The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies

The best gluten-free oatmeal cookies you’ll ever have! They’re soft, thick, and chewy and nobody will know that they’re gluten-free. Can also be made with whole wheat or all-purpose flour.

I’ve only ever called one recipe “the best ever” and it was these gluten-free brownies. I felt a bit ridiculous doing it, but the reviewers agreed with me that the title was justified and I think if you make these cookies, you’ll agree that they really are the perfect oatmeal raisin cookies. :)

The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (dairy-free with whole wheat and all-purpose flour options)

I’m working on a more nutritious grain-free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, but until that happens, here’s my not-so-healthy gluten-free version!

If you don’t need these oatmeal cookies to be gluten-free, you can use whole wheat, white whole wheat or whole spelt flour in place of the first four ingredients (rice flour through xanthan gum). I also just tested these cookies with all-purpose flour and that works just as well!

The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (dairy-free, with whole wheat and all-purpose flour options)

I added some chocolate chips to the dough of a few cookies and placed some more on top after baking, but we actually preferred the chocolate-less version! Crazy but true. I think my issue is that I’m just not a huge lover of cinnamon + chocolate together.

If you recognize these cookies, it’s because I posted the original whole wheat version three years ago. I think about 4 people a month look at that recipe so I figured the gluten-free version needed their own post!

The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (dairy-free with whole grain and all-purpose flour options)

This gluten-free version tastes exactly the same and are even a little thicker than the whole wheat / all-purpose version. There are lots of great reviews on that post so go check them out if you’re curious. One reader, Lauren, who has made lots of my recipes declared them the best recipe on my blog. And I agree that they’re in the top 5!

The only thing I don’t like is the flours I used. I love the end result but the flours are totally nutritionally void. At least there are oats? ;) But these cookies are so delicious I honestly don’t care about the lack of nutrition here. I don’t think you will either after the first bite!

The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies (dairy-free)

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The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies
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  • Yield: 16 large cookies

If you don't need these to be gluten-free, you can use 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour in place of the first four ingredients.


  • 1 cup (140 grams) white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup (52 grams) potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (20 grams) tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (168 grams) coconut oil, melted and cooled (unsalted butter works, too, but the cookies are chewier with coconut oil)1
  • 1 1/3 cups (266 grams) raw sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups (260 grams) quick oats (make sure to use gluten-free oats), if necessary)
  • 1 1/4 cups (190 grams) raisins (you could sub in some chocolate chips for a portion of the raisins or just place a few on top after baking, like I did in the picture)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and stir.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mix and stir just until combined. Stir in the oats and raisins, again stirring just until combined.
  5. Form the dough into 77-gram balls, about two inches or slightly over 1/4 cup in size, and place 4" apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press the balls down slightly with the palm of your hand. If your dough is too soft to roll into balls, refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until scoopable.
  6. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until the middle appears to be set and the cookies have evenly browned. They'll still be very soft straight from the oven but firm up as they cool and sit for an hour or so.
  7. Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.


  1. I used refined coconut oil which doesn't have any coconut taste. If you use unrefined coconut oil, these cookies will likely have some coconut flavor to them.

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51 comments on “The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies” — Add one!

  • Connie says
    March 23, 2017 @ 12:20 am

    Just enjoyed my first batch. I put a tablespoon of ghee in for flavor- Delish!

    • Erin replies to Connie
      March 23, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

      Yum! Sounds like a great addition. Thanks for your comment! :)

  • Irmina says
    February 26, 2017 @ 12:12 am

    Sooooo goood! Best oatmeal cookies I ever had. I used about 3/4cup of rice flour and added gluten free oatmeal flour for the remaining 1/4c And also used gf oatmeal flour instead of potato strach And tapioca. Skipped the gum too And used butter. Big, puffy, chewy. Yummy!

    • Erin replies to Irmina
      February 26, 2017 @ 9:32 pm

      Haha. Wow! You created your very own recipe. :D I’m so happy that they came out well! Thanks a bunch for sharing your changes. I’m sure it’ll be a big help to others who are wondering about subs. Thanks for your feedback!

      • Irmina replies to Erin
        February 27, 2017 @ 10:30 am

        Just worked with what I had 😄😉

  • Lindsay CG
    February 14, 2017 @ 10:33 pm

    These are amazing! Thank you for this recipe.

    • Erin replies to Lindsay CG
      February 15, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

      So happy you liked them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Ashley
    January 31, 2017 @ 2:24 am

    I don’t write recipe review, EVER. However, since I have been told of numerous food allergies I have, baked goods are basically out of my life, and I have a bit of a love affair with sweets. These are THE BEST STINKIN’ cookies I have had in 2 years that won’t make me sick!!
    Thank you SO MUCH for this amazing blog. I have already opened three other recipes that I intend on trying this week. It’s fun to bake healthy, but when you don’t have any other option and you stumble across something this delicious, it almost makes you forget what you’re missing.

    BTW – these cookies are perfect. Just amazing, simply delicious. I used coconut shortening because I didn’t have enough oil in the house at the moment, and they are amazing. It just took a while longer to cook.

    • Erin replies to Ashley
      February 1, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

      Aww, yay! I’m so happy that you found a recipe that doesn’t make you sick and that tastes good! I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes just as much. Thanks so much for your comment! :)

  • debra
    January 20, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

    WOw, just made these. THought theyd be lumpy and stodgy.
    But not at all. Very delicious indeed :-)and enjoyed them even more as they are gluten free!

    • Erin replies to debra
      January 22, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

      Haha. Lumpy and stodgy. Well I’m happy they exceeded your expectations! Thanks a bunch for your comment. :)

  • Angie Walriven says
    December 20, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

    Clarification- I’ve made cookies w just ground oats before, I know it can be done, I’m wondering if I’ll still get the chewy texture. (I don’t remember the texture from last year’s baking. I love chewy!

    • Erin replies to Angie Walriven
      December 20, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

      I’ve also made cookies with just oat flour (and they were delicious!) but unfortunately, oat flour isn’t a sub for all-purpose flour or the combination of flours I used in this recipe. Sorry about that!

  • Angie Walriven says
    December 20, 2016 @ 8:58 pm

    What about just using ground oats for the flour?

  • Glynda says
    October 23, 2016 @ 3:45 am

    i would like to know if you buy white rice flour that has potato starch, tapioca flour and xanthan gum shown in the ingredients can you use that and then add the baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon?

    • Erin replies to Glynda
      October 23, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

      Is it meant as a 1 to 1 sub for all-purpose flour? It might work in these cookies but since the proportions of flour are surely different, the cookies won’t come out as they should. If it’s supposed to be a sub for all-purpose flour, then use it in these whole grain chewy oatmeal cookies. That’s my original recipe that I created this gluten-free recipe from. :)

  • Mary says
    October 9, 2016 @ 3:24 am

    Does it matter which kind of rice flour you use? Sweet White Rice or White Rice or Brown Rice? Thanks for your help. My daughter has recently been diagnosed with Celiac and she loves Oatmeal cookies.

    • Erin replies to Mary
      October 9, 2016 @ 8:18 pm

      I used white rice flour. I’ll update the recipe to make that clear! I hope your daughter will enjoy the cookies. :)

  • Dvir says
    August 14, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    Hey Erin,
    I LOVE your recipes.
    I have Brown rice flour that is also mentioned as “sticky” on the package, and son’t have Xantan Gum.
    Do you think it could work If I don’t change the other ingredients?

    • Erin replies to Dvir
      August 14, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

      Hi Dvir! Thank you – I’m happy that you like the recipes. :) Sticky rice flour is also called glutinous rice flour and according to this, they’re not interchangeable. If you don’t add xanthan gum to these cookies, they won’t stay together. Do you need these cookies to be gluten-free? If not, I have a whole wheat version that doesn’t call for xanthan gum. :)

  • Aimee
    August 13, 2016 @ 9:03 pm

    These are great! Great texture 😄

    • Erin replies to Aimee
      August 14, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

      Yay! Thanks a bunch for your comment. I’m happy to hear that they were enjoyed! :)

  • Lorraine says
    July 31, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

    I made these last night – they are delicious. I used one cup of coconut sugar and 1/3 cup of sugar replacer. I also replaced the tapioca flour with coconut flour (on a weight basis) because I don’t like the taste of tapioca flour. Next time I make them I will substitute some of the rolled oats with pecans and sunflower seeds.

    • Erin replies to Lorraine
      August 1, 2016 @ 8:43 pm

      Wow! I’m surprised but happy to hear that coconut flour worked as a sub for tapioca flour. I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies! Thanks for sharing your sub and for your feedback. :)

  • Dorothee says
    June 21, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

    These were a huge hit at our small group, then I made them for my college age daughter and she and her friends absolutely loved them! I made them with whole wheat (King Arthur’s white whole wheat) as I didn’t have the other ingredient. Planning to make them for my son’s high school grad party this Saturday. Easy to make ahead and to serve outside!

    • Erin replies to Dorothee
      June 21, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

      Awesome! I’m super happy to hear that everyone you’ve made them for has enjoyed them. And congratulations to your son! I hope his friends will enjoy the cookies, too. :) Thanks for your feedback!

  • Arlete says
    May 31, 2016 @ 2:02 am

    Hi Erin!

    thank you again for another hit recipe! I did it for my daughter’s pool party and it was my first time. All the moms and the kids enjoyed it! Mine did not look so good as yours, but they were delicious! Thank you again.

    • Erin replies to Arlete
      June 1, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

      Hi Arlete! I’m happy to hear that they were enjoyed at the party. You know what’s weird is that I’ve made these several times and they often look a little different. And I have no idea why! Sometimes they’re really nice and thick like the ones in these pictures and every now and then they’re not as thick. I wish I knew what the variable was! But at least they’re always delicious. ;) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

      • Arlete replies to Erin
        June 2, 2016 @ 3:58 am

        Awesome Erin!

        Thank you!

  • colleen kennedy says
    May 4, 2016 @ 2:30 am

    Oatmeal Raisin are one of my favorite cookies. I am not familiar with GF baking, 3 of the ingredients are foreign to me but they sure sound & look spot on!

  • Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling says
    May 1, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

    I can’t believe these are gluten free! They’re perfect!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    April 29, 2016 @ 6:01 pm

    Wow, these look awesome! I’ve always loved oatmeal raisin cookies, I need to try this GF version!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
    April 29, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    Yes, these really do look like the BEST ever Oatmeal Cookies! They look so chewy too, I can’t wait to make them!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl says
    April 29, 2016 @ 5:55 am

    My Mom is spending the weekend with me this weekend, and she happens to be gluten-free. Totally going to surprise her with these!

  • Charlotte Moore
    April 29, 2016 @ 12:37 am

    I love thick and chewy!! I need to try these for the GF,DF folks. They look wonderful!

  • Roxana says
    April 28, 2016 @ 11:36 pm

    I love that they are completely full of oats, raisins and chocolate chips! Such a great looking cookie!

  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
    April 28, 2016 @ 10:29 pm

    Oatmeal cookies are an ultimate comfort food for me – I love them when done right (and these look incredibly right)!

  • The Food Hunter says
    April 28, 2016 @ 10:05 pm

    I love how thick they are…just like a good oatmeal cookie should be.

  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens says
    April 28, 2016 @ 9:16 pm

    These are so totally alluring … big and puffy and so gorgeous I can almost taste them through my computer screen! The oats and raisins really do add some great nutrition – and I love that you’ve tested it and suggested various substitutions with nutritious whole wheat and white whole wheat flours for those who don’t have to eat gluten-free. So many options to make this wonderful cookie … so, why am I still typing and not baking?!?! :D

  • Alexa [] says
    April 28, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

    These are absolutely stunning, Erin! Thick, puffy oatmeal raisin cookies are my absolute fav! Pinned to make soon :)


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