Applesauce Yummies

I’ve been wanting to try this cookie recipe for quite some time now, but mostly because I just wanted an excuse to bake something with my homemade applesauce that I canned a few weeks ago.  🙂

Well, they turned out great!  I just ate a couple and I gave my daughter one for her movie-time snack (she likes to watch a movie while the boys nap).  As I’m writing this, she came upstairs to ask if she could have another one with the reason being that “It was a small cookie, Mom.”  ha  🙂  I guess that means they’re a hit!  And I have no problem letting her eat two for a snack.  These cookies are made without refined sugar or white flour, plus there is oatmeal and applesauce in them…can’t go wrong with that!  I even added some leftover almond pulp from the last time I made almond milk!

Applesauce Yummies

Applesauce Yummies

(Recipe source: The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (I actually used only 1 cup oats plus 1/2 cup leftover almond pulp from making almond milk)
  • 1 cup unsweetened (apples-only) organic applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup organic butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  In a second bowl, mix together oats and applesauce.  In a third bowl, mix together honey and butter (I will admit to eating a lick – or two – of this yummy combo!), and then add the egg.  Combine the butter mixture with the oats mixture and then add the vanilla.  Stir together completely and then add mixture to the flour.  Stir to combine and then stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonful onto either a greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment paper (or you can even use a silicone baking mat).  Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until edges just start to brown.  Remove from baking sheets and cool on cooling racks.  This recipe should make about 4 dozen cookies.

These definitely make for a tasty snack or dessert, however, they are by no means “guilt-free” cookies.  I have to be careful not to eat too many at one time, but I feel a little better knowing that all of the ingredients are real and unprocessed.  I’m going to save a few for my husband to eat tonight and a few for tomorrow, but the rest will be going into the freezer to save for later!  I love pulling out just a few cookies to enjoy occasionally…without having to bake myself an entire batch!  I hope you enjoy them too!

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5 thoughts on “Applesauce Yummies

  1. thanks for this recipe! I just entered it into my recipe software and for 2 cookies, it’s 145 cals, assuming the 48 cookie yield. I might try it over the weekend!

      1. was just looking at your top ten lists for the year and saw that I forgot to come back and tell you how I liked these. we thought they were great! thanks for the recipe. and I am finding more recipes to make from your two top ten lists! can’t wait to try. I have 4 kids that vary in their levels of picky-ness, so I appreciate the recipes geared toward picky-ish eaters.

        1. So glad to hear you liked them…and thanks for keeping me posted! I like very simple recipes…and I also like to make meals for my family that I know EVERYONE will like. I don’t always succeed and my dinners might not always be the most exciting, but I tend to lean towards family-friendly recipes…all made without anything artificial, of course. 🙂 Hope you find more recipes that you like!

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