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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (No Added Butter or Oil)

These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a sweet treat that uses no added butter, oil, or refined ingredients. They come together in just a few minutes and deliver a soft, sweet cookie that you and your kids will absolutely love.

The next time you’re looking for a soft, chewy treat that doesn’t go overboard on sugar or use any butter, try these delicious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

The dough comes together in just a few minutes and the result is a soft, sweet cookie that you (or your kids) will absolutely love. There’s minimal cleanup because this recipe uses one bowl for prep and parchment paper for baking.

Kid approved

If you have kids (or you just want a sweet treat), this recipe is the perfect guilt-free way to serve up an occasional cookie. The combination of oats, cinnamon, maple syrup and raisins delivers the flavor of a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie, with a much better nutrition profile.

Less sugar and no oil or butter

Did you know you can cut the amount of sugar in most recipes by 25-35% without noticing much difference in taste and texture? For this reason, we try to minimize the amount of sugar, butter and oil in our recipes. It’s way healthier and still tastes great!

Don't have oat flour? Quickly make your own!

We use oat flour in many of our baked goods recipes. Oat flour is a nutrient-packed whole-grain flour that is naturally gluten-free. It works wonderfully in a variety of recipes to boost nutrition and flavor.

Making it is very simple! Add old-fashioned oats to a blender or food processor and blend them until they reach a fine, flour-like consistency. For a step-by-step guide including the recipe and tips, check out How to Make Oat Flour.

Why overripe bananas?

Brown, overripe bananas are used in banana bread because they’re naturally sweeter, making them perfect for muffins. In the ripening process, the starches in the banana begin to convert to sugar. So don’t throw away those bananas with brown spots. As long as they’re not moldy, there’s no such thing as too-ripe bananas for banana bread.

Can you freeze overripe bananas for later use?

If you have overripe bananas and aren’t ready to use them, toss them in a Ziploc bag with the peel on and freeze them for later. When you’re ready to use them, thaw them completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight.

Frozen bananas tend to release more moisture, so you’ll need to peel them and then lightly pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess liquid.

How to ripen bananas quickly at home

If your bananas aren’t extremely ripe, here’s what to do!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place bananas on a tray or on aluminum foil, peel on, and bake for 6-12 minutes (depending on how ripe the bananas are to begin with). Monitor the bananas and when the peel is dark black they are ready to go!

How to mash your banana (four options):

  1. Use a fork to mash pieces of bananas until soft.
  2. Use a potato masher to mash banana until soft.
  3. Put them in a Ziploc bag and squish them to desired consistency.
  4. Add chunks of banana to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat to desired consistency.

A great pre/post-workout snack

Because oats and bananas are easy-to-digest carbs that power you up without weighing you down, these cookies double as a delicious pre/post-workout snack.

Great for school lunches

These cookies are great for school lunches. If frozen, pull a cookie out in the morning, put it in your kiddo’s lunchbox and it will be thawed by the time they’re ready to eat.

Did you make this recipe?

If you make these cookies, we would love to hear how they turned out! Leave a comment below sharing what your family thought of them. We love hearing from you and your ideas inspire us all! Don’t forget to tag @fullforlifegal on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! 🌟

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (No Added Butter or Oil)

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The next time you’re looking for a soft, chewy treat that doesn’t go overboard on sugar or use any butter, try these delicious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!



Optional Addition:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash banana thoroughly. Add egg, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup. Mix thoroughly. Add oat flour, oats, raisins and baking powder. Mix.
  3. Form cookies in a spoon (we use our tablespoon since it’s already out) and place each cookie on parchment paper. Bake cookies for 13 minutes.
  4. To retain freshness, store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge. Pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds before eating and voilà, you’ll have yourself a deliciously warm cookie.


How many inches is a “small banana?” Approximately 6 inches.

How can I make these gluten-free? To make these gluten-free, use certified gluten-free rolled oats and certified gluten-free oat flour.

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

Always check for FfL-friendly ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 13 min
  • Category: Recipes
  • Method: Too Easy
TAGS: Holiday

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