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!
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
Preheat the oven to 325F
Line a pan with aluminum foil
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)
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)
Spread and flatten the oats onto the pan - keep it clumped together like one big cookie
Bake for 16-18 minutes, or longer if you want them crunchier
Let the granola cool on the pan - it'll crisp more as it cools
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
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
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!