These Healthy 4 Ingredient Applesauce Cookies are soft, chewy and take less than 15 minutes to whip up! They are an easy snack or breakfast option- Naturally gluten free and vegan, there is an option to keep it completely sugar-free too!
Let’s set the scene.
It was two weeks ago on a Friday afternoon American time which was Saturday morning Australia time. I had plans to go out to have dinner with a couple of friends (I totally wrote fruits just then..my bad) in around 2 hours but before then- A skype date with Niki.
It had been a while since we’d spoken- Outside the daily ‘WhatsApp‘ messages and catching up on her shenanigans on Facebook or Instagram- This was the closest we’d be to face to face conversation. Not going to lie- I was excited; Mainly because there was a ton to catch up on. However, as most conversations with Niki goes, randomness always prevails and I felt like I went to dinner with my friends in a confused state.
“Hi. How are you?”
“Wait one moment, I’m straightening my left curl, it won’t straighten up!”
….5 Minutes later.
“Okay, so. Mum said not to bring Panda (her pooch) over last week but I brought him anyway and he would not stop following her. I was getting a bit annoyed because Panda never does that with me.”
“So he likes Mum better than you even though he’s yours?”
“Well, I thought that but then he jumped on her and she screamed.”
“Please tell me you filmed this!”
“No, but mum tried to shoo him away with her lipstick and he started jumping even more! She looked like she was running away from a Bumblebee”
“Mum has no brains”
“Don’t be mean.”
“Outside of that, how is everything?”
“Do you like pineapples from the can with juice or with the syrup? I’ve decided I only like the latter. Well actually, I don’t eat the pineapple, I pour those in a bowl for mum and just drink the juice.”
“You just said it was syrup?”
“I have to go now. The Bachelor is starting.”
“Excuse me? Keep skyping with me I have an hour until I need to go out to dinner.”
“No. He better not give the rose to *I forget her name*”
“Okay fine. Did mum have any messages for me?”
“Hm….No. Wait, yes. She said she wished you’d stop posting pumpkin recipes.”
If you understood half that conversation, I will personally make you a pumpkin pie ball gown. That girl is like a rollercoaster in conversation form. I think moving forward, we’ll keep conversations to WhatsApp.
Although I didn’t take TOO much away from the conversation, I did listen to my mum’s advice finally- No pumpkin….Well, okay. Just a TINY bit of pumpkin.
I can’t promise that they will be omitted altogether but for this week at least, I’m going to be whipping my hair back and forth with all things apples, lions, tigers and bears- Minus the latter three and add some banana…maybe. Today’s delicious quick and easy recipe is an apple twist on these three ingredient pumpkin cookies– Healthy four ingredient Applesauce cookies.
These healthy 4 ingredient applesauce cookies are a simple, delicious and easy fix to satisfy your cookie cravings in a ridiculously healthy way. They are soft, chewy and perfect to have as a quick and easy snack or do as I do, and eat 3-4 with some eggs in the morning. I tried this recipe out using all applesauce and one version using applesauce and pumpkin and found the latter to be much better- Both in terms of texture and taste. Naturally gluten-free and vegan, you can sub the coconut sugar for a sugar-free granulated sweetener of choice to make them refined sugar-free.
While these cookies taste delicious as they are (and I love them as it is, because I love topping them with peanut butter!), they taste amazing with around 2 tablespoons or so of nut butter in the batter! Simply add a dash more oats if it’s too wet!
Make these Healthy 4 Ingredient Applesauce Cookies….then go back and try and decipher my sister’s conversation. Then send a pumpkin to my mum.
- 2 cups gluten free quick oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice* (I used coconut palm sugar but this can be substituted with a stevia blend if you prefer that taste)
- Cinnamon/apple pie spice (optional)
- 2 T + nut butter of choice (optional)**
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking tray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin, applesauce and granulated sweetener of choice and mix well. If desired, add 2 tablespoons or so of your favorite nut butter.
- Using your hands, form into small balls and place on the baking tray and press each ball into a cookie shape. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on desired consistency.
- Remove and allow to cool completely.
- * I prefer a less sweet cookie so kept it to 1/4 cup. Adjust accordingly.
- ** If you add the nut butter, you may need an additional tablespoon or so of oats.
- These cookies don't need refrigeration and can be kept in a covered container for up to a week for optimum freshness. They freeze very well.
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Is ‘The Bachelor’ an obsession in your neck of the woods?
Will you send a pumpkin to my mum?