A cross between a cookie and a granola bar, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars are crispy on the outside yet soft in the middle – just like an oatmeal cookie! Vegan & gluten-free
I’ve got some serious confessions to make in regards to these Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars.
First, it took me three tries to get these suckers right. I don’t know if y’all realize this or not, but food bloggers typically don’t hit a recipe right on the head the first time. Most recipes need tweaks – sometimes a lot and sometimes just a small adjustment. These oatmeal raisin cookie bars were definitely a struggle for me, but after a full weekend of baking, sampling and finally succeeding, I’m happy with the end result.
Second, remember how I mentioned the three tries it took to perfect these? Well, I ate all three batches over the weekend. Errr…. #sorrynotsorry
In my defense, I started baking them on Thursday, so it wasn’t like I inhaled them in two days. It was an extended weekend…and yes, that does make me feel better about it 😉
And thirdly, I re-did the pictures on these bars twice because I wasn’t happy with the end result. Perfectionism is both a blessing and a curse, my friends!
Thankfully all the trials and re-taken photos are done and now I get to share the recipe with you.
So, let’s break these beauties down.
First off, all you raisin haters can just close your eyes and imagine that the raisins are actually chocolate chips. I mean, I doubt I would ever choose a raisin cookie over a chocolate chip cookie but these Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars? I would definitely choose them over a chocolate chip cookie [well, every now and then. Let’s not get all crazy!]
If I’m being completely honest with you guys, oatmeal raisin cookies are actually one of my all time favorite cookies, which I’m sure has everything to do with my obsession with oatmeal and oats in general. I haven’t always been a raisin fan however – that is a love that has just recently blossomed as I’ve gotten older! Wait – is that a sign that I’m getting old? That I actually like raisins? Crap…
I don’t know if I can actually be upset about that fact though, because these Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars are just that good.
Though the flavors of the cinnamon and raisin are pretty darn amazing, I have to confess that my favorite thing about these cookie bars is the texture. I swear you guys – these bars are like half cookie, half granola bar! They are slightly crisp on the outside and yet soft and crumbly on the inside. A quick note though, if you end up storing these in the fridge they will firm up and become more of a granola bar, as the coconut oil will harden more. I actually kept the first batch on the counter [because they didn’t last long] and enjoyed the cookie-like texture of them, then stored the second batch in the fridge and enjoyed the more firm texture as a granola bar – I even crumbled one of them into some yogurt for a snack!
Whichever way you decide to enjoy them, just do yourself a favor and double the batch. You are going to want more, I promise 😉
- 1½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1½ cups gluten-free oat flour
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup coconut oil, softened
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flax egg, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth.
- Mix in the oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the raisins and stir until incorporated.
- Add the batter to a prepared baking dish and press down firmly to flatten. Bake bars for 20-25 minutes or until tops have just begun to brown.
- Allow bars to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
Yes or No to raisins?