5 Minute Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


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Here’s an easy, no-bake, quick little recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies that taste almost like oatmeal raisin cookie dough, but they’re safe to eat raw because they’re vegan, and oh so good.


5 Minute Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – or Cookie Dough Balls (Gluten, Soy, & Dairy Free)

1/2 c dry oats (most oats are not technically raw but source true raw oats or certified gluten-free oats, if desired)
1/4 c pitted medjool dates (about 4-6 juicy, fresh dates)
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I say, yes!)
Yields: 12 small cookies, feel free to double the recipe

Optional Add-Ins & Extras:
Coconut flakes at the end
Coconut flakes in the mixture
Put Chocolate/Carob Chips in the mixture or hand-press some in at the end
Roll in carob/cocoa powder/cocoa nibs
Use gogi berries instead of raisins or another dried fruit like cranberries, craisins, apricots
Omit the dates and just use 1/2 c raisins if you don’t have dates
Dash of agave or coconut oil if mixture is too dry


First, lightly grind or pulse the oats & then add the medjools in your VitaMix or food processor

Pulsed oats and dates in blender

Blend again

Dates pulsed with oats in blender

Then add in the raisins & cinnamon, vanilla extract if you choose.  Blend again.

Raisins and cinnamon added to pulsed mixture in blender

Here’s what your oats-medjools-raisins dough looks like

Finished blended mixture in blender

Take your dough out…

Dough removed from blender and placed on white plate

…and form into cookie pattiesor balls

Dough shaped into cookies on white plate

Containerize or pack for on the go lunches, snacks, what-ev.

Up close of 5 Minute Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I thought they were looking a little naked.  So I decided to garnish each cookie with a few raisins.

5 Minute Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies topped with raisins

Ahhh, much better.

Close up of cookies topped with raisins

Voila, enjoy!

One 5 Minute Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie on white plate


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  1. I know this is an old recipe Averie, but count one more happy tester! I didn’t have raisins so used more dates and some coconut oil and it was delicious. And so easy — thanks again!

  2. Made these last night and had one today with my lunch! Fabulous! I think I will dock down the cinnamon just a tad though. Great quick recipe!

  3. Averie! I know this is a super old recipe, but I was looking for something quick and easy for gluten-free friends tonight, and looked through your bars and then the no-bake balls until I found this one. Had my doubts as I was combining the ingredients (hard for me to ‘trust the process’!), but they turned out wonderfully! I used a mixture of raisins and dried cranberries instead of dates, as that’s what I had on hand. I also grated in some fresh nutmeg, and added about a tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey to moisten the mixture up. Afterward, I rolled half the balls in cocoa powder and the other half in confectioner’s sugar- we loved them! Thanks so much! Making these oatmeal balls again for sure :)

    1. Between you and one other girl, Ive had more 2009 recipes remade in the last week than I think in the last year :) She made some ‘overnight brownie protein oats’ and some vegan/GF pancakes and you with these cookie balls. The photography is frightful, I know – LOL But at least the recipe still works, right! So glad you enjoyed them!

  4. i used craisins because i didn’t have any raisins and the recipe still was delicious! :-)
    Thanks for posting it! Happy EARTH DAY!

  5. Averie! Love your blog.

    I am a fellow ashtanga yoga practitioner/instructor, and I have been totally diggin' your pose of the day, and your eats. Had my hand at your balls (hehehe), and am addicted. Posted about them (https://www.thedaintypig.com)and made sure to give you props! Just wanted to say hi, and thanks for the great blog!

    ~the dainty pig