Things I have been cooking lately #126: Healthy carrot cake oatmeal cookies

Since coconut oil became the new big thing in both cooking and health I have been quite keen to try it out for cooking and baking. The one thing that has put me off though is the exorbitant price of a jar in my local supermarket or heath shop. However last week I discovered that the ethnic food section of my local Sainsbury’s now sells coconut oil for £2 a jar. This particular aisle in Sainsbury’s has been one of my top finds. It sells tinned tomatoes that are inexplicably cheaper than the Basics range along with super cheap pulses like chickpeas. With that in mind I bought a jar and used it for this recipe with great results. If your super market doesn’t have a cheap ethnic food aisle and you don’t want to shell out for pricey ingredients you can definitely substitute the coconut oil in these tasty but healthy cookies with melted butter.


Healthy carrot cake oatmeal cookies

Adapted from Amy’s Healthy Baking

100g oats
90g wholemeal flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
A pinch of salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or butter if you don’t have coconut oil) melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100ml honey
1 medium carrot peeled and grated

Preheat your oven to 160 C (150 C for a fan oven) and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

In a large bowl stir together the oats, flour baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt.

In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, coconut oil, vanilla extract and honey.

Add the wet ingredients to the try and stir until just mixed. Fold in the carrot.

Scoop the batter onto the baking sheet in 15 equal sized balls, Press the balls down lightly. They won’t spread much so you can put them relatively close together.

Bake for 15 minutes in the centre of the oven. Once baked allow to cool for 15 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 15 cookies

100 calories per cookie


  1. Ohh – 100 calories per cookie?? That’s not bad at all! 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      They make a great snack without laying on the guilt and the whole grains are great for you!

  2. These definitely sound like a winner! And I think I have all the ingredients…

    I did have to laugh when I thought about the difficulties my fellow Southerners would have reading your intro: keen, tinned, pulses. 😁

    1. abbiosbiston

      Hope you get a chance to make them. There’s definitely a whole heap of British English on the go here!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I swear I’m not eating one as I’m reading your comment. Om nom nom…

  3. jennypugh

    Mmmm, they look yummy! Do you think you could substitute honey with golden syrup? I’m allergic to honey and I’m prepared to take the extra calories 😀

    1. abbiosbiston

      The original recipe suggested maple syrup as a substitution but I think golden syrup would work just as well!

      1. jennypugh

        Yay! I can’t wait 😀

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