Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies
These Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grain oats, apples, and cinnamon. They make a delicious quick breakfast or healthy snack!
During back to school time, we need all the help we can get with preparing healthy, quick breakfasts and school lunch ideas. Breakfast cookies are one of my favorite easy options because we can make them ahead and freeze the cookies until we need them. A few weeks ago I made a big batch of these Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies and popped them in my freezer. These healthy cookies have been a lifesaver during these busy back to school days!
If we have a particularly busy morning, we’ll serve these Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies, along with some fruit or yogurt, for breakfast. After a quick defrost in the microwave the cookies are ready to be enjoyed. If you pack one of these cookies in your lunchbox as a treat, it will defrost on its own by the time you’re ready to eat it!
The first time I made these cookies, the kids and I couldn’t wait to try them. Julia ate one… and then another. And THEN she said, “Mom, they’re so good, I want another one!” Tomorrow, I said. 🙂
One of my favorite things about these cookies is that they’re packed with oats. Oats are an incredibly versatile whole grain, and I use them in so many of my recipes. I love to Bob’s Red Mill oats, and I used their old-fashioned oats in these cookies. All Bob’s Red Mill oats are kiln roasted to give them a wholesome flavor that you can come to expect from their oats.
Are you wondering what makes these delicious little cookies worthy of the name “Apple Pie” Breakfast Cookies? Did you see that bowl of sweet, juicy apples?
Before adding the apples to the cookie dough, we’re turning them into apple pie filling by cooking them down with some pure maple syrup and cinnamon. Not too much- just enough to add more flavor and sweetness to the apples. While we’re talking sweetness, you’ll also want to know that these cookies are refined sugar free. This recipe uses unsweetened applesauce (or my Instant Pot Applesauce) and then pure maple syrup or honey to sweeten the cookie dough; use whichever you prefer!
The kids and I made another batch of these Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies yesterday, and the smell of them baking got us thinking about fall. Sweet apple pie filling, cinnamon, nutmeg… these breakfast cookies are a delicious, healthier way to satisfy your apple pie craving.
Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies
For the apples:
- 2 cups finely chopped apple, ¼-inch pieces (no need to peel)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the cookies:
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if needed
- 1 cup oat flour*
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan, combine the apples, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook over medium-low heat, about 10 minutes, until apples have softened.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together oats, oat flour, flaxseed, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the applesauce, honey or maple syrup, egg, and vanilla. Whisk in the melted butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry and stir until combined. Fold in the cooked apples and their syrup.
- Scoop rounded ¼ cup portions of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, using your hands to shape the dough into uniform balls as needed. (I used my large cookie scoop.) Gently flatten each cookie a bit as they won't flatten on their own during baking. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until cookies are set and lightly golden.
- Once completely cooled, cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months.
These Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies:
- are made with oats, which are rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol.
- are gluten-free if made with certified gluten-free oats and oat flour.
- are refined sugar free.
A few more delicious breakfast cookie recipes:
- Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
- Savory Breakfast Cookies from My Life Cookbook
- Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
- Banana Breakfast Cookies from Five Heart Home
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Breakfast cookies has become a favorite of mine. I love finding new flavor combinations, and anything that tastes like dessert, for breakfast, is a winner in my book! These apple pie cookies sound SO good, Kristine! I love the chunks of apples in here. Perfect for fall and back-to-school season!
It’s been a little cooler here the past few mornings, which has me thinking about fall! Thanks for the sweet words, Gayle!
I love these!! You can’t really beat a cookie for breakfast 😉 I’m starting to get excited for Fall but I’m still holding on to these last days of summer as best I can! I’ve been saving all kids of fun recipes for when my kids go back to school next week and this one is getting saved for sure! Can’t wait to try them Kristine!
Glad we think alike when it comes to cookies for breakfast, Alaina! 😉 I hope you enjoy these!
These are the perfect balance to alllllll the cozy comfort food I want to be eating (and shouldn’t be!) this fall! I bet my girls would love these!
Breakfast cookies are a favorite in my house and I know we would love these as we’re on a serious apple kick right now! I love that you cooked down the apples and made them like apple pie filling first–yum!
I’m making these now for my girls. I’m wondering if these are freezable?
Yes, these freeze wonderfully! I hope you and your girls love them!
This looks like a great breakfast recipe I have to try out.
Hi! I’m in the middle of making this recipe, and realized that I don’t have any flaxseeds. Could I replace the ground flaxseeds with ground chia seeds? Thanks!
Hi Tanya, I’ve never added ground chia seeds to baked goods so I can’t say how that would turn out. You can omit the flaxseeds, and add in a bit more oat flour in their place. I’m so glad to hear that you tried this recipe! 🙂
These look absolutely delicious! And so convenient…you know how much I love make ahead breakfasts 😉 Definitely want to try these!
Yep- make ahead breakfasts are lifesavers! Thanks for the kind words, Denise. 🙂
Wow, what a great idea. Breakfast cookies are my favorite. And this recipe looks so yummy, no wonder why your kids love those so much. Will try to make them. Thanks for sharing, Kristine.
what can I substitute for ground flaxseed
You can either use wheat germ or more oat flour. Enjoy!
Could I use coconut oil instead of the butter? Would love to try these!!
Hi Liv, that should work! Enjoy!
Could I replace the butter with coconut oil?
ops, saw your response. Thank you!!
How many calories are in each cookie.I am trying to diet and would like to keep a tab on my calorie intake.
Hi Moira, I just updated the recipe to add nutrition information. Each cookie has 141 calories.
Is there anything that I could use instead of the eggs?
I haven’t tested this, but my recommendation would be to omit the egg and stir the flaxseed into the wet ingredients. Let the wet ingredient mixture sit for about 5 minutes and then continue with the recipe. This will be sort of like making a flax egg using the flax seed that is already in the recipe. 🙂
These sound delish! Can I substitute oat flour with regular white or whole wheat flour?
Yes, you can. I hope you love them!
They look amazing ! I’m always searching for easy peasy recipes to take on the go so I won’t have to buy junk from the store. I’m definitely going to try this one :-D.