Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies.

Healthy oatmeal cookies made from whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce, Greek yogurt, and chocolatey Raisinet candies. My friends and family never suspect they are low in fat!

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - no one can tell these cookies are low in fat and sugar! Recipe at

The start of a new year is a fine time to bring a few lower fat options to the table. Preferably options that don’t even taste healthy since we’re all still accustomed to the holiday sugar coma!

It was my mission over the weekend to formulate a new oatmeal cookie recipe that both health nuts and cookie lovers would love. It took a few disaster tries (rock-hard batch #1 and strange aftertaste batch #2), but I finally found a winner.

Soft-baked, cinnamon-spiced, chocolate, raisins, thick, healthy, and textured. Third time’s a charm.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - no one can tell these cookies are low in fat and sugar! Recipe at

To make the cookies, I took a few tips from previous cookies I’ve made. Adding Raisinets instead of regular raisins to the dough? Best last minute cookie decision ever. My Thick Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies are packed with my favorite chocolate bite-sized treat.

What about keeping things a little healthy? My Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are just that – no butter or oil in the whole batch.

Today’s post is the lovechild of both cookie recipes. I wanted a thick, ultra soft cookie exploding with flavor, but not with fat.  I sprinkled the dough with chocolate covered raisins and used lower fat alternatives. Following suit to their parents, today’s cookies do NOT disappoint.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - no one can tell these cookies are low in fat and sugar! Recipe at

The ingredient breakdown is quite impressive.  Whole wheat flour, whole grain oats, and protein packed greek yogurt.  There’s very little refined sugar, no butter, no oil, and no eggs.   Even with the absence of all that, there is still nothing “weird” in the recipe.  I hate stumbling upon a healthy recipe only to find things on the ingredient list that I’ve never heard of.

Start with the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, oats, and a pinch of salt.  Add a little baking soda to give the cookies some lift and mix in cinnamon and ground cloves.  If you’re not using butter in a cookie recipe, you best be using some pungent spices to pack some flavor punch into the dough.  I am slightly in love with cinnamon and tend to have the heavy hand when adding it to recipes.

If you like warming spices like cinnamon and cloves as much as I do, you’re going to love today’s cookies.

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Next up, the wet ingredients. You’re going to whisk everything by hand.  That’s right: keep your mixer in the cabinet!  Quick, healthy, AND easy? If I could marry these cookies, I would.

Non-fat greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce take the place of butter or oil. They keep the cookies soft and moist without adding any fat. If you don’t have greek yogurt, use regular yogurt instead. Low fat, non-fat, vanilla, or plain would all be fine choices. Mix the applesauce and yogurt with some vanilla extract.

Sweetening my cookies is a touch of molasses and as little sugar as I could get away with. The first batch of these had no brown sugar at all in them – I have no clue what I was thinking. Eww. The margarita I was sipping at the time may have had something to do with it…

Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies by Sally's Baking Addiction

Two tablespoons of molasses and 1/4 cup of brown sugar are all the sweeteners you’ll need.  If you don’t have or don’t like molasses, you may use honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar instead.  I highly recommend molasses though – it’s more robustly flavored and pungent, giving the cookies that extra “oomph.”

Oh and don’t skip the brown sugar in these. Trust me.

After your wet ingredients are combined, create a “well” in the center of your dry ingredients and slowly pour the wet ingredients in. Kind of like how you make a hole in your mashed potato mounds for all the gravy.  🙂

Mix it all up until it is *just* combined. The dough will be very, very sticky.  Add the Raisinets and some mini chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are optional, but… why not?

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - no one can tell these cookies are low in fat and sugar! Recipe at

I know I always tell you to, but you do NOT have to chill this cookie dough.  Using cold dough will prevent your cookies from spreading at all – leaving you with huge mountains of unevenly cooked dough. I learned this the hard way.  Rather, scoop the sticky room-temperature dough onto the cookie sheet with a spoon.  Gently flatten them down before baking.  The cookies will rise quite a bit.

The recipe only yields 1 dozen medium sized cookies, depending how much of the dough you “taste test.”  I only got 11 cookies.  Ooops?  I can’t help it, I’m a cookie dough tasting fool. At least there are no eggs in this recipe, right?!

The cookies only take about 10 minutes in the oven. With no mixer needed and no dough-chilling required, this is the quickest cookie recipe I’ve ever made.  All together, they took me 20 minutes. And that’s including the breaks I took to taste the dough. Obviously.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - no one can tell these cookies are low in fat and sugar! Recipe at

You’re going to love how soft and flavorful these are!  It’s hard to believe that such simple, healthy ingredients can make a cookie this irresistable.  The only fat in these cookies is from the chocolate chips and raisinets.  Crazy.

I nearly ate the entire batch myself in two days. For dessert, a snack, my workout fuel, and a midnight munchie.  With nothing to feel guilty about in this low fat recipe, you may as well call these cookies your breakfast.  I know I did!

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Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies

Print Recipe

Healthy oatmeal cookies made from whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce, Greek yogurt, and chocolatey Raisinet candies. My friends and family never suspect they are low in fat!


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose) (measured correctly)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup yogurt* 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons dark molasses*
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Raisinets
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir. Mix in molasses and brown sugar until no sugar lumps remain.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Gently mix together until *just* combined and no dry lumps of flour or oats remain. Do not overmix. Dough will be very sticky. Fold in the Raisinets and chocolate chips.

With a spoon, drop cookies onto prepared cookie sheet, slightly flattening each mound. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on a cookie rack. Cookies remain fresh and soft in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days. Cookies freeze well.

Additional Notes:

*Greek yogurt, plain, vanilla, low fat, or non-fat will all work.

*Molasses is highly preferred; honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup will work.

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99 Responses to “Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies.”

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    Mary Ellenposted March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I didn’t have raisinets on hand… But I do have a ton of staples like raisins and mini chocolate chips! I used greek yogurt for the yogurt. I used 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup raisins for the mix-ins. Taste GREAT! I wonder if some butter flavor would go well in addition to the vanilla. Have that buttery flavor without the butter…


    • Sallyreplied on March 10th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      butter extract would be fabulous in these cookies Ellen! In fact, I think I’m going to try that next time I make them. Wonderful suggestion!


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    bonitaposted April 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I tried a few substitutions and worked great! I used oat bran instead of rolled oats and used splenda/brown sugar mixture and half whole wheat flour, half all purpose. Also used dried cranberries and chocolate chips instead of raisinets. Yum, yum, yum.


    • Sallyreplied on April 7th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      All of that sounds so good! Glad you liked them.


  3. #
    Lauraposted April 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I think this is my new favorite blog even though this is the first recipe I’m viewing. Why? Because of the “I hate stumbling upon a healthy recipe only to find things on the ingredient list that I’ve never heard of.” I can’t tell you how many times that put a damper on my plans for making healthy baked goods…spelt flour, oat flour, arrowroot powder, coconut oil/jelly etc….I don’t keep these things in my cabinet people (“-_-)

    So Thanks! Will make this as soon as I get some choco covered raisins! (by the way, cute doggie!)


    • Sallyreplied on April 26th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Hey Laura! So glad you agree with me on that – wonderful looking healthy recipes calling for the most absurd ingredients are so frustrating! Thanks for the compliment on Jude!


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    Gayatriposted August 29, 2013 at 4:31 am

    These look amazing!! I don’t get readymade applesauce in India though, so if I can’t make my own, how much butter do I use for these?


    • Sallyreplied on August 29th, 2013 at 7:25 am

      1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons or 60 grams) of butter – enjoy!


      • Gayatrireplied on September 1st, 2013 at 5:24 am

        These turned out incredible!! I couldn’t believe how good they are!!! Can’t thank you enough 🙂 I’m putting it up on my blog right now!

        • Sallyreplied on September 1st, 2013 at 1:37 pm

          Glad you loved them! And thanks for blogging about them too.

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    Emiliaposted November 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hey sally, these look amazing , I’m thinking of doing them but I always mess up with cookies!! 🙁 any tips? Can I uses quick cooking oats?? Btw I love your recipes you are my idoooool, thanks


    • Sallyreplied on November 9th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Emilia! Yes, you can use quick oats instead. This is quite an easy cookie recipe to make. Enjoy!


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    Brookeposted January 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Sally! I was looking for a healthy, snowy day recipe to satisfy a baking urge and these came out great! I didn’t have apple sauce in the house (and the roads are a bit too treacherous to venture out) so I used a few left over chunks of fresh pineapple, chopped finely, as a replacement. I also used honey, as we didn’t have molasses in the house. They came out great! Didn’t even take our resident traditionalists too much convincing once they started munching. Thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on January 22nd, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Nice! Brooke, I’m going to have to try your version next. I have some fresh pineapple in the fridge now too. Sounds so good!


  7. #
    Michelleposted February 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    What is the calorie count on these I thought I saw it but I have looked and looked and keep missing it. I am going to make the cookies this weekend so excited :0)


    • Sallyreplied on February 7th, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Hey Michelle! My website doesn’t provide nutritional info on most recipes. Perhaps try calculating it online if you can find a calculated for this sort of thing.


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    michelleposted May 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I tried these cookies for the first time today. I got 11 cookies out of my batch like you did so I don’t think they are too big, and they were cooked through completely when they were out of the oven after 11 minutes. However, the texture is more like cake than cookie – is this how they’re supposed to be?


    • Sallyreplied on May 6th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Yep, they’re extremely soft.


  9. #
    aprilposted May 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Do you think this recipe would work to make a cookie-cake? If not, could that be your next creation?! (A skinny cookie cake!)


    • Sallyreplied on May 16th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I’m sure it could, April! Maybe about 25 minutes bake time.


  10. #
    Dengposted June 20, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Hi Sally,
    I wonder if I can substitute muscovado sugar in place of brown?


  11. #
    Aliposted September 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Your recipe calls for whole wheat flour. I am assuming this means regular whole wheat flour, not white whole wheat flour. Correct? Thanks for all your wonderful skinny recipes. I’m planning to make these cookies today.


    • Sallyreplied on September 11th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      regular whole wheat flour, yes


  12. #
    Shaheenposted February 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    hi Sally
    I am more than glad to have found your website. Made your vanilla cupcakes,banana fudge muffins , and bakery style master muffin mix.they all were a hit.thank you.
    For this recipe can I substitute the applesauce with oil? If yes how much? Also my husband isn’t too fond of raisins any suggestions for a substitute.


    • Shaheenreplied on February 21st, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Also I forgot to mention that I couldnt find old fashioned oats so would quick oats do?


      • Sallyreplied on February 23rd, 2015 at 6:46 am

        Hi Shaheen- yes, you can use quick oats instead. And 1/4 cup of oil would be just fine.

  13. #
    Sofiaposted June 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Sally, Is there a way to make these gluten free? 


    • Sallyreplied on June 8th, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      How about using a gluten free flour?


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