These cinnamon apple oatmeal cookies are naturally sweetened with dates, apples, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and cinnamon. These ingredients are blended with soaked raw almonds then mixed with plain oats and shredded coconut for a 100% refined sugar-free and refined carbohydrate-free cookie.
The worst foods for people with diabetes are refined sugar, flour, and saturated fats or processed oils found in almost all store-bought cookies are cookie recipes.
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Saturated fats increase insulin resistance, and refined carbohydrates and processed sugar cause the overproduction of insulin and weight gain.
These healthy cookies for weight loss contain whole foods and fiber, which slows down sugar release into the bloodstream.
Cinnamon adds additional natural sweetness and can help lower blood sugar levels as cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and glucose transport inside the cell. It is the perfect sweetening spice for diabetes or people with pre-diabetes.
I made these cinnamon apple oatmeal recipes when I had to watch my blood sugar levels during pregnancy. I was diagnosed with mild gestational diabetes but was able to manage it through diet.
Being pregnant increased the sugar cravings, so I was glad to find out that I could metabolize these healthy apple oatmeal cookies while keeping my blood sugar levels in the target range.
During my diagnosis, I noticed that I could efficiently metabolize small amounts of whole food fats such as nuts and seeds and natural sugars in fruit, vegetables, and healthy carbohydrates. It was the processed sugar and fats combined that elevated my blood sugar the most.
Knowing this information inspired me to make a refined sugar-free cookie recipe for people with diabetes to enjoy.
I used a dehydrator to make these healthy apple oatmeal cookies, but I am sure you could bake these cookies in the oven, and they would be just as delicious and chewy!
The ingredients for this cinnamon apple oatmeal cookie recipe include:
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates
1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 cup shredded coconut
1.5 cups oats
¼ tsp cardamon
¼ tsp clove
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
How to make healthy apple oatmeal cookies
Soak one cup of almonds in a bowl covered in water for 12 hours. Soaking the almonds improves digestibility and releases enzyme inhibitors such as phytic acid.
Place soaked almonds in a high-speed blender with fresh-squeezed orange juice, dates, vanilla, and apple. Blend into a puree.
Combine the puree in a mixing bowl with spices, then add whole raw oats and shredded coconut and stir. You should have a wet cookie dough texture.
Line 3 dehydrator trays with teflex and spoon the apple oatmeal cookie dough onto the trays using a spoon. Use the palm of your fingertips to press the raw cookie mixture into a flattened cookie.
Dehydrate the cookies for 24-30 hours @ 50 degrees Celsius. I highly recommend the Excalibur dehydrator as one of the best dehydrators on the market.
For more refined sugar-free cookies, you may also like these dehydrated chocolate cookies. Mmm, so good. Enjoy the cinnamon apple oatmeal cookies as much as I do!
Also, be sure to grab my free recipe book Simply Delicious and Naturally Nutritious.
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- High speed blender
- Mixing bowl
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup dates
- 3 apples
- 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup medium shredded coconut
- 1½ cups oats
- ¼ tsp cardamon
- ¼ tsp clove
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Soak almonds in a bowl covered in water for 12 hours
- Place soaked almonds, dates, diced apple, fresh squeezed orange juice and vanilla extract in blender and blend until smooth.
- In a mixing bowl combine cinnamon, clove and cardamon with oats and shredded coconut then add the blended mixture. Combine together using a mixing spoon.
- Line 3 dehydrator trays with teflex. Spoon raw cookie dough onto sheets with a spoon. Use your finger tips to press the raw dough into a flattened cookie.
- Dehydrate the cinnamon apple oatmeal cookies for 24-30 hours @ 50° celcius.