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West Coast Trail Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 42 mins

West Coast Trail Cookies

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"This cookie gets its name from the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. It's my adaptation of the perfect nut-free trail cookie that's been our family's favorite chewy oatmeal cookie for 10 years. Loaded with choco-chips and dried cranberries. The flax seed meal and pumpkin seeds give them a nutty taste, without the nuts. Perfect for school kids or those with allergies."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    42 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, flax seed meal, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Beat together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a large bowl until smooth and creamy; Stir in eggs and vanilla. Stir flour mixture into creamed butter mixture until dough is just combined. Fold oats, chocolate chips, cranberries, coconut, and pumpkin seeds into dough just until evenly combined.
  4. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls or drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart; press to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake cookies in the preheated oven until lightly golden at the edges, about 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute half the white flour for whole wheat flour if desired. Wheat germ or oat bran can be used instead of flaxseed meal. I often use sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin seeds for a change up. For an extra boost, replace one egg with 1 tablespoon of chia seed gel. For softer cookies, use quick cooking oats and remove the white sugar.
  • Slightly under baking the cookie produces a chewier cookie; cooking them longer will make them crispier and drier. You may need to adjust your oven temperature based on your cookie sheet, oven, or altitude. Do a trial batch and adjust accordingly.

Reviews More Reviews

Sep 26, 2013

I am pleased to be the first "official" review. This is an awesome cookie recipe that is a must try for all cookie and healthy snack lovers. I had to hide half the batch because the first batch was gone within hours. Only change I made was to leave out the white sugar. We tend not to use it and didn't miss it at all. As I reported in my first review before this was published I was afraid there was not enough moisture in the wet ingredients to handle the dry but it was not a problem at all. They were very moist cookies. Wooden spoon was required! This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing WCM!

Jun 02, 2014

Wonderful cookie recipe - so good that I had to hide them from myself. Only change I made was to use 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup butter. The directions on this recipe are excellent. Even the baking time of 12 minutes is perfect. Thank you for sharing your 5 star recipe westcoastmom! It is a definite keeper for me - give it a try - you won't be disappointed.


41 Ratings

Sep 27, 2013

I reviewed this recipe, before it was kitchen approved. Here was my review: I thought these were a good hearty cookie. I liked how they stayed chewy after they cooled. I followed the recipe, except I used a mixed berry blend, I chopped some, and for the chocolate I used milk chocolate chips I had in the house. Only change I would make is cut the coconut in half or leave it out. However, that is mainly because, I am just not a fan of coconut personally. The base is really versatile though. I could even see adding the nuts, if allergies are not a concern. I am sure my husband will love these, when he tries them this evening. I got 3 dozen, with half the recipe. If you like a cookie with "everything," this recipe is for you.

Sep 29, 2013

Here's another 5 star rating! I followed the recipe exactly. It doesn't need any changes, though you could add/subtract any ingredients you wanted to because of what you have on hand. I did end up baking mine for 12 minutes and got 45 cookies from a slightly rounded 2-tablespoon cookie scoop. Thanks for a great new recipe, westcoastmom!

Sep 26, 2013

Love these cookies. I left out the coconut because I was out of it and instead of a full cup of chocolate chips I added 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. I had to use my KA Mixer instead of the wooden spoon to incorporate all the ingredients, which worked perfect, because the batter is very dense. I got 4 dozen cookies. Will definitely be making these again! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Sep 26, 2013

Delicious! :) After talking with westcoastmom, I changed this up slightly just by using pine nuts in place of the sunflower seeds and white chocolate chips in place of the milk/semi sweet. I used raw sugar instead of white and I didn't press them down, at all. Wonderful texture and flavor. :)

Sep 26, 2013

I cannot stop talking about this awesome cookie recipe, I think this should be in the top 10 cookie recipes on this site. It is a very healthy cookie and you can make it healthier by cutting out the white sugar and just add 1 cup of brown as it is still lots sweet enough. Since I have made this recipe a couple of times now, I too the suggestion of the submitter and added 1/2 cup of Whole wheat flour in place of the entire 1 1/2 cups of white flour. I cannot say enough how awesome this cookie is and now all my family and friends are enjoying it too. Thanks Westcoastmom for a truly great cookie recipe.

Mar 27, 2014

This is a great cookie and very versatile. I had to make 3 changes based on what I had at home. 1) light brown sugar because my dark is hard as a rock 2) sunflower seeds rather than pumpkin and 3) because I made these during Lent and I gave up chocolate, I made the cookies with cinnamon chips. We loved these cookies. I made them to take on vacation and DH kept eating them and taking them to a friend at work. I finally hid them in the freezer. We really like the taste of the cinnamon chips in this cookie, and I would probably use them again. Thanks, westcoastmom for sharing your fabulous recipe. I know I will be making this one again!


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  • Calories
  • 172 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 41 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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