It's the Oscars…and a Really Good Cookie!

Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies

Happy Sunday!  It is a cold and drizzly day here in Austin. Even still I have had a good day and weekend.  Nothing wild and crazy for me.  Got all my cleaning, laundry and ironing done on Friday afternoon so I had no real chores for the weekend.  Yesterday was another beautiful sunny day and I took a nice walk in the afternoon with my classmate Jill. It was an excellent day to get outside.  I worked at school all morning, and finished all my assisting hours!  Woo hoo.  60 hours complete so I can check that off the list.  I am down to three weeks of classroom and cooking, one week of planning and executing what they call our Final Event, a little shindig we cater for our final exam, and I will be a culinary graduate!  I will work the weeks of April with a personal chef and cooking at a week long yoga retreat and that will complete all my requirements.  It seems hard to believe. I have thought about this for so long it is surreal that it is almost over.  

So tonight is the Oscars.  Are you an Oscar's person?  I love to watch.  The dresses, the show, I love it all. I am a big movie fan, and often go by myself. I know some people would never go alone but it works for me.  You can sit where you want, don't have to talk to anyone, and can stay all the way through the credits!  I always like to see where things are filmed and the music and those are always at the end.   I thought I was doing pretty well seeing the nominees but when I just looked at all the nominees I realized I missed a bunch.   I saw American Sniper (two thumbs up), Birdman (one thumb only, kind of a strange one), and Boyhood (two thumbs up).  Here are my two cents on what else I saw:  Wild.  Good but the book is 100 times better. If you haven't seen it I recommend the book over the movie.  Gone Girl.  Both book and movie are excellent.  The movie is very true to the book so if you didn't read it dont bother, watch the movie.  Ben Affleck is excellent. Unbroken. I saw this with Tom.  It was rather hard to watch but very well done.  Louis Zamperini was an amazing man and an inspiration for all of us.  And lastly, Still Alice which I saw this afternoon.  Oh my, take kleenex.  I read the book by Lisa Genova several years ago and thought the movie would not do it justice. I was wrong.  This was amazing.  Julianne Moore should win.  I have also read everything that Lisa Genova has written and all her books are mesmerizing and definitely worth reading. 

So you probably don't read a health focused blog for my movie reviews, so here is a recipe.  Yesterday the public class I worked was gluten free baking.  One of the recipes we did was for trail mix cookies. They are soooo good that I coveted the leftovers and brought home 5. I had to put them in the freezer so as not to eat them all right away.  When I baked cookies, my dad's favorite was always a cookie with "substance."  He didn't want a delicate, fine crumbed cookie.  He wanted something you could really bite into and chew.  These fit the bill.  They are a variation on a chocolate chip cookie, but are gluten free and vegan.  They have oats, nuts, chocolate chips and coconut.  They are quite addictive. I warn you because these are not something you want to eat a bunch of.  They are full of healthy fats, but are accordingly not a low calorie snack.  We made only 12 or 14 from the recipe but I recommend making them smaller so you get 24 and can eat a smaller portion. They would be delicious for breakfast, especially if you have to eat on the run.  A green juice and a trail mix cookie and you would be set.  The recipe is versatile.  Use peanut or almond butter and whatever mix of nuts and seeds you like.  Just keep the portions as noted in the recipe.  If you have the ingredients, quickly whip up a batch and eat them while you watch the Oscars! 

Trail Mix Cookies

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack breakfast gluten-free vegan vegetarian oats cookie

Ingredients (12-24 cookies)

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 chia eggs (2 Tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 1/2 cup warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes to make a gel.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 chopped pecans or any combination of nuts and seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds, pistachios, walnuts, sliced almonds....)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or 85% chocolate cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, optional but delicious

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat liner or grease well.

In the large bowl of a mixer, combine the coconut oil, nut butter, and coconut sugar. Beat on medium speed to thoroughly combine. Add the chia eggs and vanilla, mixing well. On low speed stir in the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt. Remove from the mixer. By hand, stir in the oats, pecans/nuts/seeds, chocolate and coconut.

Scoop dough onto the cookie sheet, using about 1/3 cup dough for a large cookie or 2 Tbsp for a smaller version. Make large ones (12-14) or smaller ones (~24). Flatten with your hand or the bottom of a measuring cup. These will not rise so make them the shape you want them. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown, depending on the size and thickness of your cookie. Let cool briefly on the cookie sheet to allow them to harden and hold together. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

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