These power cookies are packed full of antioxidant rich tart cherries, oats, nuts and seeds. They’re perfect for healthy on the go snacking.

I’ve never understood bird feeders. You spend money on a bunch of food that you have to pour into a contraption (you also have to spend money on) and hang somewhere (close enough to see it) in your yard. You sit and wait for birds to come eat out of it. If they do actually come, you get about 90% crows and maybe 10% some bird actually worth looking at. They spill the bird food everywhere, leave shells all over the place and then of course also leave you with a floor/deck railing or whatever surface is close by filled with crap. But let’s be honest, the squirrels are the ones who eat the food 85% of the time so really you’re just spending time and money to chase rodents away. The whole thing is one big “let nature take its course and stop interfering, humans” billboard.

Cherry Power Cookies

So while I think the entire concept is ridiculous, I had to agree with Ulysses when I had all the ingredients strewn across the counter for these cherry power cookies and he asked if I was making bird food.


Oats, nuts, seeds, fruit…I’ll give it to the guy, definitely more of a bird feeder looking assortment than a cookie.

Tart Cherry Power Cookies

These aren’t your sweet tooth, chocolate craving kind of cookie though, but they’re definitely a nutritional powerhouse and perfect for snacking. February is National Snack Food Month as well as National Cherry Month so it’s only fitting to create something that honors both using Montmorency tart cherries.

There are some days (usually when I’m cooking all day which makes this highly ironic) when I completely skip lunch and just snack my way from breakfast straight through to dinner. Sometimes it’s a bite of whatever I’m making, fruit, cheese, nuts, beef jerky, etc. Other days (and they’re a bit too frequent if we’re being real), it’s a scoop of Nutella, a rogue PopTart Ulysses left in the pantry (this really just happened, I’m not proud and I’m never buying PopTarts for him as “treat” again) and handfuls of chocolate chips solely because I have nothing in the house that’s a better choice.

These cookies are the answer to that.

Power Cookies with Tart Cherries

Packed with good fats from the nuts and seeds as well as fiber and antioxidants from the dried tart cherries, they make the perfect healthy snacking option whether you’re in-between meals, looking for a pre workout boost or, like me, just too busy to make a full meal sometimes. The tart cherries give each bite the perfect amount of sweet/sour contrast to the nuts and seeds to really make these pop in your mouth.

Bonus, no stupid squirrels to chase away while you eat them.

These are also some great tart cherry snack ideas:
Tart cherry chocolate granola
Tart cherry fruit leather

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Cherry Power Cookies

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
These power cookies are packed full of antioxidant rich tart cherries, oats, nuts and seeds. They're perfect for healthy on the go snacking.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed until smooth
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds, pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together until well combined. Form the mixture into disks either by hand or by using a biscuit cutter/circular cookie cutter and pressing the mixture firmly into the mold to form.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown around the edges and on the top.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 188IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
*This post is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. All content and opinions are my own.
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  1. Theese cookies are amazing. I made them for a backpacking trip and as far as my boyfriend knows, the doubled recipe only made 10 cookies….???? And only half
    The remaining cookies made it to the start of the trail the next day! They were awesome for energy on the trail.

  2. I, too, tend to skip lunch when I’m cooking all day. And I’m a fan of the bird feeder but you’re right…these cookies look like something I whipped up from the contents of whatever fell to the ground. They look amazing though…perfect for those lunch skipping days!

  3. First off let me start by saying the batter of this recipe is delish! My issue was the batter did not come together as a cookie, and it fell apart the moment i tried to press it into cookie shape. Unfortunate failure recipe. i didnt want to make granola…

  4. I made these a few weeks ago just before I went on a week and a half long business trip to 3 different states and Mexico. I have been trying to watch my calorie intake and eat healthier which is very difficult on the road. These were the perfect snack to pack in my suitcase and grab when the sweet urge hit me or I desperately needed something to eat other than airport fast food. These were easy to make and are surprisingly filling for their size.