No bake oatmeal raisin cookies are super simple and easy to make! They're perfect as a healthy dessert, snack or even breakfast (especially when paired with a big cup of coffee). They come together in 20 minutes or less and require only 6 simple ingredients. And you'd never know it but they're even gluten free, nut free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free.
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I love including this easy recipe in my meal prep and planning because these soft oatmeal raisin cookies make the perfect healthy breakfast or snack food.
Make a batch (or two) and store them in the refrigerator or freezer for the best, grab and go sweet treat all week long.
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Ingredients & Substitutions
- Whole grain oats: old-fashioned oats are healthy, hearty and filling! Quick oats will also work in a pinch.
- Tahini: yummy sesame paste allows ingredients to stick together. Also, using tahini makes for a nut-free cookie! Sunflower butter is a another good nut free option. You can substitute almond butter (or any other nut butter) if you're not worried about making your cookies nut free.
- Agave nectar: maple syrup or sugar free agave are tasty alternatives. You can also use honey if you're not worried about keeping this recipe vegan.
- Cinnamon: for additional, delicious flavor! Cinnamon and tahini pair very nicely together.
- Raisins: the sweet, delicious star of the show in this recipe.
- Water: a little water helps to moisten oats so they can be formed into cookies more easily!
How To Make Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Cookies
We'll start here with a brief overview! Keep scrolling for the full recipe card and measurements.
- Combine all ingredients, except for water, in a large bowl and stir well. Add water and stir again.
- Allow batter to sit/rest in the bowl for 5-10 minutes.
Scoop and shape:
- Use a cookie scoop or measuring spoon to create 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough.
- Press and rotate balls until you've formed the desired cookie shape.
- Chill cookies in the freezer or refrigerator, or enjoy right away.
- Tip: I love adding a bit of extra ground cinnamon to my cookies when I eat them. So good!
- When forming cookies, your hands may get a little sticky from the dough! This can make it quite difficult to shape them correctly. Simply take a moment and rinse your hands to remove the majority of stuck ingredients. This will get you moving again.
- Keep in mind that you can shape your dough any way you want! You can makes balls or bites instead of cookies. Another fun option? Press dough into a parchment lined baking sheet, freeze and then cut into into squares or rectangles.
- I really love sprinkling a little additional cinnamon on top of my cookies before eating. I highly recommend, it's SO TASTY!
This cookie recipe is very flexible. You can try lots of different mix-ins. Here are some ideas!
- Different spices (a little dusting of nutmeg, perhaps).
- Chopped pecans or walnuts (as long as your not worried about keeping your recipe nut free)!
- Dark chocolate chips (dairy free to keep your recipe vegan, if desired).
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Golden raisins
Place your oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or, you can store your cookies frozen in a container or freezer bag for up to 2 months!
Frequently Asked Questions
Breakfast cookies are a healthier treat, often made with oatmeal and sweetened naturally with agave or maple syrup. They typically include mix-ins like raisins, chocolate chips, seeds or nuts. They are also great as a nutritious snack or dessert!
Of course, it will depend on the mix-ins you add to your treats. This particular recipe contains approximately 125 calories per cookie.
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No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 cup whole grain oats
- ⅓ cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar *see note below
- 3 tablespoons raisins
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon water
Recipe notes:Agave nectar: sugar free agave, or maple syrup are tasty alternatives! You can also use honey if you're not worried about keeping this recipe vegan.
- Combine whole grain oats, tahini, agave nectar, raisins and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir together.1 cup whole grain oats, ⅓ cup tahini, 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 3 tablespoons raisins, ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Add water and mix again. Allow all ingredients to sit together in the bowl for 5-10 minutes (this gives oats time to soften which makes cookies much easier to form)!1 tablespoon water
- Form balls of dough and then gently smash them down and rotate to form a cookie shape. (*Tips: 1). If desired, you can leave dough in a ball shape or press into a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze/cut into squares. 2). If dough begins to stick to your hands while forming cookies, give them a quick rinse. This will make it much easier to create your desired shape)!
- You can chill your cookies in the freezer or refrigerator before eating them or enjoy them right away. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired!
- Refrigerate cookies for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months!
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My whole life I've waited for someone to give me permission to have cookies for breakfast. Thank you! xo
I'm so glad I could be the one to grant it!
Karen Velinsky says
My son-in-law is vegan...I always try to make things for him! He will be excited!
Awesome! I hope he loves them!
Kimberly Snyder says
These look delicious and sound easy to make! I will have to try them!! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Kim! I hope you enjoy! They're super easy to make. <3
These look so yummy! Pinning for next baking weekend!
Wahoo! Enjoy, friend!
These look really good! Hope he loves them
They truly are SO tasty!
Carol Karl | Living a Real Life says
Oh my gosh - this is exactly what I've been looking for. Pinning it now! Sharing it with my daughter (vegan) now!
Excellent. I hope she loves them!!
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These look so good and I can't wait to make them.
These look so delicious! I need to make some! Actually, no I don't because I would eat them ALL!
It is nearly impossible to stop at one!!
Kim Waldorf says
These look amazing and so simple to prepare! I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thanks, Kim! I hope you love them as much as I do!
Cindy Rust says
This sounds like the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack! Thanks for creating amazing recipes!! Pinning!
Such a great grab and go breakfast for sure! Thank you, Cindy!
I'm always looking for easy breakfast alternatives for when I'm on the go! I love the look of these breakfast cookies and I have all of the ingredients so I'm going to give them a try - thanks!
Amazing! Let me know how it goes! Thank you, Jayne!