Vegan Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Recipe

I know, I know. It's December. So technically it's no longer apple season right? Well, when I recently stopped at Aldi I spotted the most insane - humongous Honeycrisp apples and I couldn't resist grabbing a few. I've been in the baking mood recently (I made a batch of Mayim's awesome pumpkin chocolate chip cookies the other day), and today I decided I wanted to incorporate the apples I had gotten into something sweet. I like oatmeal cookies because of the fiber they offer - something I'm always trying to get enough of (exciting, no?). But I also find them to be comforting - especially in the colder months. Although it's still technically fall, where I live, it feels more like we're in limbo right between Fall and Winter. We've had some warmer days, but overall, you can feel what's coming. I always like baking this time of year and these oatmeal cookies are just perfect - they'll satisfy your sweet tooth, but thanks to the oats, apples, and raisins, we could also pass them off as a health food. ;) 

Since I've been trying to avoid dairy, these cookies are dairy-free. Although I'm still eating eggs, I ended up just making substituting the egg and making them vegan as well. I'm not vegan, but I enjoy cooking and baking vegan recipes as much as possible and I love sharing them on the blog because I want to try and have something for everyone!

Honeycrisp apples are easily my favorite apples. I first heard of them from Jenna, of Eat Live Run and when I finally found them (thinks can be a little slow here in WNY), I fell in love. I'm pretty picky about apples. I can't stand apples that are too mealy (ick), or super tart, and don't even get me started on green apples (no, no, no)!! But honeycrisp?? Oh my, they're just divine! They're super juicy, and sweet without being overwhelmingly so. Of course they're also the most expensive apples out there, which just figures that I'd like them. I've unfortunately realized over the years that I tend to have expensive taste. ;)

For these cookies, I took a simple oatmeal raisin recipe and added apples to it, while also veganizing it. There's also a little maple syrup in here because, why not? The oats give the cookies the texture that I just love in a cookie, and since honeycrisp apples can be so juicy, they've got a nice moisture to balance out the dryness you can sometimes get from oats. They're kind of like if apple crisp and oatmeal raisin cookies had a love child.

Since these don't take too long to whip up, you can easily make them any time your heart desires. They do take a bit of time to bake though, but if you're like me, you can multi-task while they're in the oven!

Vegan Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

Makes about 32 cookies 

You will need: 

2 cups of unbleached, all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins
about 2 - 2 1/2 cups of apple peeled and diced (I used one large honeycrisp apple)
2 sticks earth balance vegan butter
2 flax eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple syrup

To make:

1. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper, and preheat over to 350°

2. Make two flax eggs and set aside. 

3. Start by combining your sugars and then with a hand-mixer (or kitchen aid, whichever you prefer), cream together your sugars and butter. 

4. Add your flax eggs and blend until combined. Then add in your vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon, blending into combined well.

5. In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking soda and salt and combine. Add in your oats and raisins and stir until they've been fully coated/incorporated.

6. Peel your apple and dice, then add to your wet ingredients, folding in gently.

7. Add dry ingredients to your wet bowl and incorporate until all ingredients are combined well.

8. Drop balls of dough unto your prepared pan (no need to form actual balls) and bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes, depending on your oven.

9. cool on cooling rack for about five minutes before transferring to your favorite platter, tin, or cookie jar! Enjoy!!

If you make this recipe, I'd love to know what you thought of it! You can add more or less apple depending on what you have on hand - just keep in mind, how much apple, and how thinly you dice your apple will impact how the cookies come together. I like the texture of having larger bits of apple, but its entirely up to you!

Happy baking!

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