These cookies are DIVINE. Cinnamon and raisin is one of the best combinations (in my opinion), especially when paired together in a moist, chewy cookie. These cinnamon raisin cookies are gluten free and vegan, and made with the simplest wholesome ingredients; oats, ground almonds, coconut oil, raisins.
Give them a go, you know you want to!
Cinnamon Raisin Cookies Ingredients
I like to go through each ingredient and explain why I’ve added it and what it adds to the dish (or in this case, cinnamon raisin cookie). So here you go!
- Gluten-Free Oat Flour: Oat flour provides a hearty, wholesome base for the cookies. It’s rich in dietary fiber, which helps create a chewy texture and also adds to the overall nutritional value of the cookies.
- Ground Almonds: Ground almonds (almond flour) add a delicate nutty flavor and a slightly crumbly texture to the cookies. They also contribute healthy fats, protein, and additional fiber.
- Smooth Peanut Butter: Peanut butter enhances the flavor profile with its nutty taste and creamy texture. It’s a source of plant-based protein and adds a satisfying richness to the cookies.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil acts as a vegan replacement for butter, providing a moist and tender texture to the cookies. It’s a good source of healthy fats and adds a subtle coconut flavor.
- Maple Syrup: Maple syrup sweetens the cookies naturally and complements the cinnamon and raisin flavors. It also adds moisture and contributes to the overall chewiness.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the cookies’ aroma and flavor. It adds a warm, inviting element to the overall taste.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is the star of these cookies, providing a delightful spice that pairs perfectly with raisins. It adds warmth and depth to the flavor profile, making the cookies incredibly aromatic.
- Salt: A pinch of salt balances the sweetness, enhances the other flavors, and helps to bring out the richness of the ingredients.
- Raisins: Raisins not only add natural sweetness but also contribute chewiness and texture. They’re a classic pairing with cinnamon, and their natural sweetness complements the maple syrup.
What Happens If You Consume Cinnamon Every Day?
Consuming cinnamon in your daily diet can offer several potential health benefits when used in moderation. However, it’s important to be mindful of the type of cinnamon you use and to avoid excessive consumption.
The most common type of cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), contains higher levels of a compound called coumarin, which, in large amounts, may pose risks such as liver damage. To mitigate this concern, it’s advisable to choose Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), which has lower coumarin levels.
Some studies suggest that cinnamon might positively affect blood sugar levels, making it potentially beneficial for individuals with diabetes, although more research is needed. Cinnamon is also rich in antioxidants, which can protect cells from free radical damage, and it has been traditionally used to aid digestion due to its mild antimicrobial properties. The flavor and aroma of cinnamon make it a popular addition to foods and beverages, enhancing their enjoyment. However, it’s crucial to avoid overconsumption, particularly of cassia cinnamon, and consulting with a healthcare professional, especially if you have specific health concerns or are taking medications, is always a wise approach.
Soft Cinnamon Raisin Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- 1 Cup Gluten Free Oat Flour (you can grind oats in a blender to create oat flour)
- 3/4 Cup Ground Almonds
- 2 tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter
- 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 3/4 Cup Raisins or as many as you like really!
- Preheat the oven to 180c
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat
- Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, peanut butter, pinch salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract
- Add this to a mixing bowl along with the flour, ground almonds and raisins – mix thoroughly
- A wet doughy mixture should have formed
- Very roughly roll into cookie shapes and place on a lined baking sheet (don’t worry – the mixture is supposed to be quite wet and sticky, this is what makes them so light!)
- Bake for 10-12 mins until golden brown then then let them cool for about 10 minutes before moving (or they will break)
What Kind of Raisins are Best For Baking Cookies?
When it comes to baking cookies, the type of raisins you use can impact the overall taste, texture, and appearance of the final product. Here are a few popular types of raisins that work well for baking cookies:
- Thompson Seedless Raisins: These are the most common type of raisins and have a mild, slightly sweet flavor. They are often used in baking because they plump up nicely when baked, adding moisture and a subtle sweetness to the cookies.
- Golden Raisins: These are made from a different variety of grapes than the traditional dark-colored raisins. They have a lighter color and a sweeter, more floral flavor. Golden raisins can add a unique touch to cookies and work especially well in recipes where you want a sweeter, less intense raisin flavor.
- Sultanas: Similar to golden raisins, sultanas are made from seedless white grapes. They have a slightly tangy and sweet flavor. Sultanas are popular in European baking and can be a great addition to cookies.
- Zante Currants: Although not technically raisins, these small, dark, and tangy dried fruits are often used in baking and can be a delightful addition to cookies. They add a burst of flavor and contrast to the sweetness of the dough.
The best type of raisins for your cinnamon raisin cookies depends on the specific flavor and texture you’re aiming for. You can also experiment by combining different types of raisins or adding other dried fruits (like chopped dates or dried cranberries) to create a unique and delicious cookie.
How Healthy Are Raisin Cookies?
The healthiness of cinnamon raisin cookies can vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. While raisin cookies may contain some nutritious components, such as dried fruit and whole grains, they are still considered a treat and should be enjoyed in moderation. Here are some factors to consider:
- Dried Fruit (Raisins): Raisins are naturally sweet and provide some essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, antioxidants, and certain vitamins and minerals. However, they are also calorie-dense, and it’s easy to consume a lot of calories in a small serving. Raisins contain natural sugars, which contribute to the overall sugar content of the cookies.
- Whole Grains: If the recipe includes whole grain ingredients like oat flour, this adds fiber and some nutrients to the cookies. Whole grains can help provide sustained energy and contribute to a feeling of fullness.
- Added Sugars: Many cookie recipes, including raisin cookies, contain added sugars, such as maple syrup, which increase the calorie content and can lead to overconsumption of sugar. It’s important to be mindful of the total sugar content in the cookies.
- Fats: The type and amount of fats used in the recipe (e.g., coconut oil, nut butters) can impact the overall healthiness. While some fats are beneficial, they are calorie-dense, so portion control is essential.
- Portion Size: Moderation is key. While raisin cookies can be a tasty treat, it’s essential to watch portion sizes to avoid excessive calorie intake.
- Nutritional Balance: Raisin cookies, like most baked goods, should be part of a balanced diet. It’s important to consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
If you’re looking to make raisin cookies healthier, consider modifying the recipe to include less added sugar, using whole grain flour, and using healthier fats in moderation. Alternatively, you can explore other cookie recipes that incorporate healthier ingredients, such as oats, nuts, and seeds, while still providing a satisfying treat.
Ultimately, with all ‘treats‘ (which these definitely are), it’s about enjoying the cookies in moderation and being mindful of the overall nutritional content of your diet (not just one aspect of it).