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Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

classic oatmeal cookies made with ingredients you probably have at home... and absolutely NO flour

Food Network Challenge!

Last weekend, a group of us met up for an informal soccer game at my friend Matt’s house. Afterwards, as everyone sat around with a beer, one of my friends jokingly asked, “Where’s dessert, Katie? You always bring dessert.”

It’s true. I’m constantly pawning off food on friends, because I like to get as many opinions as possible before deciding if a recipe is worthy of sharing on the website. Somehow the joking ended with me standing in Matt’s impoverished kitchen, wondering what the heck I could possibly make with so few ingredients. It felt like an episode of Chopped!

When I saw raisins, my first thought was: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

But Matt’s cabinets were not only lacking in the peanut butter department, they also hosted absolutely no chocolate! None. Not one chip, not one bar, nothing. I wanted to run away, right then and there. (A person without chocolate should never be trusted!) Instead, I put on a brave face and took stock of the available ingredients. I had to improvise a little, such as using water in place of almond milk. Still, the cookies were a gigantic success, with everyone agreeing the recipe was blog-worthy.

flourless cookies

Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

(gluten-free)

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (If you prefer, click for: Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies.)
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp white sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp oil or pre-melted margarine
  • 1-2 tbsp milk of choice (start with 1)

Blend first 5 ingredients together in a food processor or blender. (I used a Magic Bullet.) Mix with other ingredients, form into cookie shapes, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cook 6 minutes at 375 F. This recipe makes a small batch; if I remember correctly, it yields around 11 cookies. I made a much bigger batch for the group by tripling all of the ingredients.

View Fourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Nutrition Facts

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When I brought the remaining cookies home for a photoshoot, someone kept watching me…

Waiting to pounce!

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Do you ever watch the Food Network?

Oddly enough, I actually don’t like watching cooking shows. Maybe it’s because my job revolves around food, but in my free time I want to do things that have absolutely nothing to do with food!

Well, except I do often like to look at this website.

But that’s mostly because I enjoy the photography and artistic aspects of the photos. (I guess it can also be argued this isn’t really my free time; I’m observing others to try and improve my own photography skills.)

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Published on February 20, 2012

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  1. Lauren says

    Girl, you are so gorgeous!

    I am so jealous of your hair! Do you have any tips for how to get it that shiny and healthy? Or are you just lucky and were born with good hair? Mine is so dry and flat, and yours always looks so beautiful. Any tips would be so appreciated :).

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    I actually love watching food channels – but not so much for recipe ideas, I like shows like Chopped, Top Chef, and Worst Cooks in America. Worst Cooks makes me feel like a pretty darn good cook. 😉

    OK a person without chocolate OR peanut butter that has raisins in their cupboard??? That is beyond seriously wrong.

  3. Samantha says

    Good morning. Love the cute little dog just waiting…

    I don’t enjoy cooking shows at all! I find them terrible boring and don’t tend to learn much from them. They also don’t tend to make things I care about. The advantage of online is that I can usually tell right away if the recipe is something I would like and have the “skills” to do. I also pay attention to the photos.

    Thanks for this latest recipe! I love basic and quick. And have a great day.

    • Samantha says

      So I definitely went more the flourless chocolate chip cookie route (I love that you post one recipe and it gets me looking at the others). I did peanut butter in place of the oil (one of those kind of days) and also needed no added white sugar. I did a couple of drops of vanilla.

      I think because of the peanut butter mine benefited from being patted down for baking. I will try with oil/margarine next time…I just needed the peanut butter fix today (in fact I made cookies because I was eating just chocolate chips and peanut butter…I decided it was time to be more creative. 🙂

      Fun and easy! I was going to make the truffle pie from a couple of posts ago but that will have to wait!

  4. Erin says

    I like some of the shows on Food Network, but I don’t have cable or Netflix or anything like that. I actually like Cake Boss a lot though, which I believe comes on TLC 😀

    And I love that you posted this recipe! I was thinking just yesterday that I’d like to make some gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies. You read my mind 🙂

  5. katie @KatieDid says

    you have lucky friends! dessert on command, literally 😉 I do enjoy watching the food network when I’m home from school but I don’t have any cable living in my apartment so I don’t watch it often!

  6. VegAlexandra says

    You said that you used white sugar in this recipe…. Are you aware that white sugar isn’t vegan?? It’s processed through charred bone to make it more “white”.

    Or do you buy a vegan version?? But, since you were at your friends… was it vegan?

    • anonymous says

      Actually, some white sugar IS vegan. But also, I think Katie does a really good job of showing veganism as “doable” for the masses, as opposed to getting nit picky and worrying about trace ingredients when really that would turn more people off to the movement. We need to remember that the bigger goal here is not to eat as perfectly vegan as possible, but to inspire as many people as possible to adopt as cruelty-free a diet as possible. Here’s a really good debate about it: http://www.animalsuffering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9878

  7. Sarah the official CCK drooler says

    I happen to be quite a Food Network junkie. Can you BELIEVE i used to crush on Jamie Oliver? Dang it.BTW- i never tried your fudge babies before (not sure why) but used the recipe for the crust of the truffle pie. Let me just say, thanks to me and my sister, there was hardly any left for the crust! Everyone loved it so we sill make some to eat on our trip to NC this weekend. mmm mmm good 🙂

  8. Lisa Kline says

    Wow, those cookies look like they’d even be Weight Watchers-friendly! LOVE! Wonder if I could substitute chocolate chips for raisins 😉 haha

    I do not watch the Food Network because I do not have cable or sattelite television (I have Netflix and DVDs – that’s it). When I did have tv in the past, I would watch Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, and other reality cooking shows, but that’s about it for Food Network 🙂

  9. Kelly says

    I could watch Food Network allllll day- it is probably a good thing that I don’t have cable!

    These cookies are perfect timing- I’m trying to figure out why my belly hasn’t been happy, so I’m trying a “wheat-free” week. This should hit the spot as far as sweets! Though I’ll definitely add a dash of pumpkin pie spice to them for that spice cookie flavor. I find that the premixed pumpkin pie blend just hits all the right notes for me!

    • Kathy says

      While I’m not sure if this will 100% work, I think it could work, but throwing the oats into the food processor makes it so that it’s like flour and the whole oats could make it not combine as well.

    • Alex says

      This is what I did with quick oats. I piled the dough into little mounds on the cookie sheet and flattened them down. It’ll look way too dry and crumbly, but if you let them cool completely on the cookie sheet, they’ll hold together pretty well.

      As Kathy said, I’ll whir the oats in the food processor next time.

  10. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde says

    Wow, it’s amazing that you were able to make up this recipe on the spot in an almost-barren kitchen! So impressive. And I love when I already have all of the ingredients for a recipe on hand like I do for this recipe. I’m giving up chocolate for Lent (crazy, I know) so I think these cookies might be making an appearance when I get a craving for sweets!

  11. [email protected] says

    I don’t really watch them anymore. They were great for me back when I was intimidated by cooking and knew nothing about it, but now when I have questions I just google them. Your cookies look yummy!

  12. Trish says

    So I admit I’m not a huge raisin fan, unless they are those big golden ones that you find in curried chicken salads (I know, very UNvegan…sorry folks!). However, I did make your chocolate chip cookies that were from this base recipe, and they were really, really good. I was honestly expecting mine to turn out dry, and even with my own vegan chocolate chip recipe I use a lot of fat, so they are totally different in texture and taste. These reminded me of these oatmeal cookies that my mother would buy for me as a child. I don’t even know what brand they were…I don’t think they were a brand anyone would recognize…and I know they were iced. But the flavor was almost identical, and I loved those cookies. I ate the entire batch last night, lol. But I didn’t feel too bad…they were so low in fat and I used a little xylitol in place of the white sugar, so it was all good. 🙂

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