Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies with oatmeal, applesauce, nuts and spices really remind me of apple pie! These healthy apple oatmeal cookies are one delicious, yet healthy way to eat dessert for breakfast. They are gluten free, refined sugar free, with a vegan option.
Boy oh boy, do you guys love breakfast cookies! And no wonder, so do I. And it seems like making short recipe videos (on Facebook) really helps you find my recipes.
So now, a year after first publishing this recipe, I also made a video for these apple oatmeal cookies (scroll to the top, in case you missed it).
I am leaving the rest of the post as it was. I just thought it was funny that exactly a year later, I am currently again reading the most recent Flavia de Luce novel (Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd).
Original post from October 1015:
Sometimes I act against my own best advice. And, as you can guess, I end up really regretting it. I try to make it a habit to go to bed without my phone under my pillow. The constant stream of social media updates and incoming emails make me feel like I am working 24/7.
Well, technically, with a 15-months-old who still wakes up 2-3 times a night, I am! But I don't want to be working on my business all the time as well.
Alas, our local library back home in Calgary allows me to borrow their ebooks via the OverDrive app. Earlier this year I fell in love with the Flavia de Luce series by Canadian author Alan Bradley. At toddler-tending pace I slowly read through all the volumes as I got access to them. As with printed books, more recent and popular titles I have to put on hold before I can read them.
After a few weeks of waiting time, I finally could borrow the most recent volume in the series (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust) and there was no way I wasn't going to read another chapter or two before bedtime.
And then I made my fatal mistake. Almost on auto-pilot - without thinking - I checked my emails one last time before putting away the phone. Argh... of course there was this one IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED business email. It was quite upsetting, as it looked like a project I had been working on very hard would require a drastic change of course.
How well do you think I slept after reading that email? First of all, I didn't sleep for quite a while. I managed to resist the urge to send a reply right away, but I wasn't able to put off drafting the answer in my head while precious sleep kept eluding.
Instead of waking up bright and refreshed, I woke up already in 'business mode'. And I didn't like it.
But there was one thing that brightened up my morning. For breakfast, all I had to do was brew myself a coffee. Luckily, I had just baked a batch of these Healthy Apple Cookies the day before. And they were just waiting for me to wake up and enjoy one with a hot cup of coffee.
Make-ahead breakfast is really my most favorite kind. It not only eliminates prep time, but also not a single precious moment goes toward breakfast decision making early in the morning.
The list of benefits with these Breakfast Cookies gets only longer when I tell you that there are really quite healthy:
- gluten free (if using certified gluten-free oats)
- refined sugar free
- there is even an option to make them vegan apple cookies
PLUS: they taste like dessert!
Apple sauce, juicy apple dices, walnuts, raisins, and the spices in these cookies are really reminiscent of delicious apple pie!
After the phenomenal success that were the Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies from last Fall, I set out to create another seasonally-inspired breakfast cookie.
In this newest version I replaced the pumpkin puree with apple sauce, used a slightly different spice mix, and instead of pepitas and dried cranberries as crunchy & chewy add-ins, there are toasted walnuts, raisins and diced apple pieces.
Initially I thought dried apple pieces, like chopped up apple rings would work better than fresh apple. But in my test batch, the dried apple pieces soaked up liquid from the batter. During baking those dried apple pieces really expanded and caused the cookie to crack in those spots.
Rehydrated from the liquid in the cookies, the dried apple pieces tasted almost like fresh apple pieces anyway. From which I deducted, I could just as well use fresh apple dices. Those also don't cause the cookies to crack.
Using toasted walnuts makes for such a great flavor in these cookies. I am not a huge fan of raw walnuts, but toasting (5-10 minutes at 350 F) really brings out their deliciousness. If you absolutely don't like walnuts, pecans make a good substitute.
Store these apple pie oatmeal cookies in an airtight container. For more than 1 day, I put them in the fridge. And if needed, you can also freeze the cookies for later.
VIDEO: How to make Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies
Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup quick oats
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 2 eggs beaten
- ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar or ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- 1 cup diced apple pieces
- ½ cup toasted walnuts or pecans chopped
- ½ cup raisins optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- In a large bowl stir together old fashioned and quick oats, ground flax, salt and spices.
- In a smaller bowl whisk together eggs, apple sauce, coconut sugar and melted coconut oil. Add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the diced apple, walnuts and raisins.
- Drop ¼ cup sized portions of batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten the cookies slightly, as they won't spread in the oven.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet before transferring to an airtight container.
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Other Breakfast Cookie Option
If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you will know that I am a huge fan of breakfast cookies. They are just so convenient. Another one of my favorites is this peanut butter banana breakfast cookies recipe.
Are the raisins included in the nutrition facts? Thanks!
It looks very tasty and healthy! I'm a big fan of healthy food especially of those that include apples and oats! Thanks for this gorgeous idea!
wow what a cool car ! that was a good patty na hate!
Hello, I really liked your recipe. I come to the gym a couple of times a week , and I would be interested to know how much high-calorie this cookie is?
Recently, I think to create a blog about healthy eating and I want to build my diet correctly. I think this cookie is perfect for people who are watching their figure. I work as a writer and often I sit at the computer, and it is very important for me that the food was not very high-calorie.
Is the serving size 1 cookie? Seems rather high in calories as I believe one cookie won‘t be enough 🙂
They are very large cookies. One will hold you over at least until morning snack. Or have two and that should fill you until lunch
I need good gluten-free bread and cracker recipes.most are terrible
Megan @ Pip and Ebby
This is just my type of breakfast cookie this time of year! YUM! Great idea adding apples..
We love this version especially in fall season!
Any sub for the flax seed or can I omit?
The flax provides extra nutrition and helps bind the cookies without flour. Maybe you can use some flour/gf flour blend. Not sure how it would turn out completely just omitting it
I can't even eat gluten free oats. Would puffed rice or amaranth work just as well?
Sorry, haven't tried to replace the oats in these
Could I replace the coconut sugar with Truvia? I believe Truvia has a baking blend also.....I am new to clean eating and these sound fabulous. Could you shed some light on how I would figure out how to make that change or if it's possible?
Hi Debbi, I don't have experience with Truvia. But this recipe is very adjustable, so I believe a baking blend substitute should work just fine.
I am thinking of making these to send oversees to a solider. Also looking at your pumpkin breakfast cookie. Any idea how either of them would do wrapped, put in a container and mailed? How long can they last? Thanks.
Hi Kristen, I commend you for your thought of sending these overseas, but I am afraid these may not be the right type of cookie for this. They are rather high moisture and low sugar, so I believe they are prone to quick spoilage. I never leave mine on the counter for than a few days. Then it's the fridge or freezer. I would suggest some drier cookies with higher sugar content for shipping.
what is the calorie count per cookie?
Do you know the nutrition facts for these cookies? calories per cookie?
Hi Abby, just added the nutritional info to the recipe box.
Can I use honey instead of the sugar?
Yes you can. Maybe cut back a little on the apple sauce then to keep the liquid ratio in balance
I just printed three of your breakfast cookies. They sound wonderful! I will have to buy a few of the ingredients listed before I can try them, but I keep most of those listed on hand to make Granola.
Thank you for allowing free printing!
Of course Joyce! I am excited for you to try the breakfast cookies. As a fellow granola lover, I think you will love them as much as we do 🙂
what do you suggest as a substitute for coconut and nuts .... my friend has very severe allergies
Any other oil can be used (avocado, light olive, melted butter). Try some seeds instead of nuts, like pumpkin or sunflower would be nice too.
Do you know the nutrition facts for these cookies? Thanks!
Why do you use old fashioned oats and quick oats?
Quick oats are more 'floury' which helps to bind the ingredients and gives the cookies structure, while old fashioned oats are great for oaty texture. If you don't want to get 2 kinds of oats, you could get pulse old fashioned oats in a blender/food processor to make your own quick oats.
I had the same question why the old fashioned and quick? Do you mean I can pulse old fashioned oats in a blender/food processor and that will be my own quick oats?? Thanks
Yes, that's exactly what I mean and what I do here in Mexico where I can't find quick oats. Then again, other readers have said they used all old fashioned oats and it workd fine for them.
Are these just as good without walnuts? My husband doesn't like any kind of nut, he's such a picky eater.
Yes, for your husband they will be just fine without nuts. I add them because I love crunch and contrasting textures in my food, but understand it's not everyone's cup of tea.
Robin @ thebakingexchange
I'm really into breakfast cookies lately also and how to design the recipe yourself, but i may just use yours instead this week for us. Apples are cheap now! Sorry your daughter is still waking up so much... :(. Hang in there, she'll get it soon.
Ahhh...I really hope so! I can't believe other babies start sleeping through at 6 months