Guess what today is? It’s National Trail Mix Day! I know it seems strange that I’m celebrating something that’s actually healthy, but I did it by incorporating trail mix into cookies…still counts, right? Nothing gets by me without adding sugar to it. I promise these are one of the healthier cookie recipes you could try though, and they still taste surprisingly good for something so healthy. Energy bar meets cookie here, and they really like each other…
These flourless peanut butter trail mix cookies are the perfect recipe to get a little fiber and goodness in your diet while still satisfying your sweet tooth. The sugar and M&Ms keep your sugar levels up, but the oats, peanut butter, nuts and dried fruit make for a healthy energy combination.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup M&Ms (can substitute chocolate chips)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or raisins, etc.)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (can substitute peanuts, pistachios or other nuts)
Whisk together the oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in one bowl and set aside. Combine the peanut butter and egg and beat together using a paddle attachment until creamy. Add the sugars. Mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time until barely combined (the dough will be tough). Use a spatula to stir in the M&Ms, dried cranberries and sliced almonds (or whatever add-ins you’ve chosen) and chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Take out the chilled dough and scoop 1-inch balls from the dough onto a lined baking sheet. Press down lightly on each ball with your spatula or the back of a spoon. Because the dough doesn’t have flour, it might appear greasy. To reduce the grease, you can gently blot the dough with a paper towel before baking.
Bake the cookies on 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. They’ll be really soft still and you won’t see brown, but they’ll be done. Cool completely, and if the cookies still seem oily, blot again with a paper towel.
These cookies are packed with good stuff, and they’re gluten free with no butter!