Oh boy do I have a treat for you!
The last two weeks of nasty weather have had Alabamians relegated indoors for days on end. This makes me major antsy. Today, it snowed. Schools closed. Grocery stores were raided in search of milk and bread. #snOMG.
But me? I want summer! Sunshine…sunflowers…sunflower cookies? Well why the heck not? I need something bright and happy in my day.
I tinkered with a tried and true cookie recipe this afternoon and the results were fabulous. I’m not going to call a cookie healthy, but they do contain healthy fats instead of my usual butter. There’s less refined sugar and the chocolate chips are reduced in favor of equally fabulous granola and dried fruit. Go ahead, get sunny!
Chewy Trail Mix Cookies
(Yields about 15)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granola (I use this)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons golden raisins
*In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
*Warm the coconut oil, sunflower butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. You just want this to get warm enough to melt everything together. Too warm and you’ll cook the egg that’s coming in the next step!
*Transfer the wet ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add the egg and use a hand or stand mixer to beat until combined and fluffy.
*Add about a third of the flour to the wet mixture and beat until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour until all is combined. You’re going to have a very thick batter!
*Stir in the granola, chips and raisins. Like I said, this batter is super thick! You’ll have to work a little to get the ingredients combined.
*Form cookies using a heaping tablespoon of dough. Roll them in your hands, then press them down a little on the cookie sheet. Keep in mind, the shape of these cookies changes very little during baking.
*Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool.