There’s nothing like a warm homemade cookie, fresh out of the oven. But years ago, after learning how sugar affects my body, I basically stopped baking. After a while, I didn’t even miss it, but the idea to make a healthy oatmeal raisin cookies kept coming back to me.
I mean, I do pretty good with keeping sugar to a minimum right now, but every once in awhile it’s nice to have a treat! Especially when we’re headed to a family function or friend gathering and there is a table of desserts – I can bring these and still feel like I’m getting a bit of an indulgence. And for those days I now have a go-to recipe that has NO ADDED SUGAR, not even honey or maple syrup.
These naturally gluten-free, sugar-free oatmeal cookies taste great and are super simple to make. (They do contain natural sugar from the banana, but they are free from all refined and added sugars – and I’m ok with using whole fruits!)
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats old fashioned
- 1 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup almonds finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients until well mixed.
- In another bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir into the dry mixture.
- Place approximately 2 Tbsp of the mixture on the cookie sheet for each cookie and lightly press down as they don't spread when they cook.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, just until they begin to brown.
These cookies are pretty versatile as well. Swap out the raisins for dried cherries or cranberries or use half the raisins and add a small number of mini dark chocolate chips.