Sunday, March 30, 2014

Paleo Breakfast Cookie Granola

I'm re-sharing one of my readers' favorite recipes to date because the first time around I didn't actually type out the full recipe. I can assure that sometimes when food bloggers post links as opposed to entire recipes it's not due to laziness! Sometimes life just gets a little busy.

This one is worth revisiting, though, as it's quick, delicious, tasty and kid-friendly. I also love that it was a favorite reader (Erin) who came up with the method, as it's great to get feedback and suggestions about my dishes.

So basically this recipe is my amazingly versatile and easy breakfast cookie recipe, crumbled up. By baking the "batter" in clusters you get really crisp results that are perfect as a snack, in a bowl with non-dairy milk or as a topping. I will admit our favorite method of consumption is straight off the baking sheet!

One change I did make this time around was to risk not adding a drop of added sweetener. Instead I included both raisins and dairy-free chocolate chips, which actually added more than enough sweetness. In the past I had called for honey or maple syrup. I do think adding the liquid sweetener yields slightly crisper results, so it's totally up to you if you decide to use it. I do think, though, you can use less than the 1/4 cup I originally called for… perhaps just 1-2 tbs.

If you're nut-free you can make this with sunflower seed butter and will NOT wind up with green results as the granola doesn't require any baking powder or soda.

Paleo Breakfast Cookie Granola

1 cup raw almond butter or organic sunflower seed butter
1 egg
3 cups total mix-ins of choice (examples: sunflower seeds, hulled hemp hearts, shredded unsweetened coconut, dairy-free mini chocolate chips, raisins, ground flax)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer until thoroughly blended.

Drop by clumps onto a baking sheet covered with parchment or a Silpat liner.

Bake for 12-15 minutes and allow to cool thoroughly before removing.

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