Say hello to the best almond flour oatmeal cookies. These healthy cinnamon apple pie oatmeal cookies with maple glaze are soft, loaded with fresh apple, and taste like Fall. They are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free!
The best almond flour oatmeal cookies
I love baking with almond flour. It makes the softest and most delicious cookies. That is why I had to add it to this apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie recipe!
Apple pie oatmeal cookies are just perfect for Fall and Winter. They are cozy, perfectly spiced, and taste like apple pie. Plus, these cookies are extra soft since we use both almond flour and rolled oats. They simply melt in your mouth.
Pair these apple cinnamon oat cookies with hot chocolate, apple cider, or coffee. They are the perfect healthy dessert!
What makes these cookies healthy?
The word “healthy” is relative to each person, but I consider these apple pie oatmeal cookies to be healthy for many reasons. First, they are made with natural and simple ingredients; there are no preservatives and no added refined sugars. Second, we use almond flour with adds healthy fats and makes them gluten free. Third, we use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar to make them refined sugar free. Fourth, they are dairy free since we use coconut oil.
Ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a handful of simple ingredients to get these healthy apple pie oatmeal cookies going! Here is a list:
- Egg: To start, grab one large egg.
- Applesauce: Then, you will need 1/2 cup of room temperature unsweetened applesauce. This makes the cookies extra soft and adds more apples!
- Vanilla extract: Plus, a dash of vanilla extract.
- Coconut oil: Next up, you’ll add in some melted coconut oil to keep these cookies extra moist and soft. You will need 3 Tablespoons.
- Coconut sugar: We use coconut sugar to keep these cookies healthier and refined sugar free. Add in 1/2 cup.
- Cinnamon: For all those Fall apple pie flavors, add in 1.5 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
- Salt: Plus, a dash of salt.
- Rolled oats: These are oatmeal cookies so we need 2 cups of old fashion rolled oats for this recipe. Make sure they are gluten free certified if you need that.
- Almond flour: Plus, 1 cup of superfine almond flour to keep these oatmeal almond flour cookies extra soft.
- Baking soda: To help these cookies rise properly add in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Red apple: We are adding fresh cut up apples to these cookies! You will need 1/3 cup of skinless and diced apple. I used a honey crisp.
- Walnuts or pecans: Finally, add in 1/3 cup of your favorite nut. I used walnuts!
- Homemade Maple Glaze: you will need powdered sugar, maple syrup, and almond milk.
Kitchen tools need
Grab a mixing bowl, and let’s go! This almond flour oatmeal cookie recipe is so easy to make, and clean up will be a breeze.
- Mixing Bowl
- Small bowl
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Sheets
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make apple pie oatmeal cookies
This recipe is so easy to make. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in less than 25 minutes! Here are step-by-step instructions:
First, preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Then, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg. Then, add in unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix with a spatula until fully combined.
Next, add in rolled oats, almond flour, and baking soda. Gently mix with a spatula until fully combined. Then, add in apple pieces and chopped nut of choice.
Now, using your hands or a cookie dough scooper, form 18 – 20 balls (about 2 Tablespoons each) and evenly space them across the two lined baking sheets. Gently press down to form a cookie shape (these cookies will not spread a lot).
Finally, bake for 13 – 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the sheets for 5 – 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Meanwhile, prepare icing in a small bowl. Once cookies are cooled, use a fork to drizzle icing across cookies.
Enjoy your warm apple pie oatmeal cookies!
Easy ingredient substitutions
I love these apple cinnamon cookies as is, but if you want to customize them to your preferences, be my guest! Here is a list of my recommended ingredient substitutions to help you out.
- Coconut Sugar: substitute 1 for 1 with light brown sugar.
- Coconut Oil: feel free to substitute the melted coconut oil with melted butter or vegan butter 1 for 1.
- Egg: if you are vegan, try using a flax egg (1 Tablespoon of ground flax meal mixed with 2.5 Tablespoons of warm water).
- Unsweetened Applesauce: substitute with sweetened applesauce.
- Red Apple: you can use a green granny smith apple or whatever other red apple you want.
- Walnuts & Pecans: if you are nut free, just leave the nuts out.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best apples to use for these cookies?
I love Honey Crisp, Gala, nd Pink Lady apples. You can also use Jonagold, Jonathan, or McIntosh. I don’t recommend Granny Smith apples since they will make the cookies tart.
Can I make them vegan?
Although I have not tested it, you should be able to use 1 flax egg instead of the regular egg to make these cookies vegan. A flax egg is 1 Tablespoon of ground flax meal mixed with 2.5 Tablespoons of warm water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes before adding it to your cookie batter.
Are they gluten free?
Yes, these apple pie oatmeal cookies are gluten-free. Just make sure to use gluten-free certified rolled oats.
Are they dairy free?
Yes, these cookies are dairy free. We use coconut oil instead of butter.
Can I substitute the almond flour?
No, do not substitute the almond flour because the texture of these cookies will change.
Do I need to add the maple glaze?
No, you can skip out on the maple glaze. That is totally up to you!
How to store leftovers?
Store leftover cookies in a sealed airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days or in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
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Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- ½ cup (70g) coconut sugar
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups (200g) old fashion rolled oats, gluten-free or regular
- 1 cup (112g) super-fine almond flour, spooned and leveled
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ⅓ cup diced red apple, skinless (1/4 inch pieces or smaller)
- ⅓ cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg.
- Add in unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix with a spatula until fully combined.
- Add in rolled oats, almond flour, and baking soda. Gently mix with a spatula until fully combined.
- Add in apple pieces and chopped nut of choice.
- Using your hands or a cookie dough scooper, form 18 – 20 balls (about 2 Tablespoons each) and evenly space them across the two lined baking sheets. Gently press down to form a cookie shape (these cookies will not spread a lot).
- Bake for 13 – 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the sheets for 5 – 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, prepare icing in a small bowl. Once cookies are cooled, use a fork to drizzle icing across cookies.
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