Trail Mix Cookies: An Easy, Snack-Worthy, Allergy-Friendly Treat


Lately, I’ve been struggling with breakfasts and snacks for Tony. He hasn’t been in a smoothie mood, and he likes something a little sweet to enjoy with his coffee. You might be wondering why he doesn’t figure out what to eat for himself. Trust me, I ask that question often. But if there isn’t something easy to grab, the man just doesn’t eat, and I have to deal with a hangry husband! Fortunately, I stumbled across this old recipe for Trail Mix Cookies over the weekend, which made my life easier this week.

Trail Mix Cookies Recipe - naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly! A snack-worthy, breakfast-worthy treat

I first tried this trail mix cookies recipe about six years ago. It’s super-simple, family-friendly, and uses wholesome ingredients. And the formula is quite versatile for special diet needs and tastes. It’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, and I made it nut-free with an allergy-friendly trail mix. Plus, you can vary the trail mix for different cookie flavors. The batch shown uses a fruity, tropical blend called Beach Bash, but I’ve made them with a seedy, chocolate mix called Mountain Mambo before.

The cookies are chewy and crispy, almost like a granola bar in cookie format. They have a bright sweetness, but aren’t sugary, and are great to pack along for quick energy on daily jaunts or outdoor excursions.

Trail Mix Cookies Recipe - naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly! A snack-worthy, breakfast-worthy treat

Special Diet Notes: Trail Mix Cookies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and optionally top food allergy-friendly.

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Trail Mix Cookies (Gluten-Free & Vegan)
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These snackable cookies can be enjoyed for breakfast-on-the-go or as an afternoon treat! The recipe has been slightly adapted from Cookies for Everyone! by Leslie Hammond and Betsy Laakso. It was originally reprinted here with permissions, but I have modified the ingredients and instructions just a bit.
Serves: 18 cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Put the oil in a medium bowl. Add the sweetener, flaxmeal, starch, baking powder, vanilla, and salt and stir until smooth. Add the oats and trail mix and stir to combine. It will be very thick, sticky dough.
  3. Scoop the dough by the generous tablespoon, placing the mounds about 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. Flatten and shape the dough. They only spread a tiny bit, so for the most part, what you see is what you get. If the dough is too sticky to work with, moisten your hands with just a little water.
  4. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. They will still be slightly glossy on top, but will start to look golden around the edges.
  5. Let cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes on the baking sheet before removing the cookies. They will be very fragile hot from the oven, but will set up enough to peel off the paper or mat after cooling.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or place the cookies in a plastic freezer bag and freeze to enjoy later.
Trail Mix Cookies Recipe - naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly! A snack-worthy, breakfast-worthy treat

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. My husband must be like yours because if I don’t have something for him to grab or don’t make a smoothie for him, he won’t eat breakfast. These would come in handy!

  2. YUM! These look perfect for a weekend of camping. PS – I love that Colorado mat they’re sitting on. We live in Colorado Springs!

  3. Hi Alisa, just thought I’d let you know I made these this morning and I love them! A friend is running his first triathlon tomorrow and I’m taking some of these along with after he’s finished. I’ll let you know what he thinks! Thanks, Deano 🙂

  4. Davina Feinberg on

    Hi Alisa,
    I did already several times your powerful muffins that are a big hit in our family and friends – thanks for that. now i would like to try making the Oat snack cookies.
    Im a new to baking so i have 3 questions:
    1) can i use Old fashion old Oats instead of the quick oats? its the one “Red Mill”
    2) I do want to use nuts – can i use any mix? could i also add some chocolate nibs?
    3) any other option the 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch or Tapioca Starch?
    Thanks so much im looking forward trying the receipt out.

    • Hi Davina,

      1) While you can certainly sub old-fashioned oats, they are “chewier” and “heartier” than quick oats, which have been sliced to be more tender. I prefer to use old-fashioned in granola or granola bars, but quick oats in baked goods – it is merely a matter of preference.
      2) You can use whatever add-ins you like!
      3) Any starch will work just fine (arrowroot, potato, corn, tapioca).

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