plate of apple peanut butter breakfast cookies

Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookie

In Brunch, Snacks by sarawalkenbach7 Comments

Apples and peanut butter go together like butter and popcorn. Creamy and sweet paired with crisp and tart. Might as well throw them together with oats and cinnamon to make a cookie! These Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies will be loved by all ages.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love this easy Double Chocolate Energy Balls recipe.

Apple peanut butter breakfast cookie on top of a granny smith apple
No mixer needed for these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies.

Looking for a more-savory brunch recipe, try my Green Chili Crustless Quiche.

What Makes These Cookies Healthy?


An apple a day does keep the doctor away. According to 8 Impressive Health Benefits of Apples, written by Ariane Lang, BSc, MBA and Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD for, apples are chalked full of nutritious properties.

  • High in Vitamin C
  • Contains Antioxidants like Vitamin E
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • High in Fiber
Granny Smith apples in a pile
An apple a day does keep the doctor away. Use Granny Smiths or whatever you have in your fridge.

Healthy Fats

These delectable apple breakfast cookies have 2 kinds of fats: coconut oil and peanut butter. Peanut butter contains Omega-6 fatty acid, which lowers bad cholesterol. While coconut oil is a good source of antioxidants.

Like peanut butter, you’ll love my Gourmet Peanut Butter Sandwich.


Fiber is found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts. It helps us feel full to keep our hunger in check. These breakfast cookies have fiber from apples, oats, whole wheat flour, pecans, and flax seeds.

apple peanut butter breakfast cookies cooling on a rack
Make these Breakfast cookies to start your day right or for a mid-day snack.

How to Make Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are pretty darn easy. You just need 2 bowls, a whisk, a box grater, and a scoop (or spoon).

  • In a bowl whisk wet ingredients, add diced & shredded apple.
  • In another bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
  • Combine the 2, and scoop out on a cookie sheet.
  • Flatten, bake, and enjoy!

Make these Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies a hefty size or bite size.

Tips for Making

These cookies are easy to make. However, tip and tricks are always welcome. Here you go:

Preparing the Apples

  • Before you start peeling the apples, have the wet ingredients in the bowl whisked and ready. Place the diced and shredded apples in the wet ingredient immediately and stir. This will prevent the apples from browning.
  • If the dice on the apple is too big, the cookies won’t stay together. The size of a corn kernel is just right.

Whisking Wet Ingredients

  • The wet ingredients will look separated. Keep whisking! They will smooth out.

Mixing Dry Ingredients into Wet Ingredients

  • Fold wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Don’t over mix, or you will have tough cookies.

Apple Sauce

  • We always have apple pouches or cups on hand. A apple sauce cups is exactly 1/2 cup of apple sauce (4oz). The pouches are typically 3.2 ounces. If you don’t want to use 2 pouches, just use 1 pouch and add an additional 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

Substitution Options

  • Sub Almond Butter, or any other Nut or Seed Butter for the Peanut Butter.
  • Swap the Pecans for any other nut or seed.
  • Switch out Whole Wheat Flour for 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. 1 to 1 means you can swap equal measurements with gluten flours. Xantham Gum is the added ingredient in the 1 to 1 flour that helps bind like gluten flours.
apple peanut butter breakfast cookies stacekd on top of granny smith apples
These wholesome cookies freeze well too.

Other Recipes

My Banana Breakfast Cookies recipe is similar to this Apple Peanut Butter Cookie. Both are like scrumptious oatmeal baked into a cookie.

Cranberry Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies are good all year round.

Energy Balls are a fan favorite. The most popular one is Lemon Blueberry Energy Balls. These are bright, tart, and chewy. Great for snacks throughout the week.

lemon blueberry energy balls
If you like the Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies, you’ll love these Lemon Blueberry Energy Balls.

Another favorite energy ball is the Pumpkin Energy Ball. This has all the Fall flavors.

Peanut Butter Energy Ball is the OG ball. This is my kid’s favorite. Especially with sprinkle mixed in!

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plate of apple peanut butter breakfast cookies

Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Delicious, wholesome, and super easy to make. These Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 21 cookie
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 Cookie Scoop optional
  • 1 Cookie Sheet
  • 2 Bowls medium and large
  • 1 Box Grater


  • 2 medium Apples Granny Smith or whatever you prefer

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 Egg large
  • 1/2 cup Apple Sauce unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter creamy
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup pure
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour or Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour
  • 1/2 cup Pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup Flax Seed milled
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt


  • Preheat oven at 350° F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add rest of WET ingredients. Whisk until combined and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all DRY ingredients. Set aside
  • Peel apples. Dice up 1 apple to a small dice. Should be about 1 cup of diced apple. Put in wet ingredient bowl and stir. This prevents oxidization. With a box grater, shred the other apple to 1/2 cup of shredded apple. Place in bowl with other wet ingredients.
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Fold until just combined.
  • Scoop out on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten cookies with scoop or finger. Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden.



Once apples are diced and shredded, immediately put in with wet ingredients.
Gluten free 1 to 1 flour works beautifully with this recipe as a sub for the whole wheat flour.
These cookies don’t spread while baking.
These cookies will keep for 3 days on the counter.
They freeze well. Put in freezer zip bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1gCalories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0.03mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Author

      Kristen, thanks for letting us know the college kids approve. That makes me so happy.

5 from 3 votes

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