Healthy Protein-Packed Granola Cookies
|These healthy Granola Cookies are protein-packed and loaded with fibre. And they're delicious.|
We were the first kids in our school to bring granola for recess. I can’t recall what was in it aside from rolled oats but I do remember it was very sweet and buttery. That was in the mid-1970s, when kids still played marbles at recess.
Mom got the recipe from a neighbour who got it from a friend in California. That original recipe is long gone but this cookie recipe, given to me by a co-worker a decade ago, reminds me of it. They’re sweet and buttery and loaded with all sorts of good things.
To make these gluten-free choose gluten free rolled oats and substitute ground flax for the wheat germ.
Healthy Granola Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup hot water
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup toasted wheat germ (or ground flax)
- 1/3 cup raw sesame seeds
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- ½ cup chopped cashews
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl mix the oats with the nuts, seeds and coconut.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the brown sugar, molasses, honey, hot water, vanilla and salt. Stir until the mixture is smooth and the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and pour half over the dry mixture. Stir well then add remaining sugar mixture. Mix until fully combined. Cool a bit before stirring in chocolate chips.
- Scoop dough by tablespoonful and form into 3” cookies that are about half an inch thick. (Wet your fingers with cold water to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands as you form the cookies.) If you let the batter cool for a bit it will be a little stiffer and easier to shape. Make sure you smooth the sides.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool completely before moving them – they need to set.
Nutritional info: Per cookie. Calories: 284, Fat: 15.7 g, Cholesterol: 10.9 mg, Sodium: 61.3 mg, Carbs: 32.5 g, Sugar: 16.4 g, Protein: 5.5 g, Fibre 4.2 g, Potassium 278 mg
Why buy what you cam make at home. Use this basic recipe to make homemade versions of your favourite granola bars. Mix and match the seeds, nuts and dried fruit to suit your taste and what you have in the cupboard.
Almonds are delicious but California almonds are sucking up a lot of water in the midst of a major, ongoing drought. Use them sparingly and consider them a treat.