September 26, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies


 If you've been reading my blog recently you may have noticed that I have given up eating gluten. I was having horrible stomach problems and with a family history of gluten intolerance it was the most likely culprit. So I stopped eating gluten and within a week felt much, much better. The only problem is that I love baked goods. The thought of giving up baked goods troubled me more than just a slight amount. So I decided to try my hand at making gluten-free baked goods. I tried a few recipes that turned out less than great. They either did not rise or the taste felt like it was missing something. So I kept looking and trying. Finally, I found some recipes that worked great and tasted just as good as their gluten counterparts. Last week I tried a new recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies from Food and Wine magazine, which with four ingredients looked very easy and great for gluten-free snacks.

This recipe has 4 ingredients. It takes 1 hour of total time, 15 minutes of which is active and makes 12 cookies. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no ingredient modifications. If you are gluten-free like I am make sure to check your labels on both the granola and peanut butter to ensure that they are in fact gluten-free. These cookies were done in exactly 15 minutes, so be careful to not let them burn. I rotated the baking sheet halfway through the time to ensure even cooking. These cookies are very crumbly when they are first taken out of the oven. Do not move them off the baking sheet until they have cooled slightly or they will fall apart. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I love how easy these cookies are to make. With only 4 ingredients they go together very easily and only take minutes to prepare. My kids absolutely loved these and I ended up having to make another batch since they were gone so quickly. Using peanut butter makes the cookies easy to make and have a delicious flavor. Great for an after school snack!

For the recipe go to Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies.

20 comments:

  1. These look and sound so yummy. Your gluten intolerance or celiac's disease, funny enough, only happens to about 1% of the population, I believe. In essence then you are truly unique in your own right. Thanks for the cookies.

    Karina

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    1. I wish that I had a more exciting genetic uniqueness :) My two boys don't seem to have a problem, which I am happy about. The cookies really are delicious.

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  2. yes!! what a great after school snack! thanks.

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    1. They really are great after school snacks!

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  3. I am not gluten intolerant but I try not to eat too much gluten. So...I can't wait to try these! Thank you for the post!

    -Alyson peacefulmamma.blogspot.com

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    1. My husband limits his gluten for dietary reasons also. It has helped him to lose a lot of weight!

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  4. Glad that you are feeling better after making some dietary changes. The cookies look really yummy too!

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    1. Thanks, I am feeling much better :) They really were yummy!

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  5. Big Yum! I make a similar cookie using soy butter. Wish we were neighbors for a cookie exchange. Thank you for sharing at the The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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    1. I use soy and almond butter a lot also, yum! I would definitely do a cookie exchange if you lived closer :) Thanks for hosting!

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  6. i love peanut butter. and i love chocolate. and i love granola bars. so this is obviously the most amazing recipe to my wars !
    I am currently hosting a blog hop over at my blog
    http://myfroley.blogspot.com

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    1. I love chocolate, peanut butter and granola bars also :) Going over to check your blog hop out now!

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  7. These sound so good that I want to make them right now... even though it is almost bed time. Is that bad?

    Shanan
    http://littletimeformom.blogspot.com

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    1. I love cookies anytime of the day :)

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    2. I made these tonight. I like them but I think I liked them better before I added the second cup of granola. I think I will play with the recipe a little bit when I make it in the future. :)

      Shanan
      http://littletimeformom.blogspot.com

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    3. It probably has a lot to do with the type of granola. I thought about that when I was buying it at the store. Granola varies so much it texture etc, that two cups of one brand can be a lot more granola that 2 cups of another brand (based on cluster size and weight). I experiment with recipes all the time :) Making changes is part of being a good cook, feel free to share any changes if you make them again. I love hearing other people's changes to a recipe :)

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    4. I did think of that afterwards--the granola I used had some bigger chucks in it and that may be part of why I really liked the part that was ground but was not so crazy about the part that was whole. I do absolutely love the idea of grinding the granola up to make a homemade "flour" of sorts.

      And I completely agree--playing with recipes is one of the best parts of cooking. I think it makes cooking more of an art form. :)

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    5. I think that they should have talked about granola size in the original recipe. Sometimes the recipe sites aren't great about giving details. That's why I started my blog so people can have a better idea on how recipes actually work since they can very so greatly in a home kitchen. Thanks for the comments :)

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    6. I completely agree with you abt recipes sometimes needing to be clearer in their descriptions of ingredients. I think is more true than ever with the Internet. Local names for items can be so confusing for someone livin in another part if the country. But one thing I love any ur blog is that u make some of the same types of modifications I would when trying a recipe. If I already know my family doesn't like aomething I don't feel bad modifying that aspect of the recipe to make something my famIly could love.

      Shanan

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    7. I agree about the regional variations. When I first moved to WV there were so many food items that I had learned as a different name in Seattle, it took me a while to adjust :) I love to modify recipes, especially since I now eat gluten free I really have to change a lot of recipes to suit my family's needs.

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