Whole grain cookies are made with oats, fruit, nuts and dark chocolate to give you a wholesome, energizing snack completely free of refined sugar. Pack them up for school, work or a day of errands for healthy, convenient snacking! Healthy. Cookies. Yes, they totally exist and they’re pretty fabulous if I do say so myself.
I am a self-proclaimed cookie QUEEN, you guys. They are the one snack/dessert that I am ALWAYS in the mood for.
My mom used to bake cookies almost every week growing up and I can remember walking into the house after school and just having their encapsulating smell draw me into the kitchen like a magnetic force. Even if I had the worst day up until that point, all worries and stressors would vanish from my mind for a few blissful moments while I indulged in a cookie (…or three).
There is just no smell or taste quite as comforting and inviting as freshly baked cookies. These cookies are packed with wholesome ingredients including rolled oats, dried berries, pistachios, dark chocolate and honey. Imagine taking a handful of trail mix and conforming it into a soft, chewy cookie. A cookie with a delicate hint of spice and perfect contrast of sweet and salty flavors.
Pistachios were my nut of choice (love that beautiful pop of green!) for these cookies, but you can use whatever you have on hand – cashews, walnuts or macadamia nuts would also be delicious. As I mentioned, I really wanted to hone in on school and work-friendly recipes this week. It’s so easy to fall off track when you’re not prepared for a full day of classes, meetings, presentations or whatever your obligations require. Even though I always try to make healthy choices, I’ll be first to admit that I can fall way off the wagon when hunger strikes and I’m not prepared.
Let’s not even talk about my moment of weakness with those damn Nutter Butters last week.
These cookies are great to wrap up and toss in your purse, gym bag or desk drawer to satisfy both your hunger and sweet tooth. Each cookie contains almost 3 grams of both fiber and protein and is free of refined sugar. They have been my snacking SAVIORS this week and I plan on packing up another batch for our trip to Birmingham later this week. Considering they’re well suited for breakfast, a snack or dessert, I doubt they’ll last long.If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a pic and tag #dishingouthealth so I can see your beautiful creations. They truly make my day!
Trail Mix Energy Cookies
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted and cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips dark chocolate if you can find them!
- 1/4 cup dried berries of choice craisins, cherries, raisins, golden raisins - I used a blend
- 1/4 cup pistachios roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with non-stick spray.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk egg, honey, oil and vanilla until well-combined.
- In a separate larger bowl, add oats, oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine.
- Fold in chocolate chips, berries and pistachios. Use a cookie scoop or teaspoon to form dough into small balls. Place dough on baking sheet and use the palm of your hand to slightly flatten (I like to spray a touch of non-stick spray on my hand to prevent sticking). Bake for 9-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 14 cookies.
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