So for about the last month, my life has been in boxes. Given how many times I’ve moved in the past 5 years, you would think I must truly enjoy all the packing and lifting, and not being able to find anything once you move, but I don’t. Apparently I just can’t seem to stay content in one place for too long, so I move, often. I must say though, this has been one of the easiest moves for me, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend who did almost all the heavy lifting. What a lucky girl I am.
This is the first recipe I’ve created in my new beautiful kitchen. Does all the stainless steel and granite make the food taste better? Probably not, but I won’t lie, I’ve really enjoyed having a nice kitchen to work in.
I’m so excited to share these healthy trail mix cookies with you. Not only are they gluten free and vegan but they’re made without any flour, eggs, butter, oil or added sugar. And they’re so easy to make, all you need is one bowl.
These unconventional cookies are completely customizable to your tastes; you can chose your favorite type of nut butter, dried fruits and nuts to use. I listed in the recipe the nuts and fruits I used so you can follow my recipe exactly or mix it up and try some different combinations.
My Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies are hands down my most popular recipe, so I’m really trying to make more “healthy” desserts. I mean, a cookie is still a cookie, but why can’t it be made with hardy all natural ingredients? Cookies don’t need to be full of butter and sugar (believe it or not).
These cookies are so wholesome, if you were in a rush, I’d see no problem grabbing a couple of these for breakfast. Oats, nuts, fruit, chia seeds; sounds like breakfast to me. Or maybe I just have a bad habit of eating my dessert for breakfast. Either way, they’re packed with great ingredients to give you energy, whenever you need it.
And, as all cookies should, these stay soft and chewy
- 1 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 2 medium sized ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1¼ cup gluten free rolled oats
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (try making your own!)
- ¼ cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
- ¼ cup dried fruit pieces (I used dried cranberries and raisins)
- ¼ cup crushed pretzel pieces (gluten free pretzels if needed, or replace with another ¼ cup of oats)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together very well.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop dough and place evenly apart on cookie sheet.
- Form each ball of dough into a cookie shape (these will not spread out when you bake them)
- Bake for 10 minutes.
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