Healthy One-Bowl Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies - Flour, Butter, Egg and Refined Sugar Free!

Dipped in a cup of tea on a lazy morning, a little pick me up at 3pm or stashed in your bag as an on-the-go snack, cookies make the perfect little treat. If I had to choose one, oatmeal and raisin cookies in particular stand out to me as a quintessentially Australian snack, baked fresh for ANZAC day or as a comforting 'healthy-ish' treat. 

Healthy and easy Oatmeal and Raisin cookie recipe

During this isolation, I found myself getting a little too familiar with my cookie drawer, you read that correctly, not a jar, a drawer. So after feeling the pinch of my jeans on my waistline, I decided to look for a healthier version. Buoyed by the success of my recent Yeast-free and No-knead Jalapeno and Cheddar Loaf, I decided to pull out my apron and crank up the oven once more.

If you're looking for a simple, one-bowl healthy cookie recipe with no flour, eggs or refined sugar, this may be the one for you. All of the ingredients are common kitchen staples, so hopefully there'll be no need for a Coles run. As a bonus, this recipe only requires one bowl, so there's no messy clean up for later.

I've added some optional notes and suggestions below (including a vegan substitution). If you do try it, let me know what you think in the comments below, I'd love to hear! 

Ingredients

- 1 cup rolled or quick oats (I used Uncle Toby's Quick Oats)

- 1 mashed banana

- 2 tablespoons honey 

- 2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter)

- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

- 1/4 cup raisins 

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Mash up your banana to a gooey and liquidy texture.

3. Add in the rest of the ingredients - cinnamon, honey, nut butter, oats and raisins.

4. Roll into small balls with your hands and press onto your baking tray with your fingers. These cookies will not spread much.

5. Sprinkle some sea salt over the top to bring out the sweetness of the raisins, if you like. 

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. Pull out when they look golden brown around the edges, or as per your preferred crunchiness. 

Substitutions and Notes

- Blitz up the oats in a mixer if you prefer a smoother consistency, or leave them as they are for a more textured cookie.

- Substitute the mashed banana for applesauce, if you don't like the taste of banana or need to use up your applesauce.

- Substitute honey for maple syrup, for a vegan substitute.

- Cinnamon is optional, but I think it adds a nice flavour. Raisins are also optional, or you can replace with chocolate chips, cranberries or simply leave out altogether. 

Which is your favourite type of cookie? Let me know if you try this one, or leave me a suggestion for a different type in the comments below.