Creative Camp Cookies

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I'd thought I had everything ready for our big camping trip this past summer, but then G requested that I make some cookies to bring up with us.

Sigh.  Didn't need that extra task put on my plate at all.

Oh, sure, I could've said no, but the sly fox knew all the right buttons to push:

"Of course we could just buy some cookies from the store, but they would just be crap compared to what you make."

"Your cookies are just soooo good, I can't be without them for a whole month."

"Do you really want me and Gv to sit around eating cookies from the store all summer, instead of the healthy, nutritious treats you bake for us?"

Oh, yes, folks.  He brought out the big guns.

Mom guilt.

So I caved and threw together these creative little morsels - that ended up being a quick breakfast or trail side snack more often than dessert. 

Good thing we didn't rely on that junk from the store...

This recipe can easily be halved, but we probably ate at least 5 of these cookies apiece after they came out of the oven, so I suggest making the whole batch:

What You Need

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 1/2 cups steel cut oats

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup flax meal

1/2 cup hemp hearts

1/2 cup coconut flakes

4 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder (make your own!)

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

1/3 cup honey

4 teaspoons vanilla

2 ripe bananas

4 eggs

1 cup softened butter

1 cup shredded carrot

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup raisins

What You Do

1.  Combine all the dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a bowl and set aside.

2.  Cream the honey, bananas and butter in a stand mixer, then add in the vanilla and eggs.

3.  Add the flour mixture (in batches) and then the carrot, chocolate, and raisins.

4.  Drop large spoonfuls onto a baking mat and bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

Packed full of healthy, energy-providing nutrients that will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down during all your strenuous backcountry activity, these dessert gems are worth taking the time to pack up on your next camping trip (or even keep laying around the house!)

Do you like to bake up a few treats like this before you hit the trail, or do you prefer to bring along something like a Clif Bar instead?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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  1. These sound design so yummy. I'm a suckered for a good cookie! Thanks for sharing. #FridayFrivolity

  2. WOW that is a lot of ingredients! I love adding oats to cookies. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG

  3. Lots of good stuff in there! Like the addition of the carrots. Bet they were good! Thanks for sharing at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  4. Oooooh I can eat these for breakfast and feel righteous about it!! Very excited.... ;P Pinning and tweeting #FridayFrivolity!!