Thursday, June 9, 2011

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

vegan oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies were one of my favorites when I was growing up.
This healthy recipe is quick and easy to make and uses wholesome ingredients but no sugar, flour, eggs or milk.. Everyone will love them because they taste amazing!!

Free Oats Oat photo and picture

Do you have some ripe bananas that you want to use up?  You will need four bananas for this recipe. 

Free Banana Good Food photo and picture

These cookies are sweetened with fruit, you don't have to feel guilty eating them or giving them to your kids for snacks.  Be sure to buy certified gluten free oats, which are available in most health food stores, Trader Joes , and Whole Foods.

Are you in a hurry? This recipe can be whipped up and baked  in less than 1/2 hour

Whenever I make these cookies, everyone, whether gluten free or not, loves them. In addition, the recipe lends itself to many variations, so you can be as creative as you choose. Depending on what you decide to add, you can change the taste of the cookie. If you add chocolate chips it will be sweeter. If you add chopped walnuts, it will be a little chewier. If you add dried cranberries, It will be a perfect cookie for Thanksgiving.

Since the ingredients are wholesome, why not pack a few cookies in a baggy for a snack.

Basic Recipe
2 cups certified gluten free rolled oats ( I get mine at Trader Joe's )
4 ripe bananas, mashed
4 tbsp
 olive oil (or coconut oil) or 2 tbsp of applesauce
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup add ins of your choice ( raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix gluten free rolled oats, mashed banana, oil and cinnamon with a spoon in a large bowl. ( batter will be chunky)
Add raisins (or any add- in of your choice), mix with spoon and allow to sit in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes (or up to 8 hours covered)

Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes at 350 or until tops brown a little.

Step by Step

Assemble Ingredients

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Mix mashed banana, rolled oats, olive oil and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Eat immediately or store in a little baggies to keep them soft and chewy!
Made with raisins, instead of chocolate chips, these can make a nutritious breakfast as well ( oatmeal, bananas, raisins, cinnamon,) YUM!

How to know if oats are gluten free click to read the article.

Variations: Using the same batter, fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for about 15 minutes. Cool and can be kept in a plastic bag for about 3 days. Since the recipe contains no sugar ( unless you use choc chips or sweetened dried fruit) it makes a great convenient breakfast on the run.

Disclaimer: If you are gluten free, check with your doctor before using gluten free oats. Some people may react to even gluten free oatmeal. Read my July 2010 post on gluten free oats.

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  1. You always have such great ideas!
    I have an award for you...

    1. Thanks. These are winners in every way- healthy, easy, tasty..and allergy friendly

  2. Oh, these cookies look delicious. I am bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for visiting our blog and following. Now I'm following you because you have some amazing recipes.

  3. These look delicious! If you get a chance, I'd love to have you post this recipe on my Menu Mondays recipe collection:

    1. Stacy,
      Thanks for the invitation. I'll be sure to stop by and post them.

  4. i love the use of banana in place of sugar...we always have too many over ripe bananas around freezer is beginning to get overcrowded with them. i have a brother who would go crazy for these...he is an athlete and this looks like the perfect energy snack for him. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

    1. Bananas really work well to replace the sugar, but they have to be ripe! Much healthier ..

  5. Love this recipe! I made breakfast cookies a while back that were "low sugar" but they really were still too sugary for breakfast. This looks just right!

  6. These will make a great snack for my kids! Thanks!

  7. These sounds and look so yummy! Thank you for sharing.

  8. We just love a great Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and your recipe looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!
    Miz Helen

  9. Judee, I included this recipe in my weekend links post today--I just think it's such a great idea. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Thanks for coming to the party :) Can't wait to try these!

    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  11. I am always on the lookout for good gluten-free cookies that I can just open up the package and eat them with a glass of milk.YUMMY!!!!

  12. Thanks for joining our Flu Fighting Foods breakfast link-up! Come back tomorrow with a green tea recipe:)
    I'm going to have to try this one for my son as it avoids all his allergens, and I'm always looking for new snack recipes for him.

  13. These are delicious. I love to put chocolate chips and dried cranberries in. Another trick is to use 1 or 2 jars of pureed baby food such as sweet potato or carrots in place of 1 banana. Hide the veggies in there and no one knows!

  14. I've been seeing similar recipes like this and am intrigued about cookies that have so few ingredients. They look super yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  15. Your cookies look delicious, Judee. Love all the wholesome ingredients - and the addition of the banana is a great idea for flavour, nutrition and texture. Pinned :-) Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  16. Thank you for hosting such a great party with lots of fabulous recipes


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