WW Recipe of the Day: Low-Fat Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
These applesauce oatmeal cookies are simple, wholesome cookies that are easy to make and really satisfying. They smell like apple pie as they bake and are an easy drop cookie with a chewy cake-like consistency.
Since these low-fat cookies are chock full of good things like oats, applesauce, fruit and nuts, you can eat them for breakfast without the least bit of guilt. Well, I can!
Healthy Low-Fat Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Notes
Especially when I cut back on the butter called for in the original recipe and substitute a bit more applesauce to make up for it. The recipe calls for currants or raisins, but I like to substitute dried cranberries instead.
There are lots of varieties of applesauce out there to choose from - smooth, chunky, sweetened, unsweetened, plain, and spicy. Select whatever applesauce you like best to make these old-fashioned low-fat oatmeal cookies. Whether you choose sweetened or unsweetened the WW Freestyle SmartPoints are the same.
Before beginning to bake your cookies, always remember to position one of your oven racks in the center of your oven.
And always cool your cookie sheets completely before placing cookie dough on them to prevent your cookies from melting and spreading before they have a chance to bake. Enjoy!
How Many Calorie and WW Points in these Low Fat Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies?
According to my calculations, each cookie has a respectable 92 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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These cookies are a homemade treat I can feel good about indulging in every now and again.
If you like these easy oatmeal cookies made with applesauce, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Banana Oatmeal Cookies, Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies with Oatmeal + Peanut Butter, WW Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies and Low-Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Low-Fat Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
- 1-½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled a bit
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 1-¼ cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup currants, raisins, or dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Make sure one of your oven racks is placed in the center or your oven. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed, until well blended. Add the applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract and continue to beat until the batter is smooth.
- Stir in the flour mixture, just until it is incorporated. Stir in the oats, dried fruit, and nuts. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to let the dough firm up.
- Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto your parchment-lined baking sheets about 3 inches apart.
- Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges but still soft on top, about 15 to 17 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them, with a spatula, to a wire rack to cool completely.
Source: Mom's Big Book of Cookies: 200 Family Favorites You'll Love Making And Your Kids Will Love Eating (affiliate link) by Lauren Chatman
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
This video shows how to make no sugar added applesauce oatmeal cookies with raisins:
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Can you leave the raisins (etc) out of the recipe?
I like them but not in my cookies.
Sure you can leave the raisins out!! Or you might want to substitute dried cranberries or some other dried fruit that you like. The fun thing about cooking and baking for yourself is that you can make things to suit your likes and dislikes 🙂 - martha
I just made these cookies for the first time. I changed the brown sugar to brown sugar Splenda but used regular white sugar for the other 1/2 cup as stated. I got a total of 56 good sized cookies out of this. I am also trying to freeze 1 dozen cookie dough for future cookie. My husband and I both love them. I will make again. Thanks Martha.
I made these cookies yesterday, they are easy and delicious. Will definitely make again.
So happy to hear it Mary. Thanks for letting me know 🙂
I'm very concerned about the grapefruit oil. Reading up on it, if you're on any heart medication DON"T use it!! It also has some side affects that don't look very appealing.
Just wanted the magical elixir
Delicious very moist!
What is the sugar grams in this recipe?
How big are the cookies
Hi Marlene, They make a medium size cookie of about 2-1/2 inches in diameter. They are not tiny, but not huge either. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Could you please include the ingredients weights for us in the UK. Cups don't mean much to us.
Thank you in anticipation.
I need to know if its possible to substitute the unbleached all-purpose flour for either Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour or Gluten Free All purpose flour. Also, would the measurements be the same? I'm not worried about the baking soda, teaspoon probably won't bother me.
I would like to make these but I'm trying to go Gluten Free (I have a cough that is still going on after 4 1/2 years and none of the doctors have been able to establish how to get rid of it. I've only been trying Gluten Free for about a month now and I'm totally off breads, "yeah", one of my weakness PB&J sandwiches. My cough has cut down some but not completely. I'm also keeping a journal for my doctors. Actually I've done really good and I don't miss it.) My husband doesn't have to go GF, but he said whatever helps my cough he'll try to. (what a guy:)).
He loves cookies and he's been helping me with the baking too:)). It's also helping cut back on weight gain.
I'm learning about GF which isn't all that bad but very expensive unless you come up with alternative ways for a recipe. The saying "Trial by error". I tried the GF bread "UGH", can't do it, its so very expensive to, I've gone to corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. which is easier for me.
Thanks for your time (sorry so long),
I do love your blog
Hi Janice, I haven't tried these with gluten free flour but I think they should work provided you use one of the GF flour blends that says can be substituted cup for cup for regular flour. There are lots of options now including Bob's Red Mill, Cup4Cup, Pillsbury and Great Value from Walmart. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Hi Martha, these cookies look great. But we don’t eat nuts in our house. Can we leave the nuts out and what would the point count be without the nuts? Thanks for all the great recipes you give us!
Hi Rosa, of course you can leave the nuts out if you prefer. ~Martha
There is an awful lot of sugar in these cookies. I would like to reduce the sugars by 1/3 and replace 1/3 if the AP flour with whole what pastry flour. Think these changes will work?
Hi Deb, I haven't tried it, but seems like it would work fine. Let us know how they turn out for you. ~Martha
Can you use thinly diced apples instead of the raisins or cranberries? Dried fruit adds more sugar and more points.
Hi Tina, Haven't tried them, but think finely diced apple would work. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Lovely easy to make nice as a treat I m a member of weight watchers it's nice to b able to make your own knowing ur smart points are included I do make other low fat ingredients you put up. Thank you
Hi. Do these cookies get crunchy at all on the outside, or stay soft?
Hi Gia, in my experience, these cookies do not get crunchy, they stay soft. Hope this helps. ~Martha