Trail Mix Protein Cookie

SPRING BREAK! Woo! The reason I’m so happy…and potentially the reason I just ate three cookies.

If you couldn’t tell already I am on my spring break from school and field placement and I am super excited about it! It’s been a very very hectic last couple of weeks and this break came at the perfect time.

I was so excited today to do all the fun things I’ve been wanting to do for weeks. And when I use the word ‘fun’ I use it lightly for all you folks out there, because what I was really doing was cleaning my apartment, running long lost errands and going grocery shopping. It’s the little things that make me smile I suppose.

Anywho, I’ve had this idea to make healthy oatmeal cookies for ages now. I had my mom send me her delicious oatmeal cookie recipe and I totally messed with it to create a healthier version. She would be appalled. But that’s okay.

So I must confess, these cookies did not spread. I assume from lack of oil/butter. That being said, although I was hesitant about their quality I was pleasantly surprised after tasting. So don’t let your eyes deceive you and give them a shot for a healthy dessert or on the go snack!

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Trail Mix Protein Cookie

  • 1/4 cup unseweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup agave
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Classic)
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cups chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 35o degrees.

Cream together applesauce, peanut butter, agave, eggs and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in separate bowl salt, baking soda, protein powder, and brown rice flour. Gently incorporate into wet mixture.

While mixing add oats into mixture.

At this time add in whatever “extras” you’d like. I added cranberries, chocolate chips, peanuts, and raisins. Mix until everything is distributed evenly.

Roll small balls of the dough and place on ungreased baking sheet. These did not spread so don’t worry about spacing them. Give them a small squish to give them a more “cookie-like” shape.

Cook for 10-12 minutes. (Mine needed 12) Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

It’s pumpkin season people! September! The very very very cusp of fall and I plan to take full advantage….even if it was 80 degrees out today. Whatever. I LOVE fall, as do many New Englanders. It is my favorite season without a doubt, and I love how it subtly leads us into the winter holiday season. Although, I do NOT love Winter…like most New Englanders.

Anywho, I eat pumpkin all year round because it’s absolutely fantastic for you. I’ve been on a forced pumpkin hiatus as Whole Foods, my go-to pumpkin haven, has temporarily (or permanently?!) stopped carrying their 365 Canned Pure Pumpkin. I’m super annoyed by this situation, and I’ll tell you why. I JUST discovered this beauty long enough to buy just 2 sad cans before it disappeared! Get it somewhere else? No. Whole Foods 365 is the cheapest I’ve ever been able to find it, I think about $1.69/can? So I boycotted it from other stores.

That is until….TODAY! Woo. I strolled into Shaws today…I never stroll into Shaws, I hate Shaws. But that’s a rant for another day…. Anyways, I strolled in looking for a particular item (which they didn’t have) and stumbled into the baking aisle and what did I see?! Shaw’s brand canned pure pumpkin. Could it be! And marked down to $1.29/can. Yes! I bought 4 cans. I may have to go back.

Rant Over. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. ButterLESS, OilLESS, GuiltLESS. Check it out.
WARNING FOR COOKIE SNOBS: This cookie will not have your “average” cookie texture. It’s a bit denser but the flavor is great. Definitely a great guiltless dessert you won’t find yourself regretting.

IMG_1431Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1/2 cup & 2 tbl canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup Agave (or honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/8 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbl flax meal (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts; chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

Combine pumpkin, egg, agave and vanilla well. Set bowl asideIMG_1427

In a separate bowl combine flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, flax, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Lightly mix.IMG_1426

Slowly incorporate the dry mix into the wet mix. Once nearly mixed add in chocolate chip and walnuts. Finish incorporating. Taste test and add more spice as desired.IMG_1428

Scoop even spoonfuls of batter onto the baking sheet. Press dough down and form into a cookie shape.
*Because there is no oil/butter the cookies will not spread naturally. It is very important to form the cookies prior to baking.IMG_1429

Bake cookies for 14 minutes or until they are no longer smooshy on the tops. Remove from tray and cool on cooling rack.IMG_1433