the heat and cooking slower for longer. You can try and substitute but I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t say if it works or not 🙂 Ax

  14. posted by Jodie on June 23, 2014

    Would these work with grated apple rather than stewed/pureed do you think. Just thinking about cutting down on the prep time. Thanks, we’re really enjoying trying out your recipes.

  15. posted by Renee on July 8, 2014

    just made these with a few added extras: pepitas and choc chips! I also just whizzed it all up finely in the food processor and used 3 very small apples whizzed instead of puree. Super yummy!

  16. posted by Kathleen on August 7, 2014

    These are yum! And super easy for a non-baker like me. Plus 1 year old + dad (+ me!) LOVE them. Didn’t have coconut so substituted coconut oil instead of veg oil and it worked really well. Also used some leftover rice cereal instead of plain flour to boost the iron and use up some of those half-used packets from when bub was small. I think these will become a regular in our house 🙂

  17. posted by Jen on August 14, 2014

    These sound great and would love to try them. Just wondering if the coconut is just for flavour and if you think it would be missed?

    • posted by Allie on August 19, 2014

      You could leave it out 🙂

  18. posted by Kim on January 7, 2015

    I made these this morning but in my absent-minded-ness I forgot the key ingredient…carrot! Only realised after I’d almost finished putting the balls on the baking tray. In any case I ended up with yummy fruit & chia seed cookies that my little boy thought were yummy! Will def make it again but with the carrots next time 😉

  19. posted by Lisa on January 23, 2015

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. I just made them and my daughter thought they were delicious! 🙂

  20. posted by Mel on February 18, 2015

    I made these tonight and as I had no apple sauce/purée, and was feeling lazy, I substituted a mashed banana as we had a few that were desperate to be used. This worked really well and the cookies taste fantastic!
    I also made them a bit more “adult” by chucking in some crushed up walnuts.

  21. posted by Samanth Hardy on February 22, 2015

    I rarely comment but OMG these were so good that I was compelled. Thank you. I just made a batch adding dried cranberries and a seed mix. Totally yum and so nutritious. It’s hard to find a healthy, tasty toddler snack like these. They should be in the freezer in all major supermarkets 🙂

    • posted by Allie on February 22, 2015

      Thank you that’s lovely 🙂

  22. posted by Claire on March 30, 2015

    I made these a few days ago- what can I add or change to make them less dry? I used quick oats instead off traditional oats- would this have made a difference ? If I add SR flour instead of plain flour would this make them less doughy?

  23. posted by Leanne on June 20, 2016

    The biscuits in the picture look raw? Mine are dry and taste strongly of olive oil and I put in less than it said. Only cooked them for 18 mins too.

  24. posted by Brooke on June 30, 2016

    Hi there,
    Can these be made using coconut oil instead of olive or vegetable oil?


  25. posted by Alex on July 2, 2016

    These are amazing!! I substituted the vegetable oil for coconut oil.

  26. posted by Danielle on July 27, 2016

    I have been trying out a few recipes from the site as we were getting into a snack rut. My 2 year old is on her second one of these for afternoon tea. I love any recipes that have sneaky veg in them as she is currently very selective about eating them. Thanks for the recipe!


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