Gluten-free, plant-based, and delicious? Yes, these gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies are just that! This gluten-free oatmeal cookie recipe is made with both almond and brown rice flour. They are primarily sweetened with instant homemade applesauce, which you can easily make yourself. This gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe has just the right texture and chewiness. Now make ‘em and eat ‘em. You’ll thank me.

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Stack of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Cookies That Taste Good… And Do Good?! 

Not only can you eat as much of the vegan gluten-free oatmeal cookie batter as you want because there is no raw egg, these ingredients also have some insane nutritional benefits. 

Benefits of Gluten-Free Flour 

The almond and rice flour used in this recipe for gluten-free oatmeal cookies are great alternatives to wheat flour. Almond flour is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of many serious health problems, including heart disease. Plus, almond flour adds a gorgeous nutty depth to the batter, which I am here for! 

Benefits of Oats 

Oats contain a bunch of dietary fiber, which promotes a healthy digestive system and decreases bad cholesterol. Here is a selection of the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in oats:

  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Magnesium 
  • Potassium
  • And many more!

Benefits of Cinnamon

This spice is excellent for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can contribute to a healthy lifestyle alongside its high levels of antioxidants. Even the ancient Egyptians recognized the wealth of benefits in cinnamon, so don’t skimp on this ingredient! 

Swap the raisins for cranberries, dried apricots, or chopped dates. 

If you have more of a sweet tooth, you can also fold chocolate chips into the batter. And let’s be honest, what vegan dessert recipe isn’t improved with a handful of chocolate? 

Keep things simple! When you’re substituting in other ingredients for the half-cup of raisins, substitute in a 1:1 ratio. 

*reader ignores instructions and adds extra chocolate chips… haha, I don’t blame you.  

Tips for Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

Soak the Raisins

A common problem with oat-based cookies is that they can easily become dry. If you often find this problem occurring, try soaking your raisins so they don’t reduce the moisture in the batter. 

The best method is to soak your dried fruit in room temperature water for around 15 minutes. 

Alternatively, if you are in a rush (or just in a hurry to devour the batter), you can soak the raisins in hot water for just 5 minutes. 

Trust the Process

Although the batter may appear too thick and possibly dry, do not be tempted to add any more wet ingredients. As these cookies are only baked for 6-8 minutes, they will be perfectly chewy and soft when they come out of the oven. 

How To Store Your Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies For Maximum Freshness

As these vegan, gluten-free oatmeal cookies are more on the crunchy side, they can usually stay fresh for longer than doughy cookies as they contain less moisture. 

Ensure the cookies are completely cool before sealing in an air-tight container. Then store them in a cool, dark place. They will last around one week. 

Alternatively, you can store the container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Meaning you will always have delicious gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies on hand for when those sweet cravings hit. Simply leave them out to defrost at room temperature for freshness in an instant. 

How To Spice Things Up For The Holidays

This easy oatmeal cookie recipe is wonderful for the holidays because apples are typically in season from mid-summer to early November. Furthermore, cinnamon and applesauce are a comforting fall/winter combo. 

You could even quite literally spice things up and substitute the cinnamon for pumpkin pie seasoning. 

Alternatively, make your own pumpkin spice as follows: 

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg 
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

To take this recipe to the next level, serve these gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies alongside a glass of warm mulled wine for that ultimate Pinterest perfect fall delight. 

Close up of oatmeal raising cookies on a cookie sheet.

We hope you LOVE these vegan gluten-free oatmeal cookies! It’s:
Sweet
Soft
Chewie
Easy to make
& So tasty!

If you try this recipe for gluten-free oatmeal cookies, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and remember to take a picture and tag it #raepublic on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, lovely!

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Stack of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


  • Author: Rae Aflatooni
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Dozen 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Classic oatmeal raisin cookies that are vegan and gluten-free. These vegan, gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies are quick and easy to make and taste like childhood.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup Instant Raw Applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
  2. Combine: Place all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Add: Add in maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla, and combine using a hand mixer (or a spoon if you want to squeeze in an arm workout).
  4. Stir: Stir in raisins with a mighty spoon. Mmm… 
  5. Bake: Bake for 6 – 8 minutes. 

Notes

If you are looking for another delicious vegan dessert that is just as amazing try these dairy-free Peanut Butter Cups out!

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten-free cookies, gluten-free oatmeal cookies, vegan cookies

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  1. Charisse Johnson says:

    Scrumptious! I made this for one of my colleagues who is gluten-free and she loved them! I added a bit of cinnamon to half of the batch and they were also a hit!

  2. Jon Aflatooni says:

    Delicious and filling!