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Diabetes-Friendly Cookout Week: Crispy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A diabetes-friendlier dessert

Laura KolodjeskiLaura Kolodjeski

So we had a spinach dip in a pumpernickel roll, a dilled cucumber salad and juicy sliders with caramelized onions as the first three courses in our diabetes-friendly Labor Day cookout menu; but, there’s one important course we can’t leave out – dessert. If you’re like me, there’s nothing that tops off a good meal (especially a cookout) better than dessert.

What better way to end our Labor Day cookout menu than with some tasty cookies that you and your guests can grab and share during your festivities! These cookies are perfect to ease that transition from summer into fall and continue with the theme of having mobile food so your guests aren’t balancing heavy plates with messy food.

Crispy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1 1/2 cups old-fashioned (not quick cooking) oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup 67% vegetable oil butter-flavored spread, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Combine the oats, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to mix well. Set aside.

3. Combine the butter-flavored spread, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the oat mixture and beat at low speed until moistened. Stir in raisins.

4. Drop mounds of dough, 2 level tsps each, 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned but centers remain soft, 10 to 12 minutes.

5. Cool cookies on baking sheets on wire racks for 2 minutes. Remove from baking sheets and cool completely on wire racks. The cookies can be covered in an airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information

The serving size is 2 (1 1/2 inch) cookies
Calories: 98 g
Calories from Fat: 26 g
Total Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sodium: 83 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 17 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 8 g
Protein: 2 g

As we noted in our appetizer post, it is important to make your Labor Day meals well-rounded. As the Association explains, this recipe may not necessarily be appropriate for all people living with diabetes. So, it’s important to talk to your certified diabetes educator and/or nutrition educator to help design a holiday meal plan that’s right for you!

I hope you enjoy our Labor Day menu. I’d love to hear if you make any of the suggested recipes and how they turn out, so please share in the comments section. Also, let me know some of your personal favorite cookout recipes that work great for people living with diabetes.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Laura K.

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