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MEATLESS MONDAY: Date-Sweetened Trail Mix Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

We call these delicious treats “cookies,” but if we’re being honest, they’re really granola bars in disguise. With a taste so wonderfully sweet, you’d never know how healthful these cookies are. The secret ingredient? Medjool dates blended into a paste with coconut oil, vanilla, and flax seed.

Into that sweet mixture, we add whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruits or other trail-mix fixings we have on hand. In the recipe, on her cooking blog Urban.Apron., Anna Beck recommends stirring in sunflower seeds, dried cherries, chopped pecans, and dark chocolate. “Cookies can easily be healthy, made with real food and should always shared with others,” Beck says.

It’s not everyday we find a cookie recipe that’s vegan and grain-free. Plus, if you leave out the dark chocolate hunks, these Trail Mix Cookies are even sugar-free and Whole30-approved, too. (tbh, we don’t mind a little sugar from the dark chocolate since it also comes with fiber, iron, and antioxidants).

Find the whole recipe for Trail Mix Cookies on Urban.Apron.