>> Thursday, January 7, 2010
It's true -- I can't live without cookies. That doesn't mean I can't make them a tad more nutritious, though. These chunky trail mix cookies have no white sugar or white flour. No eggs or full-fat butter. And yet, they taste incredible. They are full of omega-3 with walnuts and flax seeds. The secret is in the coconut and vanilla.
Just look at all that wholesome & vegan goodness!
What you'll need . . .
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance (or other butter substitute)
- 1/4 cup raw sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup wheat pastry flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup instant oats (it's all I had -- and it's important to use just this and not rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (Sunspire is my fav.)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the Earth Balance, sugar, and brown sugar.
- Add applesauce and vanilla and beat well.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, coconut flakes, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend well.
- Mix in the oats. Then fold in the remaining ingredients (the trail mix part). The dough will be stiff.
- Drop heaping tablespoon amounts of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes -- until golden brown.
- Yields 2 dozen cookies.
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