Old Faithfuls, aka Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Whenever my British Grandma went to a potluck, party, or family gathering, she would have these oatmeal raisin cookies in hand.

She nicknamed them “Old Faithfuls” because they’re so easy to make and everyone likes them.

I hope you enjoy them too!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (gluten-free or wheat)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax seeds soaked in 3 Tbsp water for 5 mins)
  • 1/4 cup soy milk


In a medium bowl, mix the first 6 dry ingredients. Then stir in the oats and raisins.

Add in the oil, egg and soy milk. Mix just until combined.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to make about 18 cookies.

Bake at 400F for 10 minutes, then remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy any time of day for a healthy snack. These freeze very well too.


I did a lovely guided meditation this morning about sharing the present moment with our ancestors.

The idea is that you think about your parents as 5-year-old children, and imagine them right here with you – breathing with you, resting with you, feeling whatever they’re feeling, maybe they’re a little bit scared, and maybe they’re also appreciating the wonder of life. Mommy, Daddy, I feel you, it’s ok, just breathe with me now.

Then you think about your grandparents, whether they are alive or not, and invite them to breathe and rest with you. Grandma and Grandpa, Nonno and Nonna, I am here, I am breathing with you now.

You feel them in every cell of your body and you notice how they have continued on through the fact of you being alive.

You are the gift, the fruit, the wish of every one of your ancestors. They are so happy to be here breathing with you. They send you all their love and support, and you send them reassurance that everything turned out ok.

It was a beautiful practice that left me with an open heart and a sense of calm purpose to the day. Thanks to the free Plum Village app for this wonderful experience!

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

7 responses to “Old Faithfuls, aka Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”

  1. Sustainable Living Dojo Avatar

    Instagram comment from health.over.heels: These look amazing!

  2. Sustainable Living Dojo Avatar

    Facebook comment from Marilyn: Still looking for the perfect oatmeal cookie that’s crispy on the edges but chewy in the middle. I’ll have to try this one!

  3. maitridojo Avatar

    Twitter comment from The Silver Palate: oooh these look amazing, would be great with
    @Silver_Palate oats!

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  5. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Thanks Grandma! 🙂

  6. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Alison: my favourite!

  7. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Evan: Grandma is watching over ❤

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