These applesauce oatmeal cookies are so easy to make and healthy enough to eat for breakfast. It takes less than five minutes to prepare the cookie dough. The cookies are soft and chewy and can be customized with mix-ins of your choice.
I love easy cookie recipes and this one is definitely one of the easiest. It took me about 3 minutes to mix the dough. This recipe is similar to my 2 ingredient banana oatmeal cookies, but made with applesauce instead.
- Quick Oats
- Mix-In of your choice (dried fruit, chocolate chips)
You will want to use quick oats rather than steel cut oats or rolled oats for this recipe because quick oats cook faster and don’t require as much liquid to soften.
The cookies are barely sweet on their own because the recipe uses unsweetened applesauce. Yes, unsweetened applesauce is still sweet but it’s not really sweet enough once you add in the oats. Of course, if you are looking for a low sugar recipe or don’t mind that the cookies are only a little bit sweet, you can make them without any mix-ins.
To add sweetness to the cookies, you’ll want to include a sweet mix-in like dried fruit or chocolate (use a refined sugar free chocolate to keep the cookies free of refined sugar). I usually use dried cranberries or raisins but I used some chopped chocolate for the ones in the photos. If you don’t want to add any mix-ins but you want sweeter cookies, you can also add in about 1 tbsp of maple syrup to the cookie dough (I did that for some of the cookies in the photos).
These cookies are not classic oatmeal cookies. Instead, they are soft and chewy and taste like baked oatmeal in cookie form.
More Healthy Cookie Recipes
- 2 Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies
- 2 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- 3 Ingredient Healthy No Bake Cookies
3 Ingredient Healthy Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup mix-ins of your choice chopped dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add applesauce and oats. Mix with a spoon until evenly combined and all oats are moistened. Stir in mix-ins (you can add them onto the cookies right before baking instead for a prettier presentation. See notes for more details).
- Use a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop and scoop dough balls, placing them onto prepared baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart. Using the back of your spoon or the palm of your hand, press down on dough balls to form thick round disks (about 3/8 inch thick). The cookies will not spread or change shape during baking so shape them as needed until they are how you want them to be.
- Bake cookies about 13-15 minutes or until they are set. If you are unsure if the cookies are set, use a cookie spatula and try to lift a cookie off of the baking sheet. You should be able to lift the cookie off of the sheet in one piece when they are done. Let cookies cool before removing and eating. Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the fridge or freezer for longer.
- The cookies are barely sweetened on their own which is why I recommend adding a mix-in. I liked to use chopped dried fruit though I used chopped chocolate for the ones in the photos. If you want to keep the cookies refined sugar free, there are several chocolate brands that sweeten their chocolate without refined sugar.
- The mix-ins can be stirred into the dough (easiest method), but if you want a nicer presentation, make the dough without the mix-ins . After you flatten the dough into disks, press the mix-ins over the surface of the cookies and then put them into the oven to bake.
- Nutritional information does not include mix-ins since the information will vary widely depending on what mix-in you add.
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.