Recipe reposted with permission from Bri Healthy.
Warm weather is finally starting to show itself here in New York City, and I’m taking full advantage of it! Even though there tends to be only short bursts of warmth with some chilly days in between, I’m pretending it’s summertime already, especially in regards to the foods I’m consuming. I’ve always found oranges to be one of the most refreshing fruits. They’re bursting with juice, especially during the very first bite. They’re divided into little sections already. They’re packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber, and B vitamins (including folate), but honestly, they’re a fruit that I tend to neglect quite often. I don’t know why they aren’t one of my go-to’s, but today, I chose to be more inclusive. So inclusive that I made these scrumptious cookies with them, plus an extra special ingredient: Orange Amazin’ Raisins!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ve seen me talk about and make recipes with this awesome brand, Amazin’ Raisins. They’re a game-changing company that makes fruit-infused, flavored raisins that are all natural, free of added sugar, gluten-free, fat-free, and non-GMO. They come in 7 sweet flavors: Strawberry, Sour Watermelon, Orange, Sour Lemon, Peach, Sour Pineapple, and Raspberry. They contain no artificial colors or flavors, making them a perfect snack for people of all ages. They’re an awesome snack on their own, as well as in trail mix to jazz it up. They’re also absolutely amazin’ in these Orange Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!
After developing and tasting these treats, spiced orange has become one of my favorite flavor combinations. I can’t believe I hadn’t experimented with baking with orange flavor before, but I know I’ll be making these cookies all the time now! The flavor of the orange zest is present in every bite. Also, freshly squeezing the orange juice right into the batter keeps the recipe free of added sugar and also makes the cookies moist and sweet. I highly recommend using a manual juicer to obtain the juice most effectively, and to avoid using store-bought, processed orange juice. To top it all off, the Orange Amazin’ Raisins are the perfect addition to keep the flavor consistent and make these cookies extra special!
You can totally modify parts of this recipe if you don’t have all of the ingredients I listed. I used 2 tablespoons of raw honey and 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup, honestly because I ran out of maple syrup and I needed ¼ cup of natural sweetener. I kept it that way because I honestly loved the way it tastes, but you can choose either sweetener if you’d like to stick to a single option. I highly recommend sticking to the spices I used, as they complemented one another perfectly and I am daydreaming of that orange spice combo pretty much every moment since I tasted it.
If you’ve never tried Amazin Raisins, you definitely need to give them a try. At only 110 calories per pouch, you can enjoy these without thinking twice about them! You can purchase them here on their website, and also here through Amazon. Also, I’ll be giving away some Amazin’ Raisin prize packs very soon, so stay tuned! Make sure you’re subscribed to my email list to stay up to date. Enjoy these cookies and let me know how much you love them!
1½ cups whole grain oats
1 cup oat flour (finely ground oats)
1 pouch of Orange Amazin’ Raisins (about ¼ cup)
2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Juice of 1 large orange
Zest of 1 orange, roughly 2 tablespoons
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cloves
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and pinch of salt. Mix well using a whisk.
In another mixing bowl, add the coconut oil, egg, vanilla extract, honey, maple syrup, freshly squeezed orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk well.
Slowly add wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients, mixing while you pour. Mix until dough is formed.
Fold in the raisins until they’re evenly distributed.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with olive oil cooking spray.
Using an ice cream scooper (if you have one), scoop a bit of the dough and roll it into a ball in your hands.
Place the ball onto the baking sheet and press down firmly with a flat palm until the dough is in the shape of a cookie. Repeat this step with the remaining dough to form the rest of the cookies.
Bake for about 18-20 minutes.
Let them cool and enjoy!
Calories: about 1530 in entire recipe. With 16 cookies made, about 95 calories per cookie.