This post has been sponsored by American Greetings, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Two years ago my husband and I decided to no longer buy each other material gifts for Christmas. Instead, we wanted to create experiences that we can enjoy together. Something like putting aside some money for our summer vacation or a quick getaway to one of the close by Vermont towns for a weekend.
However, me being the romantic in the relationship, I still wanted to give him something on Christmas morning. After going back and forth for quite a bit, we finally decided to gift each other with a personally written love letter on that special day. This way, we could not only renew our love for each other with words of confirmation but also have something special to look back as we grow old as a married couple.
This year, in addition to my love letter, I plan on gifting him with these healthy oatmeal raisin cookies. Because, like most men, the road to my husband’s heart goes through his stomach. And what is better than a box full of cookies attached with a love letter for Christmas?
Until last week I planned on writing my love letter on a piece of paper like I did last year. But then as I was shopping in Target, my eyes went to the greeting cards section and I couldn’t help myself but browse the beautifully displayed holiday cards by American Greetings.
And when I saw these ones that were tailored for a husband, I decided to pick one and make it the vessel for this year’s Christmas love letter. They were just so tasteful with a thoughtful message that was exactly what I wanted to say to him.
Now, onto the recipe…
About These Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I don’t know about you but during the holidays I make sure that my cookie jar is full of cookies at all times. However, I also want to make sure that we are not filling ourselves with overly sweet and fatty cookies that are really not that good for you.
So I have been on the lookout for a cookie recipe that I can enjoy without any guilt attached to it. And I am happy to tell you that I finally found it.
Because this healthy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is:
- Vegan: Uses ground flax seeds and chia seeds instead of eggs.
- Gluten-Free & Made without flour: Made with a combination of ground oats and oat flour (that you can grind in your food processor)
- Made without brown sugar: Most healthy oatmeal cookies are made with brown sugar. However, these ones are made without brown sugar. Instead, they are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, ripened bananas, and raisins.
- Made without butter: Instead of butter, I used avocado oil. However, you can also use coconut or walnut oil as well.
- Made without baking soda: This recipe uses no baking soda.
- Easy to make: The whole process of preparing the batter takes no more than 15 minutes and requires no special equipment (like mixer or food processor). And it bakes in 18 minutes.
How To Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
The process of making this low-fat oatmeal raisin cookies recipe is no different than any other cookie recipe.
First, you prep the dry ingredients: In this case, we mix together ground oats (I used gluten-free certified ground outs), oat flour (that I ground in my food processor), ground flax seeds, chia seeds, baking powder, and cinnamon.
Second, you prep the wet ingredients: To do so, simply mash some ripened bananas and mix them with avocado oil ( or coconut oil would also work), maple syrup, and almond milk.
Finally, you mix them together, scoop them (with an ice cream scoop) out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake them for 18 minutes in a 325 F degree preheated oven.
At the end of 18 minutes, depending on the size of your ice cream scoop (mine was 3-inch in diameter), you will end up with 12-13 deliciously chewy and low sugar oatmeal cookies.
If You Liked This Healthy Oatmeal Cookies without Sugar, You Might Also Like These Naturally Sweetened Cookies
- Naturally Sweetened Pecan Shortbread Cookies
- Coconut Sugar Cookies
- Fully Loaded Breakfast Cookies – Vegan
- Almond Flour Cookies – Vegan
- Paleo Almond Flour Gingerbread Cookies
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
For The Dry Ingredients:
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup oat flour
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the Wet Ingredients:
- 2 medium sized ripe bananas mashed (approximately 1 cup)
- 1/3 cup coconut or avocado oil, melted and cooled
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
To Add In At The Last Minute
- 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
- 2/3 cup golden raisins
- Pre-heat the oven to 325 F degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them until fully combined.
- Place all wet ingredients in a bowl and stir until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones.
- Fold in the walnuts and raisins. Using a large (2-3 tablespoon) ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough onto the parchment lined sheet pan. They don’t spread too much so you can line them 1-inch apart from one another.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the cookies turn lightly browned. Let them cool and serve.
This recipe has been adapted with minor changes from this Superfood Breakfast Cookies recipe by Wife Mama Foodie.