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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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a stack of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

I think that you can agree that there are many reasons why we consume food.  The obvious (to you and I) and the most important one being to obtain nutrition for a healthy and happy body.

Although this isn’t necessarily the case for the large majority of people, the awareness is increasing!

We are just starting to break that stigma that healthy eating equates to tasteless, boring food. And let’s face it, it is very important to people that they enjoy their food, and rightfully so.  That goes for not only taste, but sight, smell, and texture.

We tend to turn to foods that stimulate our mental and emotional wellbeing, even if the choice of food isn’t optimal for our physical wellbeing.  I feel that this will always be the case, we are emotional creatures… so in my book, I feel and believe that we don’t have to sacrifice any of those things listed above.

The key is to crowd out the toxic/processed ingredients, by bringing in more and more healthy whole food ingredients… all without adversely affecting the sensory properties.  Sadly, most people don’t expect ‘healthy’ alternatives to taste as good as their fond memories of comfort food… but little do they know, they can actually taste even better!

With all of that being said, I am going to share this recipe with you because I feel that it meets all the sensory criteria.  To me it looks rich and hardy, making me want to sink my teeth right into them.  The smell…. oooh my, as they are dehydrating there is almost a “butter” aroma that swirls through the air.  Textually, they are chewy… toothsome as some may say.  And the flavor… well, they have a honey “buttery” taste with a pop of apple in every other bite.   Nothing sacrificed here!  Enjoy!


Yields 28 (2 Tbsp / 32 g) ) cookies


  1. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine the oats, cinnamon, and salt.  Process until the oats are broken down to a small crumble / flour-like texture.
  2. Remove the lid and add the cashew butter, sweetener, honey, and vanilla.  Process until the dough collects into a ball as it spins.
    • You can use almond butter in place of the cashew butter if need be.
  3. If the dough remains crumbly, add a tablespoon of water.
  4. Hand mix in the diced apple.
  5. Create the cookies with a 1/4 cup cookie measuring scoop. Flatten them a little bit in the palm of your hand and place them on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator tray.
    • Don’t flatten them while they are sitting on the mesh sheet.  This will push the dough into the itty-bitty squares, causing them to stick to the sheet.
    • If they are really sticky, start the drying process by placing them on the non-stick sheet that comes with the dehydrator. The texture of the cashew or almond butter will make a difference in the end product.
  6. Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F) and continue drying for about 12+ hours.
    • The cookies won’t ever get crispy or crunchy due to the type of ingredients used.  They are done when the outside isn’t tacky anymore.
  7. The cookies will last longer stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and up to 3 months in the freezer. But to be honest, they taste incredible right out of the dehydrator or later warmed up.

The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F)?  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.



6 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

  1. angela hill says:

    Amy making this right now as we email ! Can we substitute a nut butter if you don’t have enough cashews?

    • amie-sue says:

      You bet Angela… different nut butters will lend different tastes, but any will do! Blessings and let me know how they turn out. amie sue

  2. angela hill says:

    Amy! I could not keep my mother out of the cookie batter! They are amazing. Thank you.

    • amie-sue says:

      lol well that’s good to hear Angela :) Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful week. Blessings! (sorry for the delay in responding, I am on vacation) amie sue

  3. BellaNguyen says:

    I did with peanut butter but i think it tastes quite strong. Next time i do with cashew butter made by me ^^ Bella

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