Yesterday I was going to the grocery store and saw an apple stand. I just had to stop and get some apples! I love produce stands and farmers markets! They are the best! You get fresh apples! Make fresh applesauce! And buy or make fresh apple cider!
These cookies are great with some fresh apple cider! Or a tall glass of whole milk! Yum!!
I remember 20 years ago it became the new healthy diet to substitute applesauce for shortening. We all know that unsweetened applesauce is so much better for you. Now I substitute coconut oil for shortening as well in our baking.
I added some raw cacao nibs for a little extra flavor. Adding the raw cacao nibs adds more nutrition to this already great recipe. I write about some of the nutrition in this post.
Everything about this recipe yells nutrition! I love having nutritious snacks on hand to grab as I am running out the door. Or for when you just need a little treat.
The best part is your kids will not know these are good for them. They will just know that they are yummy and mom is okay with them eating them. You won’t feel guilty for giving in to the kids wanting a snack just before dinner. 🙂
Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In large bowl mix together honey and butter. Mix in egg. Add oats, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Fold in cacao nibs.
- Drop by teaspoon full about 2 inches apart onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown. Remove from baking sheets and cool on cooling racks.