Healthy Oatmeal Cookies are the best treat! A Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe everyone will love. Easy to make and delicious!
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Everyone loves a warm cookie, especially around the holidays, but sometimes it’s nice to indulge mindfully.
These chewy oatmeal raisin cookies have all of the flavor and texture that you love about traditional oatmeal raisin cookies but are made with simple, wholesome ingredients. They are gluten/dairy free, and contain no white sugar!
These oatmeal cookies are so delicious and I can’t wait for you to try them!
We Love these Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
There is a lot to love about this dessert recipe. It’s one of our favorite healthy cookies because it’s:
- Easy to make – All you need is one bowl and 30 minutes to make healthy oatmeal raisin cookies.
- Allergy-friendly – These cookies have no dairy, gluten, or nuts in them! If you are allergic to eggs, check out our recommended substitutions in the green box below.
- Simple and REAL Ingredients – Most of these ingredients are pantry staples that you probably already have on hand!
Are oatmeal cookies healthy?
- Compared to traditional chocolate chips cookies and sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies are on the healthier side. But traditional oatmeal cookies are usually still loaded with sugar and white flour. If you like healthier desserts, try our other healthy cookie alternatives like our Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Monster Cookies, and Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies!
Oatmeal Cookies Healthy Ingredients:
To make oatmeal cookies you’ll need:
- rolled oats
- oat flour
- baking soda, baking powder
- salt, cinnamon
- coconut oil, maple syrup, honey
- vanilla extract
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Healthy
- Mix together oats, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix with a large fork or wooden spoon until combined.
- Add raisins to cookie dough and fold in.
- Place balls of cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press them down lightly.
- Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
How long to bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?
- Healthy oatmeal raisin cookies bake quickly! they only need about 11 -13 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees
Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Substitutions
Raisins: You can substitute dried cranberries or blueberries in place of the raisins.
Oats: This recipe was developed using traditional rolled oats. Quick cook can also be used, but I like the texture and appearance of traditional oats. Do not use instant oatmeal, or steel cut oats.
Oat Flour: We have only tested these cookies with oat flour. If you don’t have oat flour check out this post on how to make oat flour for a tutorial- it’s so easy!
Baking Soda & Baking Powder: We don’t recommend substituting the baking soda or baking powder.
Coconut Oil: You can use unsweetened applesauce instead! Applesauce can be substituted in many baked goods at a 1:1 ratio.
Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup is different than pancake syrup! Do not use pancake syrup. If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, you can substitute coconut sugar, or packed brown sugar. If using brown sugar, leave the honey out.
Honey: Honey is sweeter than maple syrup, feel free to omit the honey to lessen the sweetness of these cookies.
Eggs: Eggs really help the texture of this recipe. They can be made vegan but they’re better with eggs.
Vanilla Extract: Helps to add flavor, you can omit it if you’d like.
To make these cookies vegan and egg free, substitute the egg for two flax eggs. To make 1 flax egg: combine 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 2 ½ tablespoon water. Allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before using it in place of an egg.
Do the raisins have to be soaked? If you are short on time, you can skip this step. They will still be delicious, but not as plump.
Gluten-Free: If you need to carefully avoid gluten, be sure you are using certified gluten-free oats. While oats are gluten-free, some can be processed in plants that also process grains containing gluten.
Add-Ins: For an extra special treat, add ¼ cup chocolate chips or ¼ cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or any of your favorite nuts or seeds for extra crunch.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies FAQ
There are roughly 21g of carbs in 1 oatmeal raisin cookie.
It varies depending on the brand, and size of the cookie. This recipe is 138 calories per cookie.
Oatmeal cookies themselves will not, but oats will! They are loaded with soluble fiber that has been proven to lower cholesterol.
This varies on the recipe. Healthy oatmeal raisin cookies are healthier than most other cookie types, especially chocolate chips cookies. But be careful of the amount of sodium in oatmeal cookies, they usually have even more milligrams than traditional chocolate chip cookies!
Using less flour, or adding an extra egg or egg yolk is a great way to make GF cookies crispier and thinner! Another trick is to let your dough sit for up to 30 minutes in the fridge before baking.
You don’t need to soak raisins for cookies but it will help make them plump and juicy. Soaking raisins for about 10 minutes is the perfect amount of time.
There are many reasons your cookies are turning out flat. The most common is reasons are usually that oven is too hot, or your butter was too soft in your batter. Try using slightly firmer butter (colder) and turning your oven down.
How to Serve Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are so delicious on their own. We usually enjoy them with a glass of milk.
You can spice these up by putting vanilla ice cream in between and making ice cream sandwiches!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Storage
Storing: These cookies will last 2 days at room temperature, but up to a week in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Because they are moist, we recommend storing them in the fridge to avoid them getting moly.
Freezing: You can freeze these cookies for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature before eating.
Other healthy cookie recipes:
Looking for other healthy cookies to try? Check out these easy and simple cookie recipes:
Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- ¾ cup raisins
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour *recipe in notes
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup not pancake syrup
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place raisins in a heatproof medium bowl, cover with very hot (or boiling) water and allow to soak while you prep the other ingredients. This is optional but will make your raisins plump and juicy. Make sure to drain before baking!
- Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, briefly whisk together the rolled oats, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix with a large fork or wooden spoon until combined. Drain the raisins and lightly pat dry with a paper towel. Add raisins to cookie dough and fold in. The mixture will be very wet and loose, it will not form a tight ball.
- Use a medium cookie scoop to place balls of cookie dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about 1” of space between each cookie. Press them down lightly, they will not spread much during cooking. Dot with a few more raisins on top if desired.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until edges begin to brown and cookies are dry to the touch on top. Do not over bake. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack or sheets of paper towel to cool completely.
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