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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies

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Hearty, filling, nutritious, delicious, and energizing Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies full of coconut, oats, almond and buckwheat flours, bananas, cacao, chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts! They make for one tasty high protein treat along the trail, or any time you need a treat that you can feel good about!

Gluten-free trail mix cookies.

These thick & hearty Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies make for the ultimate healthy, filling, protein-packed treat to energize and satisfy your cravings.

Stack of cookies that are gluten free.
  • They’re high in protein
  • These gluten-free cookies freeze well for later
  • You can easily add in other ingredients to change up the taste and texture
Baked cowboy cookie recipe that is gluten free.

These cookies are quite tasty. Something about them had me unable to stop myself from grabbing another..and another…!

They are not overly sweet and indulgent, yet have just enough of a chocolate taste to satisfy dessert cravings. They are full of filling and healthy ingredients like bananas, coconut, cacao powder. raisins and walnuts — making for one high-protein cookie you can enjoy eating sans guilt.

Whether you’re looking to energize on the trail or simply want a treat you can feel good about eating, these Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies make the perfect little grab-and-go bundle of health and deliciousness.

Close up of trail mix cookies with a bite taken out of one.

Ingredients needed to make Trail Mix Cookies

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card to get the full measurements and directions.

  • rolled oats
  • buckwheat flour
  • almond flour
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • coconut sugar
  • poppy seeds
  • cacao powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • nutmeg
  • sea salt
  • ripe bananas
  • egg
  • peanut butter
  • coconut oil
  • vanilla extract
  • walnuts
  • chocolate chips
  • golden raisins
Close up of stack of trail mix cookies.

How To Make Cowboy Cookies

With a prep time of just 5 minutes, you’ll be eating these cookies in no time at all.

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients oats through salt. Stir until evenly combined.

Step 3: Add bananas

In another bowl combine mashed bananas, egg, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

Step 4: Combine the wet and dry ingredients

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Step 5: Add in extras

Gently fold in walnuts, chocolate chips, and raisins.

Step 6: Form the cookies

Using about 1/2 tbs of dough, roll into a ball, place on a prepared cookie sheet, and then flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Repeat with remaining dough leaving at least 1/2″ space between cookies.

Step 7: Bake

Bake for 11-14 minutes or until bottoms and edges are turning golden. Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

Cookies that are baked and stacked with chocolate chips and other simple ingredients.

Variations & Substitutions

Change out the type of nut butter – You can easily choose to use cashew butter or almond butter for this recipe as well. 

Add sunflower seeds – Want more crunch? Put it in the cookies! You can also add pecans or pumpkin seeds as well. 

Use more dried fruits – Since a lot of the sweetness of these healthy trail mix cookies comes from the fruit, you can add more. Dried cranberries are a great option.

Use some natural sweetness – Putting honey or pure maple syrup in the cookies can add a boost of sweetness! 

Stack of trail mix cookies that are high in protein.

Common Questions

You could. Use could leave out the egg and use applesauce as an option and cut out any other ingredients that you’d like to make these cookies vegan-friendly. 

With a few minimal changes, you could also make these cookies dairy-free as well. 

How do you store cookies to keep them fresh? 

The best way to store these trail mix cookies is to keep them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They should stay fresh for up to 2-3 days without any issues. 

Cookie with a hand holding it and a bite taken out of it.

I like using rolled oats but if you have a flavored oatmeal packet, that might be a really cool flavor and twist to try! If it works, come back and let me know! 

Cookies cooling on the mat.

I know I’ll be making these time and again, myself! My toddler adored them, and I fell in love with the taste instantly. I hope you do, too!

Stack of trail mix cookies.

 

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 5 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder raw
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 bananas ripe and mashed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp raisins golden

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine dry ingredients oats through salt. Stir until evenly combined.
  • In another bowl combine mashed bananas, egg, peanut butter, oil and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Gently fold in walnuts, chocolate chips, and raisins.
  • Using about 1/2 tbs of dough, roll into a ball, place on prepared cookie sheet, and then flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Repeat with remaining dough leaving at least 1/2" space between cookies.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes or until bottoms and edges are turning golden.
  • Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. OMG!! It tasted amazing. I was skeptical with the mix of the oats, buckwheat and almond flour. So good! I did not have poppy seeds. I used chia instead.