There are several things that sparked the inspiration for these cookies. Where to begin?
First, I’ve been on the hunt for a cookie jar for months now. Goodwill always has loads of them but they are always disgusting or characterless and I had practically given up on the idea of ever falling in love with one…until the other day. While out “window shopping” (which usually immediately leads to purchasing things) I came across a massive sale at [undisclosed store] (I don’t like to admit that I shop at this store because they can be obscenely expensive and the amount of money that I give to this place is undesirable) I found this gem. Not only was this cookie jar exactly what I had been dreaming about but it was also 3 dollars. This immediately ended my “window shopping” and sparked the consumerism in me.
Since then I’ve named him Velvet and he lives on top of our microwave. He’s an awesome addition to the family but I needed to christen him with a batch of fresh cookies so that all my roommates would have to marvel at (or at least interact with) him in order to get to the baked goods. But then I came to the dilemma of what kind of cookies should I make?
There were two factors that came into play when deciding to conquer these trailmixers. First, I’ve been doing this yoga class and it’s totally brainwashed (or inspired?) me into trying to be a healthier and more conscious person, which means I’ve been replacing all my refined sugar with agave nectar as much as possible. So I needed a recipe that used agave. Next, I’ve had this terrible yearning for summer…beaches, picnics, grilling, tans, etc. So as soon as I saw Isa’s version of this cookie it immediately reminded me of taking hikes at Griffy lake and living off of trail mix for 4 days straight at Bonnaroo.
And let me tell you, no cookie has ever tasted so much like summer as this one! These guys are loaded with chunks of chocolate, cranberries, and peanuts, melted together with a gooey chocolate center. I cannot wait to replace all my other picnic fare with these guys. And they are semi-healthy too!
Vegan Trail Mix Cookies
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 2/3 cups canola oil
- 3/4 cup agave nectar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3.4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (or m&ms)
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (or any nut you’d like!)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with wax paper.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond milk, flax seeds, oil, agave nectar, and vanilla. Next slowly add in the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Once everything in well combined, fold in the chocolate chips, peanuts, and cranberries.
Spoon tablespoon size chunks of dough onto the baking sheets (they don’t spread out much so don’t worry about putting them too close together) and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.