September 22, 2020

by Kirbie

These soft oatmeal cookies are flavored with apples and cinnamon. They taste like apple pie and oatmeal in cookie form. They also don’t contain any flour, eggs, butter, oil or refined sugar, making them a healthy snack or breakfast.

Fall is here and that also means it is apple season. I love trying all the new apple varieties that come out every year. Last year I really enjoyed Envy and Cosmic Crisp. I’m looking forward to finding some new favorites this year. Thinking about apple season gave me the inspiration to create these healthy apple oatmeal cookies.

Cookie Texture

These cookies come out soft and chewy. No, they don’t taste like classic oatmeal cookies that are made with flour and eggs. They are more like baked oatmeal in cookie form.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • Applesauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Almond Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Oats
  • Diced Apples


Applesauce does multiple things for these cookies. It helps to provide the apple flavor along with the fresh apple pieces. It also provides sweetness for the cookies, softens the oats and helps to bind the oats together.

Almond Butter

The almond butter helps to bind the oats together. You can substitute with other nut butters. Sunflower butter should also work but I haven’t tested it. Make sure to use natural nut butter (just nuts in the ingredient label), which has a thinner consistency and needs to be stirred before using.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is used to sweeten the cookies. I think it also adds to the Fall theme for these cookies. You can substitute with honey or other syrup sweeteners.


You want to choose a sweet apple variety since the apples are not sweetened with anything. Fuji, honeycrisp, ambrosia will all work well. I like using fresh apples because I love the taste and texture of baked apples. However, using fresh apples does cause the cookies to not hold together as tightly because of the juices released from the apples during baking. If you want sturdier cookies, you can use dried apples.

More Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

  • 4 Ingredient Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
  • Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • 4 Ingredient Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
  • 3 Ingredient Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
  • Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened natural creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apples (see notes) about 1/4 inch cubes
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, add applesauce, syrup, almond butter and cinnamon. Stir until completely blended and everything is evenly mixed.

  • Stir in oats until all oats are evenly coated. Stir in apples until evenly mixed.

  • Using a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough and apply some pressure to pack it into the scoop (this is to help compact the mixture). Release scoop onto prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.

  • Using the palm of your hand, press down on cookie balls so that they become thick disks. The cookies will not spread when baking so you want to shape the dough to be what you want the final outcome of the cookies to look like.

  • Bake cookies for about 12-14 minutes or until oats are cooked. Remove cookies from oven and let them set and cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet.

  • If you have questions regarding a certain ingredient, I explain more about each ingredient and possible substitutions in the body of the post
  • Make sure to choose a sweet variety of apple like fuji, honeycrisp or pink lady.
  • These cookies are a little more delicate than my other healthy oatmeal cookies because of the juices released from the fresh apples during baking. Make sure to really compact the cookie dough ball before baking to help the cookies hold together. You can also use dried apples instead of fresh apples but I find using fresh apples provides more of an apple pie flavor.

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 66kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 9g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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