Oatmeal raisin cookies with friends

The kids had friends over this afternoon and when hunger hit, I fuelled the fun with an easy classic – oatmeal raisin cookies. The whole batch was gobbled down in no time.

vegan oatmeal raisin cookies
These cookies are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside and packed with oatmeal and raisins.

These cookies are based on the Banana Everything Cookies fromĀ Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats. The original cookies have a banana base with plenty of chocolate chips, oatmeal and walnuts – they cook up gooey and irresistible.

I make oatmeal cookies regularly since the oatmeal makes for a hearty cookie packed with extra nutrition to back up the sugar kick. If there’s a little something healthy, like oatmeal, nuts or dried fruit in the cookies, I’m okay with the kids indulging.

I went to make these trusty Banana Everything Cookies today when the kids asked for a snack and I realized I didn’t have anything on hand for the crew. But we were out of chocolate chips and the kids weren’t so keen on walnuts so I decided to swap the chocolate chips for raisins and leave out the walnuts completely (something I have to do regularly since the kids’ school is nut free). Sometimes I’ll swap the nuts for seeds since there’s no allergies in the school to pumpkin seeds and they provide the extra protein and fat the kids need at snack time but when I’m cooking for other people’s kids, I stick to the basics to ensure they go over well.

Vegan oatmeal raisin cookie
Very gooey oatmeal cookie held together with banana goodness.

I knew the chocolate chips would go over well with the kids – but I’m glad to say the raisins were a hit too. They were crispy on the outside with a gooey banana-flavoured interior and a classic raisin pairing. Like most oatmeal raisin recipes, there was a sprinkling of cinnamon included.

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

This recipe book includes 100 cookies from brownies to chocolate chip and everything in-between. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a special book with lots of cookies options. It includes gluten-free cookies as well.

What’s your go-to playdate snack?