These apple cinnamon oatmeal no-bake cookies are a healthy alternative to traditional no-bake cookies (and just as good!). This recipes is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar free.
I've been loving these cookies ever since I picked too many apples at the apple orchard and didn't know what to do with them! Well, I found the most perfect solution. These cookies are a favorite at the house and are usually gone in a few days. The apple, cinnamon, and maple syrup combine to make such a comforting flavor, and the oats make them nice and hearty!
What are no-bake cookies?
No-bake cookies are cookies that can be made without being baked in the oven. While traditional cookie recipes require baking the cookie dough in the oven, no-bake cookies don't! They don't have ingredients such as eggs that need to be cooked to be food-safe to eat, and they don't rise like traditional cookies do.
No-bake cookies are a great option when you want a quick cookie recipe without turning on the oven!
Ingredients in Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Quick-cooking oats
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
- Rinse, core, and chop the apples. Heat coconut oil on a pan. Add chopped apples and cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The apples should soften and caramelize slightly. Once done cooking, place the apples in a large mixing bowl.
- In the same pan, melt coconut oil and add maple syrup and almond milk. Let it boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon. Add this mixture to the bowl with the apples. NOTE: It's going to smell delicious!
- Then stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract. Next, add quick-cooking oats and stir into mixture until well-incorporated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Use a spoon to scoop the cookies onto the sheet. This recipe can make 16 small-medium cookies or about 12 large cookies.
- Place the cooking sheet in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set.
How long do no-bake cookies last?
No-bake cookies can last for 4-5 days if you store them in an airtight container in the fridge (if they last that long - we usually eat them way before that!).
Are no-bake cookies gluten-free?
All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free. However, oats are susceptible to cross-contact with gluten in the farming and manufacturing process. To ensure your no-bake cookies are gluten-free, use oats labeled "certified gluten-free."
Are no-bake cookies vegan?
This version of no-bake cookies is indeed vegan! Traditional recipes usually call for butter and milk - instead we used coconut oil and almond milk to make them vegan and dairy-free.
In the mood for other fall and winter favorites? Try these recipes next:
- Lemon Ricotta Butternut Squash Toast
- Maple Roasted Carrots with Lemon-Maple Tahini Sauce
- Butternut Squash and Farro Bowl
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
- ¼ cup coconut oil + 1 tsp
- 2 Gala apples cored and chopped
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a medium pan. Add apples and cook until softened and slightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Spoon apples into a large mixing bowl.
- In the pan, bring ¼ cup coconut oil, maple syrup, and almond milk to a boil. Stir in cinnamon. Remove from heat and add mixture to mixing bowl.
- Stir in peanut butter, vanilla extract, and oats.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a spoon, scoop the cookies onto the parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to allow them to set.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
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