Nutrition & Recipes

Halloween Treat: 5-Ingredient Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

vegan oatmeal raisin cookies

October is here. Leaves are changing their hues to bright orange, red, and yellow. It’s a time that encourages coziness in the home, introspection as we move through the change of seasons, and a wonderful time to be out in nature. The temperatures are cooler, making walks and hikes incredibly lovely as we move through the vibrant forest.

As a mom myself, it is essential that I create healthy treats for our little one to enjoy. Halloween is a fun time of year, as we embrace dressing up and consumes. It ignites a creative energy, and is especially fun for little ones. My husband and I work together to create fun holiday recipes and treats that we all enjoy with healthy, plant-based ingredients.

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Photo by April Duckworth.

On a rainy Sunday afternoon, we made these tasty oatmeal raisin cookies together, celebrating the coming end of the harvest season, and welcoming in winter.

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Added Sugars

Makes 1 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons of flax


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Prepare 2 Flax Eggs- 1 tablespoon of flax to 3 tablespoons of water. Sit in fridge for 15 minutes
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Blend in blender
  • Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measuring cup to mold and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes

Optional, to make fun pumpkin face cookies:

  • Before baking, mold cookies into round, pumpkin shapes (or use a pumpkin cookie cutter)
  • Add raisins for eyes
  • Chopped dates or dark chocolate chips for nose and mouth
  • If no nut allergies, a pecan makes a great pumpkin stem!

We can certainly participate in fun activities while being mindful of our health and the ingredients we feed our children and ourselves. Additionally, including our children in cooking, safely of course, is fun and engaging and encourages healthy habits. The peace of mind that nourishing our children with healthy plant-based foods provides is immense.

As we usher in winter, longer days, and colder weather, we find ways to embrace all of this by enjoying sweet time together as a family. We cozy up, cook together, and find this time helps us to slow down a bit more. We enjoy preparing hot chocolate, warm nourishing soups, and healthy holiday treats during this time. I hope you enjoy these oatmeal raisin cookies. Stay tuned for more winter recipes that nourish and delight.

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