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Why I love this vegan oatmeal cookie recipe

Almost immediately after publishing my dairy free chocolate chip cookies, I new I wanted to find the best oatmeal cookie recipe. I can’t tell you how many batches I’ve made. I made healthy ones, dry ones and ones that didn’t spread, but they were all disappointments.

Because I already knew exactly what I wanted from these vegan oatmeal cookies. I wanted them to be chewy, with a hint of cinnamon and the traditional nuttiness you get from old fashioned oats. And, I’ve finally found it.

These vegan oatmeal raisin cookies are nothing short of perfection.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make them

How to make vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

Mise en place. Preheat your oven to 350˚F, measuring your ingredients out, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make your flax egg. Stir the ground flax and water together in a small bowl. Set it aside and let the flax absorb the liquid.

Mix the dry ingredients. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl. Set the bowl aside for later.

Mix the wet ingredients. In a larger bowl, beat the vegan butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the flax egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

Add them together. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, about 1 cup at a time, mixing as you go and scraping the sides as needed, until combined.

Stir in the oats and raisins until they’re evenly distributed in the dough.

Bake the cookies. Scoop the cookies onto your cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the cookies have set but are still soft. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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FAQ’s and tips for making vegan oatmeal cookies

Can you use quick oats for oatmeal cookies?

You can use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand, but the chewiness and overall texture of the cookies will be different. Because quick cook oats are already partially cooked, your cookies will be less chewy and softer than if you were to use old-fashioned or rolled oats.

Are oatmeal raisin cookies good for you?

These oatmeal cookies are pretty healthy, they contain a lot of great nutrients for your body in a delicious cookie form, but they do contain sugars and fats. With the added flax seeds, you have more fiber and omega 3 in every bite, too.

Do oatmeal raisin cookies contain gluten?

Yes, most brands of oats aren’t considered gluten free because of cross contamination. This vegan oatmeal cookie recipe also contains gluten in the form of all-purpose flour.

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

These vegan oatmeal raisin cookies are the best! They’re soft and chewy with slightly crispy edges, and super easy to make without butter or eggs. 

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed and water together. Set aside and allow flax seed to absorb the liquid.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together.
  4. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars at a medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add vanilla, and the flax mixture to the bowl, and mix until incorporated.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl, mixing until each addition has been incorporated, scraping the sides as needed.
  7. Mix in oats and raisins until evenly distributed in the dough.
  8. Using a cookie scoop, drop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 11 minutes, or until the dough has just set on the top.
  9. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 13.5 g
  • Sodium: 60.4 mg
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: dairy free, vegan, oatmeal, raisin, cookies, vegan cookies, egg free

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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30 Comments

  1. These are delicious! So glad to find this recipe and this site where there is yummy food I can actually eat! I was recently taken off dairy and soy while breastfeeding my daughter.

  2. Hi,

    These vegan oatmeal cookies are the best looking ones I’ve found while searching for a good vegan recipe! I’m not vegan but am allergic to dairy and try not to eat eggs. Instead of the flaxseed egg replacement can you use vegetable oil instead? Or is that a different consistency? Thanks!

    -Alyssa

    1. If anyone is still wondering, no, that wouldn’t work. The flax egg acts as a binder, just like fowl eggs. The proteins denature (solidify) at high temperatures, holding the cookies together. Vegetable oil would tend to have the opposite effect.

  3. I subbed the vegan butter for real butter (not vegan, just out of eggs :)), omitted the raisins, and rolled the tops in coarse brown sugar. SO delicious! Crunchy on the top and sides, chewy and thick on the inside.

  4. These cookies are AMAZING!! My kids say they’re better than the soft, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies from Subway – only we leave out the raisins, because they don’t like them.
    Anyway, I tried this recipe last night and ate half the batch myself, so I had to bake some more today. So easy, so cheap and absolutely divine!

  5. I made these cookies today and my husband who loves oatmeal cookies says their great! That is good enough for me. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  6. Loved these cookies! We didn’t add the 2 tbsp to both kinds of sugar and they were still plenty sweet. No one could even tell they were vegan

  7. AMAZING!!!!! As an oatmeal raisin cookie fan, these are my favourite vegan cookies I’ve ever mad! Thank you!

  8. Followed the recipe exactly. Reminds me of the oatmeal cookies my grandmother made for breakfast when stayed at her summer cottage in Michigan. We just shifted to a plant forward diet. This recipe is amazing.

  9. Legit best cookies I ever made. This is coming from an omnivore hoping to transfer to a full vegan one day. Thank youuuuu!

    1. We love this recipe. Thank you. I’ve used an all-purpose gluten free flour or oat flour and its turned out great. Added vegan chocolate chips and walnuts also to change it up a bit.

  10. Hi! This looks great. Do you think that I could use a regular egg instead of the flax egg? I am dairy free not vegan. Thanks!

  11. This recipe is just perfect. The cookies were crisp on the outside and soft+slightly chewy on the inside. Thank you! (I used peanut butter + olive oil (1:1) as “vegan butter” and the results were great)

  12. Sorry to report that this resulted in a sad affair. My cookies came out super dry and extremely crumbly. Followed the recipe, and have never had my cookies fail before, so i won’t be using this recipe again.

  13. I followed the recipe and the cookies came out Perfect! Crunchy on the outside, soft inside, very nice.

  14. These cookies are amazing!!! I substituted monk fruit for the white sugar, and instead of a whole 1/2 cup of vegan butter, I used 1/4 cup vegan butter and a 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce. Usually when I do this to other recipes, the result turns out super dry and cakey.. this recipe is magic!

  15. These are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had! Non-vegan family and friends love them, they have become a staple in my cookie rotation; thank you so much for the recipe!
    These cookies are the perfect texture of a proper oatmeal cookie 😛 and just the right amount of sweet and chewy!

  16. Yep, definitely not disappointed. These were so good! We used real egg, swapped choc chips for the raisins, and used quick cook steel cut oats (all we had on hand), and surprisingly they turned out great!!! I can imagine old fashioned oats would be perfect. Adding this one to our family recipe book for sure.