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Monday, July 10, 2017

Trail Mix Cookies #FilltheCookieJar

Trail Mix Cookies are full of healthy goodness from whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. And of course there's chocolate! So you can feel good about serving them as dessert, or even breakfast.

Trail Mix Cookies - Home Sweet Homestead

My husband has a serious sweet tooth, and likes to enjoy a little dessert after supper each day. So, to satisfy his sugar cravings, yet still keep our menu as healthy as possible, I make almost all of his desserts from scratch. I'd much rather make things homemade, where I have control over what, and how much, goes into those treats. Who wants to serve their family something pre-made from the store, that is full of unhealthy ingredients and preservatives?

Trail Mix Cookies

One of the cookies I've added to the dessert menu recently, are these trail mix cookies. They're sweet enough to make my husband happy, without being too sweet. Their full of healthy things like organic, unbleached flour, organic oats, non-GMO sugar, fruits, nuts, seeds, and of course a little chocolate. All the yummy things you would normally find in a trail mix, added to a cookie.

Cookies and Milk

And the best part about these cookies? They're totally customizable. Don't care for white chocolate? Use peanut butter, butterscotch, or all chocolate chips instead. Love pumpkin seeds? Toss those in instead of the sunflower seeds. Macadamia nuts your favorite? Substitute them for the pecans, and make these cookies your own!

Baked Cookies


One bit of advice, make sure not to over-bake the cookies. If you do, they become crispy. While they aren't bad like that, my husband and I preferred the softer, chewier version much better. So make sure to bake them for no more than 10 minutes, just until the edges of the cookies become lightly browned.

Trail Mix Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups organic, unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup organic rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup non-GMO pure cane sugar
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
6 tablespoons aquafaba (Not allergic to eggs? Use 2 of them instead of the aquafaba)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (Peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips may be used instead)
1/2 cup raisins (Dried cranberries may be substituted)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (Walnuts or your favorite nuts may be substituted)
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (Substitute pumpkin seeds if desired)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Whisk together the flour, oats, and baking powder.
Using a stand mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the aquafaba and vanilla, and beat until blended.
Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until incorporated.
Stir in the semi-sweet and white chocolate chips, raisins, pecans, and sunflower seeds. (Dough will be thick and a little hard to blend)
Refrigerate cookie dough for 30 minutes, then drop dough by 1/8 cupful onto prepared baking sheet, about 2 1/2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. (Don't over-bake, or the cookies will become crispy)
Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then carefully transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Note: Cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 says.


I was supposed to post this recipe back on July 6th, along with my monthly recipe sharing group Fill the Cookie Jar. Unfortunately I had a severe migraine that day, and couldn't edit my photos. Then my back went out and any thoughts of doing blog work flew right out the window. I'm still in quite a bit of pain, but at least the muscle relaxer the doctor prescribed me, allows me to get a little writing and editing done.


This month’s theme was “Back to School”, and I think these trail mix cookies are perfect for hungry children, coming home from school. They contain ingredients you would normally find in a trail mix, which is a filling and healthy snack. They're customizable too, so you can use your favorite add-ins.

Thank you Cynthia from Feeding Big for hosting this fun event. Be sure to check out what the rest of the group whipped up!

Giant Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies by Family Around the Table
No Bake Brownie Energy Bites by Join Us, Pull up a Chair
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Teachers Rule Cookies By Palatable Pastime
Clean the Cupboard Cookie Bars by A Day In The Life On The Farm
Trail Mix Cookies by Home Sweet Homestead
Orange Anise Cookies By This and That
Monster Reese's Pieces Cookie Bars by Cookaholic Wife
Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies by Organized 31
Apple Date Cookie Bars by That Recipe
Cherry Pie Tassies by Cindy's Recipes and Writing
Sesame Balls by Feeding Big

8 comments:

  1. Oh yum! These cookies look terrific! I love the idea of adding all the trail mix goodies into them.

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    1. Adding trail mix ingredients definitely ups the good-for-you factor.

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  2. Oh these look yummy! Visiting from Friday Frenzy linkup.

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  3. Yummy! I love a cookie I can eat at breakfast. :) Which is... any cookie lol

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    1. Right? Who says cookies are only for dessert? :)

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  4. These cookies look so good! We always love trying new cookies recipes, so I'll have to give these a try!

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    1. Thank you Carlee :) I hope you like them as much as we did.

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