Oh y'all, these homemade trail mix cookies are sooo delicious that you'd never guess they're actually (a little bit) healthy! Packed with oats, nuts, dried fruit and (MOST importantly) chocolate – they're a great treat to pack for a hike or for an after-school snack.
Homemade Trail Mix Cookies Recipe
These homemade trail mix cookies have quickly become one of my favorite cookie recipes. They're packed with energy and help keep you full on days when you're running around all day or out enjoying nature.
One thing I love about them (besides the fact that they taste amazing!) is that I can easily fit them into my calorie/carb count for the day. With just 85 calories and 16 net carbs per cookie they don't sabotage my diet on days that I'm eating higher carbs.
If you make our Incredible Baked Oatmeal recipe as often as I do you'll most likely have all the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch of these homemade trail mix cookies. My hubby absolutely loved these and I did too ~ while I love my regular homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe, these are a wee bit healthier and taste every bit as good (just in a different way!)
What goes in trail mix cookies?
The obvious oats and nuts and chocolate – but also…pretty much everything but the kitchen sink! Here's the cast of characters that are in our homemade trail mix cookies:
- unsweetened applesauce
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- egg whites
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- quick cooking oats
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- chopped pecans
- dried chopped cranberries
However, the options are endless so you can definitely get creative and add in your favorite trail mix ingredients and really personalize these cookies to your tastebuds. 😋
*If you want to make them look more fun for the littles – I think M&M's would be a great addition to trailmix cookies – since it's kinda the classic thing to mix with raisins and nuts. Plus it'll make them colorful!
Is homemade trail mix the best for this recipe?
This homemade trail mix cookie recipe calls for individual ingredients that pretty much equal a homemade trail mix.
So, if you've got a favorite homemade or store bought trail mix that you love then I'd say go for it. I would use about 1 1/3 cups trail mix (roughly chopped) in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chips, pecans and craisins listed in the recipe ingredients. Then you can follow the rest of the recipe as written.
How to make trail mix bars?
If you'd like to make this into a more traditional granola bar instead of a cookie I don't see why that wouldn't work.
I haven't personally tested these as trail mix bars but I think it should work out great. After you mix all of the ingredients together, pour into a greased and parchment lined 13×9-inch baking dish and bake in a 350°F 20-30 minutes. Be sure to watch carefully so the bars don't get too brown and hard. 🙂 Let cool in the pan probably a good hour so they can firm up. Cut into bars to serve.
Transfer bars to an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer. I highly recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper in between layers to prevent them from sticking together.
These will keep for up to a week in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer. If frozen, let them thaw at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before eating.
Such good dunkers too, haha! I think I may have to run and make another batch. 🙂
Homemade Trail Mix Cookies
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ tsps vanilla extract
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cups quick cooking oats
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup dried chopped cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat applesauce, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla together.
- In another bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer until they are frothy and begin to firm up. Fold egg whites into applesauce mixture.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon then fold into egg mixture. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and cranberries.
- Drop cookies with a teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake until set and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove immediately to cooling racks.
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