Lightly sweetened chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with Chai-Soaked Raisins.  Irresistible and delicious! Video.

 Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with Chai-Soaked Raisins. These healthy oatmeal cookies are chewy, tender and Delicious!

These addicting Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with chai-soaked raisins remind me of the classics my grandma would make.  She had this sweet little oatmeal cookie recipe plaque hanging in her kitchen.  Every time we came to visit, oatmeal cookies among many other treats would be stacked on the counters.  She lived for our visits.  Nurturing with food was definitely her love language.  Memories of being in my grandma’s kitchen fill me up with all the tenderness and love she generously bestowed.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies | 40-second video!

ingredients in vegan oatmeal cookies

This recipe for Vegan Oatmeal Cookies is a bit healthier than the version on my grandmother’s plaque.  They are not overly sweet (add more sugar if you want!).  A little molasses deepens the flavor without overpowering.  Flax seeds bind them together and adds wholesome nutrition.  The chai-soaked raisins add sweet-spicy flavor and contribute to their moist and tender crumb.  Just a warning these cookies are really easy to eat!!

Ingredients in Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

  • raisins or currants
  • chai tea bag (or sub other tea, rum, juice or water)
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • coconut oil or vegan butter or regular unsalted butter
  • molasses
  • vanilla
  • sugar
  • flax egg
  • rolled oats ( medium oats for extra chewy)

Expert Tips

  • Soak the raisins!  Plumping up the raisins (or currants) will make your cookies moister and add a nice hint of flavor.  You can use tea, rum, juice or even water.  The longer you soak them the more flavor they will soak up.  Overnight is great but 10 minutes works too.
  • For a softer texture use quick-cooking oats.
  • For a little extra chewiness use medium oats.

soaking raisins in tea

How to make Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

soaked raisins

Step one

Soak the raisins.  Soaking them a couple of hours or overnight is optimal to absorb flavor but even 20 minutes will hot liquid is good.  Chai gives such perfect flavor, but juice or water works well too.

measuring out flour

Step two

Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.

creaming sugar and molasses with coconut oil

Step three

Cream together softened coconut oil, molasses, vanilla, sugar, and flax egg.

creamed oil and sugar

Step five

Mix in oats and flour mixture.

mixing dry ingredients with wet

Step six

Drain raisins and add to the dough.

cookies on a tray ready to bake

Step seven

Scoop out onto a well oiled or parchment lined tray and bake the oatmeal cookies at 350F for 11-13 minutes.

baked cookies

Variations on Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

  • Add toasted nuts or seeds.
  • Swap out raisins for currants.
  • Add toasted coconut.
  • Add chocolate chips.

cookies on a cooling rack

More cookie recipes you may enjoy:

 Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with Chai-Soaked Raisins. These healthy oatmeal cookies are chewy, tender and delicious!

Treat yourself to these wholesome delicious Vegan Oatmeal Cookies!  They hold up great and are perfect for sharing at gatherings or freeze some for later.



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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with Chai Soaked Raisins

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 22 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Lightly sweetened chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with Chai Soaked Raisins.  Irresistible and delicious!


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currants
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup (125 grams) flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick or medium rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (softened not melted) or vegan butter or regular unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar (add another 1/4 cup if you like a sweeter cookie)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons water) or use 1 regular egg


  1. Steep tea in the 1/2 cup of hot water for 5 minutes, add raisins and set aside. (Do this several hours ahead or overnight for more flavor absorption.)
  2. Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sea salt.  Set aside.
  3. Cream together softened coconut oil, molasses, vanilla, sugar, and flax egg.
  4. Mix in oat and flour mixture.
  5. Drain the liquid off of the raisins and mix them into the dough.
  6. Scoop out 1-ounce cookies, tightly packed, onto a well oiled or parchment lined tray and bake at 350F for 11-13 minutes.


Flax egg: mix together 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds and  2.5 tablespoons water.

Try different flavors of tea- earl grey, ginger, rooibos are nice.

For a softer texture use quick cooking oats.  For a little extra chewiness use medium oats.

Refrigerate dough 30 minutes before baking if your kitchen is warm or if your coconut oil is too soft.

They hold well for 4 days in an air tight container on the counter.  They also freeze great.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 148
  • Sugar: 7.5 g
  • Sodium: 82.6 mg
  • Fat: 7.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. I had to leave the house! I could not stop eating these fun little cookies! I had them for breakfast with a banana. I used an egg, as I am more concerned with the sugar than vegan. Love these!

    1. Haha Faye- I hear you! I often say I am making them “for my kids”…
      Love that you adapted.

  2. For some reasons, these came out very differently from yours, with a bit of a cake-like texture.

    I did use a whole egg instead of the flax seed one – could the extra yolk be the issue here?

    I also used 1/2 the amount of coconut and substituted the other half with regular butter.

    I am sure it’s a great recipe though, so will try to make it again once I figure out what went wrong.

    1. Wondering about a few more details, what type of oats did you use? Did you drain the raisins? Did the dough seem wet? Also did you refrigerate before baking?

      1. I did use thin rolled out and dried out the raisins. The dough was quite wet and sticky though but I was afraid of ruining the taste by adding extra flour. Should I add more of the dry ingredients next time? 🙃

        1. I just don’t know why it was so loose. The oil was not melted? Maybe try refrigerating for longer? I would be hesitant to add more oats and flour- maybe a little?

  3. I’ve have been making this recipe a lot in the winter. In fact it’s the only cookie recipe I make. It’s really, really good!

    1. I think it will change the texture and the cookies may turn out more flat. But that said I think it is worth a try! Maybe use a little less oil.

  4. I had my eye on these for weeks before I got to bake them, my new favorite, they are everything I love about oatmeal cookies. For the record, I did add hemp hearts, cacao nibs, and pumpkin seed, all good embellishments. I didn’t even get my mixer out, did it all by hand with ease. A real winner cookie, thank you!

  5. Amazing cookies! I made them gluten free by subbing regular flour for half a cup of chickpea flour and half a cup of buckwheat flour. Will definitely make them again and again!

    Your website and the recipes are just the best. Made a Bali bowl for dinner as well tonight and it turned out great.

  6. These cookies were a big hit (I gifted some to a friend and saved some for my husband) – completely yummy without being too sweet. And what a lovely blend of flavors!

    I confess that I didn’t use parchment paper for the first batch because the directions didn’t explicitly indicate to line the baking sheet (a rookie mistake on my part). Happily, the baked cookies were easily removed with a spatula. For the second batch, I looked at the pictures and saw that the sheet was lined and it did help.

    I’m looking forward to making these cookies again. Thanks, Tonia, for sharing yet another delicious recipe.

  7. As with all recipes on Feasting At Home, these are tried and true! I’m delighted that I can use an oatmeal based recipe to help with my heart-healthy goals!
    I subbed honey for the sugar and added a bit more flour to offset the moisture. Perfect 10 out of 10***

  8. Best oatmeal raisin cookie ever!!! What a great idea to soften the raisins in chai tea. I have made this cookie several times now, and have deleted all my other oatmeal cookie recipes btw!

    I have successfully froze the unbaked cookies and then when kids arrive home can pop some in the oven. This works wonderfully.

  9. Sorry about this Victoria, how frustrating. You are correct about the flour measurement. Did you use the flax egg? And made the recipe as written? Coconut oil should be softened not liquid. Make sure tea is drained off of the raisins. Refrigerating the dough before baking can make a difference too.

    1. I used the flax egg, drained the raisins and my coconut nut oil was softened only. I did not refrigerate before baking (instructions didn’t say to do so). The balls were firm going into the oven. So the flour amount should be 1 cup + 125 grams (or 1 1/2 cups)? I’m going to try again with this amount of flour and an egg.

      1. Hi Victoria, If you are using a cup to measure the flour, use 1 cup. If weighing the flour, the gram measurement is 125g. Refrigeration sometimes helps, I just added that in the recipe notes😉. The only other thing I can think of is if your oven temperature- making sure it is registering accurately.

  10. What a delicious twist on the traditional oatmeal raisin cookie! I wanted my cookies loaded with raisins, so I did alter the recipe to use almost a cup. This will be my go-to oatmeal raisin cookie now!

  11. I have made these cookies twice now for my family – they loved them so much. I didn’t bother mentioning they were vegan and they didn’t ask. This is a fantastic cookie. Super moist and soaking the raisins does make a huge difference. Thanks again for yet another amazing recipe!

  12. We liked these cookies. I used 2 tsp. of mulling spices instead of chai tea. Also used Lakanto sugar substitute instead of sugar & pumpkin pie spice, as I had run out of nutmeg or cinnamon. They turned out well….

  13. Hi. Can one substitute a gluten free flour for the regular flour and if so, which one would you suggest? Thanks

    1. I would do a GF blend like Bob’s Redmill or Cup for Cup (note this one is not vegan). Love to know how it works out for you.

  14. Hi Tonia.
    I have never used molasses, are not even sure where to buy it.
    Is ist necessary? Can it be replaced?

    1. Hi Lisanne, Not sure where you live, but here in the US molasses is available at most grocery stores usually next to the sugars. You can use 1/2 cup packed brown sugar in place of the white sugar and molasses.

  15. Perfect breakfast cookie cookie with my morning tea. Not too sweet. Because of pandemic I used what was in my kitchen. Replaced coconut oil with 1/2 C cocoyo vanilla yogurt and 1/4 C applesauce.

  16. Raisins are already soaking in Tazo Decaf Chai — this recipe seems delicious, particularly after combing through so many other oatmeal cookie 🍪 recipes last night, none of which were compelling. Thank you.


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