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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    65 comments
    1. Pam Cook
      January 19, 2021 AT 7:36 pm

      This was delicious and super easy! I swapped dried cranberries for the raisins and also added a few white chocolate chips. I’ll definitely make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2021 AT 12:02 pm

        So glad these cookies were a hit! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, Pam. I so appreciate it!

    2. Rita
      December 15, 2020 AT 11:02 am

      Can I use sweet potatoes mashed instead of applesauce

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2020 AT 2:13 am

        Hey Rita – I haven’t tried it, but I bet it would work. Let me know if you end up trying it and how these cookies turn out. 🙂

    3. Sharon
      November 17, 2020 AT 1:18 am

      Is there a replacement for applesauce if i don’t have access to this ingredient?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:32 pm

        Her Sharon – You could try using ripe mashed bananas.

    4. Susan
      October 15, 2020 AT 11:29 am

      These ARE easy and very good! Sweet enough to be satisfying but not too sweet. Thank you for this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 16, 2020 AT 2:41 am

        You’re so welcome, Susan! So glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    5. Susie
      September 5, 2020 AT 9:03 pm

      I have tried A LOT of different breakfast cookie-type recipies and this is by far the best. It is wholesome and texture and taste are so so good. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:48 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Susie! So glad you loved these cookies. 🙂 Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    6. Matthew Njaa
      June 24, 2020 AT 4:57 pm

      Great and easy recipe. Once I had the ingredients, it was very simple and quick to prepare. I’ve alternated between the cinnamon raison and using choc chips for a sweeter outcome. I like the raisons, boys like the chips. I saw a comment about adding cayenne for a spicier version, definitely will try that next time I do it with the choc chips.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2020 AT 10:14 pm

        So glad these cookies have been a hit, Matthew!! Thanks so much for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Olivia
      May 25, 2020 AT 2:48 am

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 11:25 pm

        Thanks for sharing the subs you made, Olivia! I’m glad these cookies turned out for you. Thanks for trying them – I really appreciate it!

    8. Elaine
      May 13, 2020 AT 2:52 pm

      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 ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 13, 2020 AT 3:50 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Elaine. 🙂 I’m so glad these cookies were a hit!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it!

    9. katie
      May 11, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2020 AT 9:02 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad you are enjoying these cookies, Katie!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    10. Mei
      May 7, 2020 AT 4:33 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 7, 2020 AT 8:04 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies!! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    11. Jule J
      April 19, 2020 AT 7:29 pm

      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. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2020 AT 2:08 pm

        Ohh I love the idea of a little spice! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    12. Veronica KL
      April 17, 2020 AT 7:18 pm

      This are super delicious!! How do I store them? Should they be refrigerated?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2020 AT 10:22 pm

        You can store them in an airtight container on the counter for about 4-5 days or in the fridge for about a week. You can also freeze them and they’ll stay good for a few months!

    13. Grace
      March 27, 2020 AT 9:20 am

      these look SO yummy. how much of a difference do you think sweetened coconut flakes would make? that’s all I have

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 27, 2020 AT 12:02 pm

        Hey Grace – It shouldn’t make a big difference at all! 🙂

    14. Zoe
      March 16, 2020 AT 9:03 pm

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 17, 2020 AT 1:28 pm

        Hey Zoe – I’m so glad you are enjoying these cookies!! And yes, I think freezing them would work just fine. They should last 3-4 months in the freezer. 🙂

    15. Charlotte
      March 1, 2020 AT 12:07 pm

      I only have one ripe banana! Can I sub in additional applesauce or something?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 9:23 pm

        I think subbing in applesauce would work just fine! Let me know if you try it and how they turn out!

    16. Mandy
      February 29, 2020 AT 7:13 am

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 10:45 pm

        Yay!! So glad these cookies turned out for you, Mandy! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    17. Ansley
      January 27, 2020 AT 6:11 pm

      What is a healthy alternative besides coconut oil? Anytime I try a recipe with coconut oil I hate the taste!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2020 AT 4:51 pm

        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.

    18. Kelly Hulstyn
      January 17, 2020 AT 5:38 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2020 AT 5:29 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved these cookies, Kelly. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it!

    19. Lesa Schafer
      January 14, 2020 AT 3:19 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 15, 2020 AT 1:01 am

        Woo-hoo! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed these cookies, Lesa. Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it! <3

    20. Teri R Hammon
      January 13, 2020 AT 11:47 pm

      I can’t eat apples so I find myself wondering whether there is a swap for the applesauce?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2020 AT 7:30 am

        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!

    21. Debra
      January 13, 2020 AT 10:35 pm

      What are other options to use instead of the coconut hubby can’t digest it but loves oatmeal cookies. Thanks

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 15, 2020 AT 1:09 am

        Hey Debra – You could just leave the coconut out and if the dough seems too wet you can add more oats.

    22. Alyssa
      January 13, 2020 AT 9:43 pm

      Okay, I need these stat! If I used collagen for the protein, would I need to add anything else to thicken?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2020 AT 7:31 am

        I don’t think you’d need anything else to thicken the batter if you use collagen, but if the dough seems too wet you can add more oats.

        1. Danielle McDermott
          June 2, 2020 AT 1:00 am

          First off, I love this recipe! I’ve made it a dozen times or more and every time the cookies disappear within a day! I have used collagen in them and I do end up having to add a little more oats than what the original calls for, I just keep adding until it’s the right consistency. So good 🙂

    23. Melissa
      January 13, 2020 AT 1:06 pm

      These sound amazing! Do you think these would turn out okay if I didn’t add the protein powder?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 13, 2020 AT 2:35 pm

        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. 🙂

    24. Desiree
      October 6, 2019 AT 10:49 pm

      What if I wanted to add a nut butter? Would I then reduce the coconut oil?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2019 AT 12:02 pm

        I haven’t ever tried the recipe with nut butter so I’m not sure how that will work! Let me know how they turn out if you experiment.

    25. Hima
      September 28, 2019 AT 4:36 am

      Hey, looks delicious!!
      Was just wondering if there’s any substitute for apple sauce? It’s not easily available nearby 🙁

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2019 AT 5:13 pm

        Hey Hima, Yes you could use 1/4 cup more mashed banana or coconut oil instead of the applesauce. Let me know how it turns out for you!

        1. Danielle McDermott
          June 2, 2020 AT 1:01 am

          I’ve tried without applesauce when I’ve run out and just add another banana, still delicious 🙂

          1. Brittany Mullins
            June 2, 2020 AT 4:43 pm

            So glad they still turned out for you without applesauce, Danielle!!

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