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.
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
- 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
Preheat oven to 190°c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
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.
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.
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.
Once cooked, leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving
Serve and enjoy!
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,