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  • Makes 10 cookies

Perfect for keeping your energy levels high during a long hike or satisfying your sweet tooth after dinner, these oversized cookies are delightfully chewy and incredibly versatile. The wholesome combination of peanut butter, oats, raisins, and cinnamon tastes like a decadent treat but these crave-worthy cookies are totally free from refined sugar and oil. Don’t be afraid to get creative and add in other ingredients like chopped nuts, freeze-dried blueberries, or vegan dark chocolate chips to totally customize the recipe. Pro tip: Keep a batch in the freezer so you always have a tasty treat on hand!

For more healthy cookie recipes, check out these tasty ideas:

Chewy Apple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mashed banana (1 large)
  • ½ cup grated apple
  • ¼ cup chunky no-salt-added peanut butter
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients (through vanilla). In a small bowl stir together the next five ingredients (through salt). Add oat mixture to apple mixture; stir until combined. Stir in raisins.
  2. Drop dough by ¼-cup portions 3 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Dip a spatula in water and use it to flatten and spread the mounds to 2¾-inch rounds (about ½ inch thick).
  3. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are browned. Cool on a wire rack. To Store: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

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Christine11 hours ago
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Nice treat. I used applesauce instead of bananas and because that had more liquid, I reduced the maple syrup to 1 TBL. The amount of peanut butter seemed to overpower the apple flavor. I used choc chips instead of raisins. I’m looking forward to making these again.

Pat19 hours ago
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Peanut allergies in our home. What can I substitute for the peanut butter?

Joyce18 hours ago
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I would think you could sub Almond Butter.

Trievia23 hours ago
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I Just made the cookies thee are vers tasty. Instead of peanutbutter i used tahini.

Deb2 days ago
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Are the oats quick cook , regular ,or steel cut?

Peanut butter—assuming natural?

Robin2 days ago
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It says “rolled oats” not steel cut. I’d use just regular rolled oats, not quick.

Nina2 days ago
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Is there a substitute for peanut butter? I would like it to be a nut- free recipe if possible.

Elisha2 days ago
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Tahini or sun butter would be great subs, IMO

Ana Lewis2 days ago
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This is our go-to cookie base. We change it up with small tweaks, like replacing the raisins with dried cherries and dark chocolate (a family fave).

OlushaGauss2 days ago
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Amazing!! Love it love it from the bottom of my heart ❤️ Thank you Can’t stop eating these cookies

Jody2 days ago
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What is the texture of these cookies? Because of added banana, are they soft and cake-like or more of a chewy consistency?

Natalie2 days ago
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Love these! I used crunchy raw almond butter instead of peanut butter. These will be my go to cookies. Do you think leaving out the maple syrup and adding applesauce will change them too much?

Carolyn4 days ago
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Have yet to prepare this recipe. Typically use the traditional one. Looking forward to baking these.

Kathy5 days ago
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Can you use nuts instead of yucky raisins?

L2 days ago
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Don’t be childish.

Sarah2 days ago
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Attention seeker? You can modify any recipe to your own preference without calling any ingredient “yucky.”

Teresa5 days ago
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Yucky??

Marion7 days ago
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This was really quick and easy to make.
I added some hemp seeds and chia seeds.
Doubled the recipe and made a bit smaller.
Grandkids loved them.

Gabriela1 week ago
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Great!

Sharon2 days ago
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Sarah: for those of us on this blog, we are not here to bash other ppl; it is for sharing recipes. If yucky has a negative connotation to U, just scroll on by.
Pls use your best manners when u reply.

Gail Bumsted2 days ago
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If you add Chia seeds to cookies, do you soak them first?

C. Turner1 week ago
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Tasty!

Marie1 week ago
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Perfect post run snack.

Tess23 hours ago
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Has anyone tried it without nut butter?
If I omit will I need to be replace it with any other ingredient?

Deb2 weeks ago
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Im gf so what would be the best substitute for this recipe, ty

Nic5 days ago
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GF oats and I sub the whole wheat for almond flour

Shlomit7 days ago
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You can use GF oats and for the ½ cup whole wheat flour change with 1/2 cup GF oat flour

Rosalyn2 weeks ago
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Delicious chewy cookies. They will be on my permanent rotation. Thankyou.

Mary1 week ago
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Could you use almond or coconut flour. Thank you

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.

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