|My first batch -- which I could not stop eating!|
For years, I have been trying to find a granola or bar-like snack that is tasty and meets my high standards: peanut-free, soy-free, sugar-free, minimal fat, and vegan. Whew! I found one -- and it's my own hybrid recipe of Glow Kitchen's Easy Oatmeal Vegan Cookie and The Minimalist Baker's "breakfast cookie." I agree with John and Dana (the Minimalist Bakers) who confess these "turned out so good I simply could not stop eating (as in "6 cookies in one day" kind of good)." Glow Kitchen calls this a cookie but I think it's closer to a terrific granola bar alternative!
BEST BREAKFAST COOKIE / HOMEMADE BAR / VEGAN OATMEAL COOKIE
1 and 1/2 C. oatmeal (I used Quaker Oats, regular variety)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 small to medium browning bananas (mine were lightly spotted)
1/2 C. applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 C. raisins
1/3 C. unsweetened dried cranberries (I prefer these)
1/4 C. ground nuts (I used a mix of walnuts and pecans from Tierra Farm)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix oats, cinnamon, salt, dried fruit and nuts.
- Put bananas into a large bowl and mash with a fork. Or, if you don't mind doing this with your hands, it's really the most effective way. Just squish the bananas between your fingers…
- Add applesauce and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix/fold together.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Critical -- cookies may stick if you do not use parchment paper!)
- Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to drop 2 T. of batter per cookie on parchment paper. Shape into "cookie" shape if needed and lightly press cookie as dropping it onto pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. I left these in for an extra 5 minutes or so just until the first sign of browning on some of the cookies.
- Cool individual cookies on plate or rack.
- KEEP REFRIGERATED. I do not know the shelf life but it seems these need to be eaten relatively quickly. Not that this will be difficult to do. :)
|The finished product, cooling!|
|Cookies in Pyrex storage container ready for refrigerator. The plated cookies never made it that far.|