Enjoy these Trail Mix Energy Cookies for an afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or to satisfy a sweet tooth. Made with whole-grain oats, peanut butter, nuts, and dried fruit, these trail mix cookies will become a healthy snacking staple.
Why You'll Love these Trail Mix Cookies
With warmer weather and hiking season is approaching, these trail mix cookies will surely become a snacking staple.
They're packed with wholesome ingredients including whole-grain oats, nut butter, and pistachios. Imagine taking a handful of trail mix and turning it into a soft, chewy cookie. A cookie with plenty of crunch, and the perfect contrast of sweet and salty flavors.
Plus, they're made in ONE bowl with very little prep work needed. And thanks to this cookie recipe’s more wholesome ingredient lineup, you can feel good enjoying one anytime the craving strikes.
Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions:
- Oats: A fantastic source of fueling whole-grains, old-fashioned rolled oats provide bulk and chewy texture. You can also use quick oats in a pinch, however these cookies do NOT work with steel-cut oats.
- Nut Butter: I prefer using chunky peanut butter for more of the trail mix texture, however creamy also works. If you're making the cookies nut-free, sunflower butter is the best alternative.
- Eggs: You need two eggs, which help hold the cookies together. Unfortunately, flax eggs don't hold the cookies together as well.
- Oil: You can use melted coconut oil or butter for these cookies. If using butter, look for an unsalted grass-fed butter, such as Kerrygold brand.
- Brown Sugar: A little goes a long way in this recipe. Alternatively, you can use coconut sugar or granulated sugar. Just avoid liquid sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup, which make the dough too thin.
- Mix-ins: I love using a mix of mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, and nuts. Pistachios are my nut of choice (love that beautiful pop of green!) for these cookies, however you can use any nut you like: almonds, walnuts or macadamia nuts. And if you dislike dried fruit, you can swap it for coconut flakes, peanut butter chips, or even mini m&m's.
Step 1: Combine Wet Ingredients
In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, eggs, brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla; stir well to combine.
Step 2: Add Dry Ingredients
Add oats, baking soda, and salt, and stir well to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, pistachios, and dried fruit (if using).
Step 3: Bake
Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a medium cookie dough scoop to drop dough onto baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are just set. Let cool for 15 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to let cool completely. If desired, sprinkle Trail Mix Cookies with flaky salt.
- Gluten Free Trail Mix Cookies: This recipe is flourless, and therefore already gluten free. However if you have an allergy, it's best to ensure your oats have a certified gluten free label. I always purchase Bob's Red Mill oats.
- Vegan Trail Mix Cookies: You can swap the eggs for flax eggs, however just know the cookies will be a little more fragile.
- Dairy Free Trail Mix Cookies: Look for dairy-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life brand.
- Nut-Free Trail Mix Cookies: Swap the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter, and the pistachios for pumpkin seeds.
- To Store: Keep cookies in an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week
- To Freeze: If you anticipate craving cookies in the future (who doesn’t?), you have two options. Either double the recipe and freeze half, or bake only the cookies you think you’ll eat in the next few days, then freeze the remaining dough. That way, you guarantee having fresh-baked healthy cookies on demand.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe:
- Baking Sheets. Perfect for all your cookie baking needs.
- Mixing Bowls. These stackable mixing bowls are easy to clean and efficient for storage.
- Whisk. My go-to ultra sturdy whisk!
- Cookie Scoop. I use this cookie scoop for all my cookies and energy bites. It's so handy to ensure all of the dough balls are the same size.
More Healthy Cookie Recipes to Try:
Flourless 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Vegan Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
Flourless Almond Butter Smores Cookies
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Trail Mix Energy Cookies
- Mixing bowls
- Large baking sheet
- 1 cup salted crunchy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup chopped pistachios
- ⅓ cup dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, or blueberries)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, eggs, brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla; stir well to combine.Add oats, baking soda, and salt, and stir well to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, pistachios, and dried fruit.
- Use a medium cookie dough scoop to drop dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Roll into balls, and gently press down with the palm of your hand to slightly flatten each ball.Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the edges are just set. Let cool for 15 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.If desired, sprinkle cookies with flaky salt.
Greetings, a quick follow up question regarding the Chunky Peanut Butter, which I’m a huge fan of. For this recipe, does it make a difference if a “Natural” type Peanut Butter brand that typically has oil separated (before mixing) is used? Adams & Santa Cruz are brands that I prefer.
These are amazing cookies. So easy to make. Reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup and they turned out perfect.
Thanks for the tip.
Should natural peanut butter be used? Or is regular peanut butter okay?
Y’all definitely don’t need the extra oil with all the peanut butter!! Since I’m using these for hiking in 95° desert, there’s no way they won’t turn into a gooey mess without some more structure. I added 1/2 cup of flour and will be freezing them before transport. For the mix-ins, I used chocolate, chopped macadamia nuts, oats, and chia seeds. Seeing the author’s photos I think she was liberal with the oats, and if I make these again I would add more too.
These are fantastic! Probably my favorite of the "energy" snacks I've made from your recipes, though the strawberries and cream balls were excellent too. I love that these pack easily, and I'll be bringing them with me to classes as well as sharing a couple with some classmates. Next time, I'm going to double the recipe and freeze half so its easier to make again and again.
AMAZING! I have been making these a minimum of once a month now. I try different variations with the fruit and nuts. So far my favorite is craisin, pistachio, coconut flake and naturally the mini chocolate chips. My Parents absolutely love them too, so I make extra "balls" to stock up their freeze to bake as they wish. Thank you! Love them. Love you. lol
Loved these. I've made them several times for a boost while working on the farm. I did 1/4c chocolate chips and 1/4c pb chips once, strawberry pecan once, and apricot with sunflower seeds once. They were all delicious!
The cookies sound delicious! How does the cookie hold up to freezing? Preparing for hinting camp.
Hi Kristy- the cookies freeze great! I would just bake them for 1 minute less if you plan on freezing. Enjoy!
Wow! These are delicious. I used flaxseed meal and water instead of egg to make them vegan and they are so good.
Hi Sandy--I'm so glad you enjoyed the cookies! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!
Loved these cookies
I'm so glad, Angie!! Thank you for leaving a review!
Can I use quick (1 min) oats?
These cookies were delicious and perfect to bring along on a hike!
I'm so glad they were a hit, Kathryn! Thank you for taking time to leave a review!
Oh YUM!! <3 Chocolate is absolutely a must for me in trail mix! No question there!
Same here, Laura! It's a game changer!
Kaleigh @Lively Table
These sound so yummy! Can't wait to try them!
Thank you, Kaleigh! 🙂
These snacks taste amazing and I'm sure they're healthier than most snacks I consume. Treat yourself to these delightful cookies.
So glad you enjoyed them, love!
Rebecca Bitzer & Associates
I have been getting so hungry at work lately because I've been working out more. I can't wait to try these to see if they help fuel my day better!
Good for you, girl! These are definitely ideal to curb cravings and energy slumps during the work day. Let me know what you think! 🙂