• Sami Holmes

Chewy Cookie Granola

Updated: Apr 18

Last May (so 2018, not like 2 weeks ago), Grant and I went peach picking in Arizona - which was unexpected because I didn't think there'd be a peach farm in the middle of the desert. There was a little general store at the front of the farm that we stopped at on the way out. Grant got this bag of homemade granola and to this day, I still find myself randomly craving it because it was THAT good!


So that little bag of granola from Schenpf Farms is what inspired this soft, crumbly, healthier version of granola!

Ingredients:

  • 1 C quick oats

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted

  • 3 TBSP sugar-free maple syrup (we used monk fruit sweetened, Lakanto brand)

  • 1 tsp. (~1 squeeze) honey

  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1/8 tsp. salt

  • Optional: raw pecans


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F

  2. Line a pan with aluminum foil

  3. Smear a tiny bit of coconut oil on the foil (I used smaller than a pea sized amount, you don’t need much at all)

  4. In a bowl, work all of the ingredients together with a rubber spatula until fully combined *(if you're using the optional pecans, you can either mix them into the granola or add the to the top in the next step)

  5. Spread and flatten the oats onto the pan - keep it clumped together like one big cookie

  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or longer if you want them crunchier

  7. Let the granola cool on the pan - it'll crisp more as it cools

  8. Break them up into clumps and store in an airtight container

Macros (for the entire recipe): 73.3 C | 34 F | 10 P | 7.8 Sugar


To put these into perspective, here are the macros of 2 similar homemade granola recipes that I found:


Recipe 1: 100.6 C | 24.7 F | 10.2 P | 48.4 S

Recipe 2: 105 C | 24.8 F | 10 P | 53 S

Uses:

  • On top of a bowl of yogurt and fruit

  • Make homemade granola bars

  • As an on-the-go snack

  • In homemade trail mix (think unsweetened dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate)

  • Added to pancake or waffle batter

  • On top of muffins, baked apples, smoothies, salads, PB toast


Tips:

  • If you really like cinnamon like I do, I suggest adding 2-3 tsp. - it adds a lot more flavor and really gives it a fresh baked cookie feel in my opinion!

  • Like all granola, you can get really creative with the toppings you add: seeds, different kinds of nuts, dried fruit - have fun with it! If you want to add chocolate, just wait to add it until after the granola is cooled!


Let me know how you decide to use this or what toppings you use - IG: @sunutrition_ or FB: SUNutrition, I love seeing my recipes come to life!

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