Do you know what happens when you incorporate a few “typical” trail mix ingredients in a favorite cookie recipe? The result is a recipe for One Bite Addictive Trail Mix Banana Cookies.
Recently, I received an invitation to participate in a Trail Mix recipe contest to help celebrate National Trail Mix Day held annually on August 31 (yup, I agree, there is a national day for everything!) I love trail mixes, so I jumped at the opportunity.
Not too long ago, I wrote about the benefits of nuts, seeds and chocolate. Remember the Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Clusters I shared with all of you? Well, that recipe encompasses all of the components of a trail mix.
A trail mix is essentially a collection of dried fruit, grains and nuts eaten together. The use of the word “trail” would imply that there should be some hiking activity involved in order to consume this snack. But of course, trail mix (which will provide a healthy boost of energy) can be enjoyed regardless of whether or not you go hiking. Trail mixes are becoming extremely popular as part of breakfast bowls, made into no bake “bites”, bars or even in cookies.
Today, I decided to incorporate two kinds of nuts -almonds and macadamia – along with cacao nibs, and the ever popular goji berries to my trustworthy cookie recipe. As an option, you can also add a third nut …a whole hazelnut to decorate each cookie.
Origin of the recipe for One Bite Addictive Trail Mix Banana Cookies:
I have to tell you that I’ve been making this simple cookie recipe on and off for years- and every time I make it, it becomes a new recipe. Ingredients can easily be swapped with whatever you have in your pantry. Amounts can also be varied to suit your personal preference. If you are interested, the original recipe can be found here.
Today’s result is an easy to make, chewy and moist treat -not to mention a high fiber and antioxidant-rich cookie!
I hope you enjoy this recipe for these One Bite Addictive Trail Mix Banana Cookies. They make the perfect after school snack (by the way -they are also great if you are on a hiking trail 🙂 ). What recipe will you create? Would love to hear about it!
- 2 cups rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill organic extra thick rolled oats)
- ⅔ cup ground almonds (see note)
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil (see note)
- 2 tablespoons honey (can also use maple syrup)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa nibs
- 3 tablespoons goji berries
- 3 tablespoons macadamia nuts, finely chopped
- 4 dozen individual hazelnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Position rack in the center.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the all the dry ingredients. Whisk together. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, incorporate the mashed bananas with the vanilla extract and the coconut oil.
- Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir to combine.
- Fold in the cocoa nibs, goji berries, and the macadamia nuts.
- With a small sized scooper (about 1 tablespoon), scoop out dough and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Place one hazelnut on each cookie (if using).
- With the back end of a fork, press down gently atop each cookie.
- Bake for about 12-14 minutes.
- Transfer to cooling racks.
I used cold pressed liquid coconut oil.
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