Travel Snacks: Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies

If you caught my earlier post today, then you already know we’re talking about travel snacks!  Being gluten free doesn’t often lend itself to a lot of choices when traveling, so I (Lauren) like to make my own.  This next snack is one I actually crave regularly and literally turns me into a cookie monster. Cowboy Cookies were introduced to me by my mother-in-law who would send fresh batches to Chase and I when we lived in Virginia. Those packages were always my favorite.  I have tweaked her recipe just a bit. But, here’s the trick when it comes to storing or traveling with these bad boys: Always include a piece of bread! I know it sounds strange but when you pack up your cookies, adding a slice of bread will keep them soft and chewy. It’s like magic really. Fair warning, these cookies are seriously addictive.  Keep reading for the recipe…

Cowboy Cookies

Makes about 15 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil (It’s better if somewhat solid, similar to room temperature butter. If yours is melted just pop it in the fridge for a couple of minutes.)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cup old fashion oats
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chunks

Directions:

Set oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

Mix sugars and coconut oil. Add egg, vanilla, and peanut butter, mix well.

Add oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

Chop your chocolate chunks just a bit then fold into the dough.

With a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, distribute the dough onto your cookie sheet.

Cook for 11-14 minutes. (Do not overbake!)

Note: You can easily double or triple this recipe. I do small batches because otherwise I will sit and eat all of them. I can’t help myself! These cookies make the best travel buddies! I’ll throw them in my carry on along with a couple of apples, some veggies and hummus and the snack packing is complete. What are your favorite travel snacks?

Photography by Chase Daniel