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Healthy 6-Ingredient Apple Oatmeal Cookies

6-Ingredient Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies made with wholesome ingredients for a health-conscious treat. These apple cinnamon cookies are so easy to make and are flourless, dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.

Cookie sheet with oatmeal apple cookies fresh out of the oven.

Welcome to the most unassuming cookie recipe!

You’d never guess these healthy apple oatmeal cookies are fashioned out of just 6 simple ingredients, are flourless, egg-free and contain a small amount of natural sweetener. 

This delicious treat is a breeze to prepare, making these baked cookies a stellar baking project for kids and baking novices. No baking experience necessary!

Plus, they’re basically the best assertive hug for your tastebuds. 

That iconic oatty deliciousness paired with chunks of apple and a generous amount of cinnamon makes these chewy cookies positively irresistible! 

The recipe for these healthy cookies is a spin off of my 6-Ingredient Healthy Apple Bars with a few small changes. 

No unsalted butter, light brown sugar, all purpose flour or stand mixer necessary! Just nutritious ingredients and a mixing bowl is all you need.

Cookie sheet with freshly baked apple cinnamon cookies on it

If you love apple cinnamon flavors and are a fan of oatmeal cookies, these tasty cookies will be an instant staple in your life!

Let’s discuss the fresh healthy ingredients in this apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie recipe.

Ingredients for Apple Oatmeal Cookies:

Ripe Bananas: Overripe bananas make up a good portion of the sweetness in these healthier apple oatmeal cookies. They bring volume, moisture, creaminess and delightful sweetness to keep the cookies lower in sugar. Can you taste the banana in these cookies? Yes! I think it adds to the fruity flavor and gives them that familiar homemade baked good vibe.

The mashed bananas can be replaced with ⅔ cup of unsweetened applesauce if you prefer. 

Unsweetened Almond Butter: Almond butter takes the place of eggs and butter in this oatmeal cookie recipe, providing healthy fat and also stickiness. It helps bind the ingredients together while creating a chewy texture and rich flavor.

If you prefer peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter over almond butter, feel free to make the swap.

Pure Maple Syrup: A little pure maple syrup goes a long way in bringing sweetness and yummy maple flavor to this fall treat. 

Oats: Old fashioned rolled oats provide that iconic oat flavor in addition to complex carbohydrates and whole grains. These flourless oatmeal cookies don’t require any additional all-purpose flour or binding agents.

I recommend sticking with old-fashioned oats rather than quick oats (also known as quick-cooking oats). I use gluten-free sprouted oats.

Fresh Apples: Granny smith apples provide an infusion of cozy fall flavors. The delicious sweet flavor and fun texture brings all the fall feels to these delicious chewy oatmeal cookies. All types of apples will work here, including pink lady apples, gala apples, fuji apples, and other sweet apples.

Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon graces these delicious oatmeal cookies with warm, inviting flavor. If you want to get fancy, you can use pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice instead.

Salt: That rock star ingredient that enhances the flavors of every other ingredient. Salt also makes baked goods taste sweeter without the need for excess sugar. 

Optional Additions:

  • If you have pure vanilla extract on hand, feel free to add 1 teaspoon to the cookie dough.
  • Add in 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of dried fruit like raisins for more flavor, texture, and sweetness to this chewy cookie.
  • For sweeter cookies, add a couple tablespoons of golden brown sugar or coconut sugar.
Plate of Oatmeal cookies with chunks of apples

Now that we’re familiar with the simple ingredients for apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies, let’s bake a batch!

How to Make Apple Oatmeal Cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mash the bananas in a large bowl until they’re creamy.

Mashed bananas in a mixing bowl

Stir in the pure maple syrup and almond butter until the wet ingredients are well combined. Note: If your almond butter is cold and/or hard (rather than well-stirred), microwave it for 20 to 30 second or until it stirs easily.

Mashed banana, almond butter, and pure maple syrup in a mixing bowl.

Add the rolled oats, ground cinnamon, and sea salt to the mixing bowl (dry ingredients).

Oats, cinnamon and salt on top of the wet ingredients, ready to be mixed in.

Mix well until everything is combined, then stir in the fresh diced apple. Note: you can use grated apples instead of chopped apples if you prefer.

Apple chunks in a mixing bowl with cookie dough, ready to be mixed in.

Drop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets and shape them into cookie shapes. You can go with any size cookie dough balls you like! I make 7 huge cookies. The oatmeal cookie dough will stay the same shape you place them on the cookie sheet and won’t spread a whole lot.

Apple Oatmeal Cookie dough on a baking sheet, ready to go into the oven.

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. For smaller cookies, bake 10 to 12 minutes and for larger cookies, bake for 13 to 15 minutes.

Freshly baked oatmeal apple cookies

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet completely before using a spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet.

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container (or a zip lock bag) in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can also store them at room temperature for up to 3 days if you don’t live in a very hot or humid place. These cookies freeze well! Simply freeze them in a large gallon freezer bag for up to 3 months.

The next time you’re craving a batch of homemade oatmeal cookies, try this apple version for a fun changeup. It’s a great addition to your go-to cookie recipes and apple desserts arsenal. Plus, these soft oatmeal apple cookies can easily be made year round, not just this time of year.

Baking sheet lined with parchment paper with baked apple oatmeal cookies fresh out of the oven.

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Enjoy these delicious chewy apple oatmeal cookies any time your sweet tooth strikes!

Cookie sheet with oatmeal apple cookies fresh out of the oven.

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 9 large (or 12 small) cookies
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Quite possibly the easiest, most delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies you'll ever make! Only 6 healthy ingredients, no eggs, dairy, flour, or refined sugar

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl until they’re creamy.

    Mashed bananas in a mixing bowl

    3. Stir in the pure maple syrup and almond butter until the wet ingredients are well combined. Note: If your almond butter is cold and/or hard (rather than well-stirred), microwave it for 20 to 30 second or until it stirs easily.

    Mashed banana, almond butter, and pure maple syrup in a mixing bowl.

    4. Add the rolled oats, ground cinnamon, and sea salt to the mixing bowl (dry ingredients).

    Oats, cinnamon and salt on top of the wet ingredients, ready to be mixed in.

    5. Mix well until everything is combined, then stir in the fresh diced apple. Note: you can use grated apples instead of chopped apples if you prefer.

    Apple chunks in a mixing bowl with cookie dough, ready to be mixed in.

    6. Drop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets and shape them into cookie shapes. You can go with any size cookie dough balls you like! I make 7 huge cookies. The oatmeal cookie dough will stay the same shape you place them on the cookie sheet and won't spread a whole lot.

    Apple Oatmeal Cookie dough on a baking sheet, ready to go into the oven.

    7. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. For smaller cookies, bake 10 to 12 minutes and for larger cookies, bake for 13 to 15 minutes.

    Freshly baked oatmeal apple cookies

    8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet completely before using a spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet.

Notes

*Replace the ripe bananas with ⅔ cup unsweetened applesauce if you prefer.

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container (or a zip lock bag) in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can also store them at room temperature for up to 3 days if you don’t live in a very hot or humid place. These cookies freeze well! Simply freeze them in a large gallon freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 (of 9)
Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 31gNet Carbohydrates 26gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 6g

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Richa

Saturday 19th of November 2022

Can we add honey or any other alternative you can suggest for maple syrup

Julia

Monday 21st of November 2022

Hi Richa! Honey will work as a 1:1 replacement for pure maple syrup. My one cautionary note is that honey burns at a lower temperature than pure maple syrup, so the cookies may require less time to bake. As long as you keep watch on them, it should be fine. You can also use coconut nectar or agave nectar as a replacement for pure maple syrup :) Hope this helps!

Chris

Friday 18th of November 2022

I want to make these as an ice cream sandwich. Cinnamon or vanilla ice cream.

Julia

Monday 21st of November 2022

OOOH, that sounds amazing! I hadn't thought of that, but I think they would turn out delicious! xo

Ioana

Friday 18th of November 2022

Can you use oat flour? How much oat flout would you need?

Julia

Monday 21st of November 2022

Hi there! I haven't tested the recipe using any type of flour, so I'm not sure how much you would need or how they would turn out. Feel free to let me know if you try them using oat flour! xo

Michelle

Thursday 17th of November 2022

I just grind up fresh almonds with a little water, pumpkin spice, and maple syrup. Delish on its own or dipped with apples or spread on graham crackers.

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