15-minute Apple Oatmeal Cookies

It may seem very all-American of me, but there’s no pie I enjoy more than a home-cooked apple pie. I challenged myself to find a healthier version and came up with this handy oatmeal cookie variation. The portion sizes are smaller, and the oats add a nutritious boost! This, and many more recipes, are coming to you soon in my NEW cookbook, The Lightened Up Cookbook!

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  • 1 cup instant oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup finely diced peeled red apple


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the oats, flour, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Add in the agave and maple syrup.
  4. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture, then the diced apples. Stir. Chill for 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before you take out the mixture, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon size balls onto the baking sheet. Flatten the cookies with the back of a spoon.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Place the cookies on a cooling rack.
  8. While the cookies are cooling make the glaze.


  1. Whisk the confectioners’ sugar with the maple syrup to a consistency for a drizzle.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies and serve.