These healthy oat and raisin cookies have a moist and chewy texture. They are naturally sweetened with applesauce, a small amount of honey, and dried fruit. And they're so delicious, that you you won't even remember they are healthy!
There is something very satisfying about these oatmeal cookies. They are a great sweet treat when you need a pick-me-up, but they won't send your blood sugar levels crashing later in the day. That's because of the high fibre oats. Fibre moves through your digestive system relatively slowly, keeping you feeling fuller. And it's also packed with other health benefits.
These healthy oat and raisin cookies are made without flour, so if you use certified oats, it is a gluten free recipe. You don't need eggs either, so you can easily use this recipe to make vegan oatmeal cookies.
Ingredients for healthy oatmeal cookies
Oats: This recipe uses porridge oats, which are a wholegrain. In addition to fibre, oats are also rich in vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants. B vitamins, iron, zinc and magnesium make them a very healthy grain. Oats are also relatively low in calories, and a source of protein.
Applesauce: Using unsweetened applesauce is a great hack for reducing the levels of both fat and sugar that are found in many recipes. In this healthy oatmeal cookie recipe, applesauce helps to hold the mixture together, and adds a lovely rich sweetness.
Butter: A couple of tablespoons of butter add to the moist texture of these oat cookies. If you prefer, you could substitute coconut oil instead.
A small amount of honey and cinnamon boosts the natural sweetness of the applesauce in this recipe. If you want vegan cookies, you can use maple syrup rather than honey. And if you don't have ground cinnamon, then mixed spice will work well.
Raisins add further texture and sweetness to these healthy oatmeal cookies. If you prefer, you could substitute another dried fruit such as sultanas or chopped dried apricots.
How to make oat and raisin cookies
These are really easy cookies to make, and quick too. There's no chilling required, so you won't have to wait too long before they are ready;)
I've included the measurements in cups as well as grams, as it makes this recipe even quicker, and the measurements are not absolutely critical for these cookies. A measuring cup is 240ml.
You simply need to mix all the ingredients, shape into a flattened ball and bake. However, it is best to use a food processor to mix the ingredients. That way the oats will be slightly broken down, which makes for a nicer texture in your finished cookies. But don't overdo the processing, as you don't want to end up with oatflour. You'll need to stir in the raisins by hand once you have blitzed the other ingredients so that they remain whole.
When cool, store your healthy cookies in an airtight container. They'll keep for a few days. They also freeze well.
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Healthy Oat and Raisin Cookies
- 100 g porridge oats 1 cup
- 120 ml unsweetened applesauce ½ cup
- 30 g soft butter or coconut oil 2 tbsp
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 50 g raisins ¼ cup
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees (150 degrees fan)
- Add the oats, applesauce, butter, honey and cinnamon to the bowl of a food processor, and pulse several times until the ingredients are mixed. The oats should be slightly broken up, but not turn to flour. Add the raisins, and stir in by hand.
- Divide the mixture into 6 balls and place onto a greased baking sheet. (You can use a silicone baking mat if you prefer.) Flatten the cookies with a spoon until they are about 8mm deep. Push any completely exposed raisins into the mixture so they don't burn.
- Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway if necessary. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Please note nutritional information is for guidance only