Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 3

My latest love affair has been exposed.  You, my scrumptious cookies, are my true desire.  Fortunately, this love affair yields no consequences, as you won’t have to cheat on your diet with these bad boys.  Made from 100% whole foods, all natural, clean ingredients, these healthy oatmeal raisin cookies will blow you away!  Suitable for a variety of lifestyle choices, these cookies are vegan (no dairy or eggs), gluten-free, and have no sugar added!  They sound too good to be true…so what’s in them?

 

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Serves: 24

Oatmeal raisin cookies so healthy that you will eat them for breakfast! These cookies are vegan (no dairy or eggs), gluten-free, no sugar added, 100% all natural whole foods, and clean ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3 mashed bananas (very ripe – brown & spotted)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats (I use gluten free instant oats)
  • ⅓ cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with tin foil (shiny side up) and grease tin foil with cooking spray. These cookies tend to stick to the tin foil if not greased well. This is important!
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas. Try to mash the bananas as much as possible, but some chunks are inevitable and totally okay.
  3. Add applesauce, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Add oats and raisins. Add one cup of oats first, mix well, then add the second cup of oats. It seems to work best this way. Once you are done with the oats, mix in the raisins. Feel free to use more or less raisins according to your taste.
  5. Place tablespoon-sized “blobs” onto baking sheet. Scoop a small amount with your spoon and just plop it onto the sheet. The dough isn’t tough enough to roll into cookies so plop the blobs down and “shape” them into round cookies prior to cooking. You should be able to make 24 small-medium cookies. Once you have plopped all your blobs, shape (with your fingers) each cookie into the best circle you can get. No need for perfection here!
  6. Place both trays into the oven and bake cookies at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. (I tend to get too excited and pull my cookies out exactly at the 15 minute mark no matter what, but sometimes they may need another minute or two in the oven.) You will know they are done when the cookies turn golden brown and crisp ever so slightly on the outside. The inside of the cookies will be mushier, almost undercooked. This will resolve itself as the cookies cool. Either way, they always taste delicious!
  7. Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes. Remove cookies from the tin foil and place them on a plate, napkin, cooling rack, etc. You will want to remove the cookies within 5 minutes before they have had the chance cool too much and stick to the foil.
  8. Let cool to room temperature and enjoy!

Notes

  • These cookies will resemble baked oatmeal squares. They are dense in an unique and delightful way. It is very easy to just eat one cookie- yippee! These cookies satisfy the cookie craving without any of the guilt. They are an amazing addition to any diet!
  • Consider making larger cookies and eating them for breakfast! They are simply oatmeal, bananas, and applesauce – all great breakfast foods ☺ I have not tried this yet but if you do, please share your experience with all of us!

How did your cookies turn out?  Do you have another healthy cookie recipe?  Please share your recipe in the comments below!

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