“Healthier” Chewy Trail Mix Cookies

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I made these for my step-grandpa, Don T’s, 92nd birthday. He loves trail mix, but is also concerned about what he’s eating. This is the healthier recipe I came up with.

  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter; room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1 tsp Tahitian Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats; ground
  • 1/2 cup of each, Salted Peanuts, Pepitas, Crasins, and M&Ms

Makes about 2 Dozen Large Cookies

Cream together Butter and Sugars until smooth and fluffy. Add dry ingredients, except for M&Ms. Then mix in wet ingredients. I like to add the M&Ms directly to the formed dough balls so that the colors don’t bleed in the mix. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes.

The apple sauce is actually replacing another stick of butter and that is part of why this is the healthier version. I also reduced the amount of sugar because of the natural sweetness of the apple sauce. This is also what makes the cookies so chewy. I replaced a portion of the flour with ground oats because oats are just healthier than refined flour.

You can also use regular vanilla. Tahitian vanilla’s flavor is just much more robust. Don’t forget to get creative! Substitute any of the trail mix ingredients for your favorite mix.