The BEST Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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Healthy oatmeal cookies made with fiber-rich oats, coconut sugar and coconut oil and applesauce instead of butter. One cookie has about 115 calories! Naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

It’s crazy to think that I first shared this recipe back in 2012. I made them for a New Year’s Eve party and they were a big hit. I have a ton of awesome healthy cookie recipes, but oatmeal cookies have always been one of my favorites.

These oatmeal cookies are made healthier just by swapping a few ingredients, but still absolutely delicious. The combo of oatmeal, raisin and cinnamon is pure perfection.

Dairy-free chewy oatmeal cookies sitting on a drying rack and plate

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is super easy to follow and naturally gluten-free because we’re using oats and oat flour as the base. If you’re new to using oat flour, it’s essentially just rolled oats ground up into a fine flour. You can find it at most grocery stores in the natural section (I usually buy the Bob’s Red Mill brand) or simply make your own by processing rolled oats in your food processor or high speed blender.

A group of healthy oatmeal cookies sitting on a plate

Ingredients Needed

  • old-fashioned rolled oats
  • oat flour – store-bought or you can make your own oat flour.
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • sea salt
  • coconut oil
  • applesauce – store-bought or you can make your own applesauce at home.
  • coconut sugar
  • egg whites 
  • vanilla extract
  • raisins or dark chocolate chocolate chips or your favorite mix-in

Substitutions & Notes

  • Oat flour – I haven’t tested these cookies with another flour, so I’m not sure how they’d turn out. Some people have commented letting me know that almond flour and all-purpose flour worked, but I’ve only tested these cookies with oat flour. If you try a different flour, let me know in the comments.
  • Coconut oil – you can use butter (vegan or regular) in place of the coconut oil.
  • Applesauce – if you don’t have applesauce on hand you can use mashed bananas instead.
  • Sugar – as a sub to coconut sugar you can use brown sugar or regular sugar. I wouldn’t swap it with a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey.
  • Egg whites – you can use 2 eggs in place of the egg whites. I haven’t tested these with flax eggs, but I bet it would work subbing the egg whites for 2 flax eggs. Let me know in the comments below if you try it.
A woman holding a dairy-free chewy oatmeal cookies above a plate

How to Store Homemade Cookies

After letting your cookies cool completely, I recommend storing in an airtight container. They’ll last a few days on the countertop, a week in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I love making these in advance, freezing and then serving during the holidays!

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

4 from 32 votes
These healthy oatmeal cookies are made with fiber-rich oats, coconut sugar and coconut oil and applesauce instead of butter. They are easy to whip up and are naturally gluten and dairy-free and paleo-friendly.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 cup coconut sugar, organic brown sugar works too
  • 2 egg whites, about 1/3 cup*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dark chocolate chocolate chips or your favorite mix-in

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with silpat mats and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl with the mixer set on medium speed, beat together oil, applesauce, sugar, egg whites and vanilla until fluffy and smooth. Slowly beat in the oat mixture. Lightly stir in raisins.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each cookie down with a fork a bit. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies will seem a little soft, but do not over bake or they’ll get too crisp. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes or until they start to harden up a bit. At this point you can transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Notes

  • you can use 2 eggs in place of the egg whites

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 116kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 2g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 65mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: healthy oatmeal cookies

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    98 comments
    1. Kate
      September 25, 2021 AT 6:15 am

      5 stars
      Brittany, thank you SO much for this beautiful recipe! My family of 5 have rated these as their all-time favourite cookies 🤗 I used mashed banana instead of applesauce and substitited raisin/choc chips for dried apricot/chopped almonds/shredded coconut/white choc and they turned out perfectly. 10 mins on the dot for baking time and the consistency of the mix was spot on 👌

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 27, 2021 AT 11:06 am

        Yay!! I’m so happy to hear these oatmeal cookies were a hit, Kate! I love the variations you used, so great. Thanks so much for trying out the recipe and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    2. Wanda
      August 31, 2021 AT 3:47 pm

      4 stars
      4 of 5 stars due to batter was very wet and didn’t hold together well. Scooped cookies onto cookie sheets and baked 11 min. Did not mash them down. After baking, cookies tasted very good. Around edges are crumbly but all in all very good cookie. Thank you for the recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 6, 2021 AT 4:37 pm

        Hey Wanda – I just made these cookies over the weekend and the batter was plenty thick for me and not too wet. Did you change anything about the recipe?

      2. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2021 AT 11:27 am

        Sorry to hear you had troubles with the cookie, Wanda! Did you use a mixer to beat the dough together? I’m trying to think what could have happened! I need to test these again!

    3. Morgan
      June 27, 2021 AT 9:45 am

      3 stars
      I’ve made these twice and while they taste delicious I cannot get them to stay together! They crumble off the parchment paper…

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 7:20 pm

        Oh no!! Have you changed anything about the recipe, Morgan? Sounds like you might need some more liquid to hold the cookies together. Maybe try adding a splash of milk or even water?

        1. Wanda
          August 31, 2021 AT 4:06 pm

          Made exact recipe. Batter is plenty wet so not sure how adding more liquid would work. Needs to be thicker batter I believe.

    4. Madeline
      June 15, 2021 AT 8:35 pm

      5 stars
      Super good oatmeal cookies! I used half all purpose flour and half almond flour, and it worked out great. The cookies were a little bit dense, so I think next time I will add more applesauce. Flatten them out before you put them in the oven. Since I used brown sugar, I’m not sure I would call them healthy, but definitely healthier than other recipes. Perfect for Father’s Day!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 16, 2021 AT 10:50 am

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this oatmeal cookies, Madeline 🙂

    5. Debi Cool
      January 26, 2021 AT 7:30 pm

      3 stars
      I found these cookies to be a little too soft and not as dense as other oatmeal cookies. I think I should have flattened them a bit more. I may have been heavy handed with the coconut oil. I will give it another try. Love your website and enjoy your recipes. Thank you

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