Keep to your resolutions this month without depriving yourself of sweets! These cookies taste exactly like apple crumble and they’re only 130 calories!
Who is this girl? Who does she think she is tempting you with cookies two weeks into your New Year’s resolutions?!
Oh, hai. That’s me.
But fear not, my friends! These cookies are actually pretty good for you. Allow me to explain.
As I was going over my recipe archives last month in order to plan this year’s recipes, I noticed that there was a sad lack of cookie recipes. Nothing could be more tragic, because I love cookies. In all honesty, my adoration for the circular treat is probably strong enough for me to admit that cookies are my favourite baked good. The dessert spot? That’s reserved for tiramisu. But cookies are definitely my go-to. I love them more than cake, more than brownies, more than blondies, and more than… well, you get the picture.
If there’s one thing I cannot give up on a diet, it’s a good cookie. They’re my red light food, as my mom likes to call it. (Hers is nachos, in case you were wondering.) So when I decide that I’m going to focus on losing weight or getting in better shape, I always make sure I have a few healthy cookies on hand. Last year I shared my recipe for healthy double chocolate cookies — they’re delicious, vegan, and the recipe only yields two cookies so you can’t overindulge!
Today I’m sharing the recipe for these sweet and cinnamony apple crumble cookies. When I say that these cookies taste exactly like apple crumble, I am not exaggerating. They’re soft, chewy, and packed with apple and oats. I’ve basically created portable apple crisp. You’re welcome.
Now, you may think that 130 calories is a little too much for one cookie. But considering a standard chocolate chip cookie clocks in at about 370 calories, I’m okay with trading 130 for handheld apple crumble (source)! Not to mention that these cookies are made with all natural ingredients, including healthy coconut oil, whole wheat flour, and fresh apple. I’d say that’s a win.
If you’re like me and can’t quit sweets cold turkey, you’re going to want to have a batch of these apple crumble cookies on hand. At all times. Enjoy!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup virgin coconut oil, room temperature
- ½ cup raw cane sugar
- 1 egg white, room temperature
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup apple, finely diced*
- Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the coconut oil and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg white and mix until combined. Finally, add the syrup and vanilla and beat together.
- Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix then add the second half and stir until combined. Fold in the diced apple.
- Using a tablespoon, measure out 12 2-tablespoon portions, roll them into balls, and place them on the tray. Gently press each dough ball to flatten them slightly. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes, or until they appear dry and are golden on the bottom.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
These cookies will keep refrigerated and sealed in a airtight container for up to 4 days.