Healthy Oatmeal Raisin + Chocolate Chip Cookies [Gluten-Free]

By Amanda Froelich

Happy New Year! Wow – It’s been a minute since I posted a new recipe. While I would love to be spending more time in the kitchen, I am currently studying through three programs (degree, certificate, and license) to move forward with the next steps in my career. On top of a full-time job, it can be a lot to make time for the kitchen. However, I understand I’m not the only one with a busy, fast-paced life, which is why I am sharing these fabulous and quite healthy oatmeal raisin cookies (chocolate chips optional).

These buggers whip up fast, contain healthier ingredients than standard oatmeal cookies (don’t get me wrong, they are delicious but not great for healthy snacking), and taste very yummy. Let’s not forget…

HEALTH BENEFITS

Oats are a fantastic addition to most people’s diets. They are a great source of fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, folate, protein, and antioxidants. Furthermore, oatmeal is naturally gluten-free and incredibly versatile. *Make note: some oats are not gluten-free, as cross-contamination with wheat can occur during processing. To avoid this, ensure you purchase oats that are certified gluten-free. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HEALTHY OATMEAL COOKIES

  • Honey: These oatmeal cookies are sweetened with honey, but you can substitute maple syrup.
  • Coconut oil: Make sure the coconut oil is melted when preparing the oatmeal cookies. If you prefer, you can swap coconut oil for butter or ghee.
  • Egg: One large egg does the trick to bind wet and dry ingredients.
  • Instant Oats: *Instant over old-fashioned works best for this recipe.
  • All-Purpose (GF) flour: I used gluten-free all-purpose flour in place of whole wheat, and they turned out perfectly. 
  • Baking powder: Just a little bit and these cookies will rise perfectly.
  • Cinnamon: Oatmeal + cinnamon = a match made in heaven…
  • Salt: Bring out the sweetness with a dash of salt!
  • Chocolate chips:prefer Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, which can be found here.
  • Add-Ins: When it comes to add-ins, choose from your favorites – like raisins, chopped pecans, cranberries, and chopped walnuts. Just don’t add more than 1/4 cup.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin + Chocolate Chip Cookies [Gluten-Free]

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Serving Size: 10 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (can use 1/2 cup for sweeter cookies)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the honey, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. In a medium bowl whisk, all the dry ingredients then stir them into the wet mixture.
  • Drop cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet using a medium-large cookie scoop and flatten to about ¾’’ thickness. Bake 10 minutes then allow in the pan for at least 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

HOW TO STORE:

Store the homemade cookies in an airtight container. They will last 4-5 days in your pantry or even up to 6 months in the freezer. Be sure to store them away from sources like the stove, moisture, and direct sunlight. Double the batch and enjoy them later! Or, make a batch when you’re preparing to entertain.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

I’d love to hear from you. How did the recipe turn out? Did you make any changes?

Cheers,
Mandy Froelich xo

Source: Life in Bloom

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