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Healthy Vegan Apple Spice Cookies

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These vegan apple spice cookies are made with healthy ingredients and are they are so good, you will want to make them year-round!

But you will especially appreciate them this time of year.

Nothing signals the start of autumn like harvest when some of the most delicious vegetables and fruit are abundant!

Here in Sweden, there are so many lovely places to celebrate the fall harvest time or “Skördetid”.

Local Autumn markets or “Höstmarknads” is a much anticipated time of year where families go to celebrate, shop, and eat everything the season has to offer.

Apples in particular have their moment this time of year.

(Rosenhill is a lovely place here in the Stockholm area to spend a fun autumn Saturday afternoon with the kids and pick apples in the vast orchids.)

Are There Apples in These Vegan Apple Spice Cookies?

Yes, but in the form of apple sauce.

This recipe calls for spiced applesauce in which there is a recipe included below.

Since the cookies themselves include measurements for apple spice, you may omit the apple spice in the apple sauce recipe if you feel that the flavor would be too overpowering.

Or, if you have some ready-made apple sauce in your pantry that will work just as well!

I would just encourage you to use an unsweetened version because of the maple syrup (or honey) in the recipe.

Plus the banana will add natural sweetness.

And if these cookies are to be eaten for breakfast or an in-between snack, a steady release of energy is what we want, rather than a sugar spike that will just take the wind out of us later when we crash!

But if you do want to add pieces of apple to your cookies, make sure they are cut small enough so they soften up a bit while baking.

What Kind of Apples Should I Use To Make Apple Sauce?

You can use any kind of apples to make apple sauce; however, it is best to use apples that are both soft and naturally sweet, so that they can break down a lot easier while cooking and reduce the amount of added sugar needed.

Therefore, the two best varieties for making a basic apple sauce are:

  • Golden Delicious
  • McIntosh

Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Granny Smith, and Fuji varieties would also work well for varied flavors.

What Spices Work Well With Apples?

Now that the apples are here, it’s time to whip up some yummy autumn recipes.

Making a homemade spiced apple sauce is a delicious way to use up some extra apples, and incorporate them into a lot of quick sweet or savory recipes (you can check out my easy spiced applesauce recipe later in this post).

When it comes to apples, some spices work well for both sweet and savory purposes:

Sweet(taste)Savory(taste)
aniselicoricecarawaybitter
cardamomminty, slightly bitterfennellicorice
cinnamonwarm, sweetrosemarycitrus, pine
clovepeppery, mild licoricelavenderfloral, mild citrus
gingersweet, spicy, warmmintcool, mild licorice
nutmegsweet, slightly bittersageearthy, citrus, mint, pine
vanillasweet, floral

Though you may typically categorize apple spices into “sweet” or “savory” spices, you can see in the table above that many of them share very similar flavor profiles and are often combined in recipes.

What Spices Are In An “Apple Spice” or “Apple Pie Spice” Blend?

The most common apple pie spice blend contains:

  • cinnamon
  • nutmag
  • allspice

Sometimes a blend will also have some of these spices added:

  • cardamom
  • ginger

I personally love ginger for the extra spice and use it in my own apple spice blend.

You can combine any of these spices listed as you choose, and the result will be just as delicious!

Don’t you love a good harvest?

If You Want More Autumn Spice, Check Out This Recipe Here:

THESE KETO PUMPKIN PIE MUFFINS ARE BETTER THAN THE REAL THING

Try This Recipe For Year-Round Pumpkin Goodness:

GLUTEN FREE CRACKERS RECIPE (made with Pumpkin Seed Flour)

Can I Use Pumpkin Pie Spice instead Of The Apple Spice?

Yes – if you have a ready-made blend of pumpkin pie spice, you can absolutely use it in place of an apple pie spice since it contains a similar blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger.

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How To Enjoy Vegan Spiced Apple Cookies

Cookies for breakfast?

Yes!

Spiced apple cookies for a snack? Dessert?

Yes and yes!

Gluten-Free?

Absolutely!

Delicious too?

Can you say “moist and chewy?”

But despite their somewhat decadent name, these cookies are actually good for you!

Firstly, they are made with heart-healthy oats.

Second, they contain no refined sugars ( and this here is why you should avoid them).

And third, they have no added fats or oil.

These vegan cookies are great in the mornings as a quick on-the-go breakfast, or you can break them up and mix in a bowl of your favorite yogurt (it’s also really easy to make your own plant-based yogurt if you wanted to).

Here’s another tip:

A cup of vanilla chai with a couple of these for breakfast is heavenly on a brisk autumn morning.

And you know what?

You can have one or two of these cookies anytime you want something sweet.

Serve a batch during your next brunch.

Take one for a late-night snack.

So make a double, or even a triple batch because they freeze well and you will be reaching for these gluten-free spiced apple cookies all season long!

Variations To The Vegan Apple Spice Cookies Recipe

You can totally tweak this recipe and make it your own! Here are a few ideas:

  • Mix in dried chunks of fig, apples, raisins, or apricots
  • replace pumkin seeds with walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, or whatever nuts you fancy
  • replace apple sauce with a pear sauce (just follow the spiced apple sauce recipe with pears in place of the apples)

Once you get on a roll making these cookies, the possibilities are endless.

Your cookies will always turn out flavorful and moist!

What is your favorite vegan apple spice recipe?

Leave some tips in the comments below!

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Vegan Apple Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)

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These gluten free apple cookies are full of the warm flavors of fall! They are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, snack, or addition to an autumn brunch menu. They are also vegan with no added fats or oils. Each serving for is approximately 2 cookies.
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 7 (2 cookies per serving)
Calories 242 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • cups quick oats, or old-fashioned oats (make sure package is labeled gluten-free)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup the best spiced apple sauce, unsweetened (recipe below)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, or honey (omit for Whole 30 option)
  • ½ cup mashed banana (about 1 large)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (make sure package says no added sugar)
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds raw, shelled

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees (160 degrees Celcius).
  • Prepare baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with a spoon or electric mixer. The mixture should be thick and slightly firm (don't worry the dough will be firm after baking).
  • Scoop out the dough with the ice cream scoop or measuring cup. Flatten each ball of dough with your hands, as these cookies will not spread when baking.
  • Bake cookies 18-20 minutes and until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove cookies and allow them to cool and firm up. Transfer to a cooling rack afterwards, if you desire.

Notes

  • The cookies can stay at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.  They may also be refrigerated for up to 10 days.
  • The cookies may be frozen after cooled for up to 4 months.  Leave at room temperature to thaw and reheat in oven or microwave, if desired.
  • Omit maple syrup or honey from the recipe if following the Whole 30 diet.
  • Although oats are generally considered gluten-free, double-check the packaging  to make sure they are certified “gluten-free.”

Nutrition

Serving: 93.71gSodium: 3mgCalcium: 20.59mgSugar: 17gFiber: 4.2gPotassium: 192mgCalories: 242kcalSaturated Fat: 1.1gFat: 6gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 43gIron: 2.48mg
Keyword breakfast, snack, gluten-free, vegan, apple
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spiced apple sauce

The Best Spiced Applesauce (Sugar-Free)

FamilyandGlamour
This applesauce is quick and easy to make. Use apples that are good for cooking and that have a good natural sugar content (ie., Granny Smith, Fuji, Golden Delicious).
This apple suace can be eaten as is, or added to baked goods to make them more moist.
Equal parts of this apple sauce can be used to replace the fat in a recipe.
You may omit the spices if you wish for a basic apple sauce recipe.
Each serving is approximately 1 cup.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups
Calories 103 kcal

Equipment

  • stovetop
  • blender, food processor, or potato masher

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 lbs apples ( about 8-10) peeled, cored, and quartered)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1½ tbsp lemon juice (to taste, depending on the sweetness of the apples)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 whole clove (to be removed after boiling)
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until soft.
  • Remove the cloves.
  • Place the apples and liquid from saucepan into a blender or food processor and blend to your desired consistency.
    Alternatively, you can mash the apples with a potao masher directly in the saucepan.

Notes

  • If you find the apple sauce too thick, add water a little at a time until it’s to your liking.
  • If you must sweeten your apple sauce,  I recommend adding raw honey or coconut sugar (no, there isn’t any coconut flavor) instead of white sugar.
  • You may batch freeze the apple sauce for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupSodium: 4.9mgCalcium: 9.8mgSugar: 23gFiber: 2.7gPotassium: 181mgCalories: 103kcalFat: 0.2gProtein: 0.4gCarbohydrates: 28gIron: 0.56mg
Keyword apples, apple sauce, spiced apple sauce
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2 Comments

  1. Brooke
    August 22, 2021 / 8:31 pm

    There is a Paula Red Apple Orchard close to where I live and harvest season is around the corner. Haven’t been there in a few years. Love this recipe, who doesn’t love a treat in the morning? This gives me a reason to go back there. I think the fresh sweet and sour taste of the Paula Red variety would really work well with this recipe. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • familyandglamour
      Author
      August 22, 2021 / 8:42 pm

      You should definitely go to the orchard again and enjoy!

      Please do let me know how your cookies turn out Brooke😋

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