Applesauce Cookies


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These Healthy 4 Ingredient Applesauce Cookies are soft, and chewy, and take less than 15 minutes to whip up! They are an easy snack or breakfast option.

applesauce oatmeal cookies.

Oatmeal cookies are one of the easiest and healthiest cookies to make! Flourless oatmeal cookieszucchini oatmeal cookies, and these applesauce oatmeal cookies are my favorites!

Table of Contents
  1. Applesauce Cookies Recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make applesauce oatmeal cookies
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storing Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
  6. More delicious recipes using applesauce
  7. Frequently asked questions
  8. Applesauce Cookies (Recipe Card)

Applesauce Cookies Recipe

These 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 but also work well as a wholesome breakfast. 

You’ll love this recipe, too because:

  • Perfect texture and flavor. The texture of the cookies are thick, soft, and perfectly chewy. They have a pleasant apple flavor with hints of cinnamon throughout. 
  • Ready in 12 minutes. Because these need just 4 ingredients to make, the cooking time is minimal. 
  • No eggs or butter. Besides the light apple flavor, using applesauce in cookies helps replace the butter and eggs completely. Although they won’t have a super-rich flavor butter will provide, we add some peanut butter to compensate. It also helps bind the cookies together. 
  • Vegan and gluten-free. And also dairy-free!

What we love about this recipe is how easy they are to customize. I can easily it nut-free if needed or add some fun mix- ins (like chocolate chips) when I’m serving these to little ones.

Ingredients needed

  • Rolled oats: Rolled oats yield a super chewy and hearty texture. These also work with quick-cooking oats. If you’d prefer a flour-based cookie, you can use whole wheat flour. 
  • Applesauce: Because we aren’t adding any liquid or granulated sugar to these cookies, you must use sweetened applesauce. If you can only find the unsweetened kind, add 1/4 cup of either maple syrup or coconut sugar/brown sugar. 
  • Peanut butter: Adds some richness and a buttery texture without needing actual butter. You can substitute this for any nut or seed butter of choice (I love using almond butter or tahini).
  • Cinnamon: A must for any recipe that uses applesauce. 
  • Vanilla extract: Completely optional, but if you love a subtle hint of vanilla, add a drop into the batter. 

How to make applesauce oatmeal cookies

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: Make the batter

In a large bowl, combine all your ingredients until a thick batter remains. 

Step 3: Shape into cookies

Using your hands, form 12-15 small balls of dough and place on the lined tray. Press each ball into a cookie shape.

Step 4: Bake

 Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, until slightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan completely.

applesauce oatmeal cookie.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Do not overbake the cookies. They will continue to cook as they are cooling down. They also won’t become super crunchy either. 
  • Taste the mixture. These cookies rely on the sweetness of the applesauce. Taste the mixture before shaping into balls (no eggs, so no worries!), and if needed, add some sugar or maple syrup. 
  • Change the spices. Nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and ground cloves are warming spices that work well with applesauce or even some vanilla powder.
  • Add mix-ins. If you love cookies with some texture in them, add some dark chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, raisins, or even coconut flakes. 

Storing Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

To store: Place leftover cookies in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to five days. 

To freeze: Once the cookies have cooled, place them in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

healthy applesauce cookies.

More delicious recipes using applesauce

Frequently asked questions

Can I use homemade applesauce?

Yes! If you prefer to make your own sauce, you can use it for these cookies. Again, remember to adjust the sweetness if your sauce is unsweetened.

Can I substitute the oats?

Swap out the oats for quinoa flakes, buckwheat flakes, or all-purpose flour.

applesauce cookies recipe.

Applesauce Cookies

5 from 243 votes
These Healthy 4 Ingredient Applesauce Cookies are soft, and chewy, and take less than 15 minutes to whip up! They are an easy snack or breakfast option.
Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F, lightly grease a baking sheet, and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  • Using your hands, form 12 balls, and place them on the lined sheet, and press each ball into a cookie shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.


TO STORE. Place leftover cookies in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to five days. 
TO FREEZE. Once the cookies have cooled, place them in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 7gFat: 3gPotassium: 4mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 3.3mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.4mgNET CARBS: 18g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    My recipe made more than 12 good size cookies. I used unsweetened applesauce because I don’t use refined sugar. I added 1/2C of allulose brown sweetener & next time I’ll add 3/4C. I threw in some walnut pieces and raisins too. I’ll add some apple pieces next time too or use chunky applesauce if I can find it unsweetened.
    They are easy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Wow, these are amazing! I followed the recipe exactly, but didn’t use the nut butter. I’m having cookies for dessert tonight! Who am kidding? I’m eating one NOW! Thank you so much!

  3. Wondering whether a suuuuuuuper ripe banana would be a good substitute for some of the sweetener. (Add more oats if that makes it gloopy, but also curious that these have no leavening like a traditional cookie.)

  4. Any chance you could make these without sugar? Would I need to add something else to make up the lack of 1/4 of something?

  5. so excited to make these. they look delicious!
    if i am similar to you and not wanting too sweet a cookie – could i go without the sugar? or will it not come together/cook without? – if so could i use honey/maple syrup…if so how much would you think is necessary? THANKS SO MUCH 🙂

  6. I made these yesterday as an impromptu breakfast for the kids. They came together quickly and were a huge hit, even for my little six-year old skeptic! I subbed apple butter for applesauce, used half brown sugar half Splenda (I know, it’s awful, but we’re slowly weaning off the artificial stuff…), and added the nut butter. I think that was the special touch that bound all the other flavors together. Thank you for this great recipe!

    1. That sounds like the perfect special touch- Yum! No shame with the use of splenda 🙂 Thanks for the feedback, Stacey!

  7. How do you think these would work with oatmeal flour? I have some I had already ground up but haven’t used and I’m wondering if that would be an even substitution?

  8. Haha conversations with my younger sister are just as erratic yet organized. Siblings just get each other!

  9. “I don’t send pumpkins, I just get them.” – Cegina Torge. (Cassie Tran + Regina George?)

    Hahaha! Joking, but seriously, all the pumpkins are MINE! These applesauce cookies look amazing! They remind me of Karlie Kloss’s GF and vegan oatmeal cookies, which I LOVE! <3

  10. Ok I’m sorry I am with Niki on this one – the Batchelor was serious addicting TV! And now we have the Bachelorette which is just as addicting! I had never seen it until we moved here!

  11. Your sister sounds like a hoot! And why’s your mum hating on the pumpkin recipes? They’re kind of amazing. Like this one. You are the master of cookie sorcery!

  12. YOU ARE THE KING of simple yet friggin’ AMAZING recipes! Can I be your queen? Oh wait a second – WHY am I asking? I already am! DUH!

  13. I love how simple these cookies are to make! I’m with you on adding almond or peanut butter. Nut butters make everything better.

  14. The Bachelor is huge in these parts haha people have brackets for throughout the season 🙂 now I just want a big bowl of applesauce.

  15. Ha! That conversation was perfect. Your sister cracks me up. I definitely watch the bachelor. It’s total garbage, but I can’t help myself!

  16. After following your blog for quite some time, I just started making your recipes this week (3 in one sitting). I loved them, and I like the seasonally themed recipes. I love apple in baked goods! Since they’re in season, any chance of an Arman-ified recipe with fresh apples?

  17. One of these days I’ll have to share my real opinion on pumpkin, but I’m keeping it on the down-low for now for the sake of the blog 😉 And is it crazy that I’ve never seen a single episode of The Bachelor? I lump that in with Harry Potter as things I’m rebelling against for no real reason.

  18. So many awesome things in this post! Nikki sounds so fun, everyone needs to send your mom pumpkins (that would be hilarious) and these cookies are getting made. Whip your hair…hahaha…never gets old 🙂

    1. LOL. We need to organise a huge fed ex box to send her. I called her last night and she said she didn’t even like pumpkin that much. Her tastebuds​ must have gone somewhere.

  19. These cookies look awesome…and easy! And they involve apples. And we all know how I feel about apples. Also, I’m looking forward to my brand new pumpkin pie ball gown because I understood every bit of that conversation. Turns out little sisters are pretty similar! I prefer my ball gown to come with an actual pie, too. Thanks, mate.

  20. Dear Arman, I get such a kick out of you two. These applesauce cookies sound delightful…an equally delicious healthy treat…even if there is no pumpkin. I enjoy both kinds! Enjoy your day my friend, Catherine

  21. I love these! I makes easy oat cookies like this all the time! Its awesome that you can bake with just oats and some mashed fruit or pumpkin. Plus the options for add-ins are endless!

  22. Yum!! These would be so perfect for my little nephew! He loooves cookies so this would be a nice alternative haha

  23. With all these amazing pumpkin recipes appearing on the interwebs you can only imagine how devastated I was when my husband told me he fed our dog his pumpkin pie smoothie.
    I’m adding these to the list!

  24. I’m with mom although I get that we’re in the minority. 🙂

    Apples I can get down with. Bring it on.

  25. It might go too far if I said I have conversations like that with my sister as well but I can definitely relate to rollercoster like changes of topic when we speak. Oh and needless to say that it’s me who reaches out to her 99% of times.
    We do have the Bachelor in Germany (people pronounce it Bäääh-tsche-looor <- physically cringing at it) but as all original US or UK shows adaptet for German TV it's just plain hideous.
    Oh and don't listen to your Mum, your pumpkin recipes are bomb!

  26. Pumpkin and apple side by side = yum 🙂 I have so many apples from going picking and totally blanking on what to do with all of them.