To say that my husband loves to hike is a vast understatement. It's been six years since he lost 60 pounds by eating less (and healthier) and moving more~imagine that:) He has never looked back, and he is an inspiration to me to get more physically fit. He is fit and fabulous!
He hikes locally (there's so many beautiful, great trails that we have access to), and sometimes a bit further up the coast to Big Sur. He has even hiked to the top of Mount Whitney a time or two! I try to join him when I can, and last year the two of us hiked to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite. It was tough for my kness on the way down, but oh so beautiful! This year our goal is Half Dome in Yosemite.
I spotted these cookies in Phyllis Hoffman's "Celebrate" Valentine Special magazine, and thought they would be a good fit for my hiking Valentine. They're sweet, but have plenty of healthy elements for energy on the trail. I think he will also appreciate their manly size:)
Trail Mix Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup all-vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups m & m chocolate candies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup chocolate covered sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat sugars, butter, and shortening until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in candies, peanut butter, peanuts and seeds.
Place 4 tablespoons dough together on an ungreased baking sheet, and flatten into one large cookie. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes 10, 5 1/2-inch cookies
Such a tasty cookie, which can even be eaten while sitting in a recliner:)