These easy no bake apple cookies are just 3 ingredients. They don’t require any baking or cooking. They also don’t need any flour, eggs, butter or oil. The cookies are soft and chewy and only take about ten minutes to make.
Even though I enjoy doing a lot of baking this time of year, I still love making no bake treats. For some reason, they just seem easier to me and require less time and energy. These no bake apple cookies make a great snack.
- Almond Butter
- Quick Oats
These cookies need just these three ingredients but you can also add mix-ins and other things to customize to your liking.
Applesauce: I used sweetened applesauce to add some sweetness to the cookies. The cookies are still only very lightly sweetened even if you use sweetened applesauce. I think the recipe also works with unsweetened applesauce. If you are using unsweetened applesauce and want to add some sugar to the cookies, you can add some maple syrup to dough. Need a substitute for applesauce? Check out my no bake banana cookies.
Almond Butter: Make sure to use natural almond butter (just almonds in the ingredient list). You can also use natural peanut butter, but I prefer almond butter because it makes these cookies very chewy.
Quick Oats: Quick oats are used to bind the dough together.
How to Make No Bake Apple Cookies
The applesauce and almond butter are first mixed together. The oats are then stirred until they are evenly incorporated and a firm dough forms. If you are adding any other mix-ins, stir them in now. The cookie dough is then scooped out with a cookie dough scoop and flattened to form a cookie shape. The cookies then go into the fridge to firm up.
No Bake Apple Cookie Texture
These cookies don’t taste like baked cookies because they aren’t baked. But they have a soft and chewy texture. Both the almond butter and oats give the cookies a nice chewy texture to them.
The cookies are only very lightly sweetened with applesauce. If you prefer sweeter cookies, I recommend adding sweet mix-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit.
You do taste the applesauce in these cookies but it is very light. If you prefer a stronger apple flavor, you can add dried apple pieces to the cookies.
More No Bake Cookie Recipes
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Breakfast Cookies
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Coconut Cookies
3 Ingredient No Bake Apple Cookies
- 4 oz (113 g) sweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup (128 g) creamy natural almond butter
- 1 cup (88 g) quick oats
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Add applesauce and almond butter to a large mixing bowl and stir until evenly combined. Add in oats and stir until oats are evenly mixed in and mixture turns into a thick dough. You want to stir for a few minutes because as you continue to stir, the oats will soak in more of the liquid and your dough will get thicker. Stir until the dough no longer seems to be getting any thicker. If using any mix-ins, stir them in now.
- Using a 1 tbsp cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking pan. Press down on dough ball with the palm of your hand to form a thick round disk. Smooth edges as needed. Cookies should be about 1/2 inch thick. Do not spread cookie dough out too thin because it will make the cookies less sturdy. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place cookies in the fridge to set (around 30 min-1 hour). This will let the cookies firm up slightly and they should no longer be too sticky to hold. Store uneaten cookies in the fridge or freezer.
- These cookies are only very lightly sweetened. To add more sweetness, add mix-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit.
- You can use unsweetened applesauce but your cookies won't have any sweetness.
- Applesauce cups are usually sold in 4 oz containers. I used a single 4 oz container of Mott's sweetened applesauce for this recipe.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.