Curbing That Sweet Tooth: Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

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Who doesn’t love cookies?

This recipe is not only moist and delicious, but super healthy, especially while breastfeeding. These scone-like cookies are perfect for breakfast on the go or a mid afternoon snack…

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c agave, honey, or maple syrup*
  • 1 cup finely diced red apple
  • handful of raisins (optional)
  1. Mix the dry ingredients (oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt) in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the liquids: coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the agave/honey/maple syrup. Combine the mixtures. Add finely diced apple pieces and raisins. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop the cookie dough into 15 small scoops onto the prepared sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes (to the consistency of your choice).

*Alternatively, ½ cup brown sugar + 5 tablespoons almond milk may be substituted as well.

In the mood for a treat? For a quick and easy frosting, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 2 tbsp almond milk. Stir until fully blended. Drizzle onto cookies once cooled.

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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