This healthy recipe for Apple Oatmeal Cookies is coming to you from the Big Apple herself! I’m currently eating my way through New York City, one of my favorite places to visit in the fall. Right before we left, I baked a final batch of apple oatmeal cookies, responsibly sent it to work with Ben…then called his desk two hours later to ask him to steal back a few for the plane.

Thick, soft, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Healthy and perfect for snacks, lunchboxes, and dessert! @wellplated

I called too late. By 9:15 a.m. the entire container of fluffy, cinnamon-spiced, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies had vanished. When Ben broke the news, I know I should have been pleased that they were well received, but the cookie lover inside of me couldn’t help but feel a wee bit crushed.

Also, I’m not sure if you’ve flown recently, but let’s just say the standard issue plane peanuts do NOT compare to the cozy fall cookie paradise that are these apple oatmeal cookies.

Lesson learned. When traveling, secure your apple oatmeal cookies supply before that of your neighbor. Or is that the oxygen mask?

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In case you were worried about my cookie deprivation (a serious hazard indeed), please be assured that I am not lacking for eats here in New York, as my Instagram (this one too!) and Snapchat (wellplated) can attest. I planned 85% 95% of our trip agenda around our meals, and while I certainly don’t regret a single bite, I know when I return home, I’ll be ready for a line of up healthier recipes.

Whole Grain Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Fortunately, thanks to recipes like these apple oatmeal cookies, any balanced meal plan need not exclude dessert! These delicious, healthy cookies are 100% whole grain, naturally sweetened with honey, and made with one of my new ingredient staples, Phil’s Fresh Eggs. I’m working with Phil’s this year to create a series of recipes, including these yummy, cinnamon-spiced apple oatmeal cookies.

I’m a fan of Phil’s Eggs because they are always cage free and come from chickens that are humanely raised on Phil’s original family farm. I notice a discernable difference in the eggs’ quality and flavor, and I love that I am supporting a family-owned company too.

ingredients needed to make Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Whether you are looking for a healthy lunchbox treat for your kids, a sensible snack to pack yourself for work, or a way to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your diet in check, these wholesome apple oatmeal cookies are here for you. They’re sweet enough for dessert, but healthy enough to double as a snack or even breakfast on-the-go. (These Apple Chips are a great healthy snack on the go, too!)

I topped the oatmeal cookies with a vanilla glaze for a more “dessert” feel, but honestly, I enjoyed them just as much without it. I’m also rather smitten with idea of them as a breakfast cookie, so the next time, I plan to omit the glaze completely and add chopped walnuts and raisins to the cookies.

The BEST Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Perfect for healthy snacks and desserts! @wellplated

How to Store and Freeze This Cookies

  • To Store. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze. Wrap tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

Simple and Healthy Cookie Recipes

Fresh Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Add raisins, nuts, or any of your favorite mix-ins! @wellplated

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However you decide to bake these apple oatmeal cookies, just don’t send a batch to work with your husband and expect to have any leftover!

Thick, soft, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Healthy and perfect for snacks, lunchboxes, and dessert! @wellplated

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

4.67 from 6 votes
Thick, soft, and chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies. The perfect healthy sweet treat! EASY recipe that's perfect for snacks and desserts.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins

Servings: 12 -14 cookies

Ingredients
  

FOR THE APPLE OATMEAL COOKIES:

  • 1 cup quick oats I recommend quick oats over rolled oats, as the rolled oats will have a much firmer texture that is harder to chew
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour or substitute white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder I recommend aluminum free
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large Phil's Fresh Egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey or substitute pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium firm sweet apple (such as a Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji), peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces (about 1 cup)

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In a small, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter. Let cool for a few minutes, then whisk in the vanilla extract and egg. Once smooth, whisk in the honey until well combined.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet ingredients. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir just until the ingredients are combined and the flour disappears (do not over mix). Fold in the diced apples. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the dough to firm slightly.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. With a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the dough by generous tablespoons, then shape into slightly flattened balls. Arrange the cookies 2-inchs apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges of the cookies appear dry and barely begin to brown. Let rest on the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cookies cool, prepare the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon milk. Continue adding milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over the cookies, let set for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Notes

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or wrap tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 13) without glazeCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 36mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7g

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I am sharing this post in partnership with Phil’s Fresh Eggs. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands and companies that make it possible for me to continue creating quality content for you. To learn more about Phil’s, you can visit its company website and Facebook page too.

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  1. I’m wondering if mine only turned out ok. because I cooked for too long.  My bottoms were very light brown, baked about 18 mins because at 15 they didn’t look done. Will have to try again! 

    1. Hi Stef, they might be overbaked a little, but it could also be the cookie sheet. Dark-colored ones tend to overbrown cookies on the bottom. I really like lighter colored ones like this!

  2. Just made these for my toddler! Shee gobbled them up (and so did my husband!). Doubling the batch next time. I have ALL your apple recipes pinned as I have loads of apples from when I went apple picking!5 stars

    1. WHOOO HOOO! So happy to hear the whole fam approved. Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to leave this lovely review and rating. It means more than I can say!

  3. This was a great recipe and a good starting point for my own experimentation.  I used coconut instead of apples and coconut flour instead of white flour.  Of course the texture was a bit different, but they received rave reviews from family and friends.  I even overlooked a batch and they were still good :)5 stars

    1. Thanks for giving them a try and taking the time to share this review, Megan! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the cookies.

    1. Megan, I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I really appreciate your taking the time to leave a review too!

  4. If I’m being totally honest, these were much better than I expected. Mostly because I used half cheap maple syrup because I doubled it and didnt want to use all of my honey. I used all purpose flour too but only because I didnt have whole grain. I think my apples should’ve been smaller and i think it’s a little heavy on cinnamon. Since I doubled the recipe next time I’ll use 2 tsp. cinnamon instead of 3 (1.5×2). I did get more cookies than expected but that’s never a bad thing. My kids are liking these which is what I was shooting for. I also added walnuts which we like in it. So if you like them too, add ’em. Thanks for the recipe!4 stars

  5. Hello, I was wondering whether I can substitute the apple for 1 cup apple sauce (unsweetened or sweetened), seeing as I have a lot of it I want to use up?
    Thank you :)

    1. Hi Maria! I would not recommend this swap, as it will alter the consistency of the cookies. If you want to use the applesauce in a cookies recipe, you could try my Healthy Oatmeal Cookies instead. I hope this helps!

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