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Oatmeal Raisin CookiesOatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup almond flour or oat flour
1 cup creamy cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup Date Honey
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, almond flour, cashew butter, applesauce, and Date Honey in a large bowl until well combined. Add raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon. Stir well. Drop by spoonfuls, two inches apart, on an 11 by 17-inch baking sheet. Flatten and shape into circles. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Yield: 18-20 servings (serving size: 1 cookie)

Recipe Notes

  • Make your own oat flour by placing old-fashioned rolled oats in a food processor or blender and process until fine (1 cup old-fashioned oats will yield about 3/4 cup ground oats).
  • Increase applesauce to 1 cup if you don’t use Date Honey.


  1. Anonymous says:

    What about rice flour

    • You could try it. Rice flour is a little dense. I made this last night using coconut flour. They are really good. I will probably tweek it some for more flavor, though.

    • I made these on Sunday night and added 1/2 tsp nutmeg, more cinnamon and will probably use ground cloves the next time too.

    • U. McLaughlin says:

      Amazing, Delicious, Yummy, Fabulous, Divine. I may never go back to “regular” cookies again. Thank you so very much.

  2. Yes, I think as long as you are using brown rice flour (brown rice is a whole grain) that you could definitely use it. Good question! Thanks for visiting my blog. I pray that the Lord will richly bless you as you seek Him.

  3. Also, I revised the recipe just a bit. You can also use 1/2 cup applesauce instead of 1/2 cup mashed banana. Or, try a combination of both!

    • I thought I was using my homemade applesauce, and found it was actually homemade pear sauce! It turned out really good!

      • That’s how some of the best recipes are created…through “mistakes!” 🙂

        • Do I have to use the butters if I don’t have any right now? Going to the store Saturday for a few more items, like the butters?.How can I make these cookies without the butters please?

          • Hi, Sonya! In this recipe the nut butter actually holds the cookies together. So I don’t think you can leave it out and still have a “cookie” result. Thanks for your question!

    • How much protein would you say in each cookie?

  4. I baked the cookies today and used ground oats instead of Almond flour, didn’t want to drive across town to our health food. I found the cookies to be very dry, could it be because of the oat flour that was used? Next time I might use 1 cup of applesauce to see if that moisten the cookies some.

  5. Hey, Rena. Actually, since I posted that recipe last fall, I found that using applesauce DOES make it more moist. Also, if you add 1/4 cup date honey, the cookies are absolutely amazing! I need to update that recipe.

  6. Next time I’ll increase the applesauce to one cup. I’ll try the date honey also. I love oatmeal raisin cookies, so I’ll keep at it until I get it right.

  7. Rena, this recipe should be just right! Thanks for reminding me that I needed to revise it. 🙂

    • Not quite sure how you revised this recipe. There is already 1/3 C date honey. Do I remove the applesauce and add an additional 1/4 C date honey? Love all your recipes!!!

      • I’m not sure what you mean….Can you clarify your question? You’re just supposed to mix the 1/3 cup of Date Honey with the other ingredients like the recipe states.

  8. You were right, the date honey did the job. Cookies came out perfect. Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes. I am loving this new way of eating.

  9. Thanks for writing, Rena. That date honey does make the difference, doesn’t it?

    I’d love to hear what God has done in your life during this fast. If you have a story you’d like to share, just send me an email!

  10. what about brown rice syrup, only ingredients are organic brown rice and filtered water?

  11. Brown rice syrup…when I first saw the word “syrup,” I immediately thought “contains some sort of sugar.” However, if the ingredients are only brown rice and filtered water, then it would be considered Daniel Fast friendly. Perhaps the syrup part is a bit of a misnomer, kind of like my Date Honey recipe, which doesn’t have a bit of honey in it! Thanks for your question and for checking out the blog!

  12. I just made these with ‘prune honey’ as I couldnt find anything else. They were still yummy but I think the prunes affected the flavor. I look forward to trying them again when I can get my hands on some dates!

  13. I did these without the date honey, and they came out good. I found I liked them better when I squished them down into a cookie shape. And they are better after sitting over night. They’re a great treat!

  14. Thanks, Ashley, for your comment on the cookies. They’re also good frozen! 🙂

  15. Anonymous says:

    I must have done something wrong when I made them – my date honey was not at all sweet and the cookies came out very heavy and not at all tasty – whole batch went in the bin…. wish I had had as much success as everyone else.

  16. I’m sorry you didn’t have a good result! How did you make your date honey because dates, by nature, are extremely sweet. Boiling them only increases the intensity. Did you add the cinnamon?

  17. Shalaina says:

    This is my first Daniel Fast, and your book has been extremely helpful so far. I really enjoyed this recipe, although I may cut back on the applesauce next time (I used 1 cup in place of the date honey). I also included fresh raspberries (another reason to cut back on the applesauce). Overall they arer delicious. 🙂

  18. Kimberly Dietz says:

    I am loving looking through your recipes! I have several autoimmune disorders and as a 35 year old mom of 3 boys, I’ve decided it’s time for a lifestyle change. I am looking at making a permanent change in my diet and using these recipes as a starting point! I can’t wait! I do have one question about the Peanut butter or Almond butter.. Do I need to purchase the all natural kind that has no sugar or sweeteners in it?

    • I’m thankful you found my website! Yes, you should use raw nut butters (no sweeteners added). Let me encourage you: I have eczema, and since I began eating this way (although I do eat meat when on the Daniel Fast and avoid grains), I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin. My condition is considered autoimmune as well. I don’t know what your specific disease is, but I am certain eating more pure foods will help you tremendously!

  19. Caitlyn Edwards says:

    the church at battle creak is doing a church wide fast,my family is doing a modified version this recipe is perfect, i love it!!!

  20. We have an allergy to nuts in our house. Could we substitute sunflower butter for the almond, or peanut butter?

  21. Mary Busha says:

    These are absolutely delicious. I am so glad to have found your website. I have adopted several of your recipes into my eating plan this past week and am feeling so much better, mentally and physically. Plus I’ve added about 72 ounces of water to my daily diet. I am praying about your online fast in January. God bless you for all your hard work!

    • Mary, I’m glad God led you to my website, too! Way to go on the positive changes you’ve made. Yes, I’d love you to join the fast in January. It’s a powerful time of drawing close to the Lord. May God bless you as you continue to seek and serve Him!

  22. Definitely, now one of my favorite cookies. The next time I make them, however, I will add in the cinnamon with the dry ingredients to distribute the spice more evenly. These are absolutely yummy!

  23. Linda Traen says:

    Hi I am enjoying the fast very much. This has helping me change in so many ways. Could you please put the nutritional facts for the oatmeal cookies. I have. Been trying new food I never thought I would eat. Also I am not losing weight like I thought that I would. I had very bad eating habits before. I have been on this fast the friday at Christmas and have only lost 1 lb since then. Does it take your body lon to get in the healthy mode. Thanks again. Linda

    • Hi, Linda! First of all, I’m proud of you for doing this fast and for trying new foods! That is a step toward victory. Don’t get discouraged. Keep pressing on with the Lord, and make HIM the priority of your fast. Ask God to transform your mind, body, and soul as you seek Him. Although the weight loss is a nice benefit of the Daniel Fast, it should never be the focus. If you have had very bad eating habits, it will take time to make lasting changes. God will help you! As far as the nutritional content in the recipe, you can calculate it by using an online program, such as myfitnesspal.com. I’ve tried to provide that information for my new recipes, but some of my older ones don’t have it. I’m sorry! May God fill you with His power as you hunger for Him!

  24. Evelyn L Hunter says:

    I love this website. Since our church plans for members to start a Daniel fast on January 9, I came to the website through a link on an information sheet they passed out. I have been a vegetarian for about 12 years, and the recipes look amazing! Thank you.

    • Hi, Evelyn! Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you decided to check out the website. I hope you find many new recipes to add your “favorites.” May God bless you as you serve Him!

  25. My husband, mother, and I started the Daniel Fast on January 5th. God has been revealing Himself and taking me to a new level in Him but boy do I thank Him for leading me to this blog. I have the craziest sweet tooth and frozen pineapple chunks weren’t doing it! Plus my husband LOVES oatmeal raisin cookies..I’m going to give these a try tomorrow night!!

    • I’m so glad to hear your family is fasting together! I hope you and your husband enjoy this recipe. 🙂 May God continue to bless you as you seek Him!

  26. Delicious!! At first I was skeptical about this recipe but they turned out great!! We used oat flour and almond butter. The cookies were very moist even moist the next day!! Thank you!

  27. Joyce Dotschay says:

    I tweaked the recipe just a little. I used oat flour and raisin honey and added a banana that was in need of being used. I pureed the banana with a little almond milk (unsweetened) and used peanut butter. Left out the raisins, used them all in the honey, and the nuts. Will definitely add them next time.

  28. Thanks for this. God bless you richly! I got your recipes from your kindle book I bought on amazon, and in a bid to modify a couple of recipes, my search landed me here. Great cos I can see the pics of the foods and have a better idea of what they should look like. I made the cookies a couple of times and although my husband really loves them, I can’t help but Agee with some comments above that they do come out a little dry. Also, should they really be in the oven for 10-12 mins? I find the dough is still so soft and wet that I’ve had to leave mine in for 30 mins each time. Am I doing the right thing here?

    • Thank you for purchasing my book! I pray it is a blessing to you. I usually don’t have problems with the cookies being dry; the applesauce makes them quite moist. As far as the cooking time, you shouldn’t need to bake them much longer than what the recipe suggests. Maybe five minutes more, but I’m not sure why it’s taking 30. You placed them in the center of the oven at 350 degrees F?

  29. anonymous says:

    Is there any reason why you did not suggest whole wheat flour for this recipe?

    • You could use whole wheat flour. I just try to give people other options on flours they can use. I need to add or any type of whole-grain flour. Thanks for your question!

  30. mary troyer says:

    Is it ok to use natural unsweetened coco??

    • Caffeinated drinks and foods aren’t a part of the Daniel Fast (which includes cocoa). However, as with any restricted food, it becomes a matter of personal conviction.

  31. God bless you for your vision in these recipes. My husband and I were convicted of doing a Daniel fast before a complete fast and because we weren’t really prepared ahead of time to accomplish, I researched the web for recipes.
    I found your web site and these amazing recipes.
    Doing a Daniel fast to prepare was a blessing and have ended our complete fast to Daniel fast eating again. Your recipes have been incredible.
    My husband actually commented that he could always eat like this. Kudos. I never thought in a million years that my 220 lb hubby could be convinced. What a cleaner feeling we have experienced. Thank you.
    Oh, and these are the best cookies we’ve tried so far. A must try, I used Almond flour and peanut butter. Next time trying a different butter and flour. Can’t wait. Thanks again…

    • I’m so thankful you have been blessed by the information on my site! Thanks for sharing how God has used the Daniel Fast in your lives. May the Lord continue to bless you and your husband as you seek to honor Him spiritually and physically!

  32. I didn’t have apple sauce or the date honey made so I used two over ripped bananas, it came out moist and delicious. I’m preparing the date honey now to try out other recipes. Thanks!

  33. Those cookies taste wonderful! Love them! I followed your instruction exactly. They are addictive! At the first batch, my husband who do not follow Daniel Fasting, said they taste strange because those cookies are not the kind of cookies that have sugar in it so he is not used to the taste of it. However, for the second batch, he ate some of the cookies wihtout my knowledge but found the size of cookies became smaller. It turned out my husband really like them! So, God bless you! I have follow Daniel Fasting and completed it. It was a rich rewarding experience to be closer to God.

    • Thanks for sharing, Liz! Yes, eating this way takes some getting used to, but when your body adjusts, it LOVES the nutrition you’re giving it. You actually start craving healthy foods! I’m glad your husband enjoyed the cookies. 🙂

  34. Jenney Coulter says:

    You said peanut butter can be used. Is there a certain kind that’s ok?

  35. I made these with several substitutions, out of necessity. I used oat flour, peanut butter, and cashews. I didn’t have raisins (and I don’t care for them in baked goods) so I used a little extra date honey. I also added a few extra tablespoons of applesauce. I had to replace the walnuts with cashews. They were still so good!! My kids loved them and even had thirds, because I made them small.
    Thank you so much for your recipes. Although I have done the Daniel Fast several times in the past, I also occasionally eat this way for a week or so to curb sugar cravings. It allows me to TASTE food again! Every flavor is heightened. I would like to add, the first time I did the full Daniel Fast, I was concerned about caffeine side effects. I used to drink coffee only on the weekdays, and would get headaches on the weekend when I didn’t drink it. (My husband doesn’t like the smell.) I assumed I would get headaches on Daniel, but I didn’t! I attribute it to God blessing me, and the healthier, more nourishing eating. Thanks again for all your hard work!

  36. Hi there!!! I looove your website. So user friendly with great recipes!! My husband has a nut allergy…I’m going to either use rice or soy milk, but is there another butter to use?? He’s not a fan of soybutter.

    • Oops…..Ive been looking at so many of your recipes, Im getting myself confused. Ignore the rice/soy milk comment, that was for the corn muffins. (LOL…sorry!) But I DID want to know if there was a non-nut butter substitute other than soy butter to use??

      THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

      • I’ve used sunflower seed butter and really like it. You could try hemp seed butter, too. Another idea is using coconut manna, but some people who are allergic or sensitive to nuts may not be able to have it. I hope this helps!

  37. Hi! Thank you so much for recipe! I’m currently on day 7 of the fast and found this today! I made them exactly as described except I used dried cranberries (that’s what I had on hand). The flavor is great, just the moistness was a bit lacking. Maybe increase the applesauce next time? Either way, these are going to be gobbled up by my husband and me! I also love the date honey – can’t wait to try it in some oatmeal!

  38. Can you use steel cut oats and whole wheat flour ???

  39. Is the applesauce unsweetened or just regular applesauce?

  40. Thanks so much for your website:) My husband and I have been on the Daniel Fast and have enjoyed a few of your recipes. We really appreciate your ministry and pray that God will continue to use you in the lives of others. God bless you!!

    • Theresa, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! God is so generous to allow me to serve others in this way. I pray He will bless you and your husband abundantly as you fast and pray!

  41. Bethany Erber says:

    Hello! I have a question about raisins & dried fruits. The only ones I have found always have sugar on the ingredient list. Is this the natural sugars from the fruit or added? Is it kind of a “pass” on this fast or are there dried fruits/raisins that I can find without it? Hope that makes sense! =) Thanks!!

    • Hi, Bethany! Dried fruit is allowed as long as there isn’t any ADDED sugar. So what you need to look at is the ingredients list, not the nutrition label. Fruit has naturally-occurring sugar (fructose), which is acceptable. If you see, “Raisins, sugar” listed under ingredients, then it’s not Daniel Fast friendly. Most raisins are fine; dried cranberries, however, almost always contain added sugar.

  42. Michelli de Paula says:

    yummy, definitely my favorite….

  43. I’m allergic to peanuts (any nuts). What can I use to substitute 1 cup creamy cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter?

  44. I got your book about a year ago and used some of the recipes when we were trying to eat better last summer. Sadly, we got way off track in our eating and will be joining our church’s season of fasting in March. My husband said he’s even on board this time – which is a true act of God! 🙂
    I have been doing the online Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS and am learning about soaking my grains and flours before using them to make them more digestible. I am looking forward to making this recipe after soaking the oats and flour. YUM!
    I do have a question though…for those of us who struggle with food, is creating “healthy treats” just filling the void that God exposes during a fast? I’m all about making healthy substitutions but am starting to wonder as I prep for the fast, if I’m not really addressing the heart issue of food if I’m just replacing snacks/sweet treats with more sweet treats that just have healthy forms of sugar? I know it’s probably something I need to pray about, but I just finished reading your book and didn’t pick up on anything about that.
    Thank you so much for all you do and for allowing God to work in your life to help so many others!

    • Hi, Tara! First of all, thanks for purchasing The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. I pray it continues to bless you and be a big help during your fast in March.

      Your question is a good one. Yes, I do recommend seeking the Lord for wisdom if you’re concerned about certain foods being problematic for you on the fast. The idea of the Daniel Fast is to deny yourself as an act of worship. For some people, not having caffeine, meat, sugar, etc. is a huge sacrifice. Others who have a healthier diet on a regular basis might decide to eliminate some foods that are “allowed” on the fast to experience a sense of sacrifice. The decision is really a personal matter that’s between you and the Lord. You could try having some of the healthy snacks or treats while on the fast and see how it goes. If you notice that it’s causing you to overindulge, you could then choose to eliminate them. Or you might want to omit those foods from the start as a precautionary measure. Ask the Lord to show you what’s best for your situation. He will give you insight and guidance! May the Lord fill you with His supernatural power and peace as you seek Him!

  45. I don’t know how everyone’s cookies come out light and fluffy because mine are super dense. They taste fine but not fluffy.

    • Hi, Cara! Yes, these cookies will be somewhat dense because there isn’t an egg or any leavening agents added (baking soda or baking powder). That’s why they don’t rise like regular cookies. I’m glad you liked the taste, though! 🙂 Thanks for your comments.

  46. Annette B says:

    Just put a batch in the oven. Excited to see how yummy they are. Thanks for the tip on how to make oat flour!

  47. Ada Smoot says:

    My cookies are baking now!! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

  48. Just made these for the first time I thought they were very good. I also made my own oat flour and made the date honey which is a wonderful addition! I will definetly make them again!! Thank you so much.

  49. Freida Tucker says:

    Kristen, my husband n I are currently doing the Daniel fast, I’m Thankful for your recipes ,we are on day 7 of the 10 day ,I just made my first bowl of date honey ,while mixing up oatmeal raisin,cookies for it date honey wasn’t ready on the fist batch ,I was so thrilled to have made correctly,using date honey,the 2nd batch,was awesome, I cooked eggplant tomatoe ,also awesome, I believe I could do this always but my husband is so ready for a steak or sausage n bacon personally I could leave out ,I’m do Thankful for your webb site n I know my Jesus is Blessing you, I ve alway fasted with water only n he really had a,time with my husband then ,Thank you for Date Honey ,n all your recipes n it’s my prayer that you Have a Blessed Day Amen ♡

    • Hi, Freida! Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the recipes. May God continue to fill you with His power and peace after your Daniel Fast!

  50. This is my third time doing this Fast and I’ve never really made very many of the snacks. I usually stick to a couple and don’t experiment a lot. This time I’ve mixed it up and I discovered these wonderful little treats! They are delicious and filling. Thanks for this recipe!

  51. Please give a brand of natural applesauce.

    • There are several. Great Value (Walmart brand) has a natural unsweetened applesauce. Other options are: Mott’s, Treetop, Simply Nature (Aldi carries it, I think), and Wild Oats. Just check the label to make sure there isn’t any added sugar.