June 5, 2013 by PO.P Press
By Beth Grushkin, Fuzzymama Vintage
We are forever prepared with snacks when we head out for a trek, a bike ride, or other outdoor adventure. In order to be mother and kid approved our treats must not only be healthy but also super tasty and easily portable. Our usual is some version of “gorp”–nuts, dried fruits, a chocolate chip or two. We all love this, but it has gotten a bit boring. For some new inspiration I looked to a beloved vintage kids cookbook and revamped a recipe for “Granola RoundUps.”
My boys love to cook so getting them involved is always easy! I know it can be messy, but its so beneficial. Some day I hope they will be preparing entire meals for me!! For these cookies, we pretty much had all of the ingredients on hand and I just substituted for what we were missing. Here’s what we did:
Granola RoundUps (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Kid’s Snacks, 1985)
In a small mixing bowl beat the following together:
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
In a large mixing bowl stir together:
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flax meal
Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and blend well. Then add the mix-ins. You can use your imagination, but we added:
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup sunflower nuts
Now get your hands dirty and form “mini hamburgers” on a parchment covered cookie sheet. They travel better when you pack the dough in a bit. We were able to get about 14 bigger cookies out of this batch. Bake in 350″ oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
These freeze well, too! Enjoy!!
Beth lives just outside of Chicago with her husband and two young boys. She divides her time thoughtfully between hanging out with her family and gathering finds for her vintage etsy shop. She is thrilled to begin pursuing her Montessori teaching certificate this Spring. She is also a Polarn O. Pyret Brand Ambassador.