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World’s Best Oatmeal Trail Mix Cookies

Thank the heavens that bathing suit season is behind us and we’re (as in the entire population of Southern CA) is pretending its fall so its too cold to do summer activities despite the 80 degree days.
As a celebratory kick (or should I say COOK!) off, I begin my fall festivities with oatmeal trailmix cookies.  An original recipe only because I didn’t have the right ingredients to make my normal cookies – I was quite happy with the turn out.
3 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar (preferably light brown)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
pinch of baking soda
pinch of salt
Optional deliciousnesses: (pick 3-4)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sweetened craisins
1.4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dry roasted soy nuts
1/4 finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup choc chips
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup cashews, finely chopped
1 scoop vanilla or banana flavored protein powder
oven to 350
Beat butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add mixtures together and stir in oats, nuts and raisins (and chocolate chips if you’re feeling crrrrazy).
Scoop out heaping tablespoon sized dough and roll into delightful balls, plop em evenly onto the ungreased cookie sheets and flatten lightly with fork.
Bake 14 minutes.
These are an original recipe – and one I’m proud of…. but I feel obliged to disclose that they are not healthy in the least.
***To make healthier:::: if i had these ingredients I would have subbed out 1/2 butter for either applesauce or greek yogurt (honey flavored would be delicious!)

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