Granola Bar Cookie Bites (also vegan!)

June 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

These little guys might not look like much, but I’ve eaten four “trial” batches of them for two consecutive weeks and have yet to tire of them.  While they’re great for dessert, I prefer popping one in my mouth before early morning jogs and in the late afternoon, before I pick 726 tomatoes from the garden.  They’re unintentionally vegan, which is a plus for some, and they have a warm flavor from the mild, molasses-y brown sugar and cinnamon.  The texture is what really knocks my socks off — the unsweetened, natural coconut flakes are a must!  If you don’t have almond butter, swap it out with natural, chunky peanut butter.  I’ve done both, but prefer the subtler taste of almonds in this granola bite.

Ingredients:
1 cup quick oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons real coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons dried berries (I enjoy the varying size and sweetness of dried cherries mixed with dried blueberries)

1/3 cup almond milk or milk equivalent
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or any neutral-flavored oil)
3 tablespoons almond butter, natural & chunky


Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees on convection (or 350 in a standard oven).  Grease a baking sheet and set aside.

2.  In a medium-sized bowl, combine dry ingredients & sugar and toss with a fork.  Add dried berries and chocolate chips to the flour mixture and toss.  (This will help them adhere to the dough.)

3.  Add almond milk (or milk equivalent), oil and almond butter to the mixture and stir with a spoon until combined.  Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for a few minutes, until the oven is heated.  Shape into small balls, about half the size of a golf ball, and place about an inch-apart on a cookie sheet (they don’t spread).  Bake for 11-13 minutes until slightly golden on the top.  Remove from oven and let sit on the cookie sheet approximately 3-5 minutes, until set.  Remove from sheet and cool on a wire rack.  They keep well on the counter for several days and freeze-and-thaw without fault.

Diet Notes: Vegan

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