Fall is upon us, the weather grows colder, kids are going back to school… It is time for some healthy, home-made granola cookies!
During the summer of 2014, Tall Man and I travelled to the United States for a three-week road trip. We booked the trip 6 months in advance, and as a result I was anxious for half a year and I couldn’t wait to get on the plane!… So to calm my nerves, I bought a cookbook about New York’s cult recipes, and that is how I discovered granola. I’ve been hooked ever since my first try. I adjusted the recipe a little bit from the one in the cookbook (no mango) and I made some cookies with the ‘fresh-out-of-the-oven’ granola.
Ingredients for these homemade, chocolate granola cookies:
- 100g of Fair Trade dark chocolate (to cover the cookies)
- 200g of organic Oat Meal flakes
- 70g of nuts, chopped
- 40g of sesame seeds
- 75g of pumpkin seeds or whatever you like
- 150g of liquid honey
- 7 cl of sunflower oil
- 1/4th teaspoon of salt
- 20g of white sugar
- 35g of flour
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
Step 1: measure all of the ingredients.
Step 2: chop the nuts into fine pieces. Keep in mind that the nuts will be roasted when they get out of the oven, you want the pieces to be about 1/4th of the original size of the nut for a nice crunch without breaking your teeth!
Step 3: mix all of the dry ingredients first: the oatmeal, the seeds, the sugar, the nuts, the flour and the salt.
Step 4: add the wet ingredients. YUMMIE
Mix all of the ingredients well, and spread it out onto a baking tray (covered with baking paper). Spread the mixture thin enough: it should be about 1cm thick. Now put the tray into a preheated oven at 140°C and let it bake for 45 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, take the tray out and stir everything over, so both sides can bake. Keep an eye on the granola, because it burns easily.
After baking for 45 minutes, it should look like this:
Step 5: Now! The next trick involves not to let the granola cool down and harden before you can make cookies out of them!
Take a cupcake tray and push some granola into the moulds. Make a layer of about 2 cm.
Add a cube of dark chocolate onto this layer of granola.
Now, your oven should still be hot. So put the tray into the hot oven (no need to put the oven back on) and let the chocolate melt. It took me about 5 to 10 minutes.
Finally, take the tray out of the oven. I smoothened the surface of the chocolate with the back of a spoon and then I put it in the fridge for some time.
And voilà! Some delicious, organic, chocolate and granola cookies!
Happiness. Do it Yourself!
Kisses from Lena.