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Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Cookies (Dairy Free)

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Celebrate the transition of summer into fall with fresh apple recipes, like these delicious and allergy friendly Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Cookies!

image collage of gluten free dairyfree apple oatmeal cookies next to an apple

Since it’s perfect apple picking season right now, I’ve got another great apple recipe for you, this time in the form of delicious and buttery (without the butter) Apple Oatmeal Cookies!

This is my second apple recipe for the season since, well, I’m not quite ready for pumpkin recipes just yet 😉 If you want something a little bit healthier than cookies, check out my last apple recipe, a creamy Apple Pie Smoothie. So good!

gluten free apple oatmeal cookies next to a bottle of dairy free milk

We have one pretty good sized apple tree in our backyard that produces quite a few apples when we prune it well, but this year we barely had 1 big bowl of apples that actually made it. And they didn’t even really make it, some of them still have worm holes. Bummer.

tall stack of gluten free apple oatmeal cookies next to a red napkin

So for these cookies, I didn’t use our own apples even though I really wanted to. But no worries: these Apple Oatmeal Cookies still taste great since I used some great flavored apples.

You’ll want to use apples for this recipe that have a great, bold flavor. Because these cookies have plenty of coconut oil in them, they have a texture that’s almost like a buttery shortbread. Delicious!

If you want to add a butter flavor to these cookies (which would probably taste amazing!), try the NOW Foods butter flavored coconut oil. I’ve used this before for other baked goods, and it makes cookies taste great without the dairy (it’s completely dairy free).

gluten free dairy free apple oatmeal cookies on a black cooling rack

I love my cookies to be slightly under-baked and soft in the middle when they cool off, but if you want these to be crispy, you can try one or all of these steps: flatten them a bit more, bake them a couple minutes longer, and let them sit out on a cooling rack for a few hours.

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Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Cookies (Dairy Free)

Celebrate the transition of summer into fall with fresh apple recipes, like these delicious and allergy friendly Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Cookies!
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan; Free of: peanuts, soy, eggs
4.78 from 9 votes
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Course: Cookies, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cookies, apple oatmeal cookies, oatmeal apple cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 85kcal



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or set out a cooking stone. 
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (oats, flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon). Set aside.
  • In a separate medium sized bow, cream together the wet ingredients: coconut oil (you’ll want this soft not melted), sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • Peel and core an apple, then dice it. You’ll want the apple pieces to be about the size of chocolate chips so they mix into the dough well. Stir the apple pieces into the mixed wet ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, along with the non-dairy milk, and mix until a dough forms. 
  • Take about 1 Tablespoon cookie dough and roll into balls and flatten slightly, then set it on your prepared cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a bit golden around the edges. I like my cookies slightly undercooked and soft in the middle, so this was perfect. 
  • Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before eating (they can be crumbly until they’ve cooled off a bit).  
  • Enjoy!


Use a bold flavored apple for this recipe, like Jazz, Honeycrisp, green apples, Pink Lady, or fresh picked apples for the best flavor. 


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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8 thoughts on “Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Cookies (Dairy Free)”

  1. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I used half Sorghum and half brown rice flour. For some reason my cookies kind of flattened out a lot and are very crumbly. Not sure what I did wrong or what I can do to make them look more like yours. Either way the taste was amazing!

    • Hey Stacey! It might be that your batch needed a little bit more moisture? I think brown rice flour is slightly drier than the sorghum flour. If they seem pretty dry, you can try adding a teaspoon or 2 more of milk or water to see if that helps the crumbliness of the cookies.

  2. Dear Sarah Jane,
    this receipe sounds delicious and I am going to try it tonight, since I have most of the ingredients. I have just two questions: the calorie count is per cookie? Or per batch? and is it possible to use real butter or shortening instead of coconut oil? I really don’t like any kind of coconut flavour.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Aylin! The calorie count is for each cookie, so 85 calories per cookie (this is just an estimate and may change if you change ingredients). You should be able to use real butter or dairy free butter in this recipe instead of coconut oil if you want. Come back and let us know how it turns out for you! 🙂

    • Hi Liggia, ground flax seed is the binder in this recipe instead of eggs, so you’d want to make sure that you’re not skipping it without replacing it with something else that acts as a binder, like adding an egg, or using ground chia seed or adding a little bit of xanthan gum (maybe 1/8-1/4 teaspoon for the entire batch of cookies).

  3. 5 stars
    I just bought some sorghum flour so was excited to try a cookie recipe that called for it. It definitely has a distinctive taste, but I liked it. And, sorghum has so much fiber! I added some cup up prunes and mixed seeds just to mix it up a bit. Thank you for the recipe!


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