These gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies combine wholesome oats with juicy raisins and cinnamon's sweet and aromatic flavor. They are crispy around the edges, soft in the center, and they taste absolutely delicious!
If you are looking for a gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that is made without flour, this is the recipe for you! The cookies are deliciously sweet, soft, and packed with juicy raisins.
Plus, these cookies are made with healthier ingredients and are very easy to make. Once they are served, these cookies will disappear in no time!
Are oatmeal raisin cookies healthy?
The short answer is: it depends. Not all oatmeal raisin cookies are created equal which means that some are healthier than others. Many recipes call for large amounts of flour, butter, and sugar, making those cookies less nutritious than other versions.
And that’s why I love this gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. The cookies are made with healthier ingredients, yet taste just as amazing! And even though they have a slightly different texture, my family loved them just as much as classic oatmeal raisin cookies.
Here is what makes these cookies so special and healthier:
- No flour: I absolutely love oatmeal cookies that are made with only oats. There is no need to add any flour to this recipe as the combination of cashew butter and oats make for the perfect dough.
- No butter: You don’t need any butter to make these oatmeal raisin cookies as the cashew butter and greek yogurt make the cookies super soft and delicious.
- Less sugar: There definitely is some sugar in this recipe (otherwise the cookies wouldn’t be sweet), but I tried to cut back on the sugar as much as possible. The result is a cookie recipe that has less sugar, but still tastes sweet and delish!
Here is a full list of the ingredients you’ll need to make these delicious and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies.
- Oats: You can either use old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats. I prefer quick oats, but it really is a matter of preference! Quick oats give the cookies a texture that is similar to regular cookies, while rolled oats give the cookies a heartier texture.
- Cashew butter: Cashew butter is the perfect nut butter for making these cookies as it adds a wonderful nutty and milky flavor while still being neutral in taste.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is used to make these cookies softer, so definitely don’t forget to add it.
- Raisins: Raisins make these cookies taste absolutely amazing and are key to making them!
- Eggs: Eggs are necessary for the cookies’ texture and should definitely be used. I used medium-sized eggs.
- Brown sugar: Although I love honey and maple syrup, I prefer granular sugar (in this case brown sugar) to make these cookies. If you want to substitute with coconut sugar, feel free to do so! Both work great in this recipe. I just opted for brown sugar as it is more accessible to most people.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is the spice of choice for making delicious oatmeal raisin cookies! Definitely don’t skip as it really adds to the taste of these cookies.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is another favorite for making super delish cookies.
- Baking soda: And baking soda is used to make these cookies rise while baking.
How to make gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies
Preparing these gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies is super easy! Just follow these steps:
- Mix dry ingredients: First, mix the oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and brown sugar in a bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients: In another bowl, mix the cashew butter, greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Combine and fold in raisins: Now combine the dry and wet ingredients. Then fold in the raisins.
- Shape the cookies: Roll the dough into balls, spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten them (the dough doesn’t spread while baking).
- Bake: Now bake the cookie for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden. Remove them from the oven and let the cookies cool. Enjoy!
If you want to switch things up, try one of the following variations.
- Nuts: Nuts go super well with oatmeal raisin cookies! They add a little crunch and make them extra delicious. You can add your favorite nuts, I absolutely love walnuts in these homemade oatmeal raisin cookies.
- Chocolate chips: Another delicious idea is substituting the raisins with chocolate chips. That technically doesn’t make them oatmeal raisin cookies anymore, but it is a great way to make delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!
How to make homemade cashew butter
I used store-bought cashew butter to make these cookies. But if you have trouble finding cashew butter, you can just make it at home! All you need is one simple ingredient: roasted (salted or unsalted) cashews.
Here is how you can make cashew butter (and other nut butters) at home:
- Add the cashews to a food processor.
- Blend everything and occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl. When you blend nuts in a food processor long enough, their oils are released which transforms them into creamy nut butter. This process usually takes several minutes.
- Store the cashew butter in an airtight container at room temperature or in your refrigerator.
More easy and delicious dessert recipes
If you love simple and delicious dessert recipes, try one of the following recipes. They all taste amazing!
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Avocado Brownies
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 ½ cup oats
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
- Mix all dry ingredients, except the raisins, in a bowl.1 ½ cup oats, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ⅓ cup brown sugar
- Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl.½ cup cashew butter, 2 tablespoons greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Then fold in the raisins.½ cup raisins
- Roll the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently flatten the dough balls (the dough doesn't spread while baking).
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden. Then remove them from the oven, let them cool and enjoy!
- Oats: You can use rolled oats or quick oats depending on the texture you prefer. Quick oats give the cookies a finer texture while rolled oats give the cookies a heartier texture.
- Sugar: You can substitute brown sugar with coconut sugar if you want to. Both work fine!