Granola Almond Butter Adventure Cookies

Imagine the most delicious cookie. Now imagine if that cookie were actually good for you, made from essentially just fruit and nuts. No, this is not a dream- it's a Granola Almond Butter Adventure Cookie!

These cookies are without a doubt my new favorite treat. They're soft and decadent and nutty, with a perfectly chewy inside and a crunchy granola topping. They're thick, as any excellent cookie should be, and deeply satisfying.

But really, they're mostly just fruit and nuts! The dough is just dates, almond butter, and granola, with only the tiniest bit of maple syrup. So even though these certainly look and taste like cookies, the ingredients are better than most protein bars.

I'm very excited to be bringing you this recipe in collaboration with True North Granola. True North is actually based in my hometown, and I remember when they started selling their amazing homemade granolas at the farmers' market. In the past decade they've blossomed into a very successful, diverse small business and have a wonderful line of delicious granolas and nut mixes to suit absolutely any diet. They even do online orders!

I'm not exaggerating when I say that I'm completely in love with this granola. Every single day, I walk down to our local food Co-Op and get a little container of True North Granola for lunch. Every day, rain or shine, hot or cold; it's a ritual. Their Go Nuts granola is my lunch of choice.

For these cookies, I chose to use True North's First Date granola because it's vegan and sweetened with only dates (genius!). It seemed like the perfect fit for these cookies, which also get their sweetness from dates. However, I think you could integrate any one of their granolas into these cookies with great success. The granola is both in the cookie dough itself and on top of the cookies, so you'll definitely want to make sure you have a top-notch product. The granola is truly the star of the show here.

Why have I named these "adventure cookies"? Because they'll be perfect for all your adventures! They're easily portable and can be munched with one hand as you walk, hike, browse the farmers market, paddle your canoe, ride your bike, etc. No need to tote around a bunch of complicated snacks.

Nutritionally speaking, these cookies are definitely adventure fuel too! They're loaded with protein and healthy fats thanks to the nutty granola and the almond butter, as well as fiber from the dates. I challenge you to find a protein bar that has simpler, more nourishing ingredients than these cookies.

We'll definitely be bringing these cookies on all of our summer hikes. We might have them for breakfast too. And we'll certainly be having them for dessert (hint: warm them up in the microwave for 15 seconds and drizzle them with melty peanut butter and chocolate for a real dessert treat).

I hope you'll give these a try! I've made three batches of them over the past couple weeks; I'm totally in love.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by True North Granola. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running. 

Dates are one of my favorite baking ingredients because they naturally add both structure and sweetness. If you're loving the idea of baking with dates, check out these Flourless Coffee Macadamia Blondies.

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are all just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • 1 c dates, pitted. Double check that they're pitted!
  • 1 c natural, drippy almond butter. Or, if you have allergies, any nut or seed butter will work here.
  • 0.75 c granola, divided, such as True North First Date Granola. Half a cup will go in the batter, the remaining quarter cup is for the tops of the cookies, so set it aside for later.
  • 0.25 c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.25 tsp salt, only if you used unsalted almond butter
Thoughts About Method
(These are all just suggestions, be creative and make it yours)
  1. Measure all ingredients into a food processor (except a quarter cup of granola for later use). Process until you have a sticky, sandy mixture that will clump together if you squeeze it. You may need to stop the food processor and scrape down the sides a couple times.
  2. Use a quarter-cup measure to scoop out the dough; you should get about a dozen cookies total. Form the dough into a ball to ensure it stays together, then flatten it into a disk about half an inch thick. Note that these cookies won't spread, so make sure they're cookie-shaped now. Press the batter together firmly to make sure they stay together.
  3. For each of the cookies, press a teaspoon of additional granola into the top. I find this is easiest if I put the granola in my hand, then press the cookie between my two hands.
  4. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. They'll puff up a bit but won't spread, so don't worry about giving them a lot of space to grow.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. They will still seem soft in the middle, because the dates won't bake up the same way flour does. That's okay- they'll firm up as they cool.
  6. Cool the cookies on the sheet- don't try to move them while they're soft.


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