Oatmeal, Dates & Raisin Cookies Recipe

Have you ever noticed a goat or a cow grazing? There is something common….those two animals keep chewing all the time. Seems like I have something in common with them :) Oh yes, I've told you several times about how I like to munch something every now and then. Can you believe it when I say that I start raiding my kitchen cupboards for some snacks after 10 mins of having BF or lunch? These days I find it really hard to resist the temptations especially when my FB newsfeed is always updated with some beautiful food snaps. Ok leave the internet and switch on the TV, almost every other channel is loaded with cookery shows, doesn't look good, what about reading something and there again you can see some food pics, sigh! It feels like the Universe is conspiring for me to give into the temptation ;)

Usually I end up with some junk food for munching, but after some time I feel guilty and forcefully eat some supposed-to-be health bars and what not! I only wish that these health bars suppressed my munching temptation… but the effect is more depressing. I don't like the taste of all this healthy crap and that's when I realised how I miss those unhealthy flavoured junk food and stuff myself with the double the amount of junk. So much for trying to eat healthy.

When I posted this eggless cinnamon recipe here, I never ever thought it would be one of the most popular recipes in the site. Because its a general tendency that we associate healthy food with awful taste, yep – I also do that. But that recipe was a revelation to me that healthy stuff can be tasty too and yes I'm sure there are other recipes also of the same category. This is one such recipe. Though the name of this cookie is Oatmeal & Raisin & Dates cookie, I re-christened it as Healthy Cookie. Yep, if you go through the ingredients, you'll know it. I've customised the original  recipe to make a healthier version.

Another thing I liked about the recipe is that, its quite filling. Also its a good way to incorporate  oats in your diet. The cookie has a soft cakey texture with a slightly crusted top.

So shall we go ahead and bake some healthy cookies?

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  • Hi Maria.. I m new yo ur blog and love ur recipes. Just wanna knw which oats u used in this recipe? There are so many varieties of oats we get here..!!!! Dont know which one to use where!!! I have old fashioned rolled oats with me. Can I just roughly grind and use them in ur recipe as I dont like the texture of whole oats. Also it looks in ur photos that u didnt used whole oats..!

    • Hi Garima,

      Thank you :) Sorry for the delayed reply.

      I’ve used regular quick cooking oats in this recipe. I normally buy that one, so I tend to use that for all the oats recipes.

      Hope you get to try the cookies soon and like them too.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • i have tried out many of r recipes, n hav been succesfull also :)
    but this recipe din turn out as expected… d cookies had wheat’s smell n were wet inside…..i couldn bake dem further as d top was gettin burnt…
    pls help

    • Hi Sachin,

      Sorry to hear that the cookies didnt turn out well :(
      The wheat smell was there because it wasnt fully cooked.
      May be you can try reducing the temp a bit next time.. also try making smaller size cookies. Make sure the dough is mixed well.

      I do hope it comes out perfect next time..

      Happy baking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Sachin,

      Sorry to hear that the cookies didnt turn out well :(
      The wheat smell was there because it wasnt fully cooked.
      May be you can try reducing the temp a bit next time.. also try making smaller size cookies. Make sure the dough is mixed well.

      I do hope it comes out perfect next time..

      Happy baking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • helllooowww,, howdiee, tried the cookies it was awsome, i dint use egg i tried using a tblspn of cornflour instead , it came out super tasty v both lovedd it , gonna make another batch of it tomorrow :D

  • YUmmy cookies!! and the funny thing is, i ran out of flour..but had glutinous rice flour…made it with that minus the chocolate chip and extra raisins and dates .. you can taste the glutinous rice flour a bit..but munching on healthy so no complaints!!! oh i also used real dark palm sugar…which i grated…

    • Hi Nadia,

      I havent baked with any form of rice flour yet. Nice to know that you were happy with the end product :) Thanks for trying the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • HI….
    I luv your site.Its so wonderful.I tried this cookies with slight variations and it was a hit.I have posted it in my newbie blog…
    Thanks….

  • Hey Maria,

    I have been a silent reader of your site, have tried out some recipes and they all came out good.

    I am planning to try this, but is it a must to use baking sheet?  Can’t I place the cookies directly on the baking tray?  Also for cooling, wire rack is a must?  

    Will sure let you know how it goes.

    • Hi UmmSumayya,

      Thank you for your feedback :) You can keep on the baking tray, but its beter to line it with some parchment paper and place the cookies on that.

      Also, you can cool the cookies on any flat surface, wire rack isnt necessary. Sorry for the delayed rep :(

      Hope you get to try these cookies soon.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • This came out really well. Am going to try substituting the brown sugar with jaggery. Also I made it with apricots, dates and added walnuts. Am guessing you can use anything available in your pantry- as long as you keep the end consistency the same. Thanks.

    • Thanks Rashmi! Yep, its a pretty compromising recipe. I’ve made many variations from the original one & still it comes out perfect :)

      Hope jaggery version also works out well!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • once again good recipe.i used cranberries instead of dates.came out really well. my kids loved it ,thanks maria.

    • Hi Elsa,

      Thank you! I think I’ve never tried cranberries in a cookie, may be I should try it sometime :) Great to know that your kids liked it.
      Wish you & your family a Merry Christmas!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria :)

    Today I baked these Oatmeal, Dates & Raisin Cookies.. It came out yummy :) 
    I used white sugar instead of brown sugar cause I did not have brown sugar available.. 
    Thanks again for sharing such easy and yummy recipes.. :)

  • Maria kutti..hope u re doing fine..I was on the look out for some healthy recipes to prepare for my inlaws..and saw this..if i don’t have dates? what should i substitute it with? 1 cup of raisins and other mixed nuts? do you think that will work…take care and have done the survey.. :)

    • Hello kutti :)

      I’m doing fine dear… Hope you are doing good. I havent tried it without dates, however google says you can use dried figs or dried raisins instead of dried dates. So I guess that should work. May be adjust the sugar qty also accordingly.

      Hope the cookie comes out well… Happy baking dear…

      Take care
      Maria

  • Hi Maria ,

    I’m Lisa. I’m a frequent visitor of your site and just love all your recipes. Especially all the Kerala Christian recipes as I’m from Pala, Kottayam. Though I was coming here and using your recipes for couple of years, I was soooo lazy to say some good words. Now, no more excuses. Today I’m here to apologize for the delay and to Thank you for all the great recipes.

    Today I tried the Oatmeal cookies and they were perfect. I dint have Chocolate chips and Dates. I used walnuts and Cashewnuts to make it to a cup with the raisins. As the chocolate chips were so tempting and I dint have any, I added little bit of Nutella to get the chocolate flavor

    Also, last week I tried the chicken buns and they were superb. My Husband liked it so much and I made a second batch on the second day. I tried it with cheese filling and they were good too.

    I have tried lot other recipes from your site. All of them were great. Expecting more recipes. Mean time I will continue exploring your site. Thank you again !!!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks a ton for your lovely comment! Btw, please dont apologize n all… As I’ve written in my last post, there is a time for everything :)

      I’m thrilled to hear that you liked the recipes posted here & try them on a regular basis, thank you! Adding nutella to cookies sounds yum, I should also try it sometime.

      Btw, my mom is also from Pala…

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Thanks Maria – I baked the oatmeal cookie last week. It came out moist and chewy. Excellent and healthy snack. The kids enjoyed it.

    • Hi Priya,

      You are welcome dear :) Yep, its a great healthy snack. I’m glad your kids liked it. Thanks for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    Happened to check your site yesterday.. Thanks to my sis (and to u of course !!!)… Tried your oatmeal,raisins and dates cookies. It is a yummy and healthy snack and don’t feel guilty when I give them to my children. It is really a healthy snack and they loved it…. thanks a lot…

    • Hi Syama,

      Thank you so much for visiting this space. A special thanks to your sister too :)

      I’m really glad that you liked this cookie. As you said it’s a guilt free snack. I’ve also posted an eggless cinnamon cake, its also a healthy cake.

      Hope to see you here often :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Thanks for lovely bit of advice on the cookies, Maria, you’re such a sweetheart! I haven’t had the time to try out again but will surely do so and update you on the outcome. And of course, shall send you more pics….Hope you’re keeping well and enjoying in Cochin!!!

    God bless,
    Suni

    • Hi Suni

      I was planning to mail you for sometime, but didnt happen. Hope to do that soon.

      I’m back in Bahrain now, reached here tday morning.

      Take care…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Hey Maria,

        Good to have you back in the Middle East!! Hope you had a good and relaxing time at home in Cochin….

        God bless,
        Suni

  • Hey Maria,

    I just wanted to let you know that these cookies turned out to be absolutely lovely!

    I have a query though, my dough was sort of crumbly and not quite a dough that stuck together. Do you think i should have kneaded the mixture a bit to get a dough that would be soft and easy to scoop onto the baking sheet? Do let me know where you think I might have gone wrong.

    Secondly, yes, i got my SLR and would like to know how i could send you my pictures of the completed dish based on your recipes…

    • Suni dear,

      Thanks a ton :)

      About your query, try whisking it a bit longer & see whether it comes together. If that’s not working, add a bit of milk, just enough to bring the dough together. Hope it works.

      Btw, as I told you in the mail, I loved the idea of choc dipped cookies :) I’ll try to update the site with your pic soon, will let you know once its done ok….

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tempting recipe , so tried it out and the cookie came out perfect. Never thought it would be so easy . Last weekend, I baked several batches and finshed them all without any guilt!!!Thank you so much.Your site rocks.

    • Hi Jeena,

      Thanks for the wonderful comment :) Its really nice to know that you liked it. As you’ve said you can enjoy this cookie without any guilt & thats what I like about this.

      Please do try other recipes too & share your feedback.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi Maria

    I shall try out the oat meal; cookies, i it looks tempting and I am sure they will taste good.
    I read the comments and saw the mouth-watering pics of your recipes.
    Instead of all the junk snacks this sure is one which we can munch on.
    regards,
    nalini

    • Hi Nalini,

      Thank you. I do hope you like the cookies, it’s one of our fav healthy snacks. Please do share your feedback if you try this.

      Happy baking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Will sure try this out & let you know dear. Mariakutty illayirunnenghil endhu cheydheynney :( ? Thanks a lot. :)

  • Grazing…the grouse of most homemakers. Have a tough time with it too, but mostly happens at night as I tend to stay up late reading. I recently baked an oatmeal raisin cookie & it was fantastic. Must try your version too…nice pics as usual.

  • that 1st para is so funny, i just cant stop laughing laughing maria…`iam too a munch moster and cant stop munching on something everytime……my hubby says, i finish up all stuff at home…..lol…

    btw, ilove oatmeal cookies….they r real good n tasty… arent they?

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