Cookie Friday: Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

I knew Kevin would not be a fan of any cookie recipe with “itty bitty” in the title. He prefers his cookies with words like “monster” perhaps “cowboy” in the title.

However, he’s a huge carrot cake fan so I guess he decided to let this one slide!

Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookiesย  (via Oh She Glows)


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (Iโ€™m sure other flours would work!)
  • 1/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, packed
  • 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, room temperatureย ย  <— I organic agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed for about 25 seconds in microwave <— I subbed Melt buttery spread — it has coconut in it!!
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and line 1 baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and oats in a large bowl. Add in the nuts, coconut, raisins, and shredded carrots. In a small bowl mix the maple syrup, softened coconut oil, vanilla, and freshly grated ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Drop about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough onto lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Shape into a ball with hands. Bake for about 12 minutes and cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

Yield: 15 bite-sized cookies.

Nutritional info: (per cookie): 54kcals, 2 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 1 gram fibre, 1 gram protein, 5 grams sugar.

I’m sure the frosting adds a few extra calories, but I made two frosted ones for Kevin’s after-work snack! Today was another half-day for me — hooray!

These cookies came about because I found unsweetened coconut in Super Target last night!!! I was so happy! I’ve been looking for it forever… in all the wrong places, but still!!!

After I pulled the cookies out of the oven, I headed to the apartment’s gym armed with my trusty envelope notes & my mat.

I did a 1-mile walk/jog warm-up, and then jumped into this little treat (via BodyRock). Each move was performed for 50 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. The 10 seconds of rest is a joke. Trust me. That’s how long it took me to look at the envelope to see what the next move was.

  • 10 x High Knees & 10 x Mountain Climbers
  • 2 x Squat Jumps & 2 x Push-ups & 1 x Tuck Jumps
  • Centre to Elbow Jump (L&R) & 2 x leg jumps
  • Clean & Press & Squat & Press & Push Up
  • Tuck Jumps x 5 & ยฝ Burpee & squat hold x 5
  • Spider Knee Push up & Straight Leg Push Up (L&R)
  • Switch Lunge & Press
  • Side Lunge x 2 & L & R Side Punchย ย & 2 Tuck Jumps
  • 10 x Squat & 10 x Squat Jumps
  • Elbow to Knee jumps 10 x each side
  • Wide leg jumps & Push up
  • Speed run

It was brutal, but only 12 minutes. My legs are crazy sore from all the stairs I’ve been doingย  so I have no clue why I decided to do this workout. I just wanted to try it. A new workout is like a new treat for me! Haha.

Plus I had this new app to play with:

It’s actually a Crossfit tool (it’s called like 4 Time Crossfit – just search for Tabata Timer), but can be adapted for any kind of Tabata or HITT workouts. I loved this workout because it doesn’t waste time. I hate wasting time in workouts. I mean, you have 10 seconds “off”, but I promise you it’s nothing. I finished off running for a grand total of 5.8 miles (including the warm-up).

And now I’m ready for some weekend. Unfortunately, Kev-kev was not at the gym with me all weekend so he’s dragged me to our real gym. I’m just going to watch Jeopardy! :)

Are you a carrot cake fan? If not, what’s your favorite kind of cake? I think carrot cake IS my favorite, but I love the frosting the most!!!!!!

Have you ever tried Tabata/BodyRock/Crossfit? On & off. I always have a tendency to seriously overdo them and not be able to sit up for a few days. It’s all those burpees!!

Some historic Cookie Friday cookies:

Soft Gingersnap Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Best, Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

9 thoughts on “Cookie Friday: Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

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  4. I’m soo excited to try the carrot cake cookies!! I love baking and have such a sweet tooth- but do not like the extra calories, and as much as I try to push it on my roommates, they’re not big fans either, and these seem pretty healthy:) And yes, I’m pretty sure Carrot Cake is one of my favorite desserts- what can I say, I am a veggie/fruit lover and I wont deny it:)

    Also- its so funny you mentioned the tabata timer and your workout, my roommate just mentioned she was learning about that kind of workout and wondering if she should check out some blogs to find info on it. I told her she should. I happened to find your blog bc my sister follows it (msfitrunner), and so I saw your comment on her wall, checked yours out, and you had some tabata info! I’ll let my roomie know, and I’m definitely gonna incorporate it into my training, and will check back for some more tasty treats!

    1. Those are the perfect cookies for you then!! Seriously. I feel you on trying to push it off on your roommates. That’s what I do to my poor husband! Haha. Thanks for reading! :)

  5. Definintely making those itty bitty bites this weekend!!! And I’ve never done those workouts, but it looks killer, totally going to try it out. Sounds like you got a great workout, awesome!

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