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Carrot Cake Cookies – Dairy Free and so Delicious

These Carrot Cake Cookies are a full flavour low sugar slightly chewy cookie that will be a lunchbox favourite. 

OK. Now I do not think I am one to toot my own horn. But these cookies. Yum. I could eat the whole batch. Is it the carrots? The cinnamon? Maybe. Whatever it is, there is something super comforting about these Carrot Cake Cookies.

dairy free carrot cake cookies These Carrot Cake Cookies are truly bursting with flavour and are nut free and dairy free so great for lunchboxes or those allergies and intolerances to dairy. You could substitute the olive oil for 100g of softened butter and cream with the brown sugar if you wanted.

They are also low in added sugar with only 1/3 cup of brown sugar in this recipe. I think having lower in added sugar baking options is a must for school lunches. And if you love low sugar recipes why not try these Apple Oat Cookies sweetened only with fruit. You may also love these Strawberry Coconut Cookies or these delicious Low Sugar Gingerbread.

Soaking the Sultanas

This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sultanas. Before mixing these into the batter I soak my sultanas for 10 minutes in boiling water. I then drain the water from them before using. This helps keep them moist and plump while the Carrot Cake Cookies bake.

dairy free carrot cake cookies These cookies freeze well. After baking, allow the cookies to cool before transferring into a reusable ziplock bag or container. I normally pack my lunchboxes the night before so these will defrost over night in the lunchbox. If you are a morning packer, get the Carrot Cake Cookies out 30 minutes before you go to defrost at room temperature. This is especially important you have have a great insulated lunchbox or if the lunchboxes are kept in the fridge at school to ensure that the cookie has time to defrost.

dairy free carrot cake cookies Love carrots? Check out this post with lots of ideas for baking with carrots! If you love the flavour of Carrot Cake why not make these Carrot Cake Muffins or these Carrot Cake Bliss Balls.

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Carrot Cake Cookies – Dairy Free and so Delicious

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  • Author: Bernadette - Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Western


These nut and dairy free Carrot Cake Muffins are perfect for school lunches or snacks. Low in added sugar and packed with flavour these are delicious.


  • 1/2 cup low flavour extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 150g (two medium) carrots peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup soaked sultanas
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 175c and a line a baking tray
  2. In small bowl add in the sultanas and cover with half cup of boiling water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest until well combined.
  4. Drain the water from the soaked sultanas and stir into the mixture with the grated carrots.
  5. Mix through the oats, flour and baking powder.
  6. With wet hands, roll spoonfuls of the mix into balls then flatten them with your hands to form the cookies – the mix will be quite sticky so make sure to keep your hands wet.
  7. Bake for around 12 – 14 minutes or until the cookie is lightly golden and the mixture bounces back when touched lightly.

I hope you love these Carrot Cake Cookies as much as I do. Remember if you make them please take a picture and share with me on Instagram or Facebook and if you love them please rate the recipe.

Happy baking,
Bernadette x



  1. Jennifer Burns

    These were delicious and easy! I took my first batch out too early. They tasted great but when I looked back to step 7 and tested that “the mixture bounces back when touched lightly” the next bath was even better.

  2. Jacinta K

    Cannot recommend these cookies enough! So delicious and so simple to make 👍

  3. Diana Lee Procter

    These are such a special treat, I bake these for my gluten free son who’s started kindy. He loves them! Mummy also loves taking a few for herself 🥰

    • Bernadette

      Ah yay! Thanks for letting me know. What do you substitute to make them gluten free! I am sure other readers would love to know 🙂 Bernadette x

    • Megan Lemon

      Yes would love to know the gluten free version please! Many thanks

      • Bernadette

        I would guess you could use certified gluten free oats for the quick oats and certified gluten free oat flour too. Bernadette x

  4. Can I use 1 banana instead of sugar? Thanks

  5. Can I sub sultana with raisins? And can I also use regular flour?

  6. Could you substitute the egg for banana due to allergies?

    • These are already a little sticky and require wet hands to roll these. I would probably recommend a chia egg for these ones instead, but I have not tested this variation. Thanks Bernadette

  7. How long can you store these in the freezer for? Thanks 😊

  8. what should the texture be like? cakey? or a bit crunchier? thanks

  9. Can you use regular rolled oats – or does it have to be the instant or quick oats mentioned?

    • You can use rolled oats – I haven’t tried though. You may need to chill the dough or let is sit for a little bit for the rolled oats to absorb more of the liquid. Thanks, Bernadette

  10. I’ve made these a couple of times and they’re delicious. I have been substituting maple syrup for the brown sugar and they work out well.

  11. Hi…love your recipes so much ❤️! The brown sugar can be the Demerara granulated one ?

  12. Is the cooking temperature mentioned anywhere or am I going mad?!

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