Mar 17, 2013

Granola Bar Cookies

Hello All! HB here with a yummy recipe that I came up with all by myself! I made these cookies about three weeks ago for the first time. Julie and my Ma both tried them and were instantly hooked. Most importantly, my hubby lurves them. I was going for a granola bar alternative that was simple and makes a lot at one time. Here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Granola Bar Cookies
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, muscavado, or sucanat
6 eggs
2 cups peanut butter (natural or regular)
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups regular oats (not minute oats, gluten free oats work great too)
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, chopped

Cream butter or oil in mixer, gradually add sugar and honey beating well, add eggs till blended well, add peanut butter, vanilla , soda, and salt. Stir in oats, chips, raisins, coconut, pecans, mix well. Drop in 2 tablespoonfuls per cookie on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes till lightly golden. Cool for about 3 minutes on cookie sheets and then transfer to cooling racks. Makes 48 cookies. 
A few tips: these are even better if the dough has been chilled for an hour more. Julie used an ice cream scoop to dole out her cookies. These could definitely be made with quite a bit less sugar, but I would not skimp on the honey. These are also yummy with craisins. Coconut oil makes a thinner cookie if the dough is not chilled. 

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  1. Thanks for the recipe. i have made these twice. First time thought the dough was a little too runny and I substituted tahini for the PB. I really didnt like the taste of PB with oats.
    Second time I soaked the oats in 2 cups water with 2 TB whey added for 8 hours. Used homemade almond butter, coconut butter- ghee for fat and added 1 cup coconut flour. The consistency was much better and the taste really good.
    Also experimented with baking half the dough in a 8x 8 glass dish for a bar cookie( got tired off baking so many cookies). Cooled completely and refrigerated before slicing. Also a good option.
    Great cookies.

  2. The changes I make:
    -only use 1 cup sucanat (sugar)
    -use walnuts instead of pecans - what I had on hand
    -add 1t almond extract
    -use craisins and raisins (1 cup total)
    -use 1/4 butter & 1/4 c coconut oil - be sure to refrigerate before scooping cookie balls so your cookies won't be flat.

  3. Changes I made:
    1/2 cup sucanut
    Crunchy peanut butter
    1/2 cup almonds in place of pecans
    1/2 coconut powder in place of shredded coconut
    Added 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
    Added 1/4 cup flax seed meal

  4. And also cut chocolate chips to 1/2 cup. Also made them bars.



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