Raisin Seed Cookies (Nut-Free and Egg-Free)

June 11, 2012 in Categories: , by

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I have greatly enjoyed the challenge of creating more nut-free paleo baking recipes for those of you with nut allergies in your home (and for when my mother-in-law comes to visit too).  These cookies also happen to be egg-free for those of you who also need more egg-free baking recipes (it just happened worked out that way).  These cookies are absolutely delicious, chewy, and a little reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies.  I like to pulse the sesame seeds a few times in a food processor or Magic Bullet in order to break them up a bit (otherwise they have a bad habit of getting stuck in my teeth!), but this is optional.  Makes 30 cookies.

Raisin Seed Cookies


1.    Mix flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 2-3 minutes.  Preheat oven to 325F.
2.    Grind pepitas very finely in your food processor, Magic Bullet or blender.  Pulse sesame seeds to break up slightly (aiming for the texture of coarse sand with some still intact).
3.    Mix honey, sunflower butter, sesame seeds, ground pepitas, shredded coconut, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and vanilla into flaxseed goop.  Stir until a stiff, well-combined cookie dough forms.  Fold in raisins.
4.    Drop balls of cookie dough, approximately 1” in diameter, onto a cookie sheet.  Flatten with your hand or the back of a spatula to about ½” thick.
5.    Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet (or cool completely on the cookie sheet).  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  Enjoy!

Do you need help finding any ingredients?  Check out  Important Pantry Items for the Paleo Baker.


Any alternative to flax? Sometimes I sub shredded coconut, but I don’t know if its needed for consistency?

Yes, ground chia seeds do work. I frequently use them instead of eggs or flax in recipes and it always works well.

These are really yummy and feel so healthy when eating them. The only thing I would say is perhaps only put in 1/3 cup of honey rather than 1/2 cup as it is very sweet, other than that they are beautiful biscuits

I’ve started down the Paleo way of eating (and won’t look back) and have found after 52 years of eating nuts that I’ve become sensitive to nuts, I break out with a rash all over my face, eyes, and neck. Would sesame seeds fall under the category of nuts. I’m so afraid to try any nut family. My sensitivity includes peanut butter and peanuts. I’m really bummed as Almonds were my go to when I was on the run.

Just made these. I found they were a bit too moist on the inside so I let them dehydrate a bit on the cookie sheet in the fridge for a while. I also went for 15 minutes instead of 12. Also too sweet for me. Next time I’ll try with less honey. Overall, a good cookie for the egg-free of us out there! I do recipes sometimes with one egg in a whole batch, but all the paleo recipes can be so egg-heavy. I like these because they are more of a health-cookie too…something to actually fill you up rather than a dessert.

Sarah does not currently include that information with recipes, but you can use Nutritiondata.self.com or cronometer.com to determine the nutritional information. — Tamar, Sarah’s assistant

this is honestly one of the best cookies i have ever eaten! the chewiness, the crispiness of the toasted coconut, SOOO good! winner of a recipe!

I know the whole point of this recipe is to be nut free but have you ever tried using almond butter instead of sunflower butter?

I do not believe that Sarah has made these cookies with almond butter. If you try it, please leave another comment and let us know how they come out. — Tamar, Sarah’s assistant

We do not have any food allergies other than gluten sensitivity, so I made these by choice not out of necessity. I must sat they were excellent! We all loved them (even my daughter who will not eat any nut/seed butter). We didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything, just trying out a new cookie recipe. I might even include some mini choc chips next time.

I am reading The Paleo Approach and it said seeds had phytate which is an anti nutrient. Is it ok to have sunflower and sesame seeds?

[…] on hand you can easily use almond butter instead (which is what I do). Find the recipe here at The Paleo Mom. I will even let me daughter have these for breakfast since they are so low in sugar and so high in […]

I don’t have papitas on hand but do have sunflower seeds….would that be ok you think even though the base is sunbutter? Or too much? Thanks for any input.

Love these. Used maple syrup instead of honey and eliminated the raisins. Yum. And they taste even better “frozen”. After cooling on the baking sheets (used 1/4 sheet pans) with parchment, I transferred the sheets to the freezer for a few hours to let the cookies freeze up individually. They happily reside in the freezer, stored in a ziploc bag, for me to enjoy whenever 🙂

I used sunflower seeds because I don’t know what brown sesame seeds are (and sure don’t have any). After reading all the comments I also used only 1/3 cup of honey, and baked 15 minutes. They came out so good! Next time, though, I’ll melt the honey before adding it. Raw honey, at least the kind I use, is semi-solid, so I had to mix the dough with my hands and even then and it was really hard to work the honey evenly through the dough. It made 35 cookies and for those who are interested, I calculated the calories out to be 84 per cookie (with substitutions mentioned above) Not bad at all for something so filling and delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

I will try these cookies without any honey and raisins but adding sea salt and maybe dried tomatoes to make them salty. That was my first idea looking at the pictures. 🙂

These are delicious! My family is grain-free. I am egg-free and dairy-free. My husband is nut-free (including coconut). I modified the recipe by adding 1 cup of hemp seed hearts instead of shredded coconut. I also added 4 Tbs of whole hemp seed hearts to the blender with the pumpkins seeds to make up for the 3 Tbs of coconut flour. It worked out perfect. They are amazing!

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