Chocolate Trail Mix Detox Cookies

What do you call a ball of ingredients that’s packed with protein & healthy fat and missing the sweeteners that would make it a cookie? How do you tell people, “Warning, this cookie is not your typical cookie. Do not think this recipe will remind you of Toll House.”? I don’t know, no matter what I call this people are either going to complain I shouldn’t make cookies on a detox or that it’s not sweet enough – so, let’s just forge ahead anyway and encourage the nay-sayers to MYOB.

The cookies are called Chocolate Trail Mix Cookies because they remind me of the things I enjoy most in Trail Mix. Salted nuts, coconut and even the chocolate for the child in you who still longs for M&Ms. Granted, there’s no dried fruit, but there is a hint of banana chips lingering. You could definitely pack these in a lunchbox for a kid to feel special at lunch, in your bag for needed on-the-go snacks for soccer practice or …wait for it… hiking on a TRAIL!

We make treats like this because we’re doing the detox as a family. We like to make a fun dinner on Friday nights (make-you-own nights or breakfast-for-dinner), snuggle up on the sofa and snack while watching a movie. Instead of the usual sweet treats we might make, these cookies were a good substitute. And although two of our boys were very happy with them, our oldest was not fooled. He really enjoyed the (egg-free) dough, but once it was cooked he said, “I’d rather have an apple.” Hard to be disappointed your kids turns down your cookie for an apple… Frankly, I could’ve just eaten a few spoonfuls of the dough and been satisfied, myself!

Chocolate Trail Mix Detox Cookies
Seemingly Paleo, 21DSD, GAPS and Vegan!

Chocolate Trail Mix Detox Cookies



  1. Combine all ingredients, except Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix, until smooth and forms into a ball in a food processor.
  2. Fold in Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix until well combined.
  3. Roll into balls, about 1 1/2" in diameter.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 20-24 minutes. I liked mine still slightly soft to the touch so it had an almost brownie like texture to the center, which was 20 minutes. Matt preferred his a little more done, like a macaroon, at nearly 24 minutes. Just keep your eye on them around 20 minutes - take them out when they're to your preferred doneness, transfer them to a cooling rack and enjoy - preferably while they're still warm!


♥ These are SO kid-friendly to make – no eggs in the batter means we licked quite a bit before they made it in the oven – so let your little ones help with the first three steps! Please note, the lack of sweetener in these cookies make salt a requirement; if you use just 2 C of almonds and coconut – make sure to add salt to the batter. Makes about 24 cookies, will sit at room temperature for a few days – or freeze them to make ’em last!

The point of this all, Protein Ball of Hormone Solving Goodness or whatever you want to call this recipe, is that it’s technically compliant with the 21 Day Sugar Detox. For me, it solved a chocolate craving I had while allowing me to not completely break the rules. Don’t go trying to figure out how many cookies you can have for 1 banana’s worth a day, because that’s going to be an insane number of cookies. I personally found 2 to give me the satisfaction I desired. May I recommend you establish your “number” BEFORE you eat them… remember, we found ourselves on a sugar detox because we know we’re prone to overdo “treats” so let’s not fall into that black hole of sugar doom again here!

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  • Lindsay

    Would love to make these, but not sure what the “sweet & salty sugarless snack mix” ingredient would be? Is this something I can buy or make?

    • If you click the link it’ll take you to the recipe, we posted it last week 🙂

      • The link takes you to the healthiest ice cream ever.

        • yes, which also includes the snack mix recipe if you scroll down

    • Lindsay

      I see. Thanks so much! Looking forward to making these.

  • Everything you guys post makes me SO happy. Here’s my conundrum: My son’s preschool is nut free and it’s definitely hard for us (we send him with bacon, often). Do have any recommendations for something super delicious like this that we could make nut free? We will definitely makes these for home!

    • Erin, we just implemented new drop downs on the top of the site for you to search through our nut-free recipes – we’ve got tons that would meet that need!

  • ealina

    Oh, these look and sound soo yummy! 😀

    And the pics are beautiful! I wish I could take photos like that..

  • Emily

    This looks amazing!! I’m having a (hormonally) hard time adjusting to Paleo lately…this should help. Thank you!

  • Dorothy

    Quick question – doesn’t baking the green-tipped banana ripen it so that it becomes a regular banana? I’m hoping that’s not the case since I’m doing the 21DSD and really want to try these!!

    • My versions of the guide do not exclude cooking the allowable fruit, which I believe Diane herself does in her 21DSD recipes. Our Healthiest Ice Cream Ever was formally approved by her though, if you want to try.

  • Chaundra Wellington Maurizi

    I so want to do this. The link for the Sweet Salty Snack Mix goes to ice cream – what is the recipe?

    • It’s in the ice cream recipe!

      • Chaundra Wellington Maurizi

        I feel like a dork! I usually look harder BUT now I have even more yummy stuff to make! THANK YOU! =)

  • Erin B

    I must have bought the smallest green bananas ever, so I supplemented them with a carrot. and it’s summer, so I froze the batter instead of baking. delish!!!

    • Great idea Erin! We are definitely going to share this tip on FB and in our newsletter this week with our readers!

  • Shelly Rogers

    I am always ending up with a lot of almond and coconut pulp so I am wondering if you could sub the almond pulp for the almond flour? I don’t seem to have very good luck using up my pulp but I hate to waste it.

    • Hi Shelley, you could certainly test the use of pulp. However, this pulp is pretty bitter and the texture is different. We have a pulp crackers recipe in Real Life Paleo, and we know that Against All Grain and Elana’s Pantry have recipes on their sites for pulp. Good luck!