Raw Trail Mix Energy Cookies

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on April 2, 2012

Not that everyone couldn’t use a little more energy most days (besides my kids, of course!), I have to say I really needed these this last week.  With less than a week till my due date, I think I need to make another batch!

I honestly haven’t been purposely avoiding the blog and I apologize for the lack of posts.  It’s just that nesting has taken over and putting food in the freezer and keeping the house somewhat tidy has taken over everything else.  I can’t guarantee you’ll see much of me after baby gets here, but I do have a few posts waiting, almost ready to go, so I shouldn’t disappear for too long 🙂

I always kind of look at any recipe with “energy” in the title and think “hah, of course it’ll give me energy.  I’ll be energized for 10 minutes and then want to take a nap” which is what anything with too much sugar makes me do, especially lately.  But these really are little bites of energy, and not the type that makes you want to nap 10 minutes later.  One cookies isn’t exactly filling because I made them fairly small, but it’s satisfying and will keep you going for a while.

If you like raw fruit and nut treats, like Larabars or other homemade varieties, you’ll love these.  I realized why I haven’t been feeling like making my regular dried fruit/nut treats and it’s texture.  As much as I love them, I need some change, and all the seeds and different dried fruits in these are exactly what I was looking for.

For something baked, try this amazing looking Homemade Coconut Trail Mix.

For the of sake simplicity, you could press the whole mixture into a loaf pan(or maybe 2 for thinner bars) and then pop it out and slice into bars.  Just be sure to pack them really well and maybe line the pan with wax or parchment paper so it’s easy to pull out after it’s packed.

So I’ve been talking like these make an awesome granola bar type replacement.  Which they totally do, but I just thought I should clarify, that does not mean that these don’t make an awesome dessert.  They’re like the perfect sweetness, chewy, dense, almost fudgy.  So yes, they make an awesome dessert.

And for the record, there will be some in my hospital bag 😀



Raw Trail Mix Energy Cookies

Makes about 20 2-3 bite cookies

  • 1/2 C raw almonds
  • 1/4 C coconut
  • 1 C packed medjool dates
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash vanilla
  • 1/4 C cacao nibs
  • 1/2 C pepitas
  • 1/2 C dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries
  • 1/2 C raw sunflower seeds

In a food processor grind up the almonds and coconut until no big pieces remain, pour out into a bowl or container.  Place the dates in the food processor and process until well chopped and sticking together like a dough.  Add the almond/coconut mixture back in, along with the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla.  Process again for no more than 2-3 minutes or just until the “dough” sticks together.  If it doesn’t stick together, stop the food processor and pinch a bit of the dough between your fingers.  If it sticks together, it’s done.  Remove from the food processor into a bowl.

Add in the cacao nibs and all the seeds and dried fruit.  Mix together well.  You may need to use your hands to knead the add-ins into the dough.  Once thoroughly mixed, either press the mixture into a loaf pan very firmly and slice into bars or take a large spoonful at a time and press into a ball or cookie shape with your hands.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer for a longer period of time.


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1 Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes April 6, 2012 at 10:14

Those looks soo delicious!! I love these kinds of cookies!! I love the combination of chocolate and fruit that you used. 🙂 Great recipe!!


2 Joanne April 5, 2012 at 06:48

Larabars are my favorite go-to snack and I love the sound of this dessert version! Definitely a good idea to have these around for once the baby comes…they seem like the perfect healthy grab-and-go treat!


3 Alison April 4, 2012 at 21:51

Those look delicious – and a nice added bonus that they’re good for you too. 🙂


4 Baking Serendipity April 4, 2012 at 19:10

Love, love, love! The extra energy and raw ingredients are exactly perfect here. Bookmarking! And wishing you well in that last week!


5 Rawkinmom April 4, 2012 at 17:58

These are so colorful!! You better make a HUGE batch because once baby is there that may all you eat!!! LOL I remember when we brought my daughter home….all I ate was grab and go snacks….I never had time for a realmeal!!!


6 Amy (Super Healthy Kids) April 4, 2012 at 06:21

Oh wow! These look amazing!! I’m sharing on Facebook right now! 🙂


7 Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 3, 2012 at 14:03

I’ve been wondering about you lately, wondering if you had already had your baby but were just keeping quiet about it. 🙂 Good luck with the delivery!

These look fantastic and I love the ingredients in them. I’ve never heard of pepitas so I’ll go look those up now. They look nice and fudgy!


8 Amy @ Gastronome Tart April 3, 2012 at 10:57

You know how much I love on the go healthy snacks! This is perfect and they look delicious. Can’t wait to try these!


9 Nicole, RD April 3, 2012 at 05:08

Less than a week! Eeeek! 🙂 That’s so exciting!!!

P.S. These look wooonderful! I am feeling energized already! 😉


10 Kathryn April 3, 2012 at 02:45

Enjoy your last week of pregnancy, I hope everything goes smoothly! I think it’s very sensible to stack your freezer with as much stuff as you can now while you have a moment to yourself!


11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 2, 2012 at 20:40

I spent this whole post wondering (hoping) that these would be no bake and literally just said “yes!” out loud when I saw the recipe and that they were. Score 🙂


12 Nora @ natural noshing April 2, 2012 at 20:11

Mmmmmmm these do look like energy bites! And they sound awesome too 🙂 I know what you mean ab energy bars, I’m the same way! No worries about the posts, you do your thing and take care of yourself and your family 🙂 we will be here!!! Wishing you an easy delivery, and hoping you can get some rest before the little one arrives, I’ll be thinking of you!!!


13 Eat Good 4 Life April 2, 2012 at 19:31

I was wondering where did you go 🙂 I actually did not know that you were pregnant wow. Good luck on your delivery. Your third? I take my hat to you, I have plenty with two. Sometimes I wish I was by myself 🙂 It is hard work!!

Anyhow, I love anything such as these cookies. The fact that they are no bake, super versatile and super healthy, well, what is not to like!! I just wish I had a more powerful food processor because when I make my bars I feel like as though my machine is going to blast into flames it gets so hot 🙂


14 Heather April 2, 2012 at 18:29

Loving these!

…Lara Bars are the best – I can’t wait to try your take on mini lara’s 🙂


15 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 2, 2012 at 18:23

Only 1 more week?!! How exciting! You’re very smart loading up that freezer. 🙂 These look like a great combo and I love that they have cocoa powder. I’ve been craving chocolate treats like crazy lately.


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