Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Something that’s at the top of my fall bucket list: apple picking. Ok, I haven’t actually made a fall bucket list, but I should because I have all these things that I want to do now that we’ve moved back to Chicago and are experiencing the season to its fullest.

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Growing up, one of my absolute favorite fall activities was our family’s annual apple picking trip. We’d all pile into station wagons and drive to a nearby orchard for the day. Joining us were grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles… the whole family! Afterward, we’d go back to someone’s house and order pizzas (this is Chicago, after all) while the moms made apple pies. After that, we’d have bushels of apples (and pies!) for weeks.

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I realize that this story should end with apple pie, but it ends with the next best thing – apple cookies! These cookies are on the healthy-ish side. They’re soft – more like a muffin top than a crispy cookie. They’re both vegan and gluten-free, made with oat flour. They’re also low in sugar, thanks to Truvia’s Brown Sugar Blend. I get SO MANY requests for lower sugar stevia-based recipes, so I’m happy to share this recipe in partnership with Truvia.

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These apple cookies are packed with oats, raisins, apples, and walnuts – basically fall in a cookie 🙂

Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
note: these cookies are soft - they're more similar to these Carrot Breakfast Cookies or a yummy muffin top than to a classic flat & crisp/chewy cookie.
Serves: 24-28 cookies
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 4 tablespoons warm water
  • 1½ cups oat flour, blended from 2 cups whole rolled oats*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup very creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Truvia Brown Sugar Blend or regular brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • ¾ cup finely chopped apple
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and water. Stir and set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla, and brown sugar. Add the thickened flaxseed mixture and stir well.
  5. Stir the whole rolled oats, apples, walnuts, and raisins into the bowl of dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. The batter will be thick and sticky.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoons onto the baking sheet and press down slightly. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the bottoms are nicely browned. (Note: do not under-bake or your cookies will be more likely to fall apart). Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.
*Make your own oat flour by blending (in a food processor) whole rolled oats into a fine flour.

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  1. Gaby Dalkin from on said:

    Yep. If fall was a cookie, it’d 100 PERCENT be these!

  2. Danny from on said:

    Nice, Recipe

  3. Michelle on said:

    Would it work with steel-cut oat?

  4. Tia on said:

    What are others’ thoughts on subbing in a cup of brown sugar for the Stevia blend? I’m a-okay with regular sugar (and caloric cookies 😉 ). Is adding 1 cup of brown sugar going to throw off the wet-to-dry ratio??

    • Hi Tia, I tested these both ways and used 1/2 cup brown sugar and they were plenty sweet and had the same texture.

      • Tia on said:

        Yay!! Thank you! 🙂

  5. I love using Truvia brown sugar blend! So nice that you can use half the amount of sugar a normal cookie recipe calls for, yet it bakes up just like a regular cookie. Can’t wait to try these out!

  6. Cate on said:

    Can you use an egg in place of the flax mixture?

    • Hi Kate, I haven’t tried, but I think 1 egg will work in place of the flax mixture.

  7. Tanima Mitra on said:

    Nice Recipes. I love that.

  8. bullet force from on said:

    These cookies look amazing!

  9. Christina from on said:

    These cookies look so good, I would love to eat them for breakfast! Do you have nutritional data? i.e. calories per cookie, carbs, sugars, etc.

  10. Winnie the Induction Cook on said:

    The apple picking sounds wonderful. I never did that as a kid but it would have been so much fun for you all together. And these cookies look fabulous. Can’t wait to try them.

  11. Cindy on said:

    Yum, I love oatmeal cookies and these look perfect with the apple in them. My kids are going to love these too.

  12. Maria from on said:

    Love that these are GF!! They look amazing! Can’t wait to try!

  13. Jessie Snyder from on said:

    These sound amazing with fresh apples Jeanine, and I’m loving your Chicago memories 😉 keep em coming! I’m now in love with your city after my visit. <3

  14. Sabrina B from on said:

    a fall classic! Congrats on your move, love the ingredients here and especially the large apple chunks, like the texture and flavor bomb inside each chunk, thank you!

  15. shelley from on said:

    Nice recipe…..even the way you describe this is really very awesome. I enjoyed reading this blog very much. Thanks for sharing

  16. Melanie on said:

    Will this work with using real eggs and real brown sugar? Or will the texture not work?

    • Hi Melanie, I haven’t tried with eggs, but I think 1 egg should work in place of the flax mixture. 1/2 cup brown sugar works as a replacement.

  17. fnaf world from on said:

    Yummy… It’s absolutely delicious!

  18. Anne on said:

    Hi! Can I make these with 1 cup of ordinary brown sugar?

    • Anne on said:

      Whoops – just saw your helpful reply above! Now I can get to grinding up oats and soaking flaxseed. My glutenfree and vegan workmates will be so happy tomorrow!!! Many thanks.

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