Carrot Cake Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies

Please understand that I know these breakfast cookies may look a little ugly. I get it. But they taste awesome. Just a fact.

I miss Jackson SO much. I’m just leaving Austin this morning to head back home and kiss his face over and over until bites me with his little gremlin teeth. He loves to do that. And by the way, Jackson is my dog if you didn’t know who that man name was. He’s still a puppy, not yet a man. That could be a song.

So Austin was amazing. I’m going to do a summary post tomorrow about all of it, don’t you worry, but I can at least do some summarizing. I ate a lot. I hung out with awesome paleo people. Some people were annoying. I mean, it’s the paleo community. It’s full of intense hippies. You’re probably an intense hippy, aren’t you? Judging. Jk jk. I like the smell of lavender sometimes, too. Back to my point. I shopped a lot. I talked to a lot of people. I did a cooking demo. I drank barely any water. I spoke on a panel that I so did not want to speak on. I had more dairy then I’ve had in the entire year. I laughed so hard I cried. Twice. I packed my bag home with 4 chocolate bars. I went to an awesome CrossFit gym and did a super painful workout. I sweated into my eyes while working out. And I stayed in a super fun condo with 7 other people. The coffee table was a giant drum. No lie.

I’m so ready to be home. I made the bf send me multiple pictures every day of the puppy. He’s growing up so fast and I’m missing it all! I was hoping that by the time I got home, he would be perfectly potty trained. But it doesn’t look like it’s going to turn out like that. I think we will still have to work at it. Poor kid. He just likes to be independent and prove that independence through urinating where he pleases. That just ain’t gon’ work.

Speaking of ain’t gon’ work, I’m a bit annoyed with United Airlines right now. I usually stick with them because they tend to almost always have wi-fi, their flights have always been on time with me, and they have seemed to always have a decent amount of space in their planes. I was wrong. This time around, I was forced on one of their United Express planes that looks like it should be taking me from Denver to Colorado Springs, instead of all the way to Austin. They are so small that only a purse fits in the bin overhead and you can literally smell the breath of the person sitting next to you. And based on my experience on this trip, these little dinky planes do not tend to be on time. I’ve never really had a flight be late with United and then once I was lucky enough to ride on the United Express, all my flights were late. I feel like this happens because they are the little, nerdy planes so they get pushed around by the bigger ones and can only come out to play when all the bigs ones are gone. Well you know what United Express? You need to pull up your big boy pants and get your sh*t together. Meaning get rid of those planes so I can make it on time to my destination. Maybe it’s just time to pick a new airline. What do you think? What’s your favorite airline to fly?


Carrot Cake Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies

  • Yield: 12 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add carrots, coconut sugar, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract to a bowl and whisk.
  3. Then add coconut flour, tapioca flour, pumpkin pie spice and salt and mix until combine. Then fold in chocolate chunks.The dough will seem a bit dry and thick, don’t worry.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop a rounded scoop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, then press the cookie down with your fingers.
  5. Repeat. This should make 12-13 cookies.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until cookies are cooked through in the middle.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


105 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies”

  1. These don’t look ugly they look flipping delicious. Is it possible to sub almond flour for the tapioca? Have all the other ingredients so will be trying soon.

    You sound like a true mommy to your puppy 🙂 Weekend sounds awesome though and loling about intense hippies.

    1. I made them with almond flour in place of tapioca last night and they worked out fine. They might be a bit heavier, but they were delicious. I also pureed the carrots because my kids like their cookies to be more uniform. Everyone had one for breakfast, and we all enjoyed them.

  2. Those look awesome! My kids are going to be so happy, and I’m happy there is no nut flour in these!

    I used to always fly United too, but had several bad experiences (switched gates leading to missed flights, etc) and now I like to fly Southwest if I’m going somewhere they fly. No bad experiences with them yet, fingers crossed!

  3. United is never on time, in my experience. Virgin is great when nothing goes wrong, but if it does, good luck– you are totally on your own. They’ll book you on a flight for the following day if they have a mechanical issue, and give you NOTHING for your lost day.

    Of all of them, Delta is the best. They usually cost a little more, but their operations are usually very smooth, and if they get off track, they at least try to take care of you, and at least try to be polite.

  4. Hey lady! These look amazing, just like everything else you make! I am trying to cut down on my sugar intake. Any ideas about how I could make these but with less sugar? Would the recipe still work if I just reduced it? You may not know but I thought I would ask!!!! Thanks for everything you do!!!!!

  5. I am not a hippie, but my step dad was. He didn’t go to Woodstock because he thought it was going to be boring…wtf? I made the easy Choc Almond Butter Cups yesterday…yummy! Amazing how easy it was to make Almond Butter. Yah!

  6. Interesting..I’ve never had problems with United or United Express. Usually the little planes get you there faster because they fly faster. Delta is another good option in my experience though.

  7. My husband has had terrible luck with United. I think the majority of flights he’s tried to take have been delayed or canceled. Southwest is our go-to–we both fly a couple times a month, and have had only a couple of problems in the past three years. They don’t have those tiny planes–they only use 737s, and I’ve only been on one lately that didn’t have wifi.

  8. Southwest all the way! I’ve had nothing but problems with Delta and I fly out of one of their hubs (hint – it’s not Atlanta). If they can’t get things right on their home turf then there’s really no hope.

    Cookies look awesome! Think I’ll try some banana and applesauce and cook in a dehydrator to make them autoimmune compliant! I miss treats…

    1. Hi Erin C,
      I’m also following AIP. What quantities of banana and applesauce did you add to this recipe? Was that to replace the egg or the coconut sugar or both?

  9. I usually like United but had a pretty crappy experience flying from Aspen/Snowmass to NJ. I was booked on United Express from Aspen to Denver and then on a regular United plane from Denver to Jersey. United canceled the flight completely because of high wind in Denver. I had to rebook everything and ended up flying United Express from Aspen to Chicago and then Chicago to NJ. Four HOURS on United Express…no fun. I understand United can’t do anything about the weather, but the United folks in Aspen were super unhelpful and couldn’t really be bothered to help me rebook. I had to call the airline’s 1-800 number and got it taken care of in 3 minutes. Although it sucked, I would fly United again….Southwest is the WORST airline I have ever used. Always late, ALWAYS. Crap planes and horrible customer service. Southwest also cancels flights, a lot, for non-weather related reasons.

  10. Ok I have everything but the coconut sugar and tapioca flour. Can I substitute the sugar for honey and what could I use in place of the tapioca flour…a little extra coconut flour?

    1. Ok I have everything but the coconut sugar and tapioca flour. Can I substitute the sugar for honey and what could I use in place of the tapioca flour…a little extra coconut flour?

      The honey sub would definitely not work because coconut sugar is granulated/dry ingredient whereas honey is wet. Here is what I would try though with your particular situation: Increase coconut flour by about 1/4 cup and no tapioca flour. Add another egg. Start with 1/3 cup honey and increase from there as needed.

  11. I just recently flew Southwest and did not like it one bit.
    NO assigned seating! Sucks!
    I’ve always liked Delta and Alaska.
    I’ve heard great things about Virgin.

  12. These cookies look great! Perfect for my girls, who always ask for cookies for breakfast, and I always have to say no.

    I will be trying these with reduced coconut oil. I am in Argentina and we personally bring in all of our coconut oil/flour every time we visit the USA. I can’t spare a whole cup just for one recipe! 😉 I’ll try to replace some of the sugar/oil with a banana or apple sauce and let you know how it turns out.

    We always fly American to/from the USA and have always had good luck with them. Some of the international routes are running the gorgeous new planes, which makes the experience even better. Sorry that United sucked so badly!

    1. I have these cookies in the oven now. I reduced both the oil and sugar to 1/3 cup each, added one mashed banana and one extra egg.

      The consistency is great, very appropriate for cookies. I question the baking time of 35-45 minutes for cookies? I know that ovens vary, but mine were cooked in 15 minutes!!

      I love the concept, but couldn’t stomach the idea of a whole cup of sugar and a whole cup of oil. I feel much better feeding these to my family with reductions to 1/3 cup each. Recipe as written, 3 stars.

      1. How many cookies did you make? Perhaps they were smaller.

        Also, if you look in the comments below she said the coconut flour should be increased to 1 cup (don’t know if you made them before or after she corrected for that)… that may have made a difference in baking time for you and how you made the subs.

        I agree there is a lot of sugar, but they seem to be more of a treat than a “I’m going to eat 5 for a meal” type thing. Most cookie recipes have at least a cup of butter so I don’t see why 1 cup of coconut oil is so odd. I do appreciate your inclusion of the subs though, very helpful.

      2. I also really question the baking time….I didn’t look at mine for 35 minutes and when I opened the oven door they were completely charred! Such a shame as the dough was delicious!! I did not see the correction of coconut flour though, perhaps I’ll try again and monitor cooking time.

  13. I love flying with Southwest. 2 free checked bags, up to 50lbs each. You know how much food/beverages I can bring home from places I visit? Lots! 😉 Their prices also tend to be pretty consistent, which I like too.

  14. I love you so much for posting this amazingness, especially after that panel (I went because you were on it and wound up sneaking out to eat paleo cookie dough in the expo…)

  15. First of all, these look awesome. I was going to use a whole bag of carrots to make my kid some baby food, but I’m poaching some of them for cookies, now. (I’m obviously a devoted mother, y’all can tell)
    Anyway, fly Frontier. They’re AWESOME. Actually, Denver is one of their hubs, so its even easier for you! Nice planes, nice staff and just a good experience…and I HATE flying, so if I don’t hate flying with Frontier, that means they’re incredible.

  16. These look amazing!! I have tons of carrots and I’ve been searching for a recipe for them. Thanks!! What can I substitute coconut sugar for… since I don’t have any atm.

  17. welcome to regional flying. yes, denver to austin is regional in united’s book.

    someone shared with me a very important question to ask when dealing with businesses or people that have upset you:

    is he/she/they CHARACTERIZED by this behavior?

    you said they had been on time for you until this experience. then they aren’t characterized by this behavior, and you should give them another chance.

    the recipe looks great, and keep persisting with Jackson. he’s REALLY young yet. he’ll get it.

  18. I’m thinking that the oil measurement is off in the recipe? I’m making this now, and it’s like soup — there’s no way I can put this onto a cookie sheet. Maybe it’s supposed to be 1/2 c, or even 1/4 c of oil?? I guess I’ll double everything else to try to make a “dough” & will see what happens…

      1. Update: I did double everything but the oil to try to counteract the soupiness & they came out just fine! They did burn a bit, and I only left them in for 28 minutes, but the texture was okay (twice the chocolate = twice the happiness!) and the flavor, minus the burnt bottoms, was yummy. All’s well that ends well 🙂 I’ve been cooking for your site for more than a year, and this is only the second time that a recipe hasn’t been PERFECT. Still a devoted fan, for sure.

  19. I made these today and they were delicious. A cup of coconut oil seems like a lot though. My dough was pretty wet and my cookies were almost completely flat. Nothing like your picture. Also, can the amount of coconut sugar be reduced? Will that change how the cookie cooks?

    1. I am SO sorry, that’s completely my fault. it’s suppose to be 1 cup coconut flour, not 1/2 cup! again SO SO sorry!! as for coconut sugar, you could cut that down if you’d like, not sure if it would change the texture though

  20. Two large carrots equal what in cup measurements. Your large may not be the same for everyone else. I really think cub measurements in all your recipes would be more helpful. The cookies sound very good and I would like to try them.

  21. Oh no! I thought that it looked too wet and now I’m seeing that there was a typo in the recipe for coconut oil. Please update before someone else makes the same mistake.

  22. Juli darlin–is everything ok? Because 3 times you responded to the questions about 1 cup coconut oil with,

    “suppose to be 1 cup coconut flour, not 1/2 cup”

    The questions are about about the large amount of coconut OIL. Not flour!

    1. sue- yes, everything is ok. the amount of oil IS correct, the amount of coconut flour IS NOT correct until i changed it. that’s why i said that.

    1. Juli is trying to point out that the increase of coconut flour from 1/2 cup to 1 cup will counteract the liquid from the 1 cup coconut oil for those that were having trouble with them baking too flat. The oil doesn’t seem as much when you are increasing the flour by a lot.

  23. I think what Julie is saying, Sue and Angie, is that you add 1c of coconut flour- this should be enough to make up for the oil. I did make these last night as listed and they were okay- much more flat, of course 😉 but delicious!

  24. She responded with a correction on the coconut flour because the extra coconut flour is going to soak up the coconut oil. So what she’s saying is that the 1 c of coconut oil is correct, the reason the recipe was not right is because the coconut flour needs to be increased to a total of 1 cup.

    I really want to try this recipe, I’m going to sub in almond flour for the tapioca flour though. And I’m going to use nuts instead of the chocolate chips (or maybe I’ll add choc chips too! yummy!)

  25. Thanks, Theresa. But when readers ask about the cup of coconut oil, and Juli responds “Flour!” –without even addressing the oil– how on earth is one supposed to extrapolate that?

    A more helpful answer would have been:

    “Yes, 1 cup of coconut oil is correct. But the amount of coconut flour is wrong–it should be 1 cup, not 1/2 cup.”

  26. I think a lot of time people forget she is posting these recipes…FOR FREE. AND she responds to people’s questions/comments. So be nice.

    Juli-rock on.

    p.s your dog is awesome.
    p.p.s thanks for all your recipes.

  27. Hey!!! Can’t wait to try these!!!! 1 cup of sugar seems like a boatload though. Do you think 1/2c would still work?

    1. Probably, but you would maybe want to increase the flour a smidge and/or decrease the coconut oil to compensate.

  28. i wanted to scratch my eyes out reading these comments- holy moly, you are patient juli. thanks for all your recipes! I feel like you always talk about your food places in denver (like your bakeshop where you get almond milk coffees and paleo muffins) and in austin where they have grass-fed gelato? that all seems awesome- I’m on long island, i don’t think we have places like those.

    your life seems awesome and you’re beautiful! again, thanks!

  29. I made these last night. I ate a lot of them, and felt kind of bad. Then I ate another, and didn’t feel bad anymore 🙂 They were really good, thanks so much for the recipe!

  30. As I commented in today’s post, I made these delicious bastards last night for my bday and HOLY GOD THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!! As mentioned in my other comment, I used Hershey’s cinnamon chips… it went well due to the pumpkin spice flavor, but I think I will use chocolate next time 😉 Chocolate and I love each other, dunno why I cheated on her like that.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE. And all the other ones, I’m not gonna lie and say I haven’t made a bunch 😉

  31. Hey Juli,
    These look AAAWWWESOME and I can’t wait to try them. I am super busy though so I am always looking for shortcuts. Most likely, I would buy them pre-shredded. About how much shredded carrot should I measure out?

  32. Southwest out of Denver. Every time. Usually my hubby and I end up with free drinks. (Keep an eye out when the attendants come around. No hand-held-computer-swipey-thing in hand = they’re not charging anyone!) We also have a SW credit card, and we rack up some mad points buying paleo ingredients at the grocery store.

    Psyched that you posted these cookies. Hubby’s birthday is this weekend and he LOVES carrot cake, so I’m pulling a paleo bait and switch. These will be gone before you can say Happy Beasterassover (birthday + Easter + Passover)!

  33. So I followed this recipe to a T (or at least I think I did?!) and mine came out pretty dry and not that sweet?! I must have done something wrong, because this has never once happened to me with any of your recipes!!

    The only thing I can think of is maybe I didn’t use enough carrots. But i don’t see how that would have made them more moist or sweeter. Maybe more pumpkin pie spice next time.


  34. These look delicious! I wake up at 5 am and go to crossfit 5 days a week. I don’t have a lot of time to prepare breakfast during the week so I love the grab and go alternatives. Do you recommend this as a daily preworkout breakfast option?

  35. I love Southwest! The seating is a little difficult if you are flying with someone, but it never matters to me when I fly alone. They make up for our with price and customer service, including on-time fights and an EXCELLENT safety record.

    I also love that your birthday is a week before my husband’s. I can always count on a new treat recipe to try. All I have to say is “it’s from PaleOMG”, and he agrees to try it!

  36. I literally just did a google search for “carrot cookies” and these were the first hit. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so I threw a batch together quickly and am currently enjoying one!!! So good!!!
    I’ve never been successful with tapioca flour, but it’s used perfectly here. I was so happy there were no but flours involved, as I live in a but free house. These are a great treat anyone in my home can enjoy. Thank you!!

    1. I made a half-batch of these in a muffin tin with silicon cups, substituting honey for coconut sugar. Turned out quite good, though a bit too sweet. For the full recipe, I’d guess that about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey would work well.

  37. I recently began following you (thanks by the way) and noticed you don’t use amaranth flour much. Is there a reason? I haven’t used it yet myself but have seen it in other paleo recipes. Just curious.

  38. These are so good! My 2 year old daughter helps me cook all the time. When we were done making them, she licked the food processor clean! Your website is my go to for everything! I have never been disappointed with anything. You are the best!

  39. Trying to avoid eggs for now, I usually sub banana but I don’t know if that would taste good in this instance. Suggestions?

  40. I made these exactly as instructed. They came out very very dry, and I only cooked them for 30 minutes. They are hard to pick up off the parchment paper because they want to crumble. They taste ok, just hard to choke down.

    1. Could be the way you measured your flour. Too much flour will cause the cookies to crumble. I stirred the flour first to loosen it up and then spooned it into the measuring cup. Hope this helps! They really are yummy! 🙂

  41. OK i’m very knew to this paleo way, of eating and i have only made recipe so far, but is coconut sugar *paleo* ? Or arent these strictly paleo?

    1. depends what sense of paleo you are looking for. if you’re looking to lose weight, stay away from all sugar, if you’re looking for a sustainable lifestyle with some desserts, coconut sugar is fine in smaller amounts (aka not eating the entire batch in one sitting)

  42. Tried these tonight and they were Fabulous! Even my husband and kids enjoyed them and they aren’t on the same dietary restrictions as I am. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  43. I made these last night. I used 3/4 cup of coconut sugar cuz I prefer things less sweet. I used 1/2 cup coconut oi & 1/2 cup of melted butte cuz I like butter. I used mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup was way too many. I put the oven timer at 30 min cuz 35-45 min seemed kinda long for cookies. After 30 min, they were a bit over-cooked and dry. Also, kind of grainy and dense. I’m wondering if adding more egg or some applesauce will help with that.
    I also think using raisins instead of choc chips/chunks would be a yummy variation.

  44. These cookies make my house smell amazing!! Another awesome recipe. I will be posting my pic on Instagram–healthy_mom_on_the_run

  45. Lucinda Landauer

    I just found your blog and I love it! I totally get your sense of humor, Juli.
    I had a quick comment about coconut sugar. I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but once a coconut tree gets tapped for the sap for coconut sugar, it will never again produce coconuts.

    I have been following the articles at the Tropical Traditions website and they have stated that there is a huge demand for all things coconut and they can be made except for the sugar if the trees are allowed to only produce coconuts. That means when more of us buy coconut sugar, more trees are forever stopped from making our favorite coconut oils, creams, milks, flakes, etcetera.

    Let’s spread the word about this and keep our coconuts!

    Thanks Juli!

    1. damn, thanks so much for the information!! i’ve been using more maple sugar nowadays so i’ll start sharing that more with my new recipes

  46. This was super good. I substituted applesauce in place of coconut oil cus that’s what I had, and did half the amount of coconut sugar (great info above on coconut sugar, I’m glad to be made aware!) thanks again!!! Yuuummmmmmmm

  47. I don’t know what happened, but my dough was like soup. The only variable was that I doubled the recipe, I doubled the flour again, and still soupy. I think 1 cup of oil for this recipe is what killed it, or maybe the eggs should be whisked til stiff?

  48. How is the texture of these cookies? I am looking to make these for my 15 month old who has a lot of food allergies. Are they soft enough for toddlers to chew?

  49. Sooooo glad I found this recipe! 100 out of 5 stars 😉 The best for a particular time of the month!

  50. Thank you for this! My son and I were talking this morning about a healthy cookie and I said “maybe a carrot cake cookie?”, he agreed and then boom! The interweb served me up a recipe from one of my favorites! They are nice, not too sweet treat, thank you Juli!

  51. You’ve had 4 years to test this recipe or remove it from your site. This recipe does NOT work. It is one big oily goo and it tastes DISGUSTING. It has NO flavor and it’s stupid sweet. The batter isn’t dry at all – it has more oil in it than anything else – it’s ridiculous. I read and reread the ingredients and instructions to make sure I didn’t do something wrong, but no – the recipe just doesn’t work. There’s nothing to give it any flavor. It’s just sugar and oil. DISGUSTING! It makes me so mad because these ingredients are expensive and now I just have to throw previously perfectly good food away. ARRRGH!

    1. so sorry you had issues with this recipe. I will retest it for you and make any changes needed! this recipe is so old, i had forgotten about it! but i’ll make sure i get down to the bottom of it and fix any issues!

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