Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies

Made without any processed sugar or flour, these oatmeal raisin protein cookies are gluten-free, portable and healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

Oatmeal cookies have always been one of my favorites. The funny thing is that before I knew much about healthy eating I thought they were a healthy treat. Raisins = healthy, right? Kind of similar to the high-school me thinking that tortilla chips where healthier than potato chips. I’ve come a long way folks!

Oatmeal raisin protein cookies on a cooling rack.

That said, I still crave oatmeal raisin cookies every once in a while and I have found that you can indeed make them healthier just by swapping a few ingredients. And that’s exactly what I did to come up with this recipe for oatmeal raisin protein cookies.

Hand holding an oatmeal raisin protein cookie.

Are Healthy Cookies a Thing?

If you know me, you know that I’m all about making healthy cookies and fully support the idea that cookies can be healthy enough to have for breakfast. I’ve shared everything from sweet potato cookies to chia cookies and now these healthy protein cookies!

These little guys have all the flavor of regular oatmeal raisin cookies, but without any processed sugar or flour. They also have a scoop of protein powder to amp up the protein. They’re vegan, gluten-free, portable and healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

Mixing bowl with the batter for oatmeal raisin protein cookies.

Are Protein Cookies Good for Weight Loss?

When people ask about certain foods or recipes being “healthy” the follow up question is “will this food help me lose weight”? In general, I don’t think there are foods that should be designated as weight loss foods. Having said that, following a balanced diet with high protein and plenty of fiber generally does help with weight loss. If you’re craving a cookie and trying to lose weight, this is definitely the cookie to reach for!

How to Make Cinnamon Raisin Protein Cookies

These cookies are super easy to make. You’ll start by mixing the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients (the melted coconut oil, mashed banana, applesauce and vanilla). Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until well combined. Gently stir in your raisins and then it’s cookie making time! Use your hands to shape the dough into a cookie shape. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, let cool completely and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to a month.

A hand holding an oatmeal raisin protein cookie studded with coconut.

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Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 15

Description

Made without any processed sugar or flour, these oatmeal raisin protein cookies are gluten-free, portable and healthy enough to eat for breakfast. 


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup unrefined melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, shredded coconut, protein powder, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
  2. In another bowl, combine coconut oil, mashed banana, applesauce and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in raisins.
  3. Use your hands to form the cookie dough into balls and flatten slightly into a cookie shape.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 134
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 107mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: protein cookies

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  1. this recipe caught my eye, but I loathe all things coconut and had no apple sauce to hand! So I improvised, replacing the shredded coconut with ground almonds.Then I puréed a fresh apple with the zest of an orange, the segments of the orange, a knob of fresh ginger and a banana and the remains of some hazelnut butter that I had. Seems to have worked out OK. thank you

  2. My husband loves oatmeal raisin cookies and asked me to find a “healthy” version. (I have been trying to bake with alternate flour and no white sugar as he has a bit of a sweet tooth!) These are a winner! I have made 4 batches already. The only thing I have added is nuts as he is a nut lover in his cookies! Thank you for a great recipe. He is not easy to please and loves them ❤️

  3. Second time making these cookies – sooo good! The best texture and perfect for when I have ripe bananas.

  4. I love this cookies. Taste really good. looking for a recipe without sugar and eggs. This recipe is for keep. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I made these tonight! ❤ I did not have bananas, so I just added a little more applesauce. Due to my weird palate, I added a little cayenne pepper to the mix for a slightly spicy cookie. 🙂

  6. Just made these for a healthy snack during this upcoming period of self isolation. They were delicious and just sweet enough to satisfy my cravings. Do you think I could freeze some to keep them for longer?

  7. These cookies were delicious. We made them without the protein powder and my 3 and 4 year old are them all in one day. We are making more today! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    • Hey Ansley! Are you using refined or virgin coconut oil? That could be why you don’t like the taste. Virgin coconut oil has a more coconut taste where refined coconut oil is more of a neutral scent and flavor.

  8. I just made these and they are fabulous! I love sweets and this is the best of both worlds. Sweet and healthy! Thank you!

  9. These are fantastic, especially right out of the oven! A new meal prep favorite at my house! A quick 10 seconds in the microwave makes them super yummy with that morning coffee or tea.

    • I haven’t tested this recipe without the applesauce but you should be able to easy use mashed banana instead of the applesauce. Just mash and measure 1/4 cup of banana. Let me know if you try it!

    • Hey Melissa – I think they’d turn out just fine without the protein powder, but I would maybe replace the protein powder with 1/4 cup oat flour, almond or AP flour to keep the consistency the same. Let me know if you try these and how they turn out for you. 🙂

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