This granola cookie recipe makes a yummy treat, while at the same time giving your kids some fiber and nutrients!
It’s no doubt that healthy dessert recipes have been very popular on our blog lately. On Sunday afternoon, my kids and I typically make cookies. Usually they aren’t considered healthy, but at the same time, I always try to include a healthy ingredient, in order for it to not be a complete disaster to our normally healthy diet. This recipe is no exception. The recipe started as a granola bar recipe, and then we decided to make them into cookies instead!
As with other granola bars, this cookie includes nuts and dried fruit. These are a great way to include some healthy fat and fiber! The dried fruit of course is sweet and delicious.
My sister in law was over copying a recipe I have for healthy granola bars. She made a comment that it was very similar to a recipe she had for oatmeal cookies. So I thought, “maybe I’ll just make them into cookies then.” My kids like the granola bars fine, but they eat them so slowly, that I end up scarfing up the whole pan myself. And they aren’t exactly low in calories if you know what I mean. If I’m going to indulge, it’s not going to be on granola bars.
I cut the recipe in half, which I’ve been doing with experimental foods, and it only made 16 cookies. The kids liked them. I felt good about the cookies overall because there was a lot of oats, whole wheat flour, nuts, and dried fruit. I thought it was the perfect healthy snack until they picked out the dried cranberries. On top of that they each only had one, which means I may have eaten 12! I really, really liked them.
Granola Cookie Recipe
- 2 1/4 cups oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar not packed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup softened butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/8 cup dried cranberries
- 1/8 cup pecans.
- Mix all ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl.
- Roll dough into 1&1/2 inch balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. They will seem slightly under-cooked, but once cooled will be soft and chewy.