This was my attempt to use up some granola that I made that I wasn’t particularly fond of. It was applesauce granola; the applesauce used in place of the sugar and fat (and all the goodness in the world). The recipe did what it promised, the granola looked wonderful and clumpy and it was nice and crisp, but it was devoid of anything that could be called flavour. So there I was with a lot (it was a big recipe) of granola that no one wanted to eat. Thank you Food in Jars for saving the day with this recipe! She had lightened up the sugar and fat in her version, which I think with good granola is probably appropriate. I ended up adding some sugar and fat back in due to my lack of confidence in my granola and these turned out really nicely. My granola has seeds, almonds, and dried cherries in it already, if yours doesn’t, I would cut the amount of granola a bit and add some nuts and dried fruit to flush these out. The dried tart cherries really make these.
4 cups granola
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup wheat germ
1 tsp cinnamon
a few good shakes of ground nutmeg (freshly ground if you can swing it)
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed (dark, if you can) brown sugar
2 Tbsps milk
1 large egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or half and half whole wheat and all-purpose, or spelt flour)
1. Preheat your oven to 375 and prep 2 cookie sheets with either parchment or silicone. (Side note: If you are like I used to be and don’t usually go in for parchment or silicone, due entirely to cheapness on my part, change your tune. Try it once or twice, you will be amazed at how much nicer cookies, pastries, oven roasted fries, etc. come out. You won’t want to go back, I promise)
2. Combine first 5 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. Cream butter with a hand or stand mixer in a large bowl until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until well combined. Add milk, egg, salt, and vanilla and beat until once more combined.
4. Use a large wooden spoon to stir in the flour until combined and then the granola mixture.
5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet, making sure to flatten them out as these will not spread while baking.