These Apple Oat Cookies are free from added sugar and sweetened naturally with apple, sultanas and banana. They are packed with flavour and spiced with cinnamon and are also dairy and nut free. Because there is no added sugar, these cookies are a perfect cookie for baby led weaning or popped in the lunchbox. This recipe was originally posted in June 2018 and has been updated in August 2020 with new photography, new text and updates to simplify the recipe and to include metric measurements.
Think you need added sugar to make delicious cookies? Uh-uh! These Apple Oat Cookies are absolutely sweet enough without any added sugars! These little beauties are sweetened only with fruit, which makes them just perfect for baby led weaning, nestled into school lunchboxes or even enjoyed with a cup of tea for a delicious and nutritious snack.
These Apple Oat Cookies are absolutely bursting with flavour – every mouthful has delicious bits of apple and hits of warming and comforting cinnamon. They are truly a taste sensation. And they are also dairy and nut free so great for allergies. They also come together simply in one bowl and store well in the freezer.
Ingredients and Substitutions
This recipe comes together with simple and easily sourced ingredients. You will find the quantity information in the recipe card below.
- Sultanas – you can also use raisins. Soak the sultanas in hot water before draining and adding to the mixture. This will ensure they stay juicy and plump and avoid burning while the cookies bake.
- Banana – use an extra ripe banana to ensure an even sweeter cookie. I find it easiest to mash the banana on a clean chopping board before transferring to the mixing bowl.
- Egg – I use large eggs as standard in my recipes.
- Olive Oil – I use a low flavoured extra virgin olive oil in these apple cookies. You can use any low flavoured oil suitable for baking. You can also use melted butter.
- Quick Oats – these oats are smaller in size than traditional rolled oats and they quickly absorb liquid. Because they are smaller, they assist keeping the cookie from crumbling. You can substitute regular rolled oats if this is what you have. I would recommend to blitz these a little in a food processor to break them down otherwise the cookies may not stick together as well.
- Wholemeal Flour – also known as Whole Wheat Flour, this adds fibre to these Apple Oat Cookies.
- Baking powder – this will increase the volume and lighten the mixture.
- Cinnamon – the perfect spice to pair with apples and add such a comforting sweetness to every bite. You may also wish to add a little nutmeg.
- Apples – peel the apples for best results and ensure that they are diced finely, otherwise it will be difficult for the cookies to stay together.
To Make the Apple Oat Cookies
Preheat your oven to 180c fan forced and line a baking tray with baking paper. Boil your jug and add the sultanas to a small bowl. Cover with boiling water then set aside to soak while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
In a large bowl whisk together the mashed banana, egg and olive oil. Next add in the dry ingredients then the finely diced apple, drain the sultanas then add them into the bowl.
Mix until the ingredients and well combined and the sultanas and apple are distributed evenly. The mixture will be quite wet and sticky.
Next, spoon portions of the mixture and with wet hands shape into cookies. Bake for around 12-14 minutes or until the cookie is lightly golden and the mixture bounces back when touched lightly and cool on a wire rack.
Freezing the Apple Oat Cookies
These cookies freeze well. When cooled completely you can pop these into a container or reusable ziplock bag and freeze for two – three months. When you are ready to eat them defrost in the fridge overnight.
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These delicious Apple Oat Cookies have no added sugar and are sweetened only with fruit, they are deliciously wholesome and totally kid approved. These Apple Oat Cookies are nut and dairy free and they are fantastic for school lunches. They are also great for baby led weaning (9 months plus) as they are soft and full of goodness.
- 1/2 cup sultanas (80g)
- 1 ripe banana (150g)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup extra virgin low flavour olive oil (125ml)
- 1 1/2 cups of quick oats (140g)
- 1/2 cup of plain wholemeal flour (60g)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 small apples, peeled and finely diced (200g)
- Preheat your oven to 180c fan forced and line a tray with baking paper
- Soak the sultanas by putting them in a small bowl and covering with boiling water and set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- In a large bowl whisk together the mashed banana, egg and oil until well combined.
- Then add in the dry ingredients and the diced apple and soaked, drained sultanas and mix until well combined.
- Next, spoon generous tablespoons of the mixture onto the tray and with wet hands shape the mixture into cookies. The mix will be sticky so keep your hands wet while shaping the cookies.
- Bake the Apple Oat Cookies for around 12 – 14 minutes or until the cookie is lightly golden and the mixture bounces back when touched lightly and cool on a wire rack.
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