No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies

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No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies

The Cook
4 Servings
7 Ingredients

No Bake Apple Oatmeal Cookies are packed with fiber and protein for a fillling after school snack that tastes amazing.

4 Servings
7 Ingredients


  • ¼ cups Butter
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ cups peel and grate Apple
  • 1 ½ cups Rolled Oats, Quick Cooking
  • ½ cups chop Walnuts



  • Baking Sheets
  • Wax Papers
  • Labels

Cooking Instructions

Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions


These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Mix in sugar, salt, cinnamon, and apples.
  3. Allow to boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  4. Add in oatmeal and walnuts. Stir well.
  5. Using a tablespoon, drop onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Allow to harden and cool for 30 minutes.
  7. Flash freeze.
  8. Once frozen, place into freezer bags, label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Ready to Eat

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw: Countertop
  2. Enjoy at room temperature!

Make It Now Cooking Directions

Stove Cook

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Mix in sugar, salt, cinnamon, and apples.
  3. Allow to boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  4. Add in oatmeal and walnuts. Stir well.
  5. Using a tablespoon, drop onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Allow to harden and cool for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

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    1. 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.

  1. 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

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

    1. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. I tried these last night, and while the flavor was great they also didn’t hold together well for me. Next time I’ll try boiling them a bit more, and I think I may try weeping the apples to get some more of the liquid out as well.But they were delicious (if a little messy)!

  15. Yummmm. I substituted coconut oil for butter, almonds for walnuts, and honey for sugar (I used 3/4 cup but next time I will cut it back to 1/2) . They didn’t hold up well. I boiled for 2 minutes. Next time I will boil longer. It’s also super humid today, so that’s not helping. Even though they didn’t hold up, they are still SO good that it doesn’t matter : )

  16. I haven’t actually made these yet (they’re on my list this week!) but reading through the comments of folks who had trouble with them hardening, I recommend this link:

    These cookies are basically just a different flavor of the chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies most of us are familiar with. The trick to these is getting the sugar to just the right temperature (soft ball stage) and then not overloading it with to much moisture in what you mix in next.

    Because these depend on the properties of sugar coming to a specific temperature in order to set up, substituting honey, or other sweeteners with these will likely require a good bit of trial and error OR a candy thermometer (soft ball stage is 235-240 degrees F) to get the right consistency.

    1. Hi Kenzie,You could try apple pie filling and see how it turns out. If you do use it, we suggest maybe try omitting the sugar and cinnamon as the pie filling will already have spice. Then try it and add the sugar and cinnamon if it needs it. Also you may want to try draining off some of the liquid from the pie filling since it will be wetter than just using regular apples. Hope this helps, let us know how it turns out for you!

  17. I made these with half the amount of sugar called for and they are very crumbly. Any recommendations for getting a firmer cookie with less sweetener?

    1. We can’t say for certain as it has not been tested in this way, but we could suggest increasing your butter slightly to help. However, this will result in a runnier ‘batter’ so be sure to add your oats in slowly, and you still may end up with a larger spread to your cookies. We hope this helps!

      If you find a way to decrease the sugar content successfully, we would love it if you came back and shared how you did so with other members who may be interested in making them in this way.

      Happy cooking!

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