Apple Oatmeal Cookies

By Rena Awada | Updated On September 9, 2023


This easy, delicious recipe for Apple Oatmeal Cookies is a wonderful way to showcase fresh apples! Filled with hearty oats, warm spices, and diced apples, they’re exploding with cozy apple flavor and absolutely perfect for the fall season.

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These healthy apple oatmeal cookies are just the thing to make to get you in the mood for the fall season! They are easier & quicker to make than apple pie, more portable, healthier, and still a major hit. Serve them at potlucks, fall celebrations, and, of course, as a quick snack at home. They’re super tasty and kids enjoy them too!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Irresistibly delicious: Not only is the warm, cozy flavor amazing, but these are perfectly soft and tender with great texture. We recommend doubling the recipe because these disappear fast!
  • Hearty & satisfying: Unlike most cookie recipes, these apple cookies are filled with nutritious ingredients. The base is made with oats and whole wheat flour, and they’re naturally sweetened with agave or maple syrup.
  • Easy to make: Simply, mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another, combine, and add the apple chunks. You don’t even need an electric mixer to make these!
  • Great for meal prep: Store these in the fridge and they will keep fresh for longer, to enjoy throughout the week. We also love to keep a batch in the freezer, perfect to grab when you’re craving something sweet.
Stacked apple cookies and one with a bite taken out.

Ingredients needed to make these healthy oatmeal cookies

This apple oatmeal cookie recipe is made with simple, healthier ingredients. You could even enjoy a couple of them for breakfast! Here’s everything you’ll need to make them:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats: For the best chewy texture, we recommend using old–fashioned rolled oats.
  • Whole wheat flour: We love the nuttiness and extra nutrition that whole wheat flour provides, but feel free to use all-purpose flour, if you’d prefer.
  • Baking staples: This recipe calls for baking powder (not baking soda!) and salt for proper baking.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon and nutmeg add spicy warmth.
  • Coconut oil: Just 2 tbsp of coconut oil gives these the right amount of moisture without having to use butter.
  • Egg: You’ll need one egg to give these structures and help bind the ingredients together.
  • Vanilla: A must for yummy baked goods.
  • Sweetener: Use either agave syrup or maple syrup for natural sweetness.
  • Apple: Any favorite apple variety will work for this recipe.
  • Lemon juice & zest: Brightens the apple flavor!
Oats, flour, spices, egg, apple and lemon.

How to make this recipe

  1. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients: coconut oil, egg, vanilla, and agave syrup. Add the dry over the wet and stir until combined.
  1. Finely chop the apple, add the zest, and squeeze over the lemon juice, tossing to coat almost all the pieces. Add the chopped apple to the bowl with the batter and stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Scoop the cold batter onto the prepared sheet pan; you should have around 8 scoops. They’ll slightly flatten as you finish scooping the last one. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then cool on the pan.

Expert Tips

  • Peeling the apple: It is not necessary to peel the apple before dicing it and adding it to the batter. They are diced so small, you won’t even notice the peel.
  • Don’t over-mix dough: If you over-mix the ingredients, you’re more likely to end up with flat cookies that are overly dense.
  • Chill the dough: For best results, be sure to chill the dough for at least 15 minutes. Chilling keeps them thick and chewy and prevents them from spreading too flat when baking.
  • Don’t grease the pan: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick mat to prevent sticking. Greasing the baking sheet creates an overly greasy foundation, which will cause too much spreading. 
hand holding one oatmeal cookie

Frequently asked questions

What are the best apples for cookies?

We love Honeycrisp apples! They’re tart with just enough sweetness, and they’re firm enough to hold up to baking. They’ll bake up nice and tender, but not get overly mushy. Other great options are Granny Smith, Fuji, Braeburn, and/or Pink Lady.

Are apple cookies healthy?

Whether or not something is healthy is subjective. However, with regards to cookies and desserts, these are healthier than most. They are made with whole grains and are naturally sweetened with agave or maple syrup. They also don’t contain any butter, and just a small amount of oil.

How many calories are in apple oatmeal cookies?

These cookies have a little over 200 calories each and only 5 grams of fat. All of the other nutrition information can be found in the recipe card.

Apple cookies on a white serving tray.

Variations

We love these cookies as-is, but here are a few suggestions to change them up:

  • Add a glaze for extra sweetness and decadence! Make a glaze by mixing 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar with 1 to 2 teaspoons milk. Mix until smooth and drizzle over the cooled cookies.
  • If you love nuts in cookies, add some finely chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter.
  • Drizzle caramel over the tops once these have cooled to give them that caramel apple taste.

Storage recommendations

  • To store: These can be kept at room temperature for the first day or two, then stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 days.
  • To freeze: Allow the cookies to completely cool, and then transfer them to an airtight container lined with wax or parchment paper or a freezer-safe bag before storing them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Once ready to eat, simply thaw at room temperature.
Stack of apple cookies near a fresh apple.

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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

This easy, delicious recipe for Apple Oatmeal Cookies is a wonderful way to showcase fresh apples! Filled with hearty oats, warm spices and diced apple, they’re exploding with cozy apple flavor and absolutely perfect for the fall season.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 cookies
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of fine kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 large apple of choice finely diced
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • In a second bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients: coconut oil, egg, vanilla and agave syrup. Add the dry over the wet and stir until combined.
  • Finely chop the apple, add the zest, and squeeze over the lemon juice, tossing to coat mostly all the pieces. Add the chopped apple to the bowl with the batter and stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Scoop the cold batter onto the prepared sheet pan; you should have around 8 scoops. They’ll slightly flatten as you finish scooping the last one. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then cool in the pan.

Notes

  • Oats: use rolled oats
  • Chop apples really small
  • Use any sweetener of your choice

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Amanda says

    What you would recommend using in place of the coconut oil.
    My husband is allergic to coconut.
    These cookie look delicious!

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