Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Flourless oatmeal raisin cookie recipe - Dr. Axe

There are two types of people in this world: those who like oatmeal raisin cookies and those who don’t. If you fall in the former camp, get excited. This recipe will knock your socks off. But if you’re on the fence about these sweet treats, you’ll want to try these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Oatmeal raisin cookies rarely get their time in the spotlight, as they’re usually overshadowed by their chocolate chip lookalikes. But they really are tasty enough to stand on their own, especially when you try my version. These oatmeal raisin cookies are everything a cookie should be.

They’re hearty and full of fiber, thanks to gluten-free steel-cut oats. Cashew butter gives them a nutty flavor and adds a heap of protein. And while these cookies are refined sugar-free, they’ve got just the right hint of sweetness from natural sweeteners like applesauce, coconut sugar and, of course, raisins.

I guarantee that these oatmeal raisin cookies will earn a spot in your cookie jar!

Flourless oatmeal raisin cookie step 1 - Dr. Axe

We’ll start this easy recipe by adding water and a pinch of salt to a pot and bringing to a boil. Once the water’s hot enough, add in the oats and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pot and cook those oats for about 10 minutes or until they’re nice and creamy.

Flourless oatmeal raisin cookie step 2 - Dr. Axe

While the oats cook, preheat the oven to 350 F. Then, once the oats are ready, combine the baking soda and sea salt to the oats.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cashew butter and coconut sugar, making sure the two are combined well before adding in the apple sauce. I have to admit, this bowl is pretty delicious on its own!

Flourless oatmeal raisin cookie step 3 - Dr. Axe

But it’s about to get better, because it’s time to combine the cooked oats and the bowl of sweetness. Mmm! Now, add in the nutrition-rich raisins and stir it all up.

Flourless oatmeal raisin cookie step 4 - Dr. Axe

Place spoonfuls of the flourless oatmeal raisin cookies on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes. Then enjoy the best oatmeal raisin cookies around.

These cookies are a terrific addition to a lunchbox or enjoy as an afterschool snack, and they’re simple enough for the kiddos to help prepare them. Make extras because these you’ll have a few new flourless oatmeal raisin cookie fans once these come out of the oven.



Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10–12


  • ¾ cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup gluten-free steel-cut oats
  • ½ cup cashew butter, softened
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons raisins


  1. Add water and salt to a pot, cover, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add oats, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook 10 minutes or until creamy.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Add salt and baking soda to cooked oats.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix cashew butter and coconut sugar. Once mixed, add in applesauce.
  6. Combine both mixtures and add in raisins. Place on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes.

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  1. Tricia smith on

    These look yummy,and i want to try them,but here the cashew butter is almost $10.00 a jar! Could you suggest a substitute? I do not want to use peanut butter,too strong.Thanks~

    • Lisa on

      I agree, I’m going to try with Almond Butter – which you can purchase at a reasonable price. I’m sure it’ll be yummy ?

  2. Valentina Sanchez on

    My daughter doesn’t like plain water…I add blue agave to it…I just found out blue agave is bad for the liver… I heard vànilla cream liquid stevia taste good, what are your thoughts on this?

    • EmmyJoyful on

      add some lemon juice to her water, change the temperature of the water, too. I like mine a bit warmer than room temperature.

  3. Kimberly Moore on

    I only have gluten free rolled oats how would I make them since that’s all I have I paid 10$ for the bag hoping to find a great yummy recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies !! Please advise. Thanks Kim Moore

  4. Diane on

    Was hoping to see a reply to Kimberly Moore’s post. I too would like to see a rolled oats alternative with this recipe. Thanks.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Barbara, here are the nutrition facts for this recipe (per cookie): 184.3 calories, 11.8 g fat, 125.4 g sodium, 16.4 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber 7.6 g sugar and 5.1 g protein. We are working on adding nutritional information to all recipes soon.


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