These molasses cookies taste like a grown up version of those delicious trail mix cookies you used to get at birthday parties- the ones with chocolate chips, M and Ms, raisins and oats. These cookies have an interesting dark caramelised taste from the molasses and lots of chewy bite from the coconut.
I am really proud of these Molasses Trail Mix Cookies! And that’s because they taste amazing, yet they are pretty healthy. I don’t think truly “healthy baking” often works, in that it can taste, look and feel odd. Yet I do really like to cut back on sugar, carbs and fat and the great feeling of knowing that my kids are getting healthy, wholesome ingredients. In these cookies there is no refined sugar, no butter, and only a little flour. They have oats, shredded coconut, raisins and the occasional fleck of dark chocolate. Because any cookie is made better by chocolate.
These trail mix cookies have a nice crispness to them. They also have a nice chew from all the oats and coconut. One of the most pleasurable textural combinations of all time is chewy and crispy. I love how the molasses gives these a slightly more grown up taste.
We’ve been reading a book called “Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies”, which was sent to my boys from my mom in America. They LOVE this book! In the story, Mama Cat bakes her kittens a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, which happen to be Baby Blue Cat’s favourite. So he secretly eats the whole batch before any of the other cats get any. You can imagine after reading this story for the 99th consecutive bedtime in a row, we all simply HAD to have some kind of oatmeal raisin cookie. Hence these cookies were created. And anytime I start reading it again, I start to crave these cookies and eventually make a batch. But that’s perfectly ok – who doesn’t enjoy the homey feeling that comes with baking for your family?
Try these other “sort of healthy” baking recipes I’ve made: Skinny Elvis Cookies, Rhubarb Crumble Muffins, Zucchini + Banana Muffins, No Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Rocky Road and Reduced Sugar Anzac Biscuits. (And if you are one of my US readers – just making sure you know that ‘biscuits’ are cookies here in Australia and the UK, not the kind of biscuits that we know!)
Here is your recipe for Molasses Trail Mix Cookies:
- ½ cup / 120g coconut oil, melted
- ⅓ cup / 100g molasses
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup / 100g rolled oats
- 1 cup / 150g flour
- pinch salt
- ⅓ cup / 50g coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ½ cup / 50g shredded coconut
- ¼ cup / 40g raisins
- ⅓ cup / 60g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
- Preheat oven to 160C/320F.
- Line two baking trays with wax paper.
- Combine the coconut oil, egg, vanilla and the molasses together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the baking soda, oats, flour, sugar, salt and grated coconut. Mix well.
- Using a heaped tbsp, form mixture into 12 balls and place onto the baking tray. Using moistened hands, press lightly down so they form into a flattened shape. (the mixture won't spread in the oven). Tidy up any uneven edges.
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until firm and slightly crisped at the edges.
- Allow to cool on the tray before transferring to a storage container.