Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

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Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies-a healthy cookie you can enjoy for dessert, snack time, or even breakfast! 

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It’s Sunday and we usually don’t post recipes on the weekend, but I really need to share this Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookie recipe with you today. It can’t wait until tomorrow.

I have become a little obsessed with zucchini cookies. Our freezer is stocked with Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Cookies. I can’t help myself. I don’t want to waste our zucchini so I just keep baking cookies. There is no better use for zucchini and since the cookies freeze well, I have been baking zucchini cookies like crazy.

Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookie Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com No butter or oil!

Last week, I shared my Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. They are perfect in my book. I love everything about them and wouldn’t change a thing. I guess some of you aren’t the biggest fans of coconut though. I got a few emails and requests for a similar zucchini cookie recipe, but without the coconut and coconut oil.

Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookie Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love these healthy cookies!

Because I love you all dearly, I created a new zucchini cookie, Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies. There is no coconut involved. This time I used whole wheat flour, applesauce, cinnamon, cloves, and a little nutmeg. I also added in raisins and chocolate chips. There is no butter or oil in these cookies. The applesauce and zucchini are all you need!

Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love these healthy cookies!

The zucchini cookies are hearty, soft, and chewy. I told myself I wasn’t going to like these. I was just making them for all of the coconut haters out there. I was going to stick with my Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Well, I fell in love after one bite. Another winning zucchini cookie recipe. I seriously have a problem. Is there a zucchini cookie addiction group? If so, I think I should be the leader. I have a serious problem.

So here you go, a recipe for Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies….with NO coconut! You’ve got your fruits and veggies in these cookies, so they make a great breakfast cookie or healthy snack! Make a batch today and stock your freezer! I might have to buy another freezer for my zucchini cookie stash! I think I will bake another batch today:)

If you have a lot of zucchini to use up and want to do some major zucchini baking, here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Happy baking!

Whole Wheat Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this healthy cookie recipe!

Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

Zucchini cookies made with applesauce, oatmeal, raisins, and chocolate chips! No butter or oil needed! These cookies make a great breakfast cookie:)
4.67 from 9 votes



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce and brown sugar, mix until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract. Next, add the shredded zucchini. Mix until combined.
  • Slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, raisins, and chocolate chips.
  • Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or cookies are slightly golden around the edges and set. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  • Note-you can use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour. You can also omit the raisins if you aren't crazy about raisins in your cookies.


Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 100mg, Potassium: 113mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 1.1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.9mg
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  1. You’re the zucchini queen! Great idea with these. My Tuesday post uses both coconut and coocnut oil. After reading your post and that people write in to you requesting non-coconutty things, well, I get those emails too and I’m glad I’m not the only one. But I do love baking with them so I will continue πŸ™‚

    1. I love coconut too! I am kind of glad I got the requests because I love these cookies too:) Can’t wait to see what you made!

  2. Have you ever tried using date paste as a sub for sugar? 12 dates and a splash of apple juice in a covered pan, simmer until the dates are squishy, then blend. Scrummy. I love courgette (as we call zucchini over here) and am really looking forward to giving this a go.

    You are now bookmarked, so I’ll be back for me.

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. Awesome sneaky veggie alert πŸ™‚ These sound delicious and could be a kid project in my,house soon!

  4. One day I was looking for something new to do with zucchini and chocolate and stumbled upon your recipe for zucchini chocolate cookies. What a find, these have become one of my favorite go to recipes, of course I have to add just a few extra chocolate chips, and three kinds, no less! The other day I tried the coconut zucchini chocolate chip cookies, and as I figured were fabulous, now I can’t wait to try these. Keep up the great work Maria, I enjoy your blog!

  5. You come up with the most fabulous cookie recipes! I love that these qualift for breakfast food, too πŸ™‚

  6. These look amazing! I love a good, chewy, hearty, healthy (lots of adjectives!) cookie. I’ll be trying them soon!

  7. Made these (as well as fried zucchini chips) this morning — came out wonderfully! I did have any raisins and was worried about the moistness of the cookies if I left them out, so I added a mashed banana to the sugar/vanilla/applesauce step of the recipe. Added an extra 1/4c of whole wheat flour — they came out wonderfully! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Wow, I really need to start baking with zucchini! One because it’s some nice hidden veggies, and two, I don’t have any recipes in my “z” section in my recipe folder. This looks great!

  9. Oh these sound Amazing!! Great idea using zucchini! My mom used to make zucchini bread all the time when I was a kid, I loved it, so these must be awesome!!

  10. I am so making these…seriously they sound so good and guilt free. Now that school is starting, these are much healthier snack options. Thanks for sharing.

  11. For The Cooking Challenged Over Here, ForHow Long Can You freeze? And Then To Eat Do You Defrost On The counter Or Fridge? thanks!

  12. Seriously, who doesn’t like anything coconut?! Like, really?!:) Very creative alternative to a coconut.:)

  13. I love coconut but these look good too! I’ve bookmarked them and am off to calculate their WW Points so I can give them a try soon. Thanks!!

  14. Thanks for this – definitely making these this week! My husband is allergic to coconut, so I wasn’t able to make the other ones (lest I have to eat all the cookies myself), and I’m thrilled you went with a non-coconut option!!

  15. These look so good and sound so tasty! I would so eat these cookies for breakfast! πŸ™‚

  16. Oh Maria!! I’ve had your zucchini coconut chocolate chip cookies on my mind for the past week. And these look just as amazing!

  17. Thanks for the non-coconut cookie format. I tried the zucchini chocolate chip recipe from the other day using butter instead of the coconut oil & left out the coconut; they seemed a bit plain. But I followed this recipe exactly except for subbing crazins for the raisins. Delicious! Can’t believe there is no butter, shortening or oil. Love it! Thanks

  18. Do you ever post nutritional info? I’d love to see just how healthy these are! And, I need it for tracking.

  19. Made these for work yesterday – they were gone before lunchtime! I followed the recipe exactly (doesn’t say which, but I used golden raisins which were really good!) but I was wondering how it would go if you replaced the sugar with splenda brown sugar substitute? Do you think it’d hold as well? If not, I wondered about adding more applesauce to lower the amount of sugar in it?

    1. i used 1/2 c coconut sugar but i think we can even use less than that maybe 1/3c honestly. i think the cinnamon really naturally enhances the sweet taste. πŸ™‚Β 

  20. Made these last night and am totally justifying them as a breakfast cookie! These are so delicious. I posted a photo on FB and immediately two people asked for the recipe. Such a great recipe and I love that it doesn’t have any dairy or oils.

  21. Delicious cookies! I am hooked on your recipes after stumbling upon the zucchini pasta with homemade pesto. Thanks for keeping up such a great site!

  22. Just finished making a batch and they are a hit! Wait until the kids find out they can pick them as their morning snack at school!

  23. I wish you would have answered
    joni β€” August 26, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Any modifications needed if the zucchini has been frozen???

    Guess I will TRY making them with my frozen zucchini anyway – hope they turn out.

    Please let me know what you think.

    1. Thaw the zucchini and squeeze out the excess liquid in a paper towel. It should work fine! Enjoy!

  24. I made these cookies, delicious! I adapted them to high altitude baking and I didn’t add raisins. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Could I make these in bar form? They look so yummy but I have 3 kids under 3 and am always looking for shortcuts πŸ™‚

  26. Just made these with half the amount of sugar and an egg replacer (we have allergies in our family), and they were a hit. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  27. Amazing! I added a sprinkle of all spice, cut the sugar to 1/2 cup, used carob chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet, and replaced the raisins with PINEAPPLE!! They’re amazing. I think next time I would cut the sugar to 1/4 cup if I use pineapple again. Your recipes are always so inspiring, thank you <3

  28. Love your site! I just had a question about your freezer method? And up to how long?
    Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. I put the cookies in a freezer bag and eat them frozen. You can let them defrost first. They will keep in the freezer for about 2 months.

  29. I specifically wanted a zucchini cookie recipe that didn’t call for coconut, coconut oil, or butter. Thank you for posting! Coconut makes my skin break out like crazy, so even though I enjoy the taste, I don’t enjoy the days that follow! I use recipes as a guide and make my own alterations, but I wasn’t sure what to sub for coconut oil or butter. Thanks again! I’m baking mine now, but because of my own changes they were too wet for cookies so I’m baking them as bars.

    1. I haven’t tried a gluten-free version but I am sure you could use an all purpose gluten free flour.

  30. I’m looking forward to making these! But with 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup chocolate chips, does the recipe really only make two servings? That seems like an awful lot of dough for so few servings.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. When we switched to the new recipe cards there are have been a few glitches. I updated the recipe. The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies:)

  31. 5 stars
    I made these cookies today. I wonder if you store them in the fridge or on the counter. They are wonderful!

  32. I’m obsessed with your coconut zucchini cookies it’s all I’ve been making recently. How do these compare texture wise? I can’t imagine a healthier version will out win one with oil.

  33. 5 stars
    Made these last night and love them!
    I didn’t have any applesauce on hand so I just pureed a half an apple in my blender and used that. It worked perfectly and they came out great.

  34. 5 stars
    Super easy to make and tasty. I have an abundance of applesauce and zucchini right now from gardening and this was a good use of both. I can’t tolerate butter (sadly even in cookies) and was craving a cookie. These fit the bill! They are filling and nutritious. I cut the brown sugar in half like others did, and it still tastes good to me.

  35. After reading these comments, I would LOVE to attempt this recipe. This might seem obvious, though, but is your applesauce sweetened or unsweetened? I have a feeling it’s the latter, but wanted to confirm.

  36. 3 stars
    I Was so excited to make these cookies but noticed there were very little liquid ingredients in the recipe. I followed the recipe exactly but they came out very dry!, I was so disappointed all the ingredients were so healthy too.

  37. These were so good! I left out the chocolate chips and added a heaping tablespoon of cacao and tart cherries for the cranberries. Will definitely make them again

  38. 5 stars
    My eight year old daughter and I made these cookies today and they were so good! We followed the recipe except for leaving out the raisins just because she isn’t a big fan of them. They are so yummy!!! I was shocked at how good they tasted! Definitely will be making again since we have a surplus of zucchini right now from our garden.