I am always on the lookout for a good homemade snack recipe that is easy to eat on-the-go. My son really likes granola bars, but I dislike all that packaging and the long list of ingredients. These "cookies" freeze extremely well, are 100% whole grain (whole wheat and old-fashioned rolled oats) and have about half the sugar of a typical cookie recipe. This recipe is pretty darn cheap too. Whenever we are on our way out of the house, I pull a few "cookies" out of the freezer and put them in one of my reusable food bags. They are easy for both my toddler and preschooler to eat, and I love them too. I often catch my husband sneaking one out of the freezer as a snack at home.
[Update 30 June 2011: Check out my latest version of this recipe in this post.]
Whole Grain “Cookies” (double recipe)
Makes about 80 small delicious snacks.
¾ cup vegetable oil
½ cup honey
½ cup brown sugar
2 organic eggs
¾ cup organic whole milk (2% or skim fine too)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups white whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Combine above and add in:
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup organic raisins
(nuts or chocolate chips if you like)
15-17 minutes at 350 on a greased cookie sheet (cookie sheet does not need to be nonstick). I fit 20 small cookies onto one sheet, and the recipe makes almost 80 small cookies. These cookies do not spread significantly, so if you like a flatter cookie, add a bit more liquid to the recipe or smash down the cookies with a spatula or fork before putting in the oven or after a few minutes of baking (this is in no way necessary).
Of course you do not have to use organic milk, honey or raisins, but that is what we like to use. Animal products like milk and eggs and produce (fresh, dried, or frozen fruits and veggies) are my highest priority to buy organic. I make a double recipe in my standing mixer and freeze most of them. Now that my toddler is a bit older, I'm thinking of adding a few chocolate chips in to make these even more appealing and treat-like!
This is a very fudge-able recipe. You could use 1 cup oil, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup milk if you don't want to use honey. Or use all honey and no sugar and decrease the oil and milk accordingly. I've used 1 cup wheat germ and 1 less cup flour/oats. Just try to keep the ratio of wet-to-dry ingredients about the same. You could probably use quick oats instead of rolled oats, a different kind of oil (olive, grapeseed, coconut) and a non-dairy milk instead of cow's milk too. If you buy your wheat (I buy berries which I grind into flour myself), rolled oats, honey, and raisins in bulk like I do, it's even cheaper.
This recipe is part of Easy Organic Living's Healthy Snack Challenge. Find more healthy homemade snacks made with organic ingredients (and enter your favorite snack recipe) HERE.