No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (no added sugar, gluten-free, vegan)

No-bake no added sugar gluten-free vegan oatmeal raisin cookies on cutting board.

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (No added sugar)

There’s nothing wrong with cookies as part of a balanced eating plan, but you should get more than calories, added sugar, and unhealthy fats when you eat them.  With 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, which have no added sugar, are vegan, and happen to be gluten-free, are a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

Why You Should Make No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My idea of a delicious cookie recipe is combination of oats, peanut butter, raisins, and pure vanilla extract.  Raisins make these cookies naturally sweet, and they need no added sugar. In addition, these cookies vegan and gluten-free when you use gluten-free oats.  

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are also 100% whole grain and help to satisfy the suggestion from nutrition experts to eat at least three servings of whole grains daily.  

I love the ease of making these cookies. They are ready to eat in about 5 minutes, and one batch is often enough to last the week.  That’s important for busy people who can’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing healthy foods, but want to improve their eating habits. 


uncooked oatmeal oats

Oatmeal is a whole grain that adds fiber and other nutrients.

creamy peanut butter on a spoon

Peanut butter is packed with healthy fat and helps hold these no-bake cookies together.

plain raisins on a white background

Raisins are sweet, but they contain no added sugar!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies for Kids 

We usually think of cookies as snacks or dessert, but they work for the morning meal, too! You eat breakfast for dinner, so why not cookies for breakfast?

Cookies for breakfast are a big hit with kids, and they will love having them as snacks or desserts, too!

If you don’t like cereal, eggs, or other traditional “morning foods” for breakfast, or you don’t have time to eat before leaving the house, these cookies are for you. One No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie paired with milk, fortified unsweetened soy beverage, or a carton of yogurt and a piece of fruit makes a balanced morning meal.

5 no-bake oatmeal raisin cookies on parchment paper

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are OK to eat any time of day!


No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (no added sugar, gluten-free, vegan)

These cookies are ready in minutes, require no cooking, and are delicious for breakfast or snacks!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, glutenfree, no added sugar, peanutbutter, raisins
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 292kcal


  • 2 cups California raisins
  • 1 cup peanut butter, no sugar added
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups uncooked oats, toasted*


  • Place raisins, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in food processor. Blend on HIGH until well combined, about 45 seconds.  The mixture will resemble a paste. 
  • Place the raisin mixture in a medium bowl. Add oatmeal and combine well, using your hands, if necessary.  Form into 10 cookies or balls. 
  • Store in airtight container.

How to Toast Oats

  • To toast oats, preheat oven to 350˚F. Spread the oats evenly on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before using. You can save time by skipping this step.


Per serving (1 cookie): 292 calories; 8 grams protein; 39 grams carbohydrate; 5 grams fiber; 14 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat); 0 milligrams cholesterol; 164 milligrams sodium; 60 milligrams calcium.


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  9. Nela says:

    What kind of peanut butter do you use? I see you specify “no sugar added” but do you use the no-stir kind or the all-natural kind that separates? I just made these using the all natural kind (just peanuts and salt) and they were really oily and didn’t stick together well. I ended up smushing the dough into mini muffin tins because they wouldn’t hold together. Also, I thought 2 tsp of vanilla was way too much for this recipe. It oddly made the flavor profile even flatter than it already was… and it was flat! I added some cinnamon and salt which helped a little. Molasses might help too but that would of course be added sugar. I won’t be making these again… I mean, sure, they came together quickly but… they’re not my cup of tea… sorry, wish I had something nice to say, but it would have helped me out to see a review like this.

    • ewardrd says:

      Hi Nela, It sucks when you make a recipe and it doesn’t come out the way you want! Sorry that happened to you. The recipe calls for no added sugar peanut butter, not natural peanut butter, which tends to be really runny. Jif makes a no added sugar peanut butter that is no-stir. Peanut butter can really differ in it’s creaminess, so, if anything, I would add more oatmeal to make up for the differences in moisture content. I love vanilla so I add a lot, but I am glad to hear that cinnamon and salt elevated the flavor for you. I hope you won’t hold this against me!

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