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APPLE-CINNAMON OATMEAL BREAKFAST COOKIES

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies bake up soft & warm with little bits of baked apple throughout. Made with just 4 ingredients, these quick and easy apple oatmeal cookies are great for breakfast or snacking!

a top down view of a wire rack with cinnamon applesauce oatmeal breakfast cookies are cooking

Inspired by my 3 ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies, I thought I’d try something for the autumn season, and what better than a classic combination of apples & cinnamon!

These apple oatmeal breakfast cookies are simply delicious, easy to put together, and will be ready for your immediate enjoyment in about 30 minutes. They’re great for breakfast, snacking and make for a great grab-n-go snack!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients

  • Oats. This recipe calls for old fashioned oats, but quick oats (or a combo of the two ) will work fine.
  • Apple. Make your own homemade unsweetened applesauce or use store bought for convenience. And, if you don’t have an apple on hand, these are just as great without the diced apple!
  • Sugar. Feel free to adjust the sugar. I’ve made these without and they were pretty good, just not very sweet. You may even like to use pure maple syrup as your sweetener. I tried it myself and it works well!
  • Cinnamon. Adds a nice flavor and works well with the oat and apple combination.

side by side photos showing the process of making apple oatmeal breakfast cookie dough.

How To Make Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, a silpat, or lightly grease with oil.
  • Mix: In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the oats, applesauce, cinnamon, mix well to combine. Prepare the apple, letting the mixture set a few minutes. Add the apple and mix again (shown above).

top down view of apple oatmeal breakfast cookies on a baking sheet ready for the oven.

  • Scoop: Using a tablespoon measurer, scoop out well-rounded mounds of the mixture, making sure to gently pack it with your fingers, place on cookie sheet (as shown above). If these aren’t packed well enough they may have a tendency to fall apart. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with sugar, this last step is optional.
  • Bake: Place cookie sheet in the oven, on middle rack, and bake for 17 – 20 minutes. Let cool on wire rack (shown below).

top down view of healthy apple oatmeal cooling on a wire rack. cookies

These healthy apple oatmeal breakfast cookies are:

Once baked and cooled a bit, they are ready to be devoured. These are best served warm and pair great with a cup of coffee, tea or glass of non-dairy milk.

Treat your family, and yourself, to a batch of flavorful, wholesome breakfast cookies!

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If you try this apple oatmeal cookie recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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CHUNKY APPLE-CINNAMON OATMEAL BREAKFAST COOKIES

Healthy Chunky Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies with only 4 ingredients are full of flavor and are best served warmed fresh from the oven!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 18 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Cookie
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (quick-oats or combo is ok too)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar, + more for sprinkling

Instructions

Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, a silpat, or lightly grease with oil.

Mix: In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the oats, applesauce, cinnamon, mix well to combine. Prepare the apple, letting the mixture set a few minutes. Add the apple and mix again.

Scoop: Using a tablespoon measurer, scoop out well-rounded mounds of the mixture, making sure to gently pack it with your fingers, place on cookie sheet. If these aren’t packed well enough they may have a tendency to fall apart. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with sugar, this last step is optional.

Bake: Place cookie sheet in the oven, on middle rack, and bake for 17 – 20 minutes.

Let cool a few minutes and enjoy!

Makes about 16 – 18 cookies.

Store: Keep leftover cookies, covered, on the counter for 3 – 4 days.

Notes

For the apple, use your favorite, green or red. I used a Fuji apple here. If you don’t have an apple on hand, these are just as great without the diced apple!

Add in 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts for nuttiness and extra nutrition.

If you happen to use sweetened applesauce, omit the sugar in the mixture or they may be too sweet.

Replace the sugar with pure maple syrup if you prefer.

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26 Comments

  1. Has anyone tried freezing this dough and baking at a later date? Is it recommended?

  2. Thank you for this recipe Julie!
    I didn’t have enough applesauce on hand, so I subbed the missing 1/2 cup with a mashed ripe banana and a splash of oat milk. I added 3 tbsp of sugar instead of 1/4 cup, and sprinkled raisins and chocolate chips into some divided batches. They turned out delicious!
    I also drizzled some melted dark chocolate over a few for aesthetic reasons and also to combat the slight dryness of the oats.
    Thank you :))

  3. I cook for a daycare and I made these for breakfast. I usually make oatmeal muffins but I forgot to get eggs so I searched for something without eggs(they won’t eat normal oatmeal since I can’t add much sugar). They loved them and were so excited to eat cookies for breakfast.
    Since you mentioned they like to fall apart I put half of the old-fashioned oats in the food processor and made them quite fine. They held together great! Will definitely continue to make these and play around with flavors.

    1. PS I have sweetened applesauce so I didn’t add any sugar.

    2. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I love this – so glad all kids enjoyed the cookies! Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

  4. Annemarie says:

    I’ll make these without the sugar, but with a few blended dates and some raisins.

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