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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Blondie Protein Bars

I’ve never been a huge protein powder users. I experimented once with whey protein and it messed with my stomach so much I threw the rest away. Recently I’ve been giving it another go. I did a little research and found that the whey is often upsetting for a lot of people and an alternative option is a vegan protein powder. Well I did some more research and came across Sunwarrior products and contacted them for a sample. They were wonderful! I received a sample of all of their different vanilla protein supplements (flavor per my request) immediately after sending them an email. Awesome customer service. I really enjoyed the Classic Vanilla Protein Powder and bought some recently. I’ve been adding it to my smoothies but I was really interested in doing some baking with it. Today I did a little googling and came across a bare bones Blondie recipe that I altered quite a bit, and I absolutely love the result!

CrumbsinBedBlondie Protein Bars

  • 1  3/4 oat flour (I made my own)
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1  3/4 oat flour (I made my own)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I used 1/2 and I think it was too much)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup agave/honey (I used a little of both)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional-feel free to try different nuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl lightly incorporate dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl mix oil, applesauce, agave, egg, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.

If you want to add in nuts, chocolate chips, etc now is the time. Throw those goodies into the bowl and lightly incorporate them as well. Once completely mixed, pour batter into greased baking dish.

Cook about 25 minutes. I kept an eye on mine and they took about 27 minutes. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares. Enjoy!

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***Suggestions welcome: Although the bars hold up pretty well, they are smidge delicate and I was wondering if anyone had any tips to firm them up a little. More agave/honey? Thanks!