Soft and Chewy Vegan and Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (nut-free + refined sugar-free)

These vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies are the perfect combination of soft and chewy.  This is a classic cookie recipe made healthier with nutritious ingredients.  The cookies are full of warm and comforting flavors like cinnamon and vanilla that are perfect for this time of year.  I love this easy recipe because the ingredients are simple, no dough chilling is required, the cookies cook quickly, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. 

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This time of year, I love to bake healthy cookies to enjoy as a snack or dessert.  Homemade cookies are just the best and always feel so home-y.  I love this vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe because they are soft in the middle and a little chewy on the outside.  They have amazing flavor and most importantly they are loaded with nutritious ingredients you can really feel good about eating. 

Stacked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These cookies are allergy-friendly and made without any nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, wheat or gluten.  Plus, they are refined sugar-free and don’t contain any butter. 

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I pack these cookies in my kids’ lunches sometimes and offer them as a special after-school snack.  I love to enjoy them as a mid-morning snack at my desk during the workday.  My husband loves them after dinner as dessert.  They really work anytime of day.  With oatmeal raisin cookies you just can’t go wrong!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on Baking Sheet

What you need to make these vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies:

This recipe comes together with these simple, wholesome ingredients:

  1. gluten-free rolled oats and raisins are the stars of this recipe and add a natural sweetness to the cookies
  2. ground flaxseeds help bind the cookie together
  3. coconut oil is used for richness and moisture in place of butter
  4. pure maple syrup is used to naturally sweeten the cookies
  5. double acting baking powder acts as a leavening agent
  6. cinnamon & vanilla provide a sweet and warming flavor
  7. salt makes all the flavors pop

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Pretty simple!  These are ingredients that I typically have on hand in my pantry making this recipe so convenient.  And you will notice this recipe doesn’t use any unhealthy oils, butter, flour or refined sugar.  

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

What are the health benefits of oats?

According to the Whole Grains Council, oats are higher in protein and healthful fats and lower in carbohydrates than most other whole grains.  I love to incorporate oats and oat flour into my desserts because they are full of soluble fiber and help me feel fuller longer.  This cookie recipe is healthy enough to enjoy as a mid-morning snack or give to kids as an after-school snack that is both filling and nutritious.  

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More vegan and gluten-free cookie recipes you’ll love!

If you are a cookie monster like me you are always baking cookies!  These are some of my favorite vegan and gluten-free cookie recipes (some are actually no-bake!).  

  1. Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Flour Cookies with Flaked Sea Salt
  2. Grain-Free Cookie Dough Energy Bites
  3. Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  4. Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  5. Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
  7. Sugar Cut-Out Cookies
  8. Healthy Raw Cookie Dough Energy Balls
  9. Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Cookies

Now, let’s make some vegan, gluten-free and nut-free oatmeal raisin cookies!

I cannot wait for you to give this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe a try.  Let’s get baking!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on Cooling Rack

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Soft and Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (gluten-free and nut-free)


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 18
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

These vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies are the perfect combination of soft and chewy.  This is a classic cookie recipe made healthier with nutritious ingredients.  The cookies are full of warm and comforting flavors like cinnamon and vanilla that are perfect for this time of year.  I love this easy recipe because the ingredients are simple, no dough chilling is required, the cookies bake quickly, and you don’t need any fancy equipment.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1.5 cup homemade gluten-free oat flour*
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup organic unrefined virgin coconut oil, melted (or melted vegan butter)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins (plus more for topping the cookies if desired)**

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a half baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl stir together the dry ingredients (oats, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt) until well combined.  Add the wet ingredients (maple syrup, melted coconut oil and vanilla) and stir to combine well.  Fold in the raisins until evenly distributed.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to place ~2 tablespoon scoops of cookies on the baking sheet about an inch apart.  Use wet fingers to gently form and flatten the cookies until they are 1/2 inch thick.  (The cookie dough will not stay together well when uncooked so just clump them together with your wet fingers).  Optional: If some of the cookies have no raisins showing on top, place a few extra raisins on the tops of the cookies. 
  4. Bake for 8 minutes until edges are light golden brown.  The center of the cookies will still be very soft.
  5. Remove from oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before carefully moving to a cooling rack to completely cool.  Enjoy once fully cooled or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Notes

*To make the oat flour add 1.5 cup of oats to a completely dry high speed blender and blend from low to high speed until the oats turn into a fine powder.  No chunks should be present.

**You can use a combination of golden and regular raisins.  For best results, I recommend plumping up the raisins before adding them to the batter.  To do this, place the raisins in a bowl and cover with boiling hot water.  Leave them for a few minutes to soak.  While you prepare the recipe the raisins rehydrate and plump up.  Be sure to drain them well and dry them on a paper towel before adding to the batter so they don’t add too much moisture to the cookies.

  • Category: Dessert or Snack
  • Method: Oven-baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies

 

 

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