Vegan low sugar oatmeal raisin cookies

This is a recipe for Vegan Low Sugar Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. If you’d like the recipe, skip ahead. Of course, I love it when you read a little extra. Thanks for stopping by!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know Livelymess is undergoing a bit of a transformation.

I absolutely love Livelymess. But, it has always been about treats.

Treats are the keyword.

To me, treats should not be an everyday thing. They should be for a weekend or a special occasion. I love cupcakes, but I don’t believe in eating them on a random Monday (unless it’s someone’s birthday, because damn do I ever love birthday cake).

I live a healthy, active lifestyle. I work at a desk job, but I try to combat that with a combination of a healthy diet and regular (and fun) exercise routine.

I didn’t used to be this way.

I used to not care about my health. I would skip meals and eat garbage and watch hour after hour of television without getting up from the couch. I watched my scale tick up and up after university ended and decided I wasn’t going to live my life trapped in an unhappy, inefficient body.

I lost 20 pounds. I gained muscle. I fell in love with the gym. I learned how to really cook creative, healthy meals. That’s what I want Livelymess to be about.

I want to share with you things that you can enjoy on a daily basis. Yes, there will still be indulgent desserts. But let’s say, seven recipes out of ten will be healthy meals or healthier swaps for your favourite treats.

I can’t wait to start the next chapter of Livelymess with you and I hope you stick around!

Vegan low sugar oatmeal cookies

I’ll keep the rest of today’s post short, but sweet. Like these cookies – but not too sweet!

These little cookies have just three grams of sugar each.

If you’re watching your snack habits, these vegan cookies are a great little solution to cutting back on sugar.

They also contain NO SPECIALTY INGREDIENTS. Yes, you heard me. No buying flax and grinding it down. No pricey vegan spreads. No expensive egg replacers. No coconut oil.

Everything in this recipe could easily be found in the grocery store, or even in your cupboards.

These cookies are made with vegetable shortening in place of butter. Bonus! Vegetable shortening, at least in my grocery store, runs about $2 cheaper than butter.

They are super budget-friendly.

Did I mention I love how these cookies taste?

They’re soft with a hint of crunch. This is a hearty cookie, with an awesome texture from the nuts and oats while the raisins add some pleasant chewiness. They’re just sweet enough to feel like a treat.

They pull their sweetness from a few key places, the sweetened applesauce (you could use unsweetened, but I can’t vouch for the flavour! If you do use unsweetened, I’d recommend upping your brown sugar to 1/3 cup – still low!), the molasses and a bit of brown sugar. Just 1/4 cup for the entire recipe.

Fun fact! Brown sugar is actually made from regular white sugar, with a bit of molasses added for colour and flavour.

If you try them, I’d love to know in the comments!

VEGAN LOW SUGAR OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
Makes 40 cookies

INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup sweetened applesauce
2 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp cloves (optional)
3 cups oats
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1.Β Preheat your oven to 350ΒΊF. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cream together shortening, applesauce, molasses and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and spices.
3. Pile on your oats, salt, flour and baking soda. Blend until fully combined. Fold in raisins and nuts.
4. Place in walnut-sized balls on your cookie sheet and press down gently with a fork.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden on the bottom.
6. Store in a tightly lidded container and enjoy!

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