Eating a balanced diet can still include treats! Homemade sweets can eliminate unwanted additives and harmful hydrogenated oils found in processed store-bought goods. Low in sugar, high in fiber and flavor, these cookies make for a great guilt-free option. For this version, I added carrots and coconut for a twist on carrot cake (and an extra nutrient boost). Sneak in veggies anytime, anyplace.

Time: 35 minutes
Servings:  24 cookies




  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla


  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips*
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped


Team RESTORE recommends organic ingredients. If it’s labeled “organic,” that means the food is not genetically engineered or modified (“GMO”). If you are unable to source organic, we definitely recommend non-GMO. GMO foods are likely treated with herbicides, especially glyphosate, because they are engineered to resist it. (Glyphosate kills the weeds, but not the GMO crop.)



  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  2. Grind 1 cup oats in food processor or blender until consistency of flour.
  3. Next, combine oat flour with remaining whole oats and dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add all wet ingredients to the food processor and mix until smooth.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir to combine.
  6. Fold in the grated carrot, coconut, chocolate chips, and pecans.
  7. Scoop out large spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the lined baking sheets.
  8. Using a fork, press down and flatten out each cookie.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes.
  10. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Continue on cooling racks. Once cooled, store in an airtight container. Enjoy!




Per Serving:
148 calories
10g total fat, 5g saturated fat
14g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 6g sugar
3g protein

*NOTE: For this recipe, I used Enjoy Life dairy-free mini chocolate chips. If unavailable, another good option is chopping a dark chocolate bar into small pieces.