This Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe is simple, yet delicious! Baked to perfection with crisp edges and warm chewy insides!
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These cookies are for that moment in life when you just want to feel like a kid again. You know, when you want something a little less “adult” tasting then, say, vegan gluten free oatmeal no bake cookies because you just want something simple and easy. But you’re also not wanting something as healthy than almond flour oatmeal cookies 🙂
Enter the oatmeal cookies with perfectly crisp outsides and CHEWY insides. These cookies are similar to my browned butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chunks except minus the browned butter and chocolate and add raisins and applesauce to make them healthier.
Why you will LOVE this recipe
- Made from oats
- Very easy to make
- Chewy texture
- Much healthier than traditional cookies
- Easy to make variations to the recipe
Health Benefits of Oatmeal
If you know me AT all, you know that I am obsessed with oats. I love starting the day with oats in a pb&j healthy soft oatmeal breakfast bar and in ALL my overnight oat recipes- carrot cake overnight oats and latte overnight oats with greek yogurt just to name a couple! One of the BEST ways to eat oats, though, is in cookies! Today’s low calorie oatmeal cookies are a better-for-you, delicious alternative to regular cookies that are loaded with sugar! Oats have so many benefits to your health, too! Check it out:
- They are rich in antioxidants
- They can improve blood sugar control
- Contain lots of carbs, fiber, protein and fat
- Are loaded with vitamins and minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron zinc, folate, and B vitamins too!
- They will keep you full
The secret to the BEST Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
What’s better than a heaping plate full of freshly baked oatmeal cookies? Oatmeal cookies that are also HEALTHY! These cookies are packed with goodness and include healthier ingredients that you’ll feel good about, and the secret ingredient is applesauce! It keeps them soft, chewy, and flavorful juuust how you like them.
To make this healthy oatmeal cookie recipe, I swapped out a few typical cookie ingredients and brought in some that would make the final product a bit healthier but JUST as delicious.
- Whole Wheat Flour: Instead of all purpose white flour, I went for whole wheat this time to add some more nutrients.
- Coconut Sugar: This less refined type of sugar still brings the sweetness you crave to your batch of cookies! I combined coconut sugar with some organic cane sugar to sweeten them.
- Applesauce: Applesauce is binding, meaning it helps to hold the cookies together. It also adds moisture, brings in the health benefits of apples, AND also adds sweetness!
How to make Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe from scratch
Set your oven to 350 degrees and allow it to heat up. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, flour, oats, cinnamon, soda and salt. In a separate, large bowl, add the applesauce and butter and beat until smooth. Then add in the sugars, egg and vanilla and continue beating until everything is well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together well, then add in the raisins. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge.
Roll out the dough into balls and then push them down on the prepared pan a little bit. Pop the pan in the oven and bake until the oatmeal cookies are lightly golden brown and set.
Let the cookies cool COMPLETELY on the pan, then serve up with a tall glass of your milk of choice and enjoy!
- To make these cookies vegan: Don’t swap out the butter for applesauce as the texture will not be great. If you don’t want to use regular butter, simply use vegan butter instead like in my vegan oatmeal raisin cookies!
- To make them gluten free: Use your favorite 1:1 gluten free flour to suit your dietary preferences and needs.
- Topping and mix-in ideas: I recommend adding some chopped nuts, other dried fruit, or chocolate chips if you want to make them more like my vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and if you want to mix things up a bit!
What kind of oats should you use to make oatmeal cookies?
There are two kinds of oats that are widely used. One is rolled oats and the other is quick oats also known as instant oats. I personally use quick oats for the recipe as it provides a chewy and nutty texture and is much to bake with.
Are these healthy oatmeal cookies gluten free?
Unfortunately these cookies are not gluten friendly since they contain whole wheat flour. However you can opt for any kind of gluten free flour instead and make them gluten free.
How to store and freeze these cookies
I recommend storing these cookies in an airtight container. On the kitchen counter, they will last this way for up to a week, although they will be most soft and chewy on the first 2 days when they are freshly made. To freeze them, stick them in a freezer style zip lock bag or an airtight container for up to 3 months!
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- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate large bowl beat together the butter and apple sauce using an electric hand mixer. Add in the sugars, egg and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, followed by the raisins. Cover and chill 15 minutes.
- Roll the dough into 1 Tbsp sized balls and press out to about 1/3 inch thick.
- Bake until the edges are lightly golden brown and the cookies feel set, about 12-14 mins. Let cool completely on the pan.
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