Applesauce Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | Vegan, GF

Categories Breakfast, Featured, Recipes, Sweet Treats

Hi guys, today’s recipe is a really quick and easy one. It’s inspired by two previous ones and the grocery challenge I’ve been completing this week. About a year ago now (I can’t quite believe that) I posted a recipe called ‘The Most Simple Cookies You’ll Ever Make’. They’re a very simple banana and oat cookie, but as I’ve said a million times now, I don’t like banana. In my recent refined sugar free carrot cupcakes recipe, I used applesauce to replace the butter and help the cakes stick. I decided to try replacing the banana in my old recipe with applesauce for a new one and ended up with these oatmeal raisin cookies.  

This week was a great time to try this. As I’ve mentioned recently, I have another £20 Grocery Challenge coming in a few weeks and I was trying to think of cheap treats I could make with my limited ingredients and budget. Although these cookies don’t fit within that fully, I bought apples, oats and sugar for that challenge. I could use the apples and sugar to make an applesauce or just the apples for a healthier version, and I had oats. With that, I could make a plain cookie at least.  

oatmeal raisin cookies

Making Applesauce?

Now, in case this didn’t work out I didn’t want to waste the apples I bought for my challenge, so I did get extra ingredients for these. But now I know this works, I know I could use this recipe for a sweet treat if I ever decided to do a similar challenge again. The only added ingredients are the raisins and some vanilla extract. This recipe is both budget friendly and healthy, a great combination. They are also great to make with/ for kids.  

If you’re using store bought applesauce, this recipe will take no longer than 5 minutes prep and only 15 minutes to bake. If you want to make your own applesauce, I’ll leave an easy recipe here 

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, nut free and can be refined sugar free.

oatmeal raisin cookies

4.5 from 8 votes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, nut free and can be refined sugar free.
Course Snack
Keyword Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 cookies


  • 2 cups GF oats if necessary
  • 230 g applesauce unsweetened if you’d prefer
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional


  1. Preheat oven to 190°c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add the oats to a food processor and turn on until the oats are a little more floury but not completely broken down. Add the applesauce, vanilla and cinnamon (if using) and turn on again until fully combined.
  3. Stir in the raisins. Then, take approximately a tbsp of mixture at a time and shape into small circles or desired cookie shape and place on the baking tray. These cookies do not rise or spread so the shape you make is what you’ll end up with.
  4. Place the baking tray on the top shelf of the oven for 15 minutes (check after 10) or until firm and slightly golden around the edges.
  5. Once cooked, leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving

Serve and enjoy!

oatmeal raisin cookies

What do you guys think of these applesauce oatmeal cookies? Worth a try or would you rather stick with the original banana?  

Until next time,  



26 thoughts on “Applesauce Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | Vegan, GF

    1. I totally agree! It’s the first thing I taste usually when I make something with it in even if I try to make it subtle. These ones were a great change. Thanks for reading! x

  1. I love oatmeal so I know I will like these, maybe I will swap the raisins for some chocolate chips though haha!! Your recipes and pictures always make me feel so hungry afterwards, I really do wish I was more into baking. Great post and I don’t like bananas that much either 🙁 xx

    1. I nearly put chocolate in! But I settled for the raisins to keep them healthy. Thank you so much! I feel like bananas like to creep their way into everything haha x

    1. Thank you! I was really happy with how they turned out considering how simple they are to make and affordable! It’s great when a healthy snack can still be a sweet treat x

  2. Oh yummy! I love posts like this because it gives me an excuse to bake! Definitely going to try this, love that it’s vegan! My bf would love it❤️

  3. I hate banana and it seems to be in so many baking recipes so I am so grateful to you for this little lifehack! I’m not a massive raisin fan either though, but I will definitely be borrowing this and experimenting to come up with something. I’m always in awe of your recipes, you have a real talent! Plus your photos are beautiful too!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  4. This is so cool and I love the look of them! I’ve never tried substituting apple sauce for bananas but that’s such a good idea! Also I love how you just whipped up some apple sauce from apples (That were not quite but basically were) in your £20 challenge… You are the true definition of a domestic goddess

    Jas xx |

  5. Wow! These sound really good and tasty. I’ve been trying a few vegan recipes recently and I’ve been looking for a cookie recipe that is a bit different and isn’t just a chocolate chip cookie. I’m looking forward to making these in the future!

  6. These look lovely and sound so easy to make! My friends always take the mick as I love oatmeal raisin cookies as opposed to like double chocolate ones, they say I’m boring! I disagree though, they don’t know what they’re missing, these seem perfect for me

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