Healthy Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Healthy Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are simply the chewiest cookies ever. The soft cookie base is made with sweet, hearty oats, and baked in 12 minutes.

People love the healthier versions of our favorite Dessert Recipes! This easy recipe uses wholesome ingredients to make a Healthy Oatmeal Cookie that’s just as delicious as any other oatmeal cookie recipes out there. For more healthy spins on your favorite sweet treats try out our recipes for Black Bean Brownies or Flourless Chocolate Cake next!

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HEALTHY CINNAMON OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

This delicious cookie recipe is perfect for the next time you’re craving cookies, but still want to eat healthy. In just a few easy steps you’ll have perfectly sweet, chewy cookies with a hint of cinnamon and delicious raisins throughout. The flavors and textures of cinnamon, oats, sugar, and raisins blend together perfectly!

To make classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies more nutritious we’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe. First, our version uses less sugar and less butter. The decreased amount of sugar is still plenty for the cookies to taste incredible, and the addition of applesauce provides enough moisture for a soft, gooey center.

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Exchanging all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour is much more nutritious. The oats in the recipe also add fiber, important nutrients, and give the cookies their amazingly chewy texture. We’ve used a lot of the same tricks to make other cookie recipes more healthy, like our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies.

MAKE-AHEAD COOKIE DOUGH

It’s always nice to have cookie dough ready to go in the freezer for the next time you’re craving your favorite cookies. You can prep the cookie dough as usual then roll the dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Flatten the dough balls, and then freeze them while still on the sheet.  After a couple of hours in the freezer transfer the hardened dough to a freezer-bag. They’ll stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.

When you’re ready to make a batch of cookies take the oatmeal raisin cookie dough from the freezer and arrange them on the baking sheet to bake. You’ll want to add a couple of extra minutes to the bake time since they’ve been frozen.

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TIPS FOR MAKING HEALTHY CINNAMON OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

  • Prep: To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wet ingredients: Add room temperature butter and sugar to your stand mixer. Mix them at medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes until the butter mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and applesauce next, and mix at the lowest speed until just combined.
  • Dry ingredients: In a medium bowl add the quick oats, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix the flour mixture until just combined. Add the dry ingredients in small amounts to the rest of the dough, combining it all at the lowest speed. It’s important not to overmix at this step. Then finish by folding the raisins into the cookie dough.
  • Shape: Use a cookie scoop or a regular spoon to scoop the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart so they have room to spread. Dip the bottom of the cup into the powdered sugar and tap away excess sugar. Then use the cup to press down the cookie dough balls.
  • Baking time: Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown. For crisper oatmeal cookies, bake for closer to 14 minutes. Give the baked oatmeal cookies a few minutes to cool before eating or moving them to a wire rack to cool.

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VARIATIONS ON HEALTHY CINNAMON OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

  • Chocolate chip cookie: If you prefer chocolate chip cookies, you can replace the raisins in the recipe with semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Other mix-ins: There are a variety of other mix-ins you can try adding to the recipe. Try pecans, almonds, or walnuts for some crunch. You could also mix in dried cranberries, coconut flakes, or cinnamon chips.
  • Coconut oil: If you don’t want to use butter in your Raisin Cookie recipe, you can replace the room temperature butter with an equal amount of coconut oil.
  • Sugars: You can try out other sweeteners in the cookies to replace the granulated sugar. Honey is an easy white sugar replacement. To achieve even more flavor try out brown sugar or maple syrup. Use an equal amount of brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey as the sugar called for in the recipe.

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HOW TO STORE HEALTHY CINNAMON OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

  • Serve: You can keep Oatmeal Cookies at room temperature for 2-3 weeks. Cover them in plastic wrap or put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
  • Store: To easily store, you can also put the chewy oatmeal cookies in the fridge for up to two months.
  • Freeze: Cookies will also be good in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Healthy Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Healthy Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are simply the chewiest cookies ever. The soft cookie base is made with sweet, hearty oats, and baked in 12 minutes.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar about 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg, vanilla, and applesauce in the stand mixer on the lowest speed setting until just combined.
  • Add quick oats, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir until just combined.
  • Add the dry ingredient mixture in small amounts on the lowest speed setting until just combined.
  • Fold in raisins.
  • Roll 1 inch scoops of dough in your hand gently and add to baking sheet.
  • Dip cup into powdered sugar and tap away any excess.
  • Press the cookies slightly to flatten them
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the edges just start to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Healthy Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.

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