Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

by on April 14, 2014
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Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

[Note: This post is from 2014. I’m all better now!] Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. My surgery went very well, and I’m up and about and feeling more normal every day. Your emails and messages of support have meant so much to me and are surely speeding up my recovery.

Resting and recuperating gave me an unexpected opportunity to sample other people’s cooking. For the first week post-surgery, friends brought food daily, and it was a great help and comfort not to have to worry about feeding my family. The meals were all vegan, nutritious, and delicious, and I acquired a couple of new recipes that I’ll be making for myself (and sharing with you) soon.

One of the treats we sampled was my friend Stacy’s oatmeal cookies. Made with both ground and unground oats, Stacy’s cookies were low in sugar but very tasty. I could tell by the texture that they weren’t fat-free (and they contained chocolate chips) but they provided the inspiration for my no-fat version. Instead of oil, I used an apple, and to play off the apple flavor, I added pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves). The cookies turned out moist and dense, not your traditional crisp cookie but one my family loved. I hope yours will love them, too.

(Loki fans: Scroll down past the recipe for a little treat!)

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

These soft cookies are very lightly sweetened. If you prefer them sweeter, try adding a little stevia with the dry ingredients.
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 59 kcal
Author Susan Voisin


  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 4 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cup regular or quick oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice see Notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 large apple cored and chopped
  • 2 ounces pitted and chopped dates (about 4 medjool dates or 1/4 cup packed chopped dates)
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds (or ground flaxseed) with the warm water and set aside until thickened.
  3. In a dry blender or food processor, grind one cup of the oats. Pour it into a mixing bowl and add the unground oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the raisins.
  4. Place the apple, dates, 1/8 cup water, and apple cider vinegar in the blender. Blend until it’s about the consistency of apple sauce. Pour it into the oat mixture along with the chia β€œegg” and stir to combine.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Flatten each cookie slightly with a fork. Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Recipe Notes

Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves or allspice, with cinnamon being the main ingredient. You can replace it with 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice (or a pinch of cloves instead of allspice.

If you omit the raisins, each cookie contains 52 calories. Without salt, each cookie contains 36.2mg sodium.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Sodium 100.8mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 12.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 4.9g
Protein 1.4g 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Loki Loves Apple Pie Oatmeal CookiesLook who learned to jump on the table! Loki is growing up. He’s lost his fluffy “baby fur” and has grown long and sleek. He no longer needs to climb on a chair or up a pants leg to reach high places. He wants to sniff everything, and while I was taking the photos of these cookies, he jumped on the table so many times that I finally had to put him in “time out” in another room. He’s going to make food photography very challenging.

Over the weekend, Loki got to spend some time in the back yard (under close supervision) and I took a few (hundred) photos of him. If you’d like to see some of them, let me know in the comments and I may have a Loki photo post later this week.



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1 Ruth April 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Welcome back, Susan! Don’t know what made me check the site today, but I’m glad I did – these cookies sound delicious! I’ve already printed out the recipe to try later this week when I’m baking. And yes, I’d definitely like to see more of Loki! Due to a family member with allergies, pets are no longer an option, so I love seeing pictures (or videos!) of other people’s pets, especially cats.


2 Cadry April 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

That’s so sweet that you’ve been well taken care of and that people are bringing you tasty vegan treats! You certainly deserve it! Of course, I’m always in favor of more Loki photos. πŸ™‚


3 Werner April 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

So very, very glad you’re back and on the mend. Often wondered if Loki was cuddling you during your recovery, but he sounds like a kitty on the go! Would LOVE to see more photos of the rascal when you get a chance. Cookies look fabulous, will definitely try them soon.


4 Susan Voisin April 15, 2014 at 6:49 am

Loki is a great cuddler! He’s been a great comfort, curling up on my lap whenever I sit in my recliner. Since he sleeps a good part of the day, I can always count on seeing his quiet side as well as his playful one.


5 Rebecca April 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Seeing you up and about, feeling energetic enough to post this, has made me smile! So happy to hear you’re recovery is going smoothly and that you’re feeling well. And I’m quite sure a Loki photo post would go over very well, indeed (please). XO


6 Lilly April 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Those cookies look quite yumilicious! So glad you are recovering well and got some TLC that you so deserve. I’d love to see more photos of Loci, that little fur muffin is adorable!


7 Vegyogini April 15, 2014 at 1:47 am

I’m so happy to hear you’re recovering well! It sounds like you have a truly supportive community caring for you.

I adopted 2 kittens from the same litter in 1990 as a high school freshman and they used to climb up my pants legs, too! I can’t believe Loki did that as a baby; I thought it was just my little guys who were that mischievous.


8 Dana April 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

Would love to see the pictures of Loki in the yard.



9 Dazzle59 April 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

Hi Susan! So glad you are back and on the mend. We missed you! How nice that you have caring friends to feed YOU for a change. Thanks for the yummy cookie recipe and Loki update. Would love more photos of that darlin’ boy. Take care and welcome back!


10 Sandi McMahill April 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

Would love to see pics of Loki. He is precious. So glad surgery went well and you are gaining your strength back. I am thankful to have found your blog as I was changing my eating habits. Now…it is like you are part of my family.


11 Tanya A April 15, 2014 at 7:35 am

It isn’t a picture if it isn’t cat photobombed!


12 Silvia Sanchez April 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

Welcome back. Big hug.


13 Sandra April 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

Hurray! So glad to see you back and feeling better!


14 Chessie April 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

I’m glad to hear that you are on the mend! I’ve bookmarked these cookies to try ASAP.

Would it ever be possible to have too many photos of Loki?


15 Patty April 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

Hi Susan, I love your website,Thank you for sharing your recipes.


16 Laloofah April 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

I, too, am glad you’re well on your way to full recovery – I credit your food and those Loki cuddles. And I imagine the outpouring of love from your considerable fan base didn’t hurt either! <3
These cookies look yummy – I imagine we'll especially enjoy them in the Autumn, but have no intention of waiting 6 months to test that theory. πŸ™‚
Keep feeling better, and keep those Loki pics coming!


17 moonwatcher April 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

Welcome Back, Susan!

So good to hear from you that everything went well, and that you’ve got another wonderful recipe to share with us. These cookies look great! My kind of cookie. I am not required to furnish refreshments at my neighborhood meeting, but I just might make these (as long as they aren’t considered a bribe!! LOL) One local business owner joked with me that he’d come if I made tea and crumpets. Perhaps these would be close enough. . .
I had to laugh at Loki’s persistence in getting into the food shots. Animals have a way at making themselves included in things other than them that absorb us. When I was recording a radio program years ago regularly at home on the new and full moon, my golden retriever would always pick key moments to get up and her paws would click loudly on the bamboo floor as she made sure to walk right past me–just to get in on the act, I suspect!

So happy you are feeling well and enjoying being up and about. Many blessings for continued healing and good health.




18 Jill April 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

I’d love a Loki post. I’m glad to hear you’re recovering nicely. You’ve been on my thoughts daily as I’ve focused on cooking your recipes. Yum-m. Last night and night before we had Cabbage Noodle Soup-one of our favorites. Thanks for being there for us


19 Marty April 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

I def don’t like my kitties on the kitchen counters or table, but to them I know it’s just another surface.!

I’d love to see more pics of Loki! I’m always taking pics of my kits (11 of them), no one but my husband or other kitty friends appreciate them.


20 Cheryl April 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

First, I’m so relieved to hear you are recuperating. We have missed you so much.
Yes, please more Loki pictures! I told hubby I have fallen in love with someone from the internet. Apparently he knows me so well, as he didn’t bat an eye.. then I had to admit, it was Loki. LOL!
Loki looks a little similar to a beloved cat we once had, that we named Squeakers, as he was long, and had breathing problems when he was little.
More more more! lol


21 Jacki Lariviere April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Would love to see more pictures of Loki.


22 Emma Copland April 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

These sound amazing I cannot wait to try them out and share them with my friends. I hope that you have a speedy recovery.


23 Tracy April 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hi Susan, this recipe looks great and Loki is adorable, I for one would love to see some photos πŸ™‚


24 Wendy April 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Susan so glad you are feeling better…. These look fabulous , will be trying them out this weekend !!! As for Loki please post pictures, I love being able to see him grow up and enjoy the stories about him!!


25 Em April 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I plan on making these for breakfast for my picky on the go DD who often skips breakfast- I think she will love these. And yes!- more Loki. So adorable πŸ™‚


26 Debbie April 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Welcome back, Susan! I’m glad to hear your friends & family have been taking care of you. I have been vegetarian/nearly vegan for almost a year now (baby steps!) and love your website and your inspiration. Can’t wait to try these cookies, as I have discovered many food items I never thought I would like. I find myself looking forward to new recipes to try, especially soups. As for Loki? No question we want more pics! Cats are my favorite animals and I look forward to you sharing any and all stories. I am nearing retirement so waiting on getting another cat until then, but am already looking forward to my next furry buddy!


27 Tom April 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Welcome Back. I am so pleased you continue to heal and feel better. This is wonderful news. You are so cared about and appreciated. And clearly not just by us on your site, but your neighbors, bringing such wonderful food over. So blessed. Recipe looks great and the photography, colors and font choice is flawless. WELL DONE Susan. Loki is beyond adorable. What a lucky cat!!!! Much care always Susan. Appreciation. Respect. Tom


28 Joslyn April 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Yes I would like to see more of Loki. I love animals (dogs more than cats).



29 Rosalie April 16, 2014 at 12:14 am

Hi Susan,
Do hope you are recovering. Our positive thoughts have been with you! While i am grateful for your wonderful recipes (can’t wait to try the oatmeal cookies) I would love to see pics of Loki. Would love to share pics of m 3 kitties too!
Thanks, Rosalie


30 lee silverstein April 16, 2014 at 12:49 am



31 Angela W April 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

So glad you are doing well. I have your cookies in the oven RIGHT NOW! Can’t wait to try them.


32 Amy April 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

Hi Susan,

I am also very glad to see you back and healing. Your website has become a staple for my family and me, and we are so very appreciative of you, and what you add to the world! Many thanks, and best wishes for a continued smooth recovery.


33 Patti Rubin April 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

Yes! More photos of Loki!!


34 Asa April 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Yes, please. Do a Loki splash-out! I am now heading to make these lovely-looking cookies.


35 alice April 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

Wondering what your experience has been with using Xylitol as the sweetener substitute in baking these and other items, I prefer its flavour to stevia, but wondered how it performs.


36 Susan Voisin April 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

I haven’t used Xylitol, so I can’t say. I have used erythritol to replace sugar 1:1, and I thought it was overly artificial tasting. Whatever kind of sugar substitute you use, I think it’s important not to use too much, just enought to give a hint of sweetness.


37 Liliana April 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hello from the UK! Good to see you and the cat back! I hope your recovery is speedy. These biscuits look good and I am always up for guilt-freeish biscuits! πŸ™‚

I always love to see animal’s pictures! As the proud owner of three little furry get-into-trouble & jump on-where-I fancy animals, I know the challenges! I don’t mind, though, they are gorgeous! I recently got them a massive climbing scratchy post and I could not work for I was too busy looking at them having fun with it and I was too busy taking pictures? Work? Later! xxx


38 Carol Ehteshami April 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Would love to see your pics of Loki!!


39 Amy April 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I made these tonight and our family of 6 loved them! I think it’s brilliant that you have an Eat to Live section on your blog. Thanks so much!


40 D'AYANNA HICKS April 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm



41 Thomas April 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hey Susan,

I just wanted to stop by and give this awesome recipe a try! I actually made some earlier and they were fantastic! They aren’t too unhealthy either! As long as you eat them in portions but who doesn’t secretly over indulge in their lives sometimes?! Keep up these great posts, and recipes!


42 Miriam April 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm

I made a double batch of these when I needed a quick breakfast one morning for my daycare kids. Seven little children ate a total of 24 cookies! That’s what I call a success!


43 Larry April 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Recipe looks oh so yummy! I wanted to make some in the morning but realize I have no dates. Is there a substitute for the dates?

Also, what are you using for to create your nutrition data?


44 Ingrid April 20, 2014 at 2:53 am

More Loki photos, please! And these cookies look amazing, might have to try them out tomorrow. Thanks for putting in the ingredients for pumpkin pie spice, I’m sure I wouldn’t find it here in Sydney.


45 Carmi April 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Hello Susan,
Thank you for all that you do. Many of your recipes are ‘staples’ in my kitchen. All delicious. The Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie recipe was a ‘hit’ with the carnivore spouse! Nothing short of a miracle.


46 Galit Ashkenazi May 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Hi Susan,
Dates are pretty expensive where I live so I don’t like using them very much. I was thinking of using a liquid sweetener but I am unsure of the quantity. Do you have a suggestion? Thank you!!


47 Susan Voisin May 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

You could try using a couple of tablespoons of liquid sweetener instead of the dates, but you may need to add a little more oat flour if the dough is too wet.


48 Esther J May 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

Oh, Susan, these are very yummy cookies! Just finished another batch. I have them for breakfast (when I’m crunched for time), before or after a workout, or just for a quick snack.

I followed the recipe overall, with a couple of exceptions. I used one cup of white whole wheat flour to replace the ground cup of oats and stirred in a teaspoon of vanilla extract with the dates, apples, water, and vinegar. I also folded in a quarter cup of walnut pieces with the raisins.

Very good. Thanks very much.


49 Corrin Radd July 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Made these for breakfast and loved them.


50 Jayel Rao August 23, 2014 at 5:21 am

Hi Susan,
Thanks for putting up this recipe.

My cookies remained uncooked even after 15 mins of baking. I baked it for another 5 minutes but even after 20 mins of baking, it is still a little un-cooked from the inside. Also, it is soft from inside. Please let me know what I could do to make it better.


51 Marilyn Dubord October 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

What an awful experience , so glad it all turned out well for you.

Love your recipes !


52 Tracey @ A Taste of Trace October 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I made these tonight and they turned out wonderfully! I love that there’s no flour , oil or sugar, but they still taste delicious!. I found them to be plenty sweet enough with just the raisins, apple & dates πŸ™‚


53 Lavonne F. November 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm


Thank you for your wonderful recipes and sharing with us. I am new (since April) to the Vegan/Vegetarian world and your recipes have made my transition so much easier. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving, my prayers are with you and your family.



54 Michelle February 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm

the cookies look great…will be making in a few days . So happy …finally food I can eat ( lactose intolerant and sugar allergies { caster /cane /brown …etc ) , sometimes I can’t even tolerate honey . I just hope they are soft , jaw problems . Love the soups . Can I sub. white beans for coconut milk ? Extreme dairy allergy . Love that you love cats / most recipe sites speak only of their dogs . Do you think it’s healthy letting Loki travel everywhere …he does use a litter box ; no ? Love his name , look and personality , can’t wait to see his photo gallery . Newbie here .


55 Connie Norris January 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Thank you Susan for another really good recipe. I made the Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies using chia seeds. Delicious. Next time I will try ground flax. They are just the right degree of sweetness and perfect breakfast fare. They also make a nice bedtime snack with decaf vanilla chai tea. New favorite!


56 Sharon April 20, 2016 at 10:59 am

How long do dates last?
In the fridge?


57 Susan Voisin April 20, 2016 at 11:45 am

Dates can last for months in the fridge, but they do dry out. If they seem hard, it’s best to try to revive them by covering them with boiling water and letting them stand until soft.


58 Gloria November 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Dear Susan, thank you for providing this site! I just made these cookies and they are amazing! The dough was a little dry, so I added 2 T of apple butter to add more spice and they came out perfect! My husband had to go vegan with no added oils for health issues and I have had a hard time keeping up with tasty foods for him. I will continue to explore your site. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recipes with others.


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