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Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola Bars

Super soft oatmeal granola bars that taste like oatmeal raisin cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Where are my fellow oatmeal raisin cookie aficionados?

Hellooooo? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

I feel like oatmeal raisin cookies are the rejects on the cookie tray. Which makes me so sad because THEY’RE THE BEST COOKIE TO EVER EXIST.

(The caps lock button was necessary.)

Super soft oatmeal granola bars that taste like oatmeal raisin cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

And this recipe is for all diehard oatmeal raisin cookie fans… who also appreciate a healthy, feel-good snack every once in awhile.

So you all know how often I make breakfast cookies. And if you don’t… it’s every darn week! I usually wake up pretty ravenous and a cookie holds me over until I make an actual breakfast to get me going for the day. I decided it was time for a switcheroo the other week because I probably bore you to death making breakfast cookies on Insta story each week. I took out a bunch of ingredients, got a little generous with raisins and pecans ♥ ♥ and hoped for the best!

They took a couple tries, but the result was this super soft granola bar sweetened with honey and coconut sugar, spiced with cinnamon, and super textured with big fat oats. Like my beloved breakfast cookies, these oatmeal raisin cookie granola bars are wholesome and healthy, dairy free, and made without butter and refined sugar. I really think you’ll love ’em too!

That is, of course, if oatmeal raisin cookies rule your world too.

How to make soft oatmeal raisin cookie granola bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make soft oatmeal raisin cookie granola bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Taste test this dreamy batter. Truuuust me. ↑ ↑

Each ingredient serves a purpose. Honey, coconut oil, whole wheat flour, and peanut butter bind the ingredients together. If you’re gluten intolerant, you can sub in almond flour instead of whole wheat flour– tried it and loved it! There’s coconut sugar for a little added sweetness. I tried adding more honey, but the bars just came out sticky. So a smidge of dry sweetener was best.

Let’s talk about the ease factor. Grab all of the ingredients and stir in a bowl. Ta da! You’re done with prep work.

How to make soft oatmeal raisin cookie granola bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Call me crazy, but I swear these soft granola bars taste like oatmeal raisin cookies. Call me crazy either way because it’s the darn truth. So yes, this is an open invitation to eat oatmeal raisin cookies for breakfast and feel pretty good about it.

Super soft oatmeal granola bars that taste like oatmeal raisin cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (80g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup (37g) whole wheat flour (or almond meal)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (60g) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup (60g) nut butter (I use peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (50g) coconut sugar (or packed light/dark brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (128g) raisins
  • optional: 3/4 cup (100g) chopped nuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars from the pan. Set aside.
  2. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix all of the ingredients together until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan and press very firmly into an even layer. You really want it packed in tight- as tight as possible. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until top appears set and it's golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack for 1 hour, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 more hour. This firms up the bars which helps them stay compact. Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars.
  4. Cover tightly and store at room temperature for 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Make ahead tip: These bars are wonderful after frozen! Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw before enjoying.

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Super soft oatmeal granola bars that taste like oatmeal raisin cookies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

95 comments

  1. I am so excited to see a dairy free recipe here! I had to go dairy free while nursing my 12 week old baby girl, and I missed recipes from your site. I will try this one today!

  2. I’m one of your oatmeal-raisin people!!!!!! These look awesome <3 And although it completely defeats the purpose of being at all healthy, I can't help thinking about replacing the peanut butter with cookie butter 😀 😀 😀

  3. These look so good and I have everything I need to make them!! Oatmeal raisin cookies are the best! Thanks Sally!!

  4. What do you think of using sunbutter instead of nutbutter? I’d love to pack these in my preschooler’s lunch, but her school is nut free. Would the taste change dramatically?

  5. I can’t wait to make these, they look delicious! I LOVE oatmeal anything!! My 3 year old saw the picture of them from above and said “yummm, sausage!!” Hopefully he’s not too disappointed when he tastes them!

  6. These look sooooooooo amazing!! I do love a good oatmeal raisin cookie, well minus the raisins

  7. I always forget I like oatmeal raisin cookies until I actually eat one (not the hard, crunchy ones). Then I’m like “OMG this is so good”. Why is that 🙂

  8. OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES ARE MY FAVOURITE DESSERT ON THE PLANET!! Wow didn’t mean to should there… I am so excited to try this recipe! I’m trying to indulge sliggghtly  less frequently at the moment (and let’s be real, I’m always excited about healthy goodies. Balance right?!) so this is absolutely perfect <3 <3 

  9. Oatmeal Raisin cookies are da bomb! These look amazing!

  10. I love Oatmeal Raisin cookies, I always pick them over Chocolate Chip any day of the week! I’m so excited to try these because I’ve been needing a healthy sweet snack during the day and this looks like it is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’m sure the baby is loving them too!! Hope your hanging in there for your last few weeks of your pregnancy and savoring this time even though its rough… the no sleep aspect and heart burn part… because once the baby’s born you will miss it. I didn’t think that was possible but for days I was touching my belly like where did he go? LOL!!

    • Let me know what you think when you try them!
      I’m hanging in there. I’m pretty uncomfortable these days. Sleep is almost impossible– I can’t get comfortable no matter what! But I’m getting by and am just so excited to meet our little one. Cannot believe it is happening so soon! 

  11. Sounds so good. What would you suggest to use as a substitute for the nut butter, for nut-free families?

    • How about sunflower seed butter or cookie butter?

      • Made them yesterday, with cookie butter instead of peanut butter – delicious! We are running in the Perth City to Surf tomorrow – hubby 42km (26miles) and my 8 and 10 year old with me in the 4km! (2 1/2 miles)- and these will be perfect for energy snacks! For all Aussies out there – found cookie butter/Speculaas in Aldi 🙂

  12. Oatmeal raisin cookies are one of my FAVS!  We go through so many oats between oatmeal and homemade snacks, LOVE THEM!

  13. Can’t wait to make these. I love Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!!!! 

  14. I LOVE oats, and even tconverted Boyfriend! 😉

    Can’t wait to try these breakfast cookies, love how filling they are thanks to the oats, nut butter and honey combo! Looks dreamy 😀

  15. I dont have coconut oil? Any good idea for substitutes?

  16. Well I’m going to be trying this ASAP! Oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite so the idea of eating them for breakfast has me dying this morning!

  17. I adore oatmeal raisin cookies! I’ve never made a healthy snack before but this one just sounds too good to not try!

  18. Call me ChocaHolic but one could always throw in a handful of chocolate chips…not too many but just a few to taste. Who doesn’t love chocolate covered raisins???? Ok, maybe not that healthy….just sayin’……Can’t wait to try these.

  19. LOOOVE oatmeal raisin! Making these for sure, thanks! 🙂

  20. These look really good! My dad HATES oatmeal raisin cookies ESPECIALLY with nuts like why?? Might have to substitute blueberries or chocolate chips D: BTW I just made a batch of your breakfast cookies this morning and they are MY FAVE especially the batter – it’s like the best part!

  21. Yes to oatmeal raisin cookies! I LOVE them!! In fact, I just posted a gluten-free OR cookie on the blog on Monday. Your bars sound amazing, Sally. I can’t wait to try them.

  22. I’ve been eating your Trail Mix granola for breakfast almost everyday for the last month or so. This will be a really nice change– I love oatmeal raisin cookies and so does my son, so I know we will enjoy these bars! Thanks for another great recipe Sally!! Can’t wait to see the pics of the newest member of your family! Hang in there, this too shall pass!

    • We are so excited for the coming weeks. SO SOON!
      Thank you for reminding me about those trail mix bars. I need to make them again soon!

  23. Yum! These granola bars look amazing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  24. I can’t wait to try these, as they possibly are the best cookies to ever exist–but it’s gonna be tough competition with your “Mom’s Gingersnaps”!! We made those very recently and they are, seriously, our Very Favorite Cookies Ever (and this is in a household where we bake a *lot* of cookies). Not to get off topic too much on this thread, but those gingersnaps rocked our world. Thank you for doing great work!

  25. Just a P.S. that we made the “Mom’s Gingersnaps” from the *Sally’s Baking Addiction* book!

  26. Was looking for some good recipes for our up-coming Labor day trip. These look/sound perfect. (and I’ll be bringing your breakfast cookies too!) Might even make your homemade cake pops too.

  27. Raisins for the win! These bars look great, and now it’s just a matter of deciding whether to make them before or after my trip this weekend… 😉 
    Ps. my favourite snack ever – which i’ve occasionally turned into breakfast, ahem – is celery sticks filled with peanut butter and dotted with raisins. Lots of raisins. I think it’s called “ants on a log”? You have to try it!

    • YES!!!! Ants on a log!!! It’s sad how excited I am that you mentioned it. Because it’s like my favorite snack haha.

  28. Gorgeous bars, Sally! I just pulled a pan of granola bars out of the oven and I hope they turn out as pretty as these! 🙂

  29. My husband’s favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin!!! Over the years I’ve made him many oatmeal raisin flavored goodies, from muffins to homemade ice cream, but never granola bars. He is going to LOVE these!!

    • YES! I was even surprised how much my husband loved them. And he’s usually all about chocolate (not raisins!) in stuff like this.

  30. I’m going to make these for an event next week…do you think maple syrup could be subbed for the honey?
    Thanks!

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