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Oatmeal cookies are my favorite kind ever, but who says you can’t have your cookie and eat it, too? Today, I’m super excited to show you one of my favorite healthy recipes close to my heart – healthy oatmeal cookies with raisins. These are sweet, soft, and chewy just like regular ones, but without any flour, butter, or refined sugar. Dunk them in a glass of almond milk for the ultimate comforting, guilt-free treat!
Why You’ll Love These Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Soft and chewy texture
- Sweet taste with hints of cinnamon
- Simple, clean ingredients with no refined sugar
- Takes less than 30 minutes
- Gluten-free and dairy-free
- Kid-friendly and perfect on-the-go snack
Are Oatmeal Cookies Healthy?
Traditional oatmeal cookies do have healthy oats, but they are also loaded with sugar, white flour, and lots of butter. You can enjoy them in moderation, or instead make healthy oatmeal cookies with natural sweeteners, coconut oil, and no flour.
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for healthy oatmeal raisin cookies, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Rolled Oats – The star of the show! You can try using quick-cooking oats if you want to, but avoid using steel-cut oats, as their texture is too different. You can also replace up to 2 tablespoons of the oats with pumpkin seeds, whole flaxseeds, chopped pecans, walnuts, or a variety of nuts for added protein.
- Wholesome Yum Blanched Almond Flour – The only almond flour I use, thanks to its fine grind and light texture in baked goods. And it’s much healthier than using white flour.
- Baking Powder – Prevents the cookies from being too dense. Don’t use baking soda, which is not the same thing.
- Cinnamon – Adds a warm, sweet spice to these cookies.
- Sea Salt – Balances out the sweetness.
- Maple Syrup – For natural sweetness! I prefer to use natural sugar-free maple syrup, but you could also use conventional maple syrup, honey, or sugar-free honey. Granulated sweeteners won’t work, as the wet/dry ratio of this healthy oatmeal cookie recipe needs it to be liquid.
- Coconut Oil – This is a healthier alternative to butter, but melted butter works fine, too. You can also get butter-flavored coconut oil if you want that same flavor.
- Egg – Make sure it’s at room temperature, otherwise it will solidify the coconut oil when mixing. For a vegan option, a flax egg should also work as an egg substitute.
- Vanilla Extract – Use high quality vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Raisins – I love the classic flavor of raisins, but you could omit them if you’re not a fan, or use dried cranberries for a fall twist.
How To Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
This section shows how to make healthy oatmeal raisin cookies, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Mix the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- Mix the wet ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
- Combine. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Fold in the raisins.
- Scoop. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each scoop slightly (they will not spread much when baking).
- Bake. Place the healthy oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven, until the edges are starting to turn golden brown. Cool completely in the pan to firm up.
Want to try these healthy oatmeal cookies with different flavors? Here are some fun ideas to try:
- Chocolate Chip – Replace the raisins with dark chocolate chips (I like these sugar free ones) to make healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
- Peanut Butter – Add 1/2 cup of smooth or crunchy peanut butter to the cookie dough, or just make my peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
- Banana – For healthy banana oatmeal cookies, omit the egg and use 1/4 cup of mashed banana (1 ripe banana) instead.
- Store: Keep the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- Freeze: Cool completely, then store in a zip lock bag or container in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also freeze balls of cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag and bake fresh later.
More Healthy Oat Recipes
If you’re loving this healthy oatmeal cookie recipe, check out these other healthy recipes to make with oats:
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Make this healthy oatmeal cookies recipe with raisins, oats, coconut oil, and no refined sugar! They are soft, chewy, sweet, and so easy.
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Stir until combined.
- Fold in the raisins.
Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet. Flatten the dough to approximately 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness. (My scoop held 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough.)
Bake for 11-13 minutes, until edges are starting to turn golden brown. Cool completely before moving.
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