Healthy Applesauce Cookies

Let the kids make a mess in your kitchen while they bake these simple applesauce cookies. They are so healthy, you won’t even mind if they eat a few for breakfast!

Applesauce Cookies Recipe


My children and I have spent many a messy morning in the kitchen baking, creating, cooking, and just enjoying being together. I often have a helper when I make whole wheat bread for the week, when I’m making a batch of our forever favorite oatmeal balls, or when I’m peeling potatoes or carrots for a meal. I love being in the kitchen with my little people. I’m partnering with Palmolive today to share one of my favorite “messipes.” When they approached me with the idea of sharing a messy recipe, I was so excited – my blog is named Bless this Mess for a reason! I’m pretty sure “not afraid to get messy” was on the job description for motherhood.

As I thought about the type of “messipe” (messy recipes!). I wanted to share, I got to thinking about my nine (almost ten) year old daughter. She likes to have a friend over on Fridays after school, and eight times out of ten they’ll ask to bake something together. She’s getting older and more independent and her friends think it’s really fun that they are allowed to have full reign of the kitchen kingdom (normally mom’s domain!). It has been so much fun for me to watch Macey and her friends making common mistakes (forgetting to turn on the oven or forgetting to grease the pan), learning from those mistakes, and becoming more confident in the kitchen. The kitchen is my happy place and I’m more than excited to encourage that same love in my kids.

One thing I always make sure the girls do is clean up their mess. It’s a natural part of the cooking process – if you make the treat, you get to do the dishes too. But when the dishes are done?! You get to eat the treat! Palmolive ® Ultra Strength is extra bubbly, which makes little girls much more excited about doing the dishes.

Applesauce Cookies Recipe


I have a few recipes that I let the little girls work with on a regular basis and these simple and healthy applesauce cookies are one of those. The recipe is delicious and very forgiving, and I always have everything they need on hand. My applesauce cookies are made with whole grains, natural sweetener (honey), and it’s also dairy-free! So I don’t even feel bad when they have a few for breakfast on Saturday morning if I’m trying to stay in bed a little later. Long live the healthy, satisfying, and delicious applesauce cookie.

You and your family are going to love making a mess baking these cookies together and Palmolive ® Ultra Strength will be there to help you clean up the mess. Life’s too short to miss out on mess-making with your favorite people.

Applesauce Cookies Recipe

Applesauce Cookies Recipe

Healthy Applesauce Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 11 mins
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Let the kids make a mess in your kitchen while they bake these simple applesauce cookies. They are so healthy, you won’t even mind if they eat a few for breakfast!


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup uncooked oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, add the applesauce, coconut oil, egg, and honey, and mix to combine well.
  2. Add the oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine well. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes (this give the oats a little time to absorb some of the liquid).
  4. Use a cookie scoop or two spoons to place a rounded tablespoon of dough on a parchment or baking mat lined cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned and the center is set. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.


Don’t skip the chilling time, the whole grains in this recipe need some time for absorb the liquids before being baked.
If you have cinnamon chips, they are really good in this recipe.
I think if you were to replace the whole wheat flour with oat flour it would still work and then you could make this recipe gluten free (with compliant chocolate chips) if that is a need for your family. I have tried this with gluten free flour.

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Applesauce Cookies Recipe


Don’t be fooled by those two… they  might look innocent, but boy, can they make a mess when they put their minds to it. I’m pretty sure that playing in a sink full of bubbles is still one of their favorite things when it’s time to clean up their messes. It’s so fun to listen to them laugh and talk, up to their elbows in sudsy water.

Applesauce Cookies Recipe


Applesauce Cookies Recipe


Palmolive ® Ultra Strength has teamed up with Freddie Prinze Jr. to celebrate all things “Messipes.” Did you know that Freddie Prinze Jr. just released a cookbook and is huge foodie?  Check out the Palmolive Facebook to see how Freddie gets creative in the kitchen.

You can enter below to win one of two “Messipes” kits featuring Palmolive ® Ultra Strength product and all the “Messipes” signed by Freddie Prinze Jr. How fun is that?

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I can’t wait to hear what kinds of messes you like making in your own kitchen. Enjoy these healthy applesauce cookies, from my home to yours.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Palmolive ® Ultra Strength. I love this company! Thank YOU for supporting me and the brands that continue to make Bless this Mess possible.

This healthy applesauce cookie recipe is delicious & easy! Your kids can help you make & devour the cookies! They're great for a busy morning breakfast too.
43 Responses
  1. katie w

    These look super good! And oh my gosh, I love your new site so much! The dinner tool at the top is so fantastic!!! For some reason, your new posts weren’t showing up in my blog-reader (I use Feedly). I reentered your site in it, maybe it was having a glitch for some reason. Can’t wait to try these!

  2. Summer p

    I did know Freddy P was a foodie. He’s married to Sarah Michelle Geller and she created Food stirs. Pretty cool. And these cookies sound good. And that kid of yours sure is pretty! 🙂

  3. deb c

    I make a mess anytime I am in the kitchen….but my favorite messipe is chocolate oatmeal peanut butter and mm energy balls……totally addicted! I love the old Palmolive commercials with Madge…she was special!

  4. Belinda

    When my daughter was in 3rd grade she loved to make blueberry muffins. Now that was a “messipe” for disaster if there ever was one! I’ll certainly try this healthy cookie recipe. Looks yummy as well as healthy. Thanks!

  5. Courtney Wilson

    I feel like everything I make is a messier, lol. I love making no bake cookies, homemade rolls, and caramel corn to name a few.

  6. Looks great, I think I’ll try this out with olive oil instead of coconut (not supposed to be having much saturated fat), and I’ll report back how it works out.

  7. Rhoda

    Messipies… There are definitely lots of them around here:) we have 5 children and they all love to help me in the kitchen. We love cooking anything yummy and baking super soft chocolate chip cookies!

  8. Marseille

    I need to let my kids help in the kitchen more…as you said, “not afraid to get messy is in a mom’s job description.” I need to work on that. We need more messipes in our lives.

  9. Krysta

    I have made this a few times. These are great. I have changed the recipe a few times just to experiment and to see how far I can go on the healthiness of them. I find that the egg can easily be replaced with a “flax egg” and the oil can be replaced with homemade peanut butter or almond butter. Also, a 1/4 cup of honey makes them plenty sweet enough. I tried using zucchini instead of apple yesterday and although they were good, carrot, pumpkin, or banana work better in place of the apole. Great recipe as is too though!

    1. Melissa

      Bake them 2-3 minute longer next time! If the dough is super soupy (it’s definitely wet, but if it’s full on soupy) try adding 1/4 more flour too. I’d try them again, they really are one of our favorites!

  10. Stephanie Hum

    My husband and 1 son loves these cookies! My husband needs to go on a low fat diet, while my stomach issues prevent me from eating fatty, sugary foods. This was perfect. My oldest son thought they were too chewy so not his type, lol. I substituted with gluten free flour and was still good. I do want to know what is the shelf life and should I refrigerate the cookies or just air tight container will do? Thank you. You are a God send. 🙂

    1. Melissa

      I’m so glad you love them! I think, because these are really moist, that they are better off in the fridge. A day or two out, but any longer than that I’d stick them in the fridge. So glad you can use GF flour too!

    1. Melissa

      I’d try adding less oats next time. Yours were probably just a little thick, maybe your applesauce was less runny than mine.

  11. I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I definitely enjoy reading everything that is written on your blog.Keep the tips coming. I loved it!

  12. Delicious cookies. I didn’t have wheat flour, so I substituted about half white and half powdered (ground up in a coffee grinder) oatmeal. I also didn’t have coconut oil, so I substituted about half oil and half butter. I reduced the chocolate chips to 1 handful and added raisins too. My husband will be eating these as fishing trip lunch/snacks. Thanks for the recipe! Love it! My husband did too!

    1. Melissa

      Ohhh, love all of you changes and substitutions. Thank you for sharing what worked, the raisins sound delicious.

  13. Ashley

    I just made these today! Instead of whole wheat flour I used I cup oat flour! I also put 1/2 cup of choc chips and 1/2 raisins and the whole family loved them! They were so soft almost like a cookie cake!

  14. Anne

    Great recipe! Are they supposed to be bread consistency when they finish baking or should they have more of a cookie texture?

  15. cyn

    this recipe is a keeper 🙂

    I made the following tweaks:
    -pure maple syrup for honey
    -chunky applesauce
    -butter instead of coconut oil
    -an additional 1/4 cup flour (I used banana for the extra)
    -1 cup of ‘salted caramel’ flavor chips
    -increased baking time to about 25 minutes

    these are absolutely *delightful*! they’re like mini apple cakes, and I love that they aren’t too sweet! I definitely plan to make them again, with walnuts instead of chips, or possibly pieces of crystallized ginger. SO. GOOD!

    1. Melissa

      This sounds AMAZING!!! I’m going to try your version asap! Thank you for sharing it friend, and I know what salted caramel chips you speak of, SO GOOD!

    1. Melissa

      That sounds so good and thank you for letting us know about the oat flour! That’s a great and easy way to make these gluten free!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.