Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan)

Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Being healthy is hard.

Correction, running to be healthy is hard. I was never a runner. In high school, I would fake having asthma so that I didn’t have to run the track. I was convinced that the only way I would ever take up running is if a wild animal was chasing me.

I’m not sure what changed, but after a conversation with a friend who was training for a marathon earlier this Spring, I decided I wanted to participate in a 5km fun-run. I figured I would do more walking than running, but I grabbed my dog, Penny, and we hit the trail by the river to start “training”. Being on display in public was a scary thought, but I did it anyways. Two days later, I did it again. And again and again. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Penny and I walk/ran the trail after we dropped the kids off at school. It hurt, it was hard, but we did it. I didn’t feel ready for a 5km run, so my plan is to do one next year instead.

After taking the summer off, I recently restarted. I promised Madelyn that I would be going until the snow falls and then I’ll move to the treadmill in the basement. I figured if she can go to gym for 3hrs, 3 days a week, then I can go for 5km.

Eating healthy is not hard.

It’s actually been fun trying to veganize my favourite recipes. Including this one. These cookies are still chewy, the perfect amount of sweet and so delicious, even without the eggs and butter.

I posted a similar recipe early on in the blog (Drunken Cherry Oatmeal Cookies), but this time I’m taking it back to the original. Soaking the raisins for an hour in hot spiced rum, keeps them soft during the baking process.

Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan)

Switching from butter to Earth Balance, using apple sauce instead of eggs, and vegan chocolate chips gets rid of all animal products. I promise you that you won’t notice they’re vegan (and you can even eat the dough straight from the bowl – I won’t judge). I do let the dough firm up in the fridge or freezer a bit to help them keep their shape when cooking.

Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan) Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan) Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan)

Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan)

Chocolate Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan)

This recipe makes a lot. I got 5 dozen using my bigger scoop (2 tbsp). Feel free to cut it in half if you don’t want too many cookies (which would be weird. Who wouldn’t want lots of cookies?)

Rum Raisin Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Around 5 dozen cookies


  • 2c. Raisins
  • 1c. Spiced Rum
  • 1c. Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 1c. Coconut Sugar (or you can use 1c of white sugar)
  • 1c. Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2c. Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 2c. All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each of Baking Powder and Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2c. Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1c. Vegan Chocolate Chips


  1. Heat up the Spiced Rum to boiling, and pour over the raisins. Leave them to soak until all the rum is absorbed
  2. Preheat oven to 375F
  3. Cream the sugars with the vegan butter. Add in the apple sauce and vanilla and mix
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet ingredients until mixed.
  5. Add in the oats, raisins and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
  6. Put mixture in the fridge to firm up a bit.
  7. Scoop and roll in white sugar. Bake until brown around the edges, around 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and then move to a cooling rack.

Rhiannon, xo.

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