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Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

These simple quinoa breakfast cookies taste just like carrot cake, but without all the guilt. A simple blend of ingredients, they're healthy and delicious.

Are you noticing a theme around here?

In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty much breakfast obsessed.

Of course part of it has to do with the release of my next eCookbook, Quinoa for Breakfast, but really it’s just the fact that we all love breakfast. I mean, I think we could talk all day about how awesome breakfast is, right? It’s the best.

Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Cookies that taste like carrot cake! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

When it comes to making breakfast, here are the top five things I pay attention to:

  1. is it filling?
  2. is it nutritious and balanced?
  3. is it fast?
  4. is it tasty?
  5. is it Instagram worthy?

Kidding on that last one ???? (well kinda????)

Vegan Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies - made with quinoa, oats, cashew butter + banana | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

But for reals, if you are someone who is focused on eating healthy food, then I’m sure you know how important breakfast is. And you probably think about those same things as you're planning your morning meal. But I feel like where most people get hung up is the time. It’s such a common misconception that making a healthy breakfast has to be time-consuming. That couldn’t be farther from the truth!

And it’s actually one of the main reasons why I wrote Quinoa for Breakfast – to give you TONS of breakfast options that aren’t going to take a ton of time to make.

Time is also one of the reasons why I love having quick breakfasts on hand, like my Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies. Breakfast cookies are a quick, on-the-go breakfast option that are seriously packed with nutritional superstars! They’re also fairly forgiving so you can really play around with flavors and ingredients to make them your own (my Toasted Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies are both the same base, but a different flavor profile!).

These AMAZING quinoa breakfast cookies taste just like carrot cake but are actually HEALTHY | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Today’s breakfast cookie recipe might just be my favorite flavor yet: carrot cake????????????????????

Carrot cake has always been one of my guilty pleasures, but it’s also super unhealthy. Loaded with sugar and processed oils, the carrot cake you buy at the store is something you definitely should steer clear from.

These healthy Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are made with ONE-BOWL and are packed full of quinoa | gluten-free + vegan | simplyquinoa.com

These cookies not only make carrot cake healthy, but they also make carrot cake breakfast-worthy. And when you can have dessert for breakfast, that’s a total win, right?

I mean these little bites of dessert-flavored heaven are filled with healthy ingredients. We’ve got oats, quinoa flakes, banana, cashew butter, flaxseed meal, maple syrup, AND carrots.

It’s basically like eating a bowl of oatmeal with a side of carrots. I’ll take the whole plate, please! And I hope you will too ????✌????

ONE-BOWL quinoa breakfast cookies that taste like carrot cake | gluten-free & vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com


More Amazing Quinoa Breakfast Cookie Recipes to try:

Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

4.1 from 46 votes
This  breakfast cookie recipe might just be my favorite flavor yet: carrot cake
author: Alyssa
yield: 16 Cookies
Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies - a healthy, on-the-go breakfast option that tastes like dessert! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water, and set aside.
  • Beat together cashew butter, syrup, banana and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
  • Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, spices and salt to the bowl and stir together. Fold in shredded carrots and walnuts.
  • Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains.
  • Bake cookies on center rack for 15 - 18 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.8mg
cuisine: American
course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

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64 comments on “Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies”

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  9. I, too, would like to know if Quinoa would work instead of flakes. I bookmarked this page a while ago, and just went to add these to my menu plan for this week since I have quinoa on hand, when I realized it calls for the flakes (which I haven’t the slightest idea where to get)! Thanks for letting us know the answer!

    1. Hi Justine,

      I haven’t tested these with quinoa – but I have a bar recipe that uses whole quinoa instead of quinoa flakes. You could try that and add in some carrots 🙂 https://www.simplyquinoa.com/flourless-banana-quinoa-breakfast-bars/


  10. Do you happen to know if there is a good substitute for the banana in this (and similar) recipes? I am allergic to both banana and almond… you’d be amazed how many vegan recipes this eliminates for me! 🙁

    1. Hmmm you could try another fruit puree, but I think you’re going to have to adjust some of the other dry ingredients to help them bind. Maybe toss in a bunch more chia and let the batter sit. Another option might be to try chickpeas. I know it sounds strange, but it might work! Let me know if you end up trying something that works!

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  18. Alyssa, at the moment I have lots of uncooked quinoa and oats flakes. Can I use this as well? Great recipes by the way!

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  20. Loved this recipe, added 1/2 cup coconut flakes I’ve been trying many recipes for healthy treats for my grand babies . These are best so far, very good, I’ll have kid test tomorrow. Thanks!

    1. Love the addition of coconut flakes – yum! If you liked this one, check out my ebook…I have 12 more flavors! https://simplyquinoa.samcart.com/products/simply-breakfast-cookie-edition

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  23. Hi Alyssa! I live in Argentina, and I can’t get quinoa flakes. I have regular quinoa and quinoa pop. How could I replace quinoa flakes in this recipe? I love carrot cake and I’d love to include these in our breakfast. Thank you in advance.

  24. I have now baked these twice! The first time I followed the recipe exactly and my husband and mom-in-law (who eats GF) loved them! I baked them a second time last night and made a double batch, with half cashew butter, half almond butter, with half syrup & half honey (since I ran out of cashew butter and maple syrup). Again, they are wonderful and super yummy for breakfast or midday snack!!

  25. Can I make this recipe with a regular egg instead ? Thank you for all the amazing quinoa recipes in your site, specially using flakes not many recipes out there using this variation

    1. I agree John. Your comment was a couple years ago so I don’t know if they removed any advertising since then but it is still loaded here in August 2020. Very cluttered and busy.

      1. Sorry you feel that way! This is my income source and ads allow me to support myself and this business so I can continue to provide hundreds of free recipes 🙂 Hopefully you can overlook that and understand that I’m trying to support myself by doing this! xo

  26. I am Vegetarian & Celiac, therefore cannot consume oats even GF Oats. Can I substitute the oats for more quinoa or can you recommend a better option.