If you follow me on social media you probably know that I am training for a triathlon. It is happening in 1 MONTH. Yikesssss. It is my second one, my first was in March. I would like to perform better this time than last time, but honestly I’ve been struggling with motivation. We’ve had a heat wave in August and it’s been 10-15 degrees hotter than normal. There’s a big difference between 95 and 110. Phew!
Fortunately going to some group workouts and triathlon clinics has made me more excited and motivated to keep working toward this goal. And I made some cookies healthy enough to fuel some workouts. You know when you’re not really hungry, but you know if you don’t eat you’ll be starving later? But you also don’t want to eat too much or you’ll feel full and gross during your work out. That’s when you need a few nutritionally dense bites to tide you over.
These chewy cookies are actually made with almond butter and packed with nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit. They’re still cookies, a treat, but they do pack a lot of nutrition. They’re much less sweet (only about 1t of added sugar per cookie) than your average protein bar. They’re perfect before triathlon training, or to take along on a hike.
They’re also delicious and have chocolate chips, so they hit the spot for dessert, too! I hope you try these chewy, crunchy, chocolate treats, whether you’re training for a triathlon or a Hulu marathon.
Trail Mix Cookies
1/3c avocado oil
1/2c almond butter
1/4c coconut sugar
3T maple syrup
3/4c almond flour
2T coconut flour
1T ground flax
1t baking soda
3/4c mixed nuts, roughly chopped (I used peanuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds)
1/4c dried fruit
1/3c mini chocolate chips
1/4c coconut flakes
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a mixer, add the oil, almond butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and egg. Beat it all together until well combined and caramely.
Add the almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, baking soda, and cinnamon to the mixer and mix until a thick, sticky dough forms.
Add the remaining ingredients and briefly mix or fold them into the dough.
Scoop the dough into medium-sized balls and place on the lined baking sheets. Wet your fingers with water, and lightly press down on each to flatten it a bit.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 mins, then slide the parchment onto the counter for the cookies to cool.
If you make these cookies, snap a photo for me! Post your picture on Instagram, and tag me at #ideatthatfoodtoo. You can also Pin this picture so you don't forget to make these next time you need a treat!