Baked Goods · Recipes

Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oats used to be classified as one of the ingredients to avoid on a gluten free diet.  Recent studies have shown that pure oats that are free from any cross-contamination with wheat, barley or rye are safe to consume for most people with celiac disease (see the following article for more information – (

The challenge lies in finding pure, uncontaminated oats.  During my weekend visit to Kingston, I was pleased to come across a wonderful health food store called Terra Foods (see my Gluten Free Restaurant page for more information).  One of the many things I purchased was Cream Hill Estates Rolled Oats.  These oats, while expensive, are guaranteed to be free from any cross-contamination.  If you are unable to find this product, you can order them online at

This afternoon, I put together a gluten free recipe for oatmeal cookies ….and they are delicious!


  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup teff flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xantham gum
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup melted, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups pure rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Soak raisins in a bowl of warm water for 30 minutes to plump up
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Mix together sorghum flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, teff flour, baking soda, xantham gum and spices
  4. In a separate bowl mix melted butter with sugar with an electric mixer.  Add vanilla, then eggs one at a time.  Add flour mixture then slowly add rolled oats.  Drain raisins and add to mixture.
  5. Drop batter by spoonful onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Allow 5 minutes to cool on baking sheet before moving cookies onto a cooling rack.  Once cookies are cool, immediately place in airtight container to keep them from drying out.

3 thoughts on “Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  1. Interesting, I need to check out that uncontaminated oats you have there.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won’t mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

  2. I’ve never heard the words “spicy” and “cookies” together in one sentence, but these sound delicious. I love oatmeal cookies! Thanks for sharing.

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