Apple Craisin Walnut Cookies with Ruthie - That's What's Cookin'!

So I'm gearing up for another weight loss update post.
I've started in on one at least 10 times, and have failed to actually get down in words, the things I really want to say and share. I know it probably shouldn't be that difficult, but for me, it is (shrug) so you'll have to wait just a little bit longer.
There have been a LOT of things that have happened in my weight loss journey/lifestyle change this past year, and surprisingly... FEW have to do with the actual reduction of numbers on the scale. One of the biggest things that I've experienced, are OTHERS experiences. (did that make sense? ha!).
I can't tell you how MANY people I've talked to about weight loss, eating healthy, working out, etc... Some conversations are casual and nice, while others hit you hard and rock you to the core. They wake something up inside of you, and send off little sensors that shift your way of thinking forever.

This is all part of "the journey" I assume :)

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend an awesome Halloween event at Gardner Village, and while I was there I spent about 99% of my time talking with Ruthie.
What's cooking with Ruthie

Now Ruthie and I already knew of each other, had chatted a bit before and attended quite a few events together, but it wasn't until THIS specific occasion, that I really got a chance to hear Ruthie's weight loss story, amazing passion for healthy living, cookingfood, photography and just life in general.
Ruthie and Shelley

Not only did she have awesome insight and advice to share with me, but I left that night, completely inspired. You just have to meet her, she's one of "those people", if you know what I mean.

Anyway, after a lot of chatting and some tears, I KNEW I had to have Ruthie come over to our blog and guest post a famous recipe of hers for all of our readers, so you could meet her and see her mad culinary and photography skills for yourself! So friends, this is where I exit, and let Ruthie take it away :)

Hi everyone! Ruthie here, from What's Cooking with Ruthie.
I was thrilled when Shelley asked me to share a delicious and healthy recipe with all of you. I've always loved food but it hasn't always loved me back, so I made some changes in my cooking techniques to "skinny down" recipes while keeping all the flavor, and that is where my passion comes from when writing posts and sharing recipes on my blog. About 14 years ago I weighed 235 pounds and have come a long way since then - as Shelley mentioned before, I've written about my weight loss journey here. Through my cookbook and blog, I hope to help others find techniques that will work well for them, and encourage them to succeed in their healthy living journey to more balanced eating.

Today I'm going to be sharing with you my recipe for, Apple Craisin Walnut Cookies. You will LOVE them! They're are a deliciously yummy cookie that's healthy too.
Apple Craisin Walnut Cookies #heathyeating #healthydessert #healthyrecipes

Apple Craisin Walnut Cookies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 36
  • Dry ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 2 C large flake rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon (depending on how much like)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 1/2 C honey (spray the measuring cup with cooking spray first)
  • 1/4 C applesauce
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Yummy ingredients:
  • 1/2 C gala apple, diced
  • 1/2 C Craisins
  • 1/2 C dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4-1/2 C walnuts (optional)
  1. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  2. In medium bowl, mix wet ingredients.
  3. Mix the wet into the dry ingredients, stir just until moistened.
  4. Add apple, craisins, chocolate chips, and walnuts, stir.
  5. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 335 degrees (lower temp due to honey which will burn more easily).
  7. Drop by Tbsp onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Press down with fork to ensure even cooking.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom.
  10. Refrigerate dough between batches.
  11. Cookies freeze well.
  12. Enjoy!  
Apple Craisin Walnut Cookies #healthydessert #cookies

They freeze really well, for up to 2 months... I actually have some in the freezer right now. They're perfect for when I need to satisfy my sweet tooth - in a healthier way! Here are some other delicious Autumn inspired recipes you may also want to try:
Skinny Pumpkin Fluff recipe!
Amish Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Parfait
Skinny Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Thank you so much for letting me come and visit today. I hope you have a really nice week and a chance to try out lots of deliciously skinny, fun baking this fall.
Happy Cooking!
~ Ruthie
PS- I would love to have you connect with me at www.whatscookingwithruthie.com or any of my other social media outlets! Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google +.


  1. Wow, I'm so glad you introduced. I too am on a weight loss journey, and trying to discover what works. It's a slow process, but I figured slow and steady wins the race. You inspire me and I can't wait to hear more about your journey.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  2. love your mint coat!! and the houndstooth my favorites. do you mind telling me where you got them? thank you

  3. I think you are gorgeous! And fun...and funny! And Ruthie is adorable. I am reading a book right now called Trim Healthy Mama and applying it's principles and it is working! It's not really a diet but a lifestyle. It sounds similar to one of the books Ruthie mentioned. The gist of it is eat your protein, eat your carbs, eat your fats, just don't combine your fats and carbs together. It's really simple! They also have a facebook group with lots of testimonies. I don't have anything to do with the book at all other than I know it has worked for me. I think you are beautiful just the way you are but I know from personal experience if you don't feel good in your own skin then you need to do something! Blessings to you!


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