Breakfast Cookies

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  • 1 ¼ cup flour (or any combination of whole wheat and white flours)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/3 cup raisins, or any dried fruit
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces, lightly toasted in a dry skillet for 2 minutes, until fragrant and chopped (or any nut – chopped and toasted)

 

Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Combine butter, oil and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high speed, scraping down sides if necessary, until sugars have dissolved and mixture is light in color, about 1 minute. Add egg, carrot, and vanilla and beat an additional 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and beat an additional 30 seconds. Add oats, coconut, raisins and walnuts and mix over low speed just until incorporated. Dough will be slightly sticky and less cohesive than traditional cookie dough. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use a tsp to drop cookie batter on cookie sheet, or if you prefer a large cookie use a tablespoon between 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter, using the tsp you will get about 30-32 cookies. Repeat with remaining batter, leaving about 3 inches between cookies. Wet hands and use palm of hand to flatten cookies until about 1/4-inch thick. These cookies will not spread out, nor change shape so if you want a perfect cookie, create that shape before you bake it.

Bake for 12 minutes, until cookies are fragrant but still soft. Let cookies cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

This is a great recipe to adapt to your own preferences – I used blueberry craisins in my latest version, and will try adding zucchini next time ….

Get up and Go Granola – 2 ways!

preheat oven to 300 for both versions

first you have to carefully measure your ingredients …   

FREE FLOWING

3 cups old fashioned oats

3/4 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 tbsp wheat germ

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

(oh what the heck, not many oats left – just dump them ALL in …)

2 tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries)

Toss all dry ingredients together (except the fruit).  Heat the oil/butter and maple syrup together and then mix well with dry ingredients.  Spread on baking sheet and bake until toasted nice and brown – just the way you like it.

Stir every 15 minutes or so until it is all toasty and crunchy.  Let cool before adding the dried fruits.

Now if you like your granola even crunchier, and in big chunks, this is the one for you ….

CHUNKY GRANOLA

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup sesame seeds

1/3 cup ground flax seeds

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup honey

Might be a good idea to taste and make sure you have the right mixture of dry ingredients ….

Again – toss all your dry ingredients together.  Heat up the sugar, oil and honey until bubbling merrily and mix with dry ingredients.  Bake for 45 minutes – only tossing it in the pan once at the 20 minute mark and then let it be still for the rest of the baking.  When you take it out of the oven just let it sit – undisturbed – on a cooling rack until completely cold.  Break into whatever size chunks you want!  So good you may have trouble keeping it until you can get it safely stored …..

Go ahead and try with your favorite seeds, nuts, seasonings and have some fun!