Chewy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These whole wheat oatmeal raisin cookies are soft and chewy and are just as, if not more delicious, than the traditional version! If you don’t have whole wheat on hand, these can be made with all-purpose flour. I’ve also made these as gluten-free oatmeal cookies, which are just as delicious!

Looking at this recipe in the summer when it’s too hot to bake? Try these no-bake oatmeal cookies! They’re SO good. :D They’re also 100% whole grain and naturally gluten-free + vegan.

(The pictures were updated in April 2016 in case you’ve made these before and are confused by the different pictures!)

I know that oatmeal raisin cookies aren’t all that exciting for most people. But they’re so homey. And they make me think of school lunches, visits with grandparents, and baking with my mother.

100% Whole Grain Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. With a dairy-free option and can also be made with all-purpose flour.

People are stuffing all kinds of sweets into other sweets these days, and although I’m not exactly against it, I really love simple traditional goodies. You know, the kind our grandmas made. Today I was going through my recipe index and realized that I only have one such recipe: banana bread. No chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, or chocolate brownies. All I’ve posted are more complex and, okay, more interesting versions of these. But sometimes I just want a plain brownie!

I realize that almost everyone already has their favorite recipe for such baked goods, but do most people have favorite healthified versions which taste just as good as their white flour counterparts? Nope! At least I hope not because every now and then, I’m going to post some traditional favorites that have been given a little nutritional makeover. I hope you all won’t find this boring!

This recipe substitutes coconut oil for butter, uses about half of the sugar a lot of recipes use, and is 100% whole grain. I used whole spelt, which I really prefer and recommend, but you can also use whole wheat. Regular whole wheat works as well as white whole wheat. Whichever you choose, these oatmeal raisin cookies don’t taste the least bit whole grain!

100% Whole Grain Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. With dairy-free option and can also be made with all-purpose flour

And even more important for me – the texture! These whole wheat oatmeal raisin cookies are SO thick and chewy. And they don’t have that slightly cakey feel that some healthy cookies have. At least if you don’t over bake them, which I did, thinking that they weren’t done.

Should you prefer more traditional cookies, check out these quaker oatmeal raisin cookies!

Are there any traditional favorites that you’d like a healthified version of? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

100% Whole Grain Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (dairy-free)

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Chewy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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  • Yield: 18-20 large cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups (190 grams) whole spelt flour, whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (168 grams) coconut oil (unsalted butter works, too, but the cookies are chewier with coconut oil)
  • 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
  • 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 75-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.
  7. Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.

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  • Antonette Jayme says
    May 30, 2022 @ 1:08 am

    Hi Erin,
    I am craving for an oatmeal cookie on this rainy and chilly weather and I would love to try this recipe.
    Can I substitute the quick oats to old traditional rolled oats?

    • Erin replies to Antonette Jayme
      June 3, 2022 @ 10:58 am

      Hi there! I’m so sorry for just now seeing your question. Traditional work but I think the texture is better with quick. It’s just my preference, though. Sorry again!

  • Alison says
    October 7, 2019 @ 1:42 am

    Hi! I love your recipe. Do you have Nutrition Facts for these cookies?

    • Erin replies to Alison
      October 14, 2019 @ 10:04 pm

      Hi! Sorry for just now seeing your question. I don’t have the calories but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile.

  • Lea says
    May 30, 2019 @ 11:15 am

    I made half the recipe and instead of eggs I used 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal and 3 tbsp water) I used maple syrup in place of the sugar and I grinded up half the oats which made the cookies a bit fluffier. They came out awesome!! So this recipe can be made vegan, yaaaay! I also cut the bake time to 10 min since I used a flaxegg. I make these ALOT!! Thanks so much for sharing such a awesome recipe ❤❤

    • Erin replies to Lea
      June 4, 2019 @ 7:33 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them and that your vegan version worked well. :) Thanks for the tip and for your comment!

  • Allison Barber
    May 20, 2019 @ 11:40 pm

    I just made these (into bars…old and lazy) added walnuts and can’t stop munching on them. Perfectly chewy, and a lovely crust on the edges because I baked them in cast iron. Excellent recipe

    • Erin replies to Allison Barber
      May 23, 2019 @ 12:57 pm

      I love them as bars, too! The cast iron skillet is a great idea. Thanks for your comment!

  • Lea
    April 28, 2019 @ 7:37 am

    Just made 1/2 the recipe with a few substitutions. I made these with a half cup of maple syrup instead of the coconut sugar and half the oats and half the whole spelt flour.Also used grapeseed oil instead of coconut oil. Came out awesome!! I am on a strict diet sugar wise and also cant cook with coconut oil but I loved the recipe so much I had to try it with a few subtitutions. Thanks for the recipe!! You rock! ❤❤

    • Erin replies to Lea
      May 4, 2019 @ 8:49 pm

      Wow! I’m honestly shocked that it worked well with your changes. But I’m so glad that it worked! Thanks for sharing your modifications. :) And thanks again for your nice comment!

      • Lea
        replies to Erin
        May 30, 2019 @ 11:17 am

        Yes i commented on here again thats how awesome they came out. LOL Very moist with a old fashioned oatmeal cookie taste. You have to make the vegan version trust me its soooo good.

        • Erin replies to Lea
          June 4, 2019 @ 7:35 pm

          Haha. Well I appreciate you coming back to comment again and to share your version! Thanks again! :)

  • Melissa
    December 9, 2018 @ 8:10 am

    These are amazing!! I used refined coconut oil and really loved the taste. My family couldn’t tell that they were gluten free. That’s a win for me!

    • Melissa replies to Melissa
      December 9, 2018 @ 8:12 am

      Meant to say unrefined! :)

    • Erin replies to Melissa
      December 9, 2018 @ 10:22 am

      Yay! I’m happy you all enjoyed them! You posted on the whole wheat version. Was it these gluten-free oatmeal cookies that you made? Either way, that’s awesome your family couldn’t tell that they were GF! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Jill Cooper says
    September 20, 2018 @ 10:45 pm

    Another great recipe! Thanks. My husband will love these oatmeal cookies after work today. I added raisins walnuts and chocolate chips. They stayed their shape and didn’t spread. I used 100%whole wheat flour.

    • Erin replies to Jill Cooper
      September 24, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

      Sorry for just now seeing your comment! I hope that your husband enjoyed them. :) Walnuts sounds like a yummy addition! Thanks for your comment.

  • Kris
    July 31, 2018 @ 5:12 am

    I tried these tonight with chocolate-covered raisins, pecans and some chocolate chips. I can’t have cinnamon nor bake with it. These came out AMAZING! I bake for my boyfriend’s staff (3rd shift Alzheimers unit nurses) and they raved as well. Your comments and suggestions are right on- signs of an experienced baker. Need to browse the rest of your page now!

    • Erin replies to Kris
      August 1, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

      With chocolate-covered raisins?! Yum. That sounds amazing! I’m so happy that you and your boyfriend’s co-workers enjoyed them. :) Thanks so much for your nice comments and I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes just as much! I posted this recipe when I could still eat wheat so a lot of my recipes are grain-free these days. But you can find all my whole grain recipes right here. :)

  • Nooshin
    May 31, 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    I baked them. They were delicious! they just turned out to be too sweet for my taste, even though I only used about two thirds of the amount of sugar in the recipe! The next time I will be using only one sixth of the recipe amount. I also think that the cookies were too large with 75 gram scoops, so I am going to make each of them about 20 grams, from now on!

    Thank you for the recipe.

    • Erin replies to Nooshin
      June 2, 2018 @ 8:19 pm

      I’m happy you enjoyed them! Just as a little warning – if you reduce the sugar from 1 1/3 cups down to 3.5 tablespoons, the cookies likely won’t hold together well and will be very cakey. Just wanted to make sure you were aware before trying. I’d love to hear how it goes! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Stephanie
    October 14, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

    These cookies are delicious!!! I think I have made them at least 20 times in the past 6 months, sometimes even doubling the recipe! I had to go dairy, soy and chocolate free due to my nursing babies food intolerances and saying I’m a “dessert person” is an understatement. I had been making them with whole wheat sprouted flour and cooking them 9 to 10 minutes, but I just made them with sprouted spelt flour for the first time and cooked them 12 minutes and they are even better!! Thank you for sharing an amazing recipe!

    • Erin replies to Stephanie
      October 15, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

      I love spelt! It’s so much less whole grainy than whole wheat. And it’s great to know that they work well with sprouted grains. I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying the cookies and that they don’t upset your baby! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Marcela Bates says
    September 23, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

    I just tried this recepie and I really liked it. I made some changes. I used the oats flour, like mentioned before and the texture is great. I used coconut sugar and for my taste they are quite sweet, you could go for less sugar, specially if using raisins ( I didn’t). Instead, I mixed cacao nibs and pecans and they give a great mild nutty chocolate flavor. Definitely a great recipe and I know I’ll improve it next time. Thank you for sharing!!! Love it!

    • Erin replies to Marcela Bates
      September 25, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

      I’m happy you enjoyed them with oat flour! I still have yet to try that. Thanks for your feedback! :)

  • Arlene
    September 8, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

    Delicious! I didn’t need to bake them that long, about 11 minutes. Also I frosted mine with powder sugar (cream and vanilla) frosting. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Erin replies to Arlene
      September 9, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

      I bet these are amazing with frosting! Thanks a bunch for your comment. :)

  • Rachel
    July 24, 2017 @ 12:53 am

    I have been making these cookies for 4 years! They never disappoint. Thanks again for such a killer recipe, Erin. I’m a new mama and I just read the comment above about using all oats/flax seed and I’m going to give that a go next time.

    • Erin replies to Rachel
      July 24, 2017 @ 9:36 pm

      Awesome! I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying the cookies for the past few years. I’d love to hear how you think the all oats and flax version compares to the original recipe. I still have to try it out! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Erika
    May 16, 2017 @ 12:56 am

    Thanks for the great recipe, Erin! These are my go-to lactation and eat-on-the-go-with-kids cookies. I’ve been using oat flour (just ground up old fashioned oats) instead of whole wheat, and they work wonderfully. I usually make them with chocolate chips and walnuts.

    • Erin replies to Erika
      May 16, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

      Oooh! I really want to try that. Do you use 1 1/2 cups of oat flour or are you using 190 grams? I’m going to give it a try! Thanks a bunch for the tip and for your feedback. :)

      • Erika replies to Erin
        May 28, 2017 @ 10:37 pm

        I use 1 1/2 cups of oat flour (measured after it’s ground, just like wheat flour). Recently, I’ve also tried 1 cup of oat flour and 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed. Again, they work great…it’s a super forgiving recipe!

        • Erin replies to Erika
          May 30, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

          That’s great to know! I’m definitely going to try that. Thanks a bunch for your reply! :)

        • Teresa replies to Erika
          September 5, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

          If you use chia, use eggs too??

        • Erin replies to Teresa
          September 5, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

          I think that person used the ground flaxseed in place of 1/2 cup of the flour. So you would still need the eggs.

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