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No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Last year by this time, we had 66 days over 100 degrees here in Texas.  We haven’t hit nearly that number this year but it is still way too hot to want to bake in my kitchen.  (Really, you could probably bake on my front porch.)  These no bake apple oatmeal cookies are just the cure for that problem.  The mix of apple and cinnamon reminds me that fall will arrive shortly and not having to bake these cookies keeps my kitchen nice and cool.  They are the perfect breakfast or after school snack since they are packed with both fiber and protein but still taste amazing.

No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies


Katie @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 0.25 cup butter
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 0.5 cup peeled and grated apples
  • 1.5 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 0.5 cup chopped walnuts


Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Mix in sugar, salt, cinnamon, and apples.  Allow to boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.  Add in oatmeal and walnuts.  Stir well.  Using a tablespoon, drop onto wax paper or nonstick pan.  Allow to harden and cool for 30 minutes.

Get the kids involved by letting them “drop” the cookies


Freezing Directions:

After allowing cookies to cool for 30 minutes, flash freee.  Place into freezer bag, label, and freeze.  To serve: thaw in fridge until desired softness or microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Servings: 4


**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann


29 Responses to “No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Michelle E says:

    How do you recommend grating apples? Could I just chop them finely?

    • Kelly says:

      Michelle, I like to do it in my food processor with the grading attachment. But you could do it with just a regular cheese grater.

  2. Cori says:

    I am wondering if apple sauce could be used as a replacement??? Only because I have a lot of it and the kids won’t eat it LOL

    • katie says:

      Hi Cori, you could try it as a replacement for the sugar. I’m not sure it would replace the apples well because you want something solid for the oatmeal to stick to. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.

  3. DeLinn P. says:

    Just wondering if you think I could substitute coconut butter or coconut oil and have similar results? We have a severe dairy allergy in the family and I’m always looking for ways to create something the whole family could enjoy. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      DeLinn I would definitely sub the coconut oil for the butter. I may even try it tonight! Let me know what you think.

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  5. Shalene says:

    What kind of apples did you use? I’m guessing that some would work better than others… This looks really good. I’m going to make them but sub sucanat for the sugar. Hopefully they will still taste just as good.

    • katie says:

      Hi Shalene, I just used red apples but you could change it up for different flavors. I think Granny Smith apples would be really good.

  6. Jessica Allison says:

    I just made these today, and they are INCREDIBLE! I left the skin on to get the added nutrients, and the bits of red look really pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jenny says:

    I made these this afternoon. They are super easy and delicious!

  8. Kati says:

    I made these today, but did half sugar, half applesauce. While they taste great, they did not harden on the counter. I put them in the frig and it was better, but not perfect. I assume it is the applesauce, but maybe I did not boil them long enough?!

    • katie says:

      Kati, I would definitely boil a little longer next time. That’s usually the secret to getting them to stick good.

    • Jen says:

      Mine did not harden on the counter, either. I used one fuji apple and did the other ingredients exactly the same. My kids said they were good, but I just wish they would have hardened more.

      • katie says:

        Jen, maybe next time try to boil them longer. I’ve also noticed that the humidity on certain days can affect how they harden. Crazy.

  9. Kendra says:

    Made these tonight and waiting for them to cool. They smell great! I have a feeling that I should have doubled or tripled it! We used our Pampered Chef peeler, corer, slicer thing and then after I added the apples to the sugar mixture I used my emerssion blender to made the pieces smaller.

  10. Casie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! The first batch disappeared within 24 hours, so I did some modifications to make it a little more healthy for me to justify eating more of them (currently in my 3rd trimester and these have just become a new craving!!). On my second batch, I replaced the butter with coconut oil, and replaced the sugar with 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup honey. They obviously aren’t as sweet as the original recipe but still great! I did let it boil a little longer after reading previous comments, and they seem to be holding together fine.

  11. Melinda says:

    I just made these and they were very good! My girls loved them, mushiness and all! I subbed honey for the sugar and stuck in freezer for twenty minutes before their bedtime snack. They were a bit messy to eat, but they did not care. I just snagged one from the freezer and ate it cold. It held together much better. Are these supposed to be eaten cold? I can’t imagine they would hold up at room temp. I suppose that could be bc of the honey? Is there a trick to getting them to be stickier wo the granulated sugar? Oh, we also left out the nuts due to an allergy. Next time I plan to use pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

    • katie says:

      Hi Melinda, you might try boiling longer to see if that helps them stick better with the honey. And I think adding pumpkin or sunflower seeds sounds amazing!

  12. Jess says:

    We just made these my 4 year old loved helping make them and loved eating them more! We used pecans we had them and didn’thave walnuts. yummy!

  13. Melinda says:

    Doubled the recipe today and used 3/4c honey, plus boiled for 5 minutes. The end resut was a much better consistency than yesterday. They were firmer and didn’t fall apart as easily. This is now on my list of easy, healthy snacks!

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  16. Merryweather says:

    We’re nut free :( so cannot use the walnuts. I might try adding some chocolate chips toward the end to get my daughter to eat them. Yum.

    • katie says:

      You could either leave the walnut out completely or you could sub dried cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, or even coconut. Let me know what you try and how it comes out!

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  18. Angel says:

    My kids loved these, but I probably won’t make them again. They never did set up very well (although I made them exactly as directed), and when I took them to a company holiday party, most people who took them threw them away.

  19. Eisen says:

    I have tried this today and REALLY loved it!! Will be boiling it for a bit more minutes for it it hold next time. Thank you very much for this. <3

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