Why is it that all my desserts involve chocolate of some sort?? But I guess there’s no need to apologise for that…
These trail mix cookies came into being from my strivings to make a “not-unhealthy” cookie that my kids wouldn’t realise was not unhealthy! Ha! It was somewhat of a challenge, and took several tries. My final attempt (this recipe) was one I thought would be a complete failure, because the dough was so oily after I mixed all the ingredients.
But no! It baked up beautifully! These little babies are crispy on the outside and soft inside. My own analysis told me I had a winner. But I knew the real test would be when the kids came home from school and tried one. Would the cookies pass, or would I be accused of “putting weird stuff inside”??
I waited… They arrived… They ate…
Success!!! Not one sound except “mmm!” escaped the kids’ lips as they plowed through as many cookies as possible with dinner looming. Chocolatey, peanut buttery, crispy, chewy… these are everything a cookie should be. And “not unhealthy”?? Amazing!
It’s truly hard to believe these cookies are vegan, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and with a nut-free option. Spoiler: I used “flax eggs” (flax meal + water) instead of eggs, coconut oil instead of butter, coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar, and oat & coconut flour instead of wheat flour (use certified GF oat flour if you need to be sure it is gluten-free). For the nut-free option, you can use sunflower seed butter (or tahini) to replace the peanut butter, and obviously, omit the chopped nuts. So while they are clearly not low in calories or fat, these little treats won’t send your blood sugar through the roof, and they have a decent amount of fiber as well.
I wouldn’t eat them for breakfast or anything… but I suppose with a glass of fresh almond milk, it wouldn’t be the worst thing you could do! Enjoy!