And it tastes good, but not good enough to get a toddler to eat it and not too good that you feel bad eating 4 of them for breakfast.
So, if you're in a super granola mood and you want a healthy snack that's on the sweet side but ends up more like a bran muffin, this is your recipe. If you're looking for ooey-gooey finger-licking decadence, check back soon.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoon milled flax seed
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
Extras* (optional): Nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries (*I added chocolate chips in an attempt to entice my picky kiddo to eat them. It failed and I was mad that I didn't add the Craisins I had laying around because I think those would have been delicious.)
See? This is me working out the recipe:
So, combine all dry ingredients and set aside:
Then, combine all wet ingredients.
Slowly add dry to wet and combine well, adding any extras at the end... it will look like poop.
Use rounded tablespoons to drop onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 335 degrees for 15 minutes. Be aware that the honey in it burns at a much lower temperature so this recipe has to bake at 335!
And here is, I think, where my toddler was totally turned off because he didn't even TASTE these things. I left them as lumps on the cookie sheet and didn't think about the fact that there is no fat (like butter or shortening) in these cookies to melt and allow them to spread out in the oven, so they came out of the oven in exactly the same shape as they went in.
And what toddler takes a look at a turd on a plate and thinks, "Wow, I won't eat scrumptious looking veggies but I'll sure stick this lump of fecal matter in my mouth!"? I mean, seriously.
If you're concerned about presentation, take the time to squish these cookies into cookie-like shapes before you bake them.
Next time, in fact, I'm going to do chocolate chips and squish them into cookie shapes and drizzle them with a bit of cream cheese icing.
But really, these are terrific for a breakfast-to-go or quick snack mid-day. And they're cookies... well, they want to be cookies. So it's pretty much a win-win.