Granola Cookie Squares

March 25, 2013


Do you ever have days where you are so busy you forget to eat? You’re working away frantically at your desk and at some point you pause to check your watch and realize it’s 4pm and you still haven’t had lunch! You were so preoccupied, you actually forgot to feed yourself. No wonder you have the shakes. This happens to me more often than I’d like to admit. So I’ve started stashing my office with snacks that I can chew and swallow in under 5 minutes. Even better if I can eat them while on the phone without spewing crumbs on the mouth piece.

That’s where these little goodies come in handy. These granola cookie squares are perfect on-the-go snacks that have heft and sweetness to tide me over until I can make time for a meal. They’re also terrific for a quick breakfast!

Ingredients: (Makes 9 squares)
Adapted from Cooking Light

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cherries (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

Add flour, oats, nuts, cherries and chocolate chips to sugar mixture; stir until just combined. 

Scrape the dough into an 8-inch square glass pan coated with cooking spray, and spread to edges using a spatula. The mixture will be thin.

Bake at 350° for 13 minutes or until set. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Cut into squares.


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Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking April 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh these bars look so yummy! I am new here and am glad I discovered your blog!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 8, 2013 at 7:34 am

Welcome and thank you! I hope you like the recipe!

jan March 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

It would be so nice if you had a “print” option for your recipes. When I select and save them they are in a format that is nearly unusable= all run together without breaks and hard to read

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

There is a “printer friendly” button at the bottom of each post. Hope that helps!

jan March 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Many thanks!

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