Hearty “Happy Trekking Trail Mix” Oatmeal Cookies

Trail mix is a great snack to take along with you on the go, walking, hiking, biking, working, shopping, traveling or any time. I was surprised to learn that the traditional combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate as a trail snack dates back to the 1910s, when the idea was included in a popular camping guide.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

While shopping for walnuts recently, I found the perfect trail mix combination and decided to add some to my favorite cookie recipe, and I love how it turned out. Be sure to get a trail mix variety with only nuts and fruit and chocolate. Watch for added sugar and unnecessary ingredients.

Carbohydrates from the whole grains I use in the cookie recipe, along with the dried fruit, helps create an energy boost and the protein and fat from the nuts helps sustain that energy. I have two for breakfast or for a snack or take some with me when I leave the house and feel satisfied for hours. They’re just like eating delicious cookies, not health food!

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

THE HEALTHY AND CRUNCHY REAL FOOD INGREDIENTS!

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Begin by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees and getting a large cookie sheet ready. I prefer cooking directly on my non-stick cookie sheet, but you can use parchment paper or a baking mat.

Then combine all the wet ingredients in a batter bowl or regular bowl. First add melted, cooled coconut oil and an egg and mix. Second add a little sugar, almond extract and honey and mix. Last add some mashed banana and mix until all the ingredients are completely combined.

I love to use my new style rotary egg beater to mix the wet ingredients. It’s designed after the old-fashioned egg beater my Mom had in her kitchen and it works fantastically and easily.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Next whisk the dry ingredients together in another bowl. Add white whole wheat flour, quick cooking oatmeal, cinnamon, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Note: Organic Cane Sugar is much less processed than granulated sugar and retains a lot of its nutrients. Being organic, damaging pesticides are also eliminated.

Note: Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour is milled from hard white spring wheat rather than the traditional red wheat of regular Whole Wheat Flour. With its lighter color, milder flavor and finer texture, it is a great substitute for all-purpose flour. It gives you all of the nutrition and fiber of whole grains, in a lighter, milder-tasting flour.

Note: Quick cooking oats are rolled oats that have been coarsely chopped. You can either purchase them already chopped or make them yourself by slightly pulsing regular old-fashioned oats in a food processor or blender.

Quick cooking oats are great for cookies because they are not as dry and look nicer than larger pieces of oatmeal. Make them organic to avoid possible pesticides.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

With a chef’s knife or other large blade knife, chop the trail mix into medium-sized pieces, so you can get some crunchiness in every bite.

Now mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a spatula or large spoon, until combined. Then fold the trail mix into the mixture.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

The easiest way for me to get uniform cookies is to use a cookie scoop. Scoop and drop twenty cookies onto the cookie sheet and then flatten them down a little with dampened fingers.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Finally, bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. After that move them to a cooling rack.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

THESE ARE FANTASTIC COOKIES!

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

I used Trader Joe’s Happy Trekking Trail Mix with cashews, almonds, pistachios, semi-sweet chocolate and dried cranberries and cherries. No other unwanted ingredients.

Nuts are rich antioxidants and contain minerals like potassium, zinc and selenium. They also contain vitamin-E and the B-complex vitamins riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.

Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

    Hearty Happy Trekking Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

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    Prep Time: 20 Minutes     Cook Time: 10 Minutes     Yield: 20 Servings


    Ingredients

    • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil, Melted and Cooled
    • 1 Large Egg, Room Temperature
    • 1/3 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
    • 1/2 Teaspoons Pure Almond Extract
    • 2 Tablespoons Honey (Use Local Honey if Possible)
    • 1/4 Cup Banana, Mashed
    • 1 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour (100% Whole Grain)
    • 1 Cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal (Quick Cooking, Not Instant)
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon is My Favorite)
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1 Cup Trail Mix (Try Trader Joe’s Happy Trekking Trail Mix with Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, and Dried Cranberries and Cherries)

    Preparation 

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 375℉.
    2. Get a large cookie sheet ready. I prefer cooking directly on my non-stick cookie sheet, but you can use parchment paper or a baking mat.
    3. In a batter bowl or regular bowl, combine the wet ingredients. First add the melted, cooled coconut oil and the egg and mix.
    4. Second add the cane sugar, almond extract and honey and mix.
    5. Last add the mashed banana and mix until all the ingredients are completely combined.
    6. I love to use my new style rotary egg beater to mix the wet ingredients. It’s designed after the old-fashioned egg beater my Mom had in her kitchen and works fantastically and easily.
    7. Whisk the dry ingredients together in another bowl. Add the white whole wheat flour, quick cooking oatmeal, Ceylon cinnamon, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda.
    8. Chop the trail mix into medium-sized pieces, so you can get some crunchiness in every bite.
    9. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a spatula or large spoon until combined.
    10. Fold the trail mix into the mixture.
    11. Using a cookie scoop, scoop and drop twenty cookies onto the cookie sheet and flatten them down a little with dampened fingers.
    12. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. After that move them to a cooling rack.
    13. Enjoy alone or with a glass of milk! 

    Author: Dianna

    Dianna Donnely is the Author of “Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation” Who is Passionate About a Healthy Happy Lifestyle and Easy Real Food Recipes! "Easy Real Food Recipes" Cookbooks Coming in the Future!

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