These vegan oatmeal raisin cookies are made with whole food ingredients, are gluten-free and taste like decadence. They will win over any cookie lover!
This recipe was originally published on 4/17/14
Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of mine, but there is something about the deep rich flavor of a good oatmeal raisin cookie that speaks to me. Plus, it's always good to switch up your cookie game!
I made these healthy oatmeal raisin cookies with the goal of creating an amazing cookie made of all whole foods. I want them to be the dessert you actually can't tell is healthy.
When it comes to the main ingredients, they are quite simple, nothing weird or hard to find:
- rolled oats
- almond flour
- almond butter
- raisins (ours are purely dried grapes with no added sugar)
- using maple syrup and coconut sugar instead of refined sugar
I also give a few options for an even healthier version, so check the notes in the recipe. The original recipe makes a crispier chewy cookie, and the lower sugar versions make a softer fluffier cookie.
When it comes to oats, you need to make sure you use certified gluten-free oats if needed. While oats naturally don't contain gluten, the way they are grown is open to cross contamination so you need to be careful.
I don't like steel cut oats because they don't give the same end texture nor do they bake well. I also don't like quick oats because they aren't hearty enough.
How to Make Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These are a fairly easy, mix in a bowl and bake type of cookie. The ingredients are basic but in order to get the best flavor I added some molasses and cinnamon to give them a deep rich flavor.
- Mix everything except the raisins and pecans in a bowl.
- Add the raisins and pecans.
- Put spoonfuls on a cookie sheet.
Mix in ideas
My husband isn't a fan of raisins, so whenever I make these I experiment with other options for mix ins. Here are some ideas that we loved:
- chocolate chips
- slivered almonds
- dried blueberries
- dried cranberries
- shredded coconut
Tips and Tricks
This is a pretty full proof recipe, but here is some info to help you along the way!
- For the best texture you need accuracy with the flours. Which is why I include precise weights. If you don't have a scale, then you can purchase this fairly inexpensive one.
- If you prefer to measure, then measure the flours by scooping your measuring cup into the flour versus spooning it into it. This is how I measured when getting my weights.
- I suggest baking these on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Parchment helps crisp the cookie for that perfect outer texture.
- If you want to make the dough ahead of time, you can store it in the fridge for about 3-5 days. Any longer than that and you should freeze it.
- To freeze the dough, I like freezing in balls or scoops and storing them in a freezer bag or air tight container. That way I can grab as many as I want. Make sure to bring to room temp before baking if you want them to spread out and have the same crisp but chewy texture.
- You can also freeze the baked cookies, but they do dry out a bit in the freezer so keep that in mind. Bring them back to room temperature and then pop them in the toaster oven on light to warm and crisp them a bit.
The only reason I'm going to say yes, is that the chocolate chips themselves can have a lot of added sugar. However, it really depends on the ingredients used. If both kind of cookie uses whole food healthy ingredients, then I wouldn't say one is much better than the other.
You could also use chocolate chips without the refined sugar, or even dark chocolate without much sugar at all. So in this case you're good to go shoveling either in your mouth like cookie monster.
Usually the texture of a cookie is a direct result of the dry versus wet ingredients combination. If you use too much flour, or too little of the wet ingredients, it will end in a dry hard cookie.
It also can be that you swapped out an ingredient. Baking is a science so altering one thing in a recipe can cause a very different end result.
If you are in altitude, this can also cause your cookies to end up hard because liquids and moisture evaporate faster the higher up you are.
Because these are vegan and don't contain any dairy ingredients, you can easily keep these on the counter overnight after you bake them. They are best fresh but if you don't finish them, they will still be good for a few days.
You can also keep them in the fridge. If you do, pop them in the toaster oven or a few second in the microwave to warm them just a tad before eating.
You definitely want to make sure that the cookies are completely cool before storing them or they will soften. I leave these on the counter overnight to fully ensure they are cool. Then store in an airtight container. I keep them out of the fridge, but you could also store them in.
Other vegan cookies you will love
Here are some of my other favorite vegan and gluten-free cookies:
- Grainfree Chocolate Chip Cookies
- The Best Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- Vegan Breakfast Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Vegan Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- ¾ cups rolled oats , gluten-free if needed (1 cup for softer cookie version, see notes)
- ¾ cup fine grain almond flour (1 cup for softer cookie version, see notes)
- ½ cup coconut sugar (leave out for softer cookie version, see notes)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup apple sauce (½ cup for softer cookie version, see notes)
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup chopped pecans , optional
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C
- Mix oats, almond flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the maple syrup, apple sauce, almond butter, and molasses and mix well.
- Add the raisins and pecans if using. Mix until combined.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press down to slightly flatten the cookie if you want.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes or until golden brown and crisp at the edges. Cookies will harden a bit more as they cool.
- This makes a chewy crispier cookie. For other options, see below.
- You can sub date paste for the maple syrup if you want a less sweet cookie. You will need to add a bit of water to thin out the batter a bit depending on how runny your date paste is. See the photo in the post for what the consistency of the dough should look like. Keep in mind the consistency will change.
- If you want another lower sugar option, make the following changes but keep in mind this yields a softer fluffier cookie:
- total 1 cup oats
- total 1 cup almond flour
- no coconut sugar
- total ½ cup apple sauce
- The softer cookie maintains a better texture the next day.
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Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
I love oatmeal cookies and have been craving for some! I swear you are a mind reader, because the same day you shared this recipe on Instagram! So I made the soft version tonight, and they did not disappoint! I threw in some vegan choc chips too. So delicious and pairs perfect with an iced cold glass of at milk!
I am thrilled you liked them Lynn! Thank you for letting me know. I have a tendency to read minds, especially when it comes to cookies 😉
Hi! I dont have molasses, what can I use instead of it?
Hi Niki! The molasses adds a deep richness to the flavor and chewiness to the texture, so the end result won't be the same. I'd just skip it, if you want to add a touch of maple (maybe half the amount) you can do that too.
What can I replace the almond flour with? Can I use oat flour, or spelt flour?
Hi Stacey, I have not tested this with any other flours. Vegan Gluten-Free baking is a science and when you switch one thing out it required you to retest all of the other ingredients because it will interact differently. The almond flour provides whole food fat and a certain texture to the end result. Using oat flour or spelt will not give you the same end product. While you are welcome to test it, I can't vouch for what you will end up with flavor or texture wise. If almonds are an issue, then perhaps you can try another recipe or if you want to grind another nut or even a seed into a fine flour to test it out. Let me now if you try anything and what you get!
Ahhhhh, perfection! Thank you for creating a healthy, delicious treat. The twins loved them and so did this Mama. Easy peasy and so good dipped in ice cold soy milk! I was out of applesauce so I simply subbed with vanilla coconut yogurt 1:1 ratio.
I'm so happy you loved them Amanda!! I love the sub you used, thanks so much for letting us know it worked!
Can I use plain home made yogurt. If so what is the ratio for replacing half cup of apple sauce?
Hi Nithya! I haven't tried it with yogurt so I can't personally vouch for the end result. The apple sauce helps with the texture and gives a touch of sweetness, so you would definitely get a different texture with yogurt as you would with apple sauce. Yogurt doesn't have as much moisture so they would most likely not spread out and may be dry.
These are my boyfriend's favourite cookies ever, definitely making these!
Using these cookies to make an ice cream sandwich with Snickerdoodle Nada Moo would be cinnamon cookie heaven?
OOOOOH! Yes, that sounds delicious!
Just made these. Too cakey for me. I like a more chewy cookie. I think maybe it's the tapioca flour texture I don't like.
Hi Jeff! It sounds like something went wrong because these cookies are quite chewy and not really cakey. Did you follow the recipe exactly as is? Did you maybe use baking powder instead of soda? Not sure what went wrong but with the oats, tapioca and molasses it definitely lends to a chewier cookie.
Made these tonight and they came out wonderful! Moist and chewy with a subtle sweetness and made with whole food ingredients! I just so happened to have some aquafaba in my refrigerator so I subbed that in for the flax eggs and it worked perfectly.
Hi Cassie! That's so awesome to hear!! I've been wanting to make them with aquafaba so that's great to hear it worked. Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know!!
I made these today with my girls and they were delicious. I only had regular flour and I also used real eggs, but they turned out great. Not as sweet as regular cookies but just sweet enough and full of good stuff.
Awesome! Glad you liked them! Yes, definitely full of goodness!
Looks so good and so healthy! Gotta try!
Thank you so much! They are very tasty and healthy and a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let me know how you like them!
These cookies are healthy and delicious, I love them, thank you for making extra for Sunday.
Love your food! Thank you...
You are so welcome! Thank you for being here!