Granola is not a frequent indulgence in my life, but I do really love it. Store-bought varieties are often sugar- and fat-laden, and of course quite delicious, but not particularly nutritious. I like to get my fat and sugars (when I have them) from baked goods (duh!), so I try to steer clear of other sources of that stuff. Hence, granola gets ousted more often than not. I’ve tried making it on my own before, which allows you to control exactly what goes into it, but I find that the process is a little bit time intensive, and for some reason the results just don’t justify the effort.
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a package from Golden Girl Granola to review. I was able to pick a few flavors that sounded good to me, so I chose The Original, Forest Maple, Creative Cranberry, and Chocolate Decadence. I was most excited to try these granolas because the ingredient list for each package is minimal, I can pronounce everything on it, and it very closely mirrors what I would put into my own granola if I made it at home.
Since I received multiple flavors, I decided it would be fun to try using them in different applications. This recipe is the first of three that I’ll share – there’s also a “crispy bites” recipe (like granola-fied rice krispy treats) and a delicious dark chocolate bark that is completely addicting. Look out for those soon!
For now — these cookies. They’re moderately healthy as far as cookies go — dare I say even suitable for breakfast?! — and they’ve been a delicious and filling afternoon snack at work the past week or so. They’re pretty versatile and you can add whatever mix-ins you want, which makes them pretty customizable, and means that you can use the same recipe over and over but change it up based on what you have available, or what you’re craving. I had some raisins that really needed to be used, so I added those, and some whole almonds, and it worked perfectly. I’ve never attempted anything like this before, mostly because I like my cookies loaded with butter and flour (of which there is none in this recipe!), but these cookies have definitely changed my mind.
So now we’ve reached the giveaway part! Interested in getting some of your own Golden Girl Granola? One reader will win four bags of the Golden Girl Granola of their choice. Simply leave a comment below letting me know your favorite way to enjoy granola, and you’ll be entered to win! While you’re at it, why not check them our on Facebook and Twitter? If you like or follow them on either platform, come back and leave another comment for an additional entry.
I’ll pick a winner next Friday, March 6. Good luck!