We are so excited at Manitoba Harvest because #FoodieFriday is back in full force! To kick off the return of our weekly recipe posts we’re making delicious Protein Packed Trail Mix Cookies that will satisfy your sweet tooth!
These cookies are so yummy that it’s hard to believe they contain no refined sugar, flour, butter or eggs and are vegan-friendly. Like the name suggests, these cookies have all the goodness of trail mix but in a cookie form so they are great to grab on the go. They are super simple to whip up and make a great mid-day snack or the perfect fix when you get a craving for something sweet.
Instead of refined sugar these cookies contain coconut sugar that is made from the sap of flower buds from a coconut palm tree. Coconut sugar is low on the glycemic index which means that these cookies won’t spike your blood sugar level or make you have a sugar crash (bonus!). When it comes to coconut sugar, we always use Big Tree Farms. They are a super sustainable company and the world’s only certified fair trade coconut sugar, providing enriched livelihoods for thousands of marginalized farmers (we love that).
I love this recipe because it is so easy to modify and you can pick and choose what to add to the cookies. I chose chocolate chips and raisins (my favourite trail mix combo) but any kind of nuts, seeds or dried fruit would also work great. Another thing I love about these cookies is how filling they are. Since they are packed with protein, one cookie will satisfy you and you won’t find yourself eating the whole batch at once (even though they are so tasty you might want to).
Protein Packed Trail Mix Cookies
Yield: 16 to 20 cookies
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 3 tbsp boiling water
- 1 cup almond butter (or whichever nut or seed butter you prefer)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup Hemp Hearts
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (if you want the recipe to be vegan then use dairy-free chocolate chips)
- 1/3 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flax meal and boiling water and set aside for around 10 minutes (this acts as the egg in the cookies). Next, add the almond butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and almond milk to a medium-sized bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is creamy.
Next, stir in the baking soda and sea salt and then add in the rest of the ingredients (including the flax meal and water) and stir until the mixture is well combined. Then, line two pans with parchment paper and drop the cookie dough by tablespoons onto the pan. Flatten down the dough a bit with a fork so they spread out evenly when they’re cooking.
Bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown around the edges. Once you take the cookies out of the oven, let them cool on the pan for a few minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. After they are completely cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container.
These cookies are simple, tasty and guilt-free. I know you’ll definitely enjoy them! Try them out and experiment by adding different nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. What are your favourite trail mix combos? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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