The Best Soft & Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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The Best Soft & Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The Best Soft And Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are here. Indulge in the goodness of delicious raisins, combined with healthy flour combination of oatmeal and whole wheat, sweetened with unrefined cane sugar. You are going to love these healthy oatmeal raisin cookies for sure!!

 

 

I have been planning baking with oatmeal from a long time. But finally got the chance to try using it in this Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe. I have a good collection of Whole Wheat bakes in my blog now, it has replaced all purpose flour from our home completely. All bakes are now done using whole wheat flour. But lately, I’ve been wanting to try out other flours in my recipes too.

I had a big box of Quaker Oats (Old fashioned) in my pantry, since we love having overnight oats many a times for breakfast. But I don’t like using the oats directly in cookies. I have tried it once, but the texture is not that much loved by my little one. She doesn’t like the crunchy oats bits in her cookies. So, I decided to make flour out of the quaker oats. It’s pretty simple. Just pulse the Quaker Oats in food processor few times. Keep checking the consistency of the flour that you may like. And Tada, you have your own oats flour at home! You can use this oats flour in different dishes, like I have used in this Quaker Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe!

The benefits of oats are numerous. Oats are rich in antioxidants, help in managing blood sugar levels and also help to lower cholesterol. Oats are filling and thus can help in managing weight, also these are rich in vitamins and minerals, among many other health benefits. So, if you are not already using them, then start to include them in your diet and see the changes in your health.

For this particular recipe, I am using Trader Joe’s Golden Berry blend, which consists of a mix of Golden Raisins, Cherries, Cranberries and Blueberries. Feel free to use only raisins in this recipe. I love this blend from Trader Joe’s, so preferred using that for my cookies.

Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend
Trader Joe’s Golden Berry Blend

Baking with Oatmeal Tips – Soft & Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Baking with oatmeal is not that easy, since it is a gluten free flour. Gluten is the kind of protein which is present in some flours like all-purpose, whole wheat etc, which helps hold the food together. Here in cookies, gluten helps in binding the cookies, just like a glue. If you are baking using oats flour, then you have to make sure to not replace the flour (all-purpose or whole wheat) completely with oatmeal. I used 3/4 cup of oats flour, and 1 cup of whole wheat flour here in this recipe.

While it is possible to use only oats flour in bakes as well, but it is quite tricky and you may have to increase the amount of moisture or leavening agent in the bake, since replacing oats flour completely may result in dried out, crumbly cookies. As you get comfortable baking with oats flour, you can try to increase the amount of oats flour in each of the bakes.

Also, continuing the tradition, here comes the 21st recipe under My Julie & Julia Project. For those who don’t know, I had started this project last year, under which I had planned to post 100 recipes from my kitchen by the end of the year 2019. But since I got busy with other priorities in life, I have planned to continue the tradition in 2020. So, this is the Recipe #21 for you all.

Oatmeal Raisin Whole Wheat Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Whole Wheat Cookies

I did not need to refrigerate the cookies like some of the previous cookies that I tried. Once they were cooled to room temperature (after taking them out of the oven), these had the perfect texture to directly store them in the air-tight container. Check out the recipes for some of my other whole wheat cookies below. I am sure you will find one for your liking.

Not taking further time of yours, let’s take you all straight to the Healthy and Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe. Happy baking everyone!!

cookies stack with coasters by side

The Best Soft & Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Kanwaldeep Kaur
The Best Soft And Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are here. Indulge in the goodness of delicious raisins, combined with healthy flour combination of oatmeal and whole wheat, sweetened with unrefined cane sugar. You are going to love these healthy oatmeal raisin cookies for sure!!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Butter unsalted, softened
  • 3/4 cup Unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup Oatmeal/Oats flour I made it by grinding Quaker Oats in food processor
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Raisins I used Trader Joe's Golden Berry blend, which consists of Golden Raisins & Dried Berries - Feel free to use only Raisins here
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  • Meanwhile, mix the butter and unrefined cane sugar till the sugar is completely blended with the butter. I prefer to mix by hand since I don't use mixer. Whisk or spatula is not helpful in this case, since the butter is not in a completely melted state.
  • Add in the egg to this mixture. Now add vanilla essence to the above mixture and stir till all the ingredients are uniformly mixed. The wet ingredients mixture is now ready.
  • For the dry ingredients, mix in oats flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt to the wet mixture.
  • Finally add the raisins and give it a good mix with hand. The dough will be a little loose at this stage, so it is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Take around 1-2 tbsp of dough in your hands, form a ball, and flatten a little. I was able to make 18 cookies with the prepared dough.
  • Bake the cookies for around 15-17 minutes in the preheated oven, or till you see creases on top of the cookies. The cookies will be soft to touch, but once cooled, they will be fine. It took me exactly 17 minutes to bake them to the right texture.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • The Soft and Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are now ready to be served warm or these can be stored in an air-tight container!!

Notes

  • Whole Wheat Flour – Feel free to replace whole wheat flour with the same quantity of all-purpose flour. If the cookie dough feels a little loose, add ~ 1/4th cup more of all-purpose flour.
  • Unrefined Cane Sugar – If Unrefined Cane Sugar is not available, you can replace it with equal amount of refined sugar.
  • Egg – To make the recipe eggless, I would advise to replace the egg with either of these two options:
    • Chia Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
    • Flax Seed Gel (Mix 1 Tbsp powdered Flax seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let it soak for 5 minutes)
PS – For eggless version, powdered seeds are preferred. But if not available, you can use whole seeds for soaking!
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Method (Step-by-step with pictures)

  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Meanwhile, mix the butter and unrefined cane sugar till the sugar is completely blended with the butter. I prefer to mix by hand since I don’t use mixer. Whisk or spatula is not helpful in this case, since the butter is not in a completely melted state.
  • Add in the egg to this mixture. Now add vanilla essence to the above mixture and stir till all the ingredients are uniformly mixed. The wet ingredients mixture is now ready.
  • For the dry ingredients, mix in oats flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt to the wet mixture.
  • Finally add the raisins and give it a good mix with hand. The dough will be a little loose at this stage, so it is advisable to put the dough in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Take around 1-2 tbsp of dough in your hands, form a ball, and flatten a little. I was able to make 18 cookies with the prepared dough.
  • Bake the cookies for around 15-17 minutes in the preheated oven, or till you see creases on top of the cookies. The cookies will be soft to touch, but once cooled, they will be fine. It took me exactly 17 minutes to bake them to the right texture. Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 5-10 minutes.

The Soft & Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are now ready to be served warm or these can be stored in an air-tight container!!

10 thoughts on “The Best Soft & Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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  1. Delicious! Love oatmeal cookies, especially ones with dried fruits, as you have here! 🙂

    I agree about the ones made with oats/oats flour only, are indeed more crumbly. However, I found that refrigerating the dough for a couple of hours, and baking while cold, helps keeping the shape.

    1. Thanks a lot Ronit. The cookies were delicious indeed. I guess now I need to try with a higher percentage of oatmeal in my cookies, thank you so much for sharing the great tips of handling only oatmeal cookies! Will definitely try that! Really appreciate your feedback 😊

    1. Thank you Sheryl. I am so obsessed with making whole wheat cookies that every time I try to use some different flour, I still end up using part of whole wheat flour as well 😊.. Appreciate your kind words !

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