oatmeal raisin cookie granola

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when you want cookies for breakfast, but that little voice in your head says otherwise. this oatmeal raisin cookie granola is the next best thing. serve it with milk. top yogurt. eat it by the handful. it’s perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth.

when you want cookies for breakfast, but know better | oatmeal raisin cookie granola

are you the kind of person that gets into food ruts? i absolutely am. when i joined weight watchers 2 years ago,  i started each day the same way. with  a bowl of berries, 1/4 cup of yogurt, and 1/4 cup of granola. i ate it every morning. for an entire year.  then, when i could not even look at another bowl of yogurt i switched to  soft boiled eggs and tomato slices. this was my breakfast for months. now i’m stuck in an apple and almond butter rut. 

today after the gym i found myself craving yogurt and granola. and oatmeal cookies. always oatmeal cookies. not wanting to undo my efforts at the gym, i combined two cravings into one delicious granola that tastes and smells just like fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

homemade oatmeal cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups raisins

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 300°
  • line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  • in a large bowl combine the oats, flax, and spices
  • in a small saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat
  • whisk in the brown sugar, almond butter, and maple syrup
  • once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat, stir in vanilla, and  pour mixture over the oats.
  • stir to combine well - making  sure the oats are evenly coated
  • spread oats onto prepared baking sheet
  • bake at 300° for 30 minutes
  • stir oats to create large clumps and add raisins
  • make sure granola is completely cool before storing
 

how to get granola with soft clumps

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

i prefer my granola with large soft clumps. to get large clumps i only stir the granola once it comes out of the oven. if you like your granola in smaller pieces, give it a stir a few times while it is baking.

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

to prevent burning and to keep the clumps soft and more cookie like i bake this granola at a lower temperature. if you like your granola more on the crisp side, raise the temperature to 350°. make sure to stir your oats, getting into the corners of the pan, at least once while baking, or it will burn.

the smell while baking was intoxicating. by the time i got the yogurt into my bowl, i had already taken so many handfuls of  granola that i wasn’t  hungry anymore.

not that it stopped me.

yogurt with homemade oatmeal raisin cookie granola

enjoy!

 


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