Lately + Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies

Thanks for the support with my food history story! I also wanted to clarify that I was by no means trying to bad mouth vegetarians- I learned that my body type does best with some animal protein, but it’s our goal to eat a mostly plant based diet and many people feel great with no meat.

This is an unusual week for us- it’s the last week of summer, and we have no summer camp, minimal working, and no schedule.  It’s led to some fun activities (more play dates, checking out the new playground that went up, “school” shopping and ice cream with my big girl) and more family time.

We’re hoping to take a day to get to the beach this weekend for one final summer outing before the school routine begins.  This isn’t a complete WIAW but here’s a bit of what we’ve been making lately.

When I find myself with extra time, I bake.  L helped me make Angela’s Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (a bit hit!), Lindsay’s Cherry Cocoa Pistachio Bites and Blueberry Protein Pancakes.

She loved the “carrot cake” theme and requested cookies- so we pulled these together.


carrot cake cookies

She approved!

carrot cookie taste test

They are soft and cakey, so the title fits well.  Plus they’re gluten free and sugar free and a great “dessert” option for her.  (You could also skip the chia gel for a less cake-like cookie).


Carrot Cake Cookies

by Mommy, Run Fast


  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 c. almond meal
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp chia dissolved in 3 Tbsp water (to make a gel)


Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Scoop teaspoonfuls onto a greased pan and bake for 9-11 minutes or until set. Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

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(By the way, if any of these ingredients are new to you, we love this almond meal and these chia seeds.)

Another recipe we found and loved this week was this simple side kale salad with roasted chickpeas:

baby kale salad

My husband planted a few things for the fall and the baby kale is perfect for a fresh salad right now.  He found this recipe and it was delicious! I probably overdid the roasted chickpeas (sorry, baby J!) but we’ll definitely make this again.

Besides doing more in the kitchen, we’ve been sharing the early morning workout routine.  I’m running every other day right now, so my husband decided he’s going to pick up running and has been taking the opposite mornings.  It’s fun to see him come back energized and understand my love of the morning sweat and endorphins!


What “healthier” dessert options do your kids go for?

Do you and your partner have to negotiate time to workout?



27 thoughts on “Lately + Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies

  1. Both look amazing. And I’m the same as you, I need meat in my diet. I have really bad iron levels and when I don’t have red meat at least once a week they take a dive. Never seem to get enough even if I’m subbing with lentils and beans and such.
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  2. these look yummy! making them now for lunch snack. Also the kale and chick peas is something I like to throw together for lunch, yum! We don’t have to negotiate workout time bc he doesn’t work out. I guess there are pros and cons to that 🙂

  3. Yogurt & fruit (sometimes jam) has been my daughter’s go-to since she was a toddler–and she’s now 20! Not that she won’t eat cherry pie if it’s around… 😉 but I believe what they learn to love when they’re young will stick with our children for the long term, even if they do spend a few years detouring through chips & pizza with teen friends.

    My BF and I don’t need to schedule our workout times, because we don’t have children, but we do have other shared commitments that need to be shuffled. For example, he knows that I will not stay up late on Friday nights, and that heavy garden work won’t get done on Saturday, because of my long runs on Saturday mornings!

  4. My kids totally think the snack balls are dessert. Love the looks of these cookies. That’s awesome you are back to running and so impressed you have the energy to get up before you have to to get it done. The hubs works out at 4:30am before leaving for work and I usually sneak it in during the day!
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  5. ok, first, i LOVE L’s nail polish! Willa is very into nail polish at the moment, so i have been noticing when other kids have it 😉

    two, yes, we totally negotiate workout times – when we want a solo workout, that is. I have been doing a lot of runs with the kids, but I value my alone time too.

    three, i may have to try those carrot cookies – they may be a hit for a three year old i know 😉
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