Apples are available year-round but during fall they are at their peak. There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the USA. They are delicious, super-healthy, low in calories, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and a great source of fiber.

Enjoy this delicious cookie recipe from food blogger, Emily Miller. Its lower in fat than your average treat because it features applesauce instead of butter. At 110 calories each, you won’t feel guilty about snacking on one or two with a glass of apple cider.

Recipe Courtesy: Emily Miller / Life by DailyBurn

http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/apple-oatmeal-cookies-recipe/

Serves 36

Prep time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

4 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup white sugar

1 large egg

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened

1 medium-large apple, peeled, cored and diced into ½ inch cubes

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preparation:

In a small bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

Melt butter in microwave at 10-second intervals until fully melted. Place in a large bowl with brown sugar and white sugar. Whisk until combined. Add the egg and vanilla, whisking until combined. Stir in applesauce and then fold in apple pieces and walnuts.

Cover bowl and dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.

Drop tablespoons of dough on the sheet and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bottoms begin to brown. Let cool on sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.