Trail Mix Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Cookies (ME)

Trail MIx Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Ever thought to yourself, It would be so awesome right now to be eating a homemade cookie on this hike instead of trail mix and power bars? Well, if not, I’ve just planted the seed. These energy-loaded cookies are perfect for any activity, place or time. Hikes, bike rides, runs, walks, adventurous picnics, anytime is a good time for these delicious, power-loaded bites. These cookies are filling and good for you (as far as cookies go). Nuts, cranberries, whole wheat flour and alternative, energy boosting sweeteners help maintain energy and neutralize the blood sugar spike. Bake up a batch, head outdoors for some exercise and Enjoy!

Yield: About 30 Cookies

“ME” indicates a healthier Mindful Eating option.

  • INGREDIENTS
    1 Stick (1/2 Cup) Butter, slightly melted (see photo below)
    1/4 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
    3 Tbsp Local Honey
    2 Eggs
    1 Tsp Real Vanilla Extract
    1 3/4 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour
    1 Tsp Baking Powder
    1/4 Tsp Finely Ground Sea Salt
    1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
    1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
    1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
    1/4 Cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped
    1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
    1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
    1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
    1/2 Cup (about 2 Oz) Bittersweet Chocolate, chips or medium coarse chopped

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
    2. In a large bowl with a whisk mix together the wet ingredients of Butter, Brown Rice Syrup, Honey, Eggs and Vanilla until thoroughly combined. There will still be little lumps of Butter and that is okay.
    3. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients of Whole Wheat Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, Oats, Sugars, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries and Chocolates.
    4. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and combine with a wooden spoon until just mixed. You can bring the dough together with your hands a little if needed. Do not over-mix the dough, but ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined and incorporated.
    5. Scoop dough out in about 1/8 cup (half a 1/4 cup) measurements and press into dough into rough balls (mostly being sure that all ingredients are sticking together) and place balls about 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet(s). Dough shouldn’t spread too much since it is pretty thick.
    6. Place cookies in pre-heated oven one sheet at a time and bake for about 15 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. These cookies are nice and soft, but be careful not to overcook them. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
    7. Continue to bake cookies in batches until all the dough is gone. Enjoy!

    Partially Melted Butter

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    6 Comments

    1. Andi Houston says:

      Hooray a cookie recipe with plenty of fats but no refined sugar! I’m making these for my super-active kids tonight for after-sports snacks. Thank you for sharing!

    2. Linda says:

      I made these cookies this morning and I will only change one part when I make them again. I will only add 1/4 cup each of the milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate morsels. The chocolate seemed too much. Otherwise, very, very good.

      • Jes says:

        Hi Linda! I’m happy you enjoyed them, and I agree that the chocolate is super rich in these. I developed these cookies for some friends who have an amazing sweet tooth and love chocolate. A few of my friends actually ate 3-4 cookies in one sitting, I could only eat a 1/2 cookie (and saved the rest for later) because to my palate they are very rich. So, I hear ya, less chocolate is definitely a good option in these cookies based on your preference. :)

    3. Amanda says:

      I just made these cookies and man, are they tasty! I followed Linda’s lead from above and only used 1/4 c. each of the chocolate morsels (I’m not a crazy chocolate lover) and they’re still very good with plenty of sweetness. I’m taking them on a get-away with friends this coming weekend…I just hope they last that long. :-)

      Thanks for the recipe!

      • Jes says:

        Hi Amanda! I’m so happy you love these, they have been amazingly popular with my friends. And I’m 100% with you in the less chocolate basket. Have a great weekend trip! :)

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