These healthy apple oatmeal cookies are soft and so easy to make!   They are vegan, gluten free and free of sugar.  

When I crave sugar and I am on a diet,  I like making these simple healthy snacks which are free of sugar and flour.  They are soft and moist cookies, very filling and  they satisfy my sweet tooth very quickly.    I especially like them warm.  When these cookies are out of oven, there is a little bit crispiness coming from the oats.  Later the crispiness goes and they become all soft.      So if you are looking for a crunchy cookie, you should know that these cookies will be soft.   Apples keep these cookies soft and moist.

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

There is nothing fancy about these cookies.  You’ll want to make them when you are on a diet as they very filling and easily satisfies sweet tooth.  You need sweet apples to make these cookies.  Especially Gala apples are very sweet.   I mix grated apples with oatmeal cookies.  I add peanut butter -although its taste is not distinctive in these cookies, peanut butter gives a good consistecy to these snacks.  These apple oatmeal cookies are very filling too.  After you eat 3 small cookies, you’ll want to stop and save others for later.   You can add a pinch of salt and lemon zest which balances the sweetness too.    But these are optional.

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies


  • Apple
  • GF old fashioned rolled oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lemon Zest (optional)
  • Salt (optional)

The steps are easy as mixing all the ingredients together.

First I grate 1 small lemon, it makes 1/2 teaspoon zest.  Then I  peel the  apple and grate.  I use 1 large apple.  When I grate the apple, there will be some juice left.  I don’t need this excess  juice as the grated apples have already enough water to keep my cookies soft.

Excess juice from grated apple

I place the grated apples, lemon zest and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.  I mix them and add the peanut butter.  When you add the peanut butter now, it mixes easily.  Finally I add the oats and mix well with a spatula.

Step by Step Pictures of Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies: Placing grated apple, cinnamon, lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Adding peanut butter and mixing. Mixing in oats.

I  make 9 balls out of the mixture, flatten them and place them on the baking sheet.

Step by Step Pictures of Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies: Rolled and flattened unbaked cookies on a baking sheet.

I bake for almost 12 minutes, until the cookies change color, becomes firm.

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies


Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies


Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
These healthy soft apple oatmeal cookies are so easy to make! They are vegan, gluten free and they don’t contain any sugar.  
Course: Healthy Snacks
Servings: 9 cookies
Calories: 45 kcal
  • 1 large apple, peeled and grated
  • 48 grams (1/2 cup) gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest , (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  1. Peel the  apple and grate.   When you grate the apple, there will be some excess juice  left.  Leave that juice as grated apple still have lots of juice and make these cookies soft. 

  2. Place the grated apples, lemon zest and cinnamon into a medium mixing bowl and mix. Add the peanut butter and mix again. Mix in the oats.

  3. Divide the mixture into 9 pieces, make balls and flatten them.  Place them on the baking sheet.  Bake for almost 12 minutes, until the cookies change color, becomes firm.   Let them cool for 10 minutes after you remove them from the oven.

The calorie information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.



Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

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