Apples aren't usually the first ingredient you think of when it comes to cookies...however even though they are different they make a delicious, sweet addition to oatmeal cookies - especailly for fall.
These cookies are easy to make and yes they do contain sugar - yet there is nowhere near the amount that is used in packaged or pre-made cookies. Food companies make millions off of food that is full of sugar, salt and fat because it tastes good! They are happy to label foods "gluten free" or "vegan" to entice consumers and give the illusion that they are healthy but the truth is most of the time they aren't - they are usually still full of sugar and preservatives. In a pinch these foods are ok once in a while but sticking with real, whole foods is a healthier choice for everyday.
When you make food at home you know exactly what you are putting in it. You can control the amount of sugar, salt and, I'm guessing you don't have a panty full of chemical preservatives, so you actually know what you are eating.
These Apple Oatmeal Cookies have healthy ingredients, are full of fibre and totally encompass the taste of fall. They go perfectly with a warm cup of tea and a good book on these crisp September evenings.
"Being different isn't a bad thing.
It means you're brave enough to be yourself"
makes about 16 cookies
1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Earth Balance, softened
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 medium apple, cored and diced
8 dates, pitted and chopped
The combination of apples and oats in these cookies provide an excellent source of fibre which keeps your heart, cholesterol levels and digestive system healthy.
I like to make a double batch and freeze them in groups of two making it easy to throw into a lunch or take as a healthy, sweet snack.
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchement paper.
Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
In a seperate bowl beat together Earth Balance and coconut sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in apple sauce and vanilla until smooth. Stir in apples and dates.
Stir flour mixture into apple mixture until just combined.
Spoon dough onto parchement paper lined cookie sheet with a large spoon.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the cookies are light golden and still soft to the touch. Cool on baking sheet until set.