spring. Spring. SPRING! I think it is really here. The sun is pouring through the windows. The trees are starting to bud. It’s amazing!
Over the weekend, I made trail mix cookies. This is the third or fourth time I’ve made these and they never last long. I thought I’d share the recipe with you all because they’re pretty tasty, vegan and the trail mix ingredients pack a lot of energy. There’s not a ton of sugar either so they’re not overly sweet. The cookies have a crunchy exterior and are soft inside almost like a granola bar. Yum!
I’ve dubbed them Trail Mix Cookies because there is 3/4 cup of trail mix ingredients that you can choose – seeds, nuts, dried fruit. I haven’t made these the same way twice. Stay tuned and I’ll explain…
Trail Mix Cookies – makes about 2 dozen
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 apple sauced
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup granola
- 1/2 cup dried fruit
- 1/4 cup seeds (1/8 c sunflower kernel + 1/8 c flaxseed)
Pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees and grease 2 cookie sheets.
I like to sauce a fresh apple. Core and peel an apple. While measuring the other ingredients, allow the apple to boil. Using an immersion blender, blend the apple into sauce. (A work around for this step is to just add 1/2 cup of jarred apple sauce.)
Combine coconut oil, brown sugar, apple and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. This will make a nice adhesive for your trail mix.
Combine flours and baking soda and add to your mix.
Now for the fun part…and in the “trail mix” of your choice – 1 cup of granola + 1/2 cup of dried fruit (like cranberries, peaches or raisins) + 1/4 cup total of seeds and/or nuts. I usually use 1/8 cup of sunflower kernels and 1/8 cup of flaxseed. I have also used cashews. The possibilities are endless.
Spoon cookies about 2 inches apart on your baking sheet.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
For the brown sugar, we have been using Turbinado sugar which is essentially raw “brown sugar”. We have been avoiding processed white sugar where we can. Most brown sugars are just processed white sugar with the addition of molasses. Turbinado is raw sugar with molasses.
There are other modifications you can make to this recipe for it to work for your pantry choices. For example, you can substitute the coconut oil for canola oil.
And while we’re in the kitchen, I don’t believe I shared you with you my two cents about oiling cast iron. I posted last week over on Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint blog about the wonders of hemp oil and cast iron. Check it out here.
In fact, I’ve been all over the web lately. I’m excited to share that our bathroom renovation was featured on Apartment Therapy and Hometalk over the weekend. So if you’re new here, welcome! Please enjoy our Trail Mix Cookies!