Looking through the food calendars I discovered that this is National Raisin Week. I have several recipes in my repertoire that contain raisins: Raisin Sour Cream Pie, scones, and Picadillo to name a few. I rarely make what most people think of when raisin foods are talked about; Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
Growing up mom would make snacks and treats for us that she believed to be healthier. Looking back, just the fact that she made them from scratch makes them better than store bought! She would make Oatmeal cookies rather frequently, but not the traditional kind. A couple of my brothers didn’t like raisins.
A few years ago I was looking for a recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and was thrilled to find this healthy version. It is definitely healthier than the ones my mom used to make. They taste pretty darn good, though.
I am fortunate in that my girls do not dislike raisins. I can make any of the previously mentioned foods or these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and they will eat them.
So, celebrate National Raisin Week May 1-7 by making something with naturally good raisins. If you want something that is a healthy I would skip the Raisin Sour Cream Pie and go straight for these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Well, you could make the Picadillo. That’s pretty healthy, but it isn’t a cookie!
Do you eat raisins? If so, did you eat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies growing up? I feel like they were a staple. Although, like the meme I have seen, if you think you’re biting into Chocolate Chip and it happens to be Oatmeal Raisin it isn’t quite the same.
Chocolate Chip Day is in May, too! There’s something to look forward to.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together oil and sugar until light. Add egg and vanilla and whisk until combined. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Mix in oats and raisins.
Form into 1 ½ inch balls and place on baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake for about 15-17 minutes, until lightly browned.