Sunday, November 14, 2010

Trail Mix Cookies

We're home! The hubby and I are connected, relaxed and happy! We had such a wonderful Anniversary trip! Thanks to Susan and Dr. Russ for lending us their cozy cabin for the weekend! I cannot wait to tell you all about our trip...but first a very important post.  A recipe from me to you!
Ok, so most of my recipes are taken and adapted from others' recipes, if I change anything it is one or two ingredients.  On occasion they will be inspired by someone else's recipe and I will change a great deal of ingredients and call them my own.  But I'm not sure I have ever created a recipe that I could completely call my own, and that turned out well! Today that changes.  With a few hours to kill this morning and some fun ingredients to use up, I decided to try my luck at one more baking adventure while in the mountains (I'll tell you about the other one later). 

Success! I am so pleased with this recipe and so excited to finally stamp something as my very own.  After the title of this recipe there will be no "adapted by..." or "inspired by..." and certainly no link to anyone else.  Not that I am not grateful for all the wonderful recipes that I find and use--I mean I hardly use a cookbook anymore.  But this one gets to be my very own.  And that is exciting to me.

Trail Mix Cookies


3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bran flakes, crushed
1 cup quick oats
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c. sugar
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp molasses
1 cup trail mix (I used tropical trail mix)
1/2 cup craisins

In large bowl combine flour, bran flakes, oats, salt, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
I didn't have plain bran flakes, so I used raisin bran...a few more raisins never hurt!

In smaller bowl mash banana, mix with syrup, molasses and oil.  Stir into dry ingredients until well combined.

Pour trail mix into ziploc baggie and crunch up larger pieces (nuts, banana chips, etc.) The raisins and other dried fruit will mash up a bit too, but that is ok.  Pour trail mix into batter and craisins and mix well. 

Drop by teaspoon full onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 10 minutes. 

These cookies came out soft and full of fun and delicious flavor! They were so tasty, you would never know they were vegan or semi-healthy!  Ok, there is a lot of sugar involved here, but not as much as your typical chocolate chip go ahead, indulge! And enjoy every last morsel of my very first, very own cookie recipe!


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