Trail Mix Cookies
Makes 18 Cookies
Compared to most granola bars, these cookies pack more nutrition with less sugar. The nutrition breakdown beats so many bars I often recommend that clients make these instead and use them whenever they would normally rely on granola bars. They have no added sugars or refined oils (other than the chocolate chips), while most store-bought bars do. Aside from the added protein, all of the energy comes from whole food sources and natural ingredients, meaning that calorie for calorie you're getting much better nutrition than with almost every Store-bought kind!
The balance of protein, fat and fiber from whole food ingredients slows down digestion and makes the energy from these cookies last. I snack on a few of these plus some fresh fruit while I'm hiking and I find it lasts me for hours! They're portable and freezable, so keep a stash for when you need them.
On to the good part :)
- 1 extra large very ripe banana (or 2 small)
- 1/2 cup natural nut butter
- 1 scoop unflavoured protein powder (I love Infinit Raw Protein)
- 1.5 cups rolled oats (GF if needed)
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts or pumpkin seeds
- pinch of salt (only if your nut butter is unsalted)
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Mash banana, peanut butter and protein powder together in a mixing bowl until the consistency is smooth
- Add oats and ground flax and mix well.
- Add raisins, chocolate chips and chopped nuts, mix well.
- Let the cookie batter stand for 5 minutes so the oats soften a bit. Scoop onto a cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes at 350F.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack.
- Freeze the cookies in a large ziploc - they'll keep for 6 weeks in the freezer!
Vegan Option: Use vegan protein powder
Lactose-free Option: Use vegan protein powder
- Use dried cranberries and shredded coconut flakes instead of raisins and chocolate chips
- Sub chocolate protein powder for unflavoured
- Add 1/4 cup ground flax seeds or hemp hearts for extra fiber and healthy fats
- These cookies also have a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat, a decent amount of fiber, and a lower amount of sugar than most commercial granola bars that aren't artificially sweetened. All wins in my books!