It is obvious after reading many of my fellow TWDers blogs that they are FAR too young to have experienced let alone remember any of the 70s. Well, let me take you on a little history tour. In the 70s we had three channels (and they still found time to air “What’s Happening, Mama?” – go figure). Our roller SKATES had four wheels and we had a penchant for satin disco jackets. We had to heat everything on the stove and every appliance really was avocado green or harvest gold. Food out of a box was progress and we all ate margarine, except for grandpa who could taste the difference, thank you very much.
You know what else we had? Granola. Granola bars, specifically. Not granola layered in yogurt parfaits. We were too busy eating Cap’n Crunch and Apple Jacks for breakfast (what happened to the prizes by the way?). For a time, every self respecting mom was packing granola bars in lunch boxes as a healthy snack. They were crunchy and they all seem to be cinnamon flavored. General Mills had yet to figure out that you could fill them with M&Ms or coat them in PB and Chocolate.
So, I had to laugh when I saw the recipe this week. Granola cookies. Whatever tenuous claim to health food granola was still hanging onto has just been obliterated. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE granola but the tastiest has oil, brown sugar and honey. Just like an apple, right? (Of course, in the 70s with our three channels, we were out running around a lot. So, we’ll give mom a break). I make my own so I can control for however many calories I feel like using on granola. I have issues with portion control so I usually cut down on some of the good stuff.
When I made these I did make several substitutions. I cut out the nuts because I wanted to eat them and nuts? Ruin all good desserts. I used dried cranberries, dried cherries, and chocolate chips. I also went for the flaxseed just because I didn’t have any wheat germ on hand. I had some issues with the bottoms browning quickly so I lowered the temperature.
These were really good. I loved them and ate WAY too many of them. I made them to take to the lake for the weekend. I thought they would be a great snack to have around. I did not, however, anticipate grandpa (my dad) bringing ice cream, licorice, pretzels, etc. The cookies were overshadowed to say the least. Oh well. I am sure I will make them again when there is less competition and when I can be assured of some help in consumption.
A big thank you to Michelle of Bad Girl Baking for choosing Granola Grabbers this week. I was so ready for a cookie! The recipe can be found on her blog. Check out all of the other blogs here. Next week: Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte. ICE CREAM AGAIN!
A note about making homemade granola: Do it! Not only do you get your favorite combination but it makes the house smell wonderful!