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Easy oatmeal raisin cookies are the best quick & healthy treats without baking soda or baking powder. This is the ultimate vegan dessert without sugar, eggs, flour, butter, or dairy.
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Life is too short to miss out on a good dessert. Don't you think?
Being on a plant-based diet, you can still enjoy delicious cookies, pancakes, brownies, cakes, or muffins without the guilt. What's best about these cookies is the fact that you're allowed to eat as many as you wish, these beauties are totally weight-loss-friendly 🙂
Healthy Raisin Applesauce Cookies (No Baking Powder or Soda Required)
This effortless recipe for raisin oatmeal cookies calls for a few simple ingredients, 1 bowl, and only 10 minutes of baking time! Besides that, their texture is perfectly dense and chewy with no baking soda or baking powder. They're super chocolatey, crunchy, coconutty, and full of sweet juicy raisins.
No eggs, no refined sugar, no butter, no flour, no oil, no leavening agents = No problem. You'll still have the tastiest homemade raisin cookies I'm sure your family will adore.
I made these yummy raisin coconut cookies last Thursday when my sister and her husband came to visit us. And guess what? From all the food on the table, they were the ones that disappeared in a flash. I caught my sis taking one while I was doing the photoshoot for the blog. She couldn't resist it. Ha-ha!
I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine was. Now, ready for baking some deliciousness?
What is in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
This uncomplicated recipe for oil-free raisin cookies features a few pantry staples you probably have in your kitchen. Here they're:
- Raisins (dried grapes)
- Rolled / Old-fashioned oats
- Applesauce (Learn how to make your own sugarless applesauce here)
- Coconut flakes
- Cacao powder
- Pure maple syrup
- Almond milk (oat milk, cashew milk, or any dairy-free milk you desire)
As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.
Time needed: 25 minutes.
How to make homemade oatmeal raisin cookies from scratch?
You'll make these tasty sugarless cookies in just 25 minutes, from start to finish. Because they are egg-free and flour-free you can even enjoy them raw but they are more flavorful and aromatic when baked.
- Soak the raisins
First, place the raisins in a bowl and cover them with hot tap water to soften them before folding them into the batter. Let them soak for 10-15 minutes or overnight to rehydrate and plump them up.
- Chop up hazelnuts
While raisins are soaking, finely chop up the hazelnuts. After that, preheat the oven to 338°F / 170°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make the batter
Next, in a large bowl mix oats, coconut flakes, cacao powder, applesauce, maple syrup, and milk, Fold in drained raisins and chopped hazelnuts. Mix well until everything is combined.
- Bake your cookies
Use a ¼ measuring cup to scoop the batter and drop it onto a prepared baking sheet. The cookies won't spread so use your fingers to flatten them slightly and give them some shape. Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer your raisin cookies on a wire rack and let them cool before serving.
- Serve and enjoy
Finally, your chewy raisin cookies are ready to be devoured. Enjoy them with a cup of tea, coffee, or a non-dairy hot chocolate (my fav). You can keep them in an airtight container, at room temperature for 2-3 days. Or store them up to a week, refrigerated, in a sealed container. Store cooled cookies in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to a month.
The secret to the best oatmeal raisin cookies is pre-soaking the raisins before folding them into the batter. For the finest texture and extra flavor, I recommend you rehydrate them until they're super moist and yummy. Don't skip this step because it makes a HUGE difference in the end result.
Absolutely! Believe it or not, these hearty raisin cookies are actually so good for you, you can eat them for breakfast or on-the-go snacks throughout the day with peace of mind. They are full of fiber-packed oats, iron-rich raisins, low-calorie applesauce, antioxidant-rich cacao powder, and heart-healthy hazelnuts. Honestly, they are great for digestion and boosting your energy levels naturally. They are a wonderful way to satisfy your sweet tooth without the need for processed sugars.
Let them cool completely, then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Alternatively, you can store them for up to a week, refrigerated, in a sealed container. Freeze completely cooled cookies in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to a month.
Yes, our egg-free and dairy-free raisin cookies are 100% vegan. Plus, if you're using certified GF oats they can be also gluten-free.
Raisins Benefits for Health
These sweet dried morsels, also known as raisins, are not only a fantastic addition to your diet but also an excellent source of energy, various vitamins, minerals, and plant fiber. Here are 6 reasons why raisins are highly beneficial for you:
- A good source of iron
- Contain boron, a mineral that keeps your bones and joints healthy
- Packed with powderful antioxidants that prevent cells and DNA damage
- Contain a large amount of soluble fiber which aids digestion and help in relieving constipation
- Keep your eysight strong (contain polyphenolic phytonutrients that protect your eye cells from free radical damage)
- An amazing food for extra energy boost for before or after working out
Why you'll love these easy oatmeal raisin cookies. They are:
- Naturally sweetened
- Freeze well
- Easy to make ahead
- Crowd pleasing
- Incredibly easy-to-make for beginners
- Perfect for any occasion!
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Easy 25 Minutes Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe
- 1 Small bowl for soaking the raisins
- 1 Big bowl for mixing the batter
- 1 Knife
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 Spoon
- 1 baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- 1 cup raisins soaked, drained
- 2 cups rolled oats use certified GF oats if needed
- ¾ cup applesauce see notes for substitution
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup hazelnuts finely chopped
- 3 tablespoon cacao powder unsweetened
- 5 tablespoon pure maple syrup or agave syrup
- 6 tablespoon almond milk or any dairy-free milk
- First, place the raisins in a bowl and cover them with hot tap water to soften them before folding them into the batter. Let them soak for 10-15 minutes or overnight to rehydrate and plump them up.
- While raisins are soaking, finely chop up the hazelnuts. After that, preheat the oven to 338°F / 170°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Next, in a large bowl mix oats, coconut flakes, cacao powder, applesauce, maple syrup, and milk. Fold in drained raisins and chopped hazelnuts. Mix well until everything is combined.
- Use a ¼ measuring cup to scoop the batter and drop it onto a prepared baking sheet. The cookies won't spread so, use your fingers to flatten them slightly and give them some shape.Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer your raisin cookies on a wire rack and let them cool before serving
- Now, your chewy raisin cookies are ready to be devoured. Enjoy them with a cup of tea, coffee, or a non-dairy hot chocolate (my fav). You can keep them in an airtight container, at room temperature for 2-3 days. Or store them up to a week, refrigerated, in a sealed container. Store cooled cookies in a freezer-friendly container in the freezer for up to a month.
- You can substitute applesauce with the same amount of mashed banana
- Use chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans instead of hazelnut. You can omit hazelnuts for a nut-free version
- If your batter is too dry add a spoonful of milk at a time to make it easily manageable to form cookies
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I love oatmeal cookies. I can't wait to try these ones. Looks delicious!
Great, let us know if you give it a try, Natalie! Thank you for commenting.
Love this! Such a great recipe for when I want to make cookies quickly! So delicious!
Thank you, Kayla, for your lovely comment!
I love these oatmeal raisin cookies, such a healthy treat that is easy to make!
Glad you love my simple raisin cookies, Emily. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us!
Omg these oatmeal raisin cookies were to die for!!! Thanks for sharing.
I'm happy you love them, Kaitlin. Thank you, too, for sharing your feedback!
Saving this recipe for next time I want to make healthy cookies! Looks amazing, and so simple! 🙂
That's great, Michelle, let us know if you give this easy recipe a try!
Best vegan oatmeal raisin cookies! Great idea adding in the hazelnuts and coconut flakes.
I'm glad you like them, Joshua, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!
I've never had an oatmeal cookie like this before! I love everything added into it. This is a healthy cookie with very clean ingredients. Highly recommend it!
Oh, I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Anaiah, thank you for sharing your lovely feedback with us! I highly appreciate it!