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Apple Butter Flax Seed Cookie

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Long live the “potty cookie!”

  • 2tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3tbsp flax seed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Pre-heat your oven at 350 degrees. Mix your wet ingredients together in one bowl, except for the milk. Mix your dry ingredients together in another bowl. Slowly pour your dry ingredients into your wet ones, and then pour the milk over the top. Mix together, and stir until you get a good thick mixture. Form your inch high cookie balls, and line them up on your non-stick pan (if you don’t have non-stick, that’s ok – you’ll just have to use a little extra oil to keep your cookies from sticking. Just use the oil to grease the pan a bit.)

Bake for approx 15mins, or until you gauge that the cookies aren’t raw on the insides. Before you know it, pow – yummy cookies that have plenty of fiber in them and good stuff for your tummy!

No, you may not eat the entire batch!

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Rita July 1, 2010 - 6:11 AM

Thanks Erika! I’m putting the ingredients on the shopping list and looking forward to trying the recipe this weekend.

Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

Erika July 1, 2010 - 7:59 AM

Yes! Tell me how it goes! 🙂

Sarah July 1, 2010 - 4:54 PM

They sound delicious! What’s the oven temperature? I didn’t see that listed anywhere.

Erika July 2, 2010 - 9:50 AM

Whoops! 350!

Sarah July 3, 2010 - 9:09 AM

@Erika: Thanks so much! I have a lot of flaxseed that I’m trying to incorporate into my eating plan, and I also have some homemade apple butter in my fridge, so this recipe came st the perfect time!

Erika July 5, 2010 - 7:45 AM

Yes! I looooove homemade apple butter. Makes me want to go have a sandwich now, LOL!

EmilyLovida July 27, 2010 - 11:14 AM

Whoa! How’d I miss this? Are the flax seeds still whole or milled? Or does it matter? (I have both in my cupboard, along w/ flax seed oil in the fridge. I’m a little obsessed 🙂 )

Erika July 27, 2010 - 11:17 AM

They’re whole – milled ones don’t have the same amount of fiber in ’em.

Perfectly “healthy” obsession. 🙂

Erica September 13, 2010 - 4:27 PM

I am trying this recipe ASAP. I love apple butter!!! I’m new the flax seed…but I will give it a try. 🙂

Amora September 15, 2010 - 6:30 PM

What will happen if I use the cold flaxseed oil from the fridge?

Erika September 15, 2010 - 7:10 PM

In place of the flax seeds? It’s not the same effect – you need the actual seeds. 🙁

kanguru October 9, 2010 - 1:00 PM

How do you make apple butter? I haven’t seen it in the store and I wanted to make these for my holiday cookies! 🙂

Sadiyah February 1, 2011 - 12:56 AM

I made these cookies last night I really enjoyed them I use milles flax seed because that was all I had but the were still very good my baby girl loved them.

Vicx April 6, 2011 - 3:56 PM

I haven’t seen apple butter in years. Can applesauce be a substitute?

Erika Nicole Kendall April 6, 2011 - 4:14 PM

Yeah, but you can also always make your own apple butter, especially since the apple butters I see in the stores nowadays have high fructose corn syrup in ’em.

Karen G May 14, 2011 - 2:40 PM


Can you give us the recipe for apple butter? Also, what about peanut butter? Do you have a brand/type that you prefer? There are so many to choose from and the ones I have tasted without sugar are not very tastey. Any suggestions?

Bannef May 19, 2011 - 7:05 PM

I am definitely going to try these, but a couple websites I’ve been to suggested that flax seeds should be ground first since most you eat whole go out whole as well. (Hey, if we’re talking about pooping…) Do you grind yours? I don’t have a coffee grinder, so it might be time to find my friend’s old mortar and pestle…

Erika Nicole Kendall May 19, 2011 - 7:34 PM

I find that the least ground-up they are, the stronger they are in the cookie (and in your system.) Just sayin’. LOL

Tracey June 1, 2011 - 9:29 PM

I made the cookies tonight and they are DELICIOUS!!!

TLS July 31, 2011 - 4:34 PM

Just made a batch. OMG! They are de-li-cious!!! I am a sweets girl, cookies, cakes, all types of pastries and have not had any baked sweets in at least a month since finding the site and starting clean eating. These cookies are just the occasional treat I have been hoping to find so I can stay on track. Awesome recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

kimsy October 22, 2011 - 8:47 PM

I made a batch of these tonight, and they are delicious. But they came out in a cakey, bready texture. I followed the instructions and the ingredient list. I’m not complaining, I like the cookies. But are they supposed to come out bread-like? Just curious.

Whitley Brooks October 30, 2011 - 10:37 PM

I cannot WAIT to make these cookies. A healthy treat that serves a bigger purpose!

Could you share your apple butter recipe?

Starry January 4, 2012 - 5:56 PM

These sound gorgeous! I do have a question though – I live in the UK and have never heard of apple butter (I had to google it!). I wondered if you have a recipe for it – even if it is a link to another website or something – because I’m a little unsure how to go about finding a good recipe, mainly because I have no clue what the end result will even look like, nevermind how it will taste! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us!

Erika Nicole Kendall January 5, 2012 - 12:02 PM

Here’s the recipe I use to make mine, but I use granny smith apples and add, maybe, a fourth of a cup of honey to get it done.

Curlsz May 16, 2012 - 11:35 PM

I use flax meal or make sure the seeds are ground as whole seeds tend to show up in the potty later 😉

Have you tried almond or coconut flour, I love it! I thought all purpose flour was refined???

Erika Nicole Kendall May 17, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Not all brands, and it depends on how we’re defining “refined.” Almond and coconut flours don’t have gluten, and wouldn’t stick together the way they should for a recipe like this.

Candice September 28, 2012 - 4:31 PM

Just wanted to post my response to these damn cookies! they are the bomb. Erika, thanks so much for the recipe. i don’t think i will make them often because they are irresistible.

stephanie October 3, 2012 - 6:39 PM

erica since I have a problem with going could I eat one a day to help me go!!! I was eating fiber one bars and they helped me go but they have all the stuff im done with so will these cookies effect me losing eeight if I eat one a day or at least every other day?

Erika Nicole Kendall October 4, 2012 - 9:56 AM

If you have a problem with going *consistently* then you need to add more veggies to your daily intake. Seriously. Not processed, not canned, not in a TV dinner… just frozen or fresh, sauteed lightly. Try that and see if it doesn’t help you out.

Briggitta December 10, 2012 - 12:25 AM

Hi Erika,
Long time follower ,first time poster 🙂
Can the apple butter be omitted?
I live in South Korea, and most of the ingredients used to make your own apple butter is either not available here or it is way to expensive (four apples are $5 !!).
I would love to make this ,as I have increased my fruit and veg intake,but yet not much luck in the bathroom !

Erika Nicole Kendall December 10, 2012 - 1:11 AM

You’d definitely need the apple. You might get away with using applesauce instead?

Briggitta December 10, 2012 - 7:17 AM

No apple sauce either! Will have to wait until Feb , when I am stateside again .Thanks!

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