Thanks to Rainier Fruit for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own.
I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to come up with these healthy apple oatmeal cookies. After all, I’m always trying to make healthier treats and we love apples. But I know one thing for sure: now I have they are going to be made often. They are easy to make, full of lots of good-for-you ingredients, and are soft and delicious. Everyone in our house came back for more and I can’t blame them.
A love of apples
If you are a regular here, you know we enjoy our apples. They are my eldest son’s favorite snack at the moment and he even asked for an apple cake (which ended up being our beloved sour cream apple cake) for his fourth birthday. We’ve enjoyed them in everything from maple apple donuts, an apple, squash and pork skillet and apple bacon jam, not to mention my white sangria. So when the opportunity arose to work with Rainier Fruit, one of the country’s leading growers of apples and other fruits, I was excited. I love their family feel, and their aim to help people live their best lives with healthy products. Not to mention their commitment to sustainability. Then when I saw they were sponsoring the Boston marathon, it was like a match made in heaven.
What the Boston marathon means to me
I’ll be upfront and say I am far from a marathon runner and not a Boston native, but the Boston marathon still means a lot to me. Having lived in London for many years before, I knew how much a marathon could create a fantastic sense of unity and warmth in a city. The fateful Boston marathon of 2013 was our first here, and I was actually walking only a few blocks away with my then 10 month old when events unfolded. I heard the noise but didn’t know what had happened until I got home.
The next couple days were a bit crazy – house arrest with a lively young kid was not easy. But I couldn’t help being touched by the amazing spirit it brought out in the city and surrounding area. Seeing the great turn out the next year just built that feeling more. The start of One Boston Day (4/15 each year) in 2015 showed it was a feeling felt by many, that was something to harness.
Rainier Fruit is doing its part not just as marathon sponsor, but by donating a portion of sales of their apples on One Boston Day this year to the Martin Richard Foundation. Just head to one of the Wholefoods in the Boston area to stock up and show your support. Then use some of those apples, along with some pears, for these delicious healthy apple oatmeal cookies!
How they’re made
When I said these were easy, I wasn’t kidding. You simple grate the apple and pear, and mix them with the coconut oil, maple syrup, chia seeds and vanilla. In a bowl, mix the oat bran, almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Then add the apple mixture and mix it well. Scoop tablespoonfuls of the mixture on to a lined baking sheet and bake until just brown.
These healthy apple oatmeal cookies are soft and tender, just sweet enough and full of tasty apple flavor. The pear helps to hold them together, while the little bit coconut flour saves them being a soggy mess. Using oat bran rather than whole oats gives a finer texture but with that gentle oaty flavor. They’re almost like an apple oatmeal muffin in cookie form. They’re naturally gluten free and vegan, meaning even more people can enjoy them. And you should, because they’re really good, and good enough for you to enjoy any time.
- ½ apple (approx ½c)
- ½ pear (approx ½c)
- ½ tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 2tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
- ¼ cup/28g oat bran
- ½ cup/ 41g almond flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- ½tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F/175C and line a baking sheet/tray.
- Peel the apple and pear and remove core. Coarsely grate both into a bowl and add the chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil. Mix well.
- In a bowl, mix together the oat bran, almond flour, baking powder, coconut flour and cinnamon. Add the apple mixture and mix well.
- Take tablespoonfuls and place on the lined baking sheet. Round them off as they won't change shape as they cook.
- Bake for approx 15min, slightly longer if needed, until lightly brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- Store any that you don't eat immediately in an airtight container - they are more muffin-like than firmer cookies so only keep a couple days).